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15 October 2015

B P Collins invites former Olympic Gold Medallist to in-house lawyers forum

Following on from the success of its inaugural in-house lawyers forum, B P Collins asked its non-executive director and business performance expert Adrian Moorhouse to kick start its second event.

Hosted at Danesfield House on 8 October, this time the focus was on how lawyers are increasingly being challenged to diversify their roles to become commercially savvy business partners whilst remaining trusted legal advisors.

Feedback from the lawyers confirmed they welcomed the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities they face freely amongst their peers. 

Simon Deans, partner and practice group leader for corporate and commercial, B P Collins explained:

"It’s heartening to hear that businesses are starting to turn away from the notion that legal teams are a ‘business prevention service’. The forum today proved that lawyers welcome being involved in making important decisions for their businesses. Adrian’s advice around how lawyers can adapt to their changing roles was extremely useful."

The forum’s participants also noted how this progression towards diversification also brings its own challenges, as one lawyer succinctly put it:

"At times there is a chasm between what the law says and what the best solution is for their business. Lawyers can be torn between the two when advising their chief executive, who will ultimately want advice on the latter."

Another lawyer noted:

"I am keen to develop my role and become more involved in the strategic decisions affecting our business. Adrian’s advice and tips around how to build relationships and enhance dialogue with work colleagues proved very timely."

The next In-house lawyers forum will be in May 2016. To register initial interest please email your details to or call our events team on 01753 279004.

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