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Farrer & Co In-House Lawyer Programme

Our in-house lawyer programme provides technical and practical skills and development training, as well as industry insights, horizon spotting and opportunities to network and exchange ideas. These are delivered online, on-demand and in person.

What will I get?

  • Legal technical training – regular legal updates seminars on the latest issues and developments, with flagship annual events on contract law and data protection.
  • Practical training – a programme of hands-on / example led  training designed by our associates.
  • Skills and development training – includes sessions on topics as diverse as ESG and the legal process, to wellbeing for in-house lawyers; practical tips tailored to the unique challenges presented by the role.
  • Newsletter – a quarterly newsletter which provides a tailored and curated window on the firm’s key materials for in-house lawyers.

Our calendar of events

Please see below for a detailed calendar of upcoming events that we have for our in-house lawyer program , as well as links to recordings of recent events.

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Join our programme

By joining our programme you will gain access to a range of online resources designed to support not only your legal technical knowledge but also your personal learning and development needs.  They will include a variety of on-demand resources, legal updates, and invitations to tailored training and networking events, all delivered to your inbox.

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Our aim

To combine technical excellence with a practical, emotionally intelligent approach, building long-term relationships with our in-house lawyer contacts and helping you to provide consistent value to your internal clients.

Our approach to working with in-house legal teams

We provide the full spectrum of support to in-house lawyers including employment, commercial, IP, technology, data protection, dispute resolution, property, corporate and regulatory advice.  We are often seen as an extension to the in-house team, providing insightful, understanding and effective support to in-house lawyers informed by the full breadth of our experience and our understanding of the varied sectors in which we work.

Many of our lawyers have worked in-house or have spent their careers working with in-house lawyers. We work with general counsel and in-house teams across a wide range of sectors spanning banks and financial services firms and private businesses (including family businesses, publishers and retailers) through to charities and cultural organisations, sports governing bodies and schools and universities.


The Farrers team are extremely supportive of in-house teams. For instance, their programme of live webinars and knowledge updates to assist in-house legal teams is excellent.

Legal 500

More news & insights

Employment, Equality & Diversity

Misclassification of workers as self-employed contractors and the impact on holiday pay entitlement

Can an employer dismiss an employee for expressing personal beliefs?

Without Prejudice: when it will (and will not) apply

Can you view your employee’s non-work messages as part of an investigation?

How to improve ESG credentials in property portfolios for higher education institutions

Green and sustainable finance: developments in the higher education sector summer 2022

Positive action in universities

Women Leaders: increasing gender diversity in the workplace

Workplace investigations: lessons and recommendations 

50 years of unfair dismissal: a look at how far we're come

Sex discrimination and equal pay: why a city banker was awarded £2m

Are non-work related emails sent by employees private and/or confidential? 

Living with Covid in the workplace- new guidance is released 

Fire and rehire- still a last resort for employers?

Can employers be vicariously liable for a rogue employee?

Holiday pay and worker status: Can misclassified workers carry over leave that has already been taken as unpaid leave?

Employment law: what might happen in 2022?

Handling investigations in the workplace – episode 3

Handling investigations in the workplace – episode 2

Handling investigations in the workplace – episode 1

Heads & Tales: a conversation with Lord Browne

Whistleblowing: a legal update

Higher Education podcast: equality and diversity initiatives

All year-round Black History: practical steps to achieving diversity

Managing intergenerational differences and age diversity in the workplace

Government begin consultation on “making flexible working the default”: the horse that’s already bolted?

Age discrimination: can an employer require someone to retire?

Diversity and inclusion in the financial sector – working together to drive change

Redundancy dismissals: must employees be offered the right to appeal?

Transgender issues in the Court of Appeal: Bell v Tavistock update

Investigations in the hybrid workplace – September 2021

Recent government initiatives and proposals for reform

Information, Data, GDPR

NFTs- five legal things to consider

Government announces proposed reforms to UK data protection laws

ICO guidance on ransomware attacks

English Court allows GDPR opt-out Representative action to proceed

The impossible balance: The Online Safety Bill and Big Tech

Software development contracts: who gets the source code if things go wrong 

English Courts further restrict data breach claims

Ruling threatens to extend the extra-territorial reach of GDPR

Court strikes out speculative data breach claim

Will data protection really take a new direction in the UK? (Part 1)

Will data protection really take a new direction in the UK? (Part 2)

Proposed UK Data Protection Reforms – the impact on enforcement

Court ruling undermines cybersecurity compensation claims

Could the UK’s National Security and Investment Act affect your business?

AdTech: a review of recent developments and data protection risks


Broadcasting agreements in the time of Covid-19

How to terminate a contract- a litigator's perspective

Loss of profits exclusion does not cover a wasted expenditure claim

Disputes predictions: Trends in 2021 and our predictions for the year ahead

Crackdown on rogue directors of dissolved UK companies

Cryptocurrency disputes on the rise in English Courts

Lessons for schools from the business interruption insurance test case

Project Red Card

Intellectual Property

Defendants win first round by stealth following their acquisition of a third party trade mark

New remedy to attack bad-faith trade mark applications

Nowhere to hide? English Court approves service of legal documents by NFT embedded in blockchain

Milk and alcohol: recent decisions provide helpful guidance on the likelihood of confusion in trade mark infringement disputes

Directors in the firing line: personal liability for IP infringements

Corporate & Commercial

Implementation of the new operational resilience regime for FS firms 

Launch of the Register of Overseas Entities

Guidance on unreasonable withholding of consent to an assignment and whether an express termination clause prevents an implied novation from occurring

Talking to clients on ESG issues

What is and is not a "business" for VAT purposes?

A new type of FCA authorised fund - the Long-Term Asset Fund (LTAF)

Using EIS and SEIS to attract investment: the benefits and some traps to avoid

ESG considerations in private company M&A transactions

Don’t push it: change of position defence still available to banks defending APP fraud claims by third parties

Statutory residence test – the practical issues

Russian Sanctions: what you need to know

The new Consumer Duty and the implications for retail firms

Time is of the essence in the mask supply contract

English Court continues to support the fight against cryptocurrency fraud

Wealth Management M&A: structuring Acquisitions around Value

Line drawn under high costs? Government extends fixed recoverable costs regime

Farrer & Co sponsors PIMFA ESG Academy for Wealth Managers

The UK’s new subsidy control regime

Liquidated damages for delay

Frustration in contract law: a rare remedy

Reputation Management

UK sustainable finance regulatory developments 

More than a slap on the wrist: can you sue for defamation over a joke?

The changing face of reputation management



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