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In-House Lawyers

Farrer & Co In-House Lawyer Programme

We understand the pressures you are under as an in-house lawyer, including the management, budgetary and career development issues you face on top of the day job! Drawing on the exceptional breadth of expertise across our practice areas and our experience of working with in-house lawyers, our in-house lawyer programme is designed to help support you as you face these issues; providing legal technical, commercial and personal training and development, industry insights and opportunities to network and exchange ideas.

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 approach to working with in-house legal teams

Our lawyers 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.

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.

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 set our sights on being considered 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.

Here is what you get if you join our programme:

Events & Training

Legal update seminars

We provide quarterly seminars on the latest legal issues and developments affecting the in-house lawyer community.

Our flagship events are our annual Contract Law and Data Protection updates with other recent seminars covering Dispute Resolution, Employment Law and Corporate Transaction issues, as well as Employment Law topics such as Investigations. Forthcoming sessions will cover Reputation Management and Diversity & Inclusion topics.

Recordings of previous sessions will be available in our Library to watch on-demand.

Join our programme to ensure that you receive invitations to these seminars.

Keynote events

Our business leadership programme includes sessions from eminent experts across a range of topics. Forthcoming sessions include webinars on ESG – where it fits within your organisation and as part of the legal process, and on wellbeing for in-house lawyers – including practical tips tailored to the unique challenges presented by the role.

Join our programme to ensure that you receive invitations to these events.


Farrers 360 briefings

  • Our “Farrers 360” briefing for in-house lawyers is a bi-monthly update that provides the latest commentary on key legal issues and features articles, interviews and podcasts.

Farrers 360 - February edition

  • Our Commercial Contracts Quarterly Digest ensures that our in-house community stays up to date with key judgments and trends across the year (and not just at our annual Contract Law Update seminar).

Contract Law update - April edition

Access to FarrersLaw Fast

  • Our in-house lawyer community has access to a library of short on-demand video tutorials delivered by experts from across the firm on legal topics such as contractual interpretation, data protection and regulatory investigations. Some of the topics covered:

Contact Law Refreshers:

      • Contract law basics
      • Contract interpretation

Employment Law Intro sessions:

      • Understanding unfair dismissal
      • Introduction to the law on TUPE

Dealing with Data

      • Data protection law in 2020 and beyond
      • What you need to know about Subject Access

Corporate and Banking

      • Company formalities to approve transactions at board and shareholder level
      • Private limited companies - structure, roles and responsibilities

Disputes and Investigations

      • Drafting pitfalls from a Litigator's perspective

For access to video tutorials, please contact [email protected] stating what you would like access to.


Our Academy Programme is designed specifically for in-house lawyers below GC level to help develop valuable technical, commercial and personal skills and to provide networking opportunities to support you as your career develops. The programme is run by our Associates who have worked in-house or who work regularly with in-house lawyers and understand their needs. A programme of six events across the calendar year will commence in January 2022 with a session entitled "Practical tips on dealing with data subject rights". Details of the full programme will be made available in December.

Please sign up to receive details of the Academy Programme.

More news & insights

Employment, Equality & Diversity

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

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

Coronavirus: the end of the furlough scheme – what next?

Recent government initiatives and proposals for reform

Information, Data, GDPR

NFTs- five legal things to consider

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

Contractual interpretation: consider business common sense first

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

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 

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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