regulatory affairs

CCASA Workshop: New Delivery Models and Services of Legal Departments

The workshop will take place on 27 July at the Wanderers Club, Illovo/Sandton. Please find more details and booking information here.

Summary:

Today’s in-house legal departments find themselves in a rapidly changing legal and business environment, facing challenges such as having to reduce legal spend, with limited resources, while still delivery quality, efficient legal services. Two delivery models and services are particularly important in this shifting landscape that rely on expertise that one isn’t necessarily exposed to when following a legal career:

  • Legal Project Management (LPM)
  • Lobbying and Advocacy

Be it legal work being executed and managed in-house, or delegated to external counsel, there is an increased demand for legal departments to understand, track and manage their work, within budget, maintaining compliance, and managing risk. As the scope and volume of legal work increases, legal project management tools and techniques are being applied to manage, control and report.

Turning to new services in the in-house legal team’s portfolio, lobbying and advocacy are highly ranked. Our South African Constitutional democracy actively promotes the idea of public consultation. Understanding the commercial, political and socio-economic landscape, and correspondingly shaping perceptions and contributing to the development and enhancement of policies and regulations has become a key priority for locally active private and public companies. Identifying the right balance between economic interests, empowerment and good citizenship is a skill for every corporate in South Africa.

Attendees of the workshop will benefit in the following ways:

  • Understand what LPM is, what its objectives are, and what benefits it offers legal teams
  • Be introduced to LPM’s key concepts, terminology and processes
  • Be aware of how LPM can be introduced to your company
  • Understand the definition of lobbying and advocacy
  • Be shown the SA legislative process and where there are opportunities to contribute
  • Be introduced to methods and tools to engage the public opinion on legal and regulatory issues