First Level Legal Manager

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Course Overview

So, you have made a valuable contribution to your firm and now find yourself heading up a team or department and need to get to grips with the fundamentals of management. Freed from the limits of the Management Course Stage One syllabus, this programme is aimed at the first level manager who wants to be highly effective in their role.

This course is also going to benefit every solicitor in their first three years PQE that wants to make sure they have addressed the appropriate SRA competency standards in preparation for the Practicing Certificate Renewal exercise for their CPD year ending on 31st October.

But beware: this is not about theory – it is a highly practical course where you will be able to make an immediate positive impact on your return to the office.

Also note: In order to receive or maintain a Legal Aid Contract in a particular Category of Law, a firm must employ a Supervisor in that Category. In order to qualify as a Supervisor, an individual must have completed an approved training course covering key supervisory skills no earlier than 12 months prior application [or have completed the Level 3 or higher National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) standard in supervising]. This programme will help you meet that requirement.

Course Structure

This course has been broken down into three manageable stages detailed below:

  1. Complete and return pre-course work – This will encourage delegates to evaluate their existing practices and know-how
  2. View a recorded on-line seminar showcasing a practical workshop which includes a comprehensive on-line workbook and presentation materials
  3. Pre-event and post-event discussion templates are also provided to encourage delegates to discuss the training and what they have learnt with their line manager. Templates are fully supported through delegate on-line pack.

Once we have confirmed that you have completed all of the relevant sections, you will be issued with an email confirming the date of completion and the total number of CPD hours. Please retain this email as proof of completion. Should you wish to purchase a “display” certificate, this can be obtained for a small fee of £10 + VAT.

What are the requirements?

  • This course provides 7 CPD Points
  • Watch 7 hour on-line course
  • Delegates will have 12 months from the date of registration in which to complete the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Achieve a clear ‘FOCuS’ on the essentials - How to apply good business practice
    • Make sense of the numbers -Recognise the key drivers of a firm’s prosperity
    • Understand current accounting practices - Know why 2 + 2 might just equal 5
    • Be able to manage your CPD under the new SRA rules - Manage your personal progression and personal effectiveness
    • Make your ‘BARC’ work in practice -Brief, Assess, Reinforce, and Coach for better performance
    • Know how to manage professional relationships in the firm - Recognise how best to manage conflict
    • Run effective team meetings
    • Have your personal action plan

What is the target audience?

  • Practitioners


About Instructor - Mac Mackay


Mac has a wealth of practical management experience running his own successful consultancy practice, and has been a popular lead speaker on the Datalaw SRA Management Course Stage One and Two.

He is author of Motivation, Ability & Confidence Building in People and Recruiting, Retaining & Releasing People both published by Butterworth Heinemann (2007). Mac is also a Chartered Manager and a qualified sports coach.

Course Curriculum

First Level Legal Manager

  • Discussion Notes - First Level Legal Manager Discussion Notes
    5 Page
  • pre-Course Work - First Level Legal Manager Pre-Work
    11 Page
  • Webinar - First Level Legal Manager Part 1
  • Webinar - First Level Legal Manager Part 2
  • Webinar - First Level Legal Manager Part 3
  • Webinar - First Level Legal Manager Part 4
  • Webinar - First Level Legal Manager Part 5
  • Webinar - First Level Legal Manager Part 6
  • Webinar - First Level Legal Manager Part 7
  • Notes - First Level Legal Manager Workbook
    79 Page
  • Slides - First Level Legal Manager Powerpoint