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The lawyer of the future: Building a high performance legal team


It is no longer enough for a lawyer to simply “know the law” – these days lawyers need a broader range of skill sets. These skills can be divided into three basic skill sets: people-processes-technology.

The legal services market is going through a period of significant change. This change is being driven by l) technology, 2) on-going pressures on legal budgets, 3) the ever-expanding role of the General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer, and 4) demands from business for the legal function to better align with it and deliver tangible value.

Join us for an eight-hour webinar, held over four days, which will help you to navigate these changes.


8 to 11 June 2020 (10:00 to 12:00), OR
4 to 7 August 2020 (17:00 to 19:00)

Course outline

Having completed the course, participants should be equipped to:

  • Understand why the partnership of people, process and technology - with "people" as the leading part of the equation - is key to developing a high performing team
  • Understand why it is important to map processes so that they can be improved to reduce waste (e.g. waiting, over-lawyering, defects, etc.) and add value
  • Be better able to empower legal teams and align them with the business: Integrated teams have extraordinary capacity to leverage individual strengths, leading to coordinated action (collaboration) for the benefit of the customer
  • Understand how law technology can be deployed to support your people and processes
  • Appreciate that improvement is continuous, because change in the business environment is constant and rapid - processes must adapt, as well as the technology that supports those processes

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Heads of legal: to build high performing legal teams
  • Law firms: to better understand their corporate clients so that they can add more value in a changing, highly competitive environment
  • Legal practitioners: to learn about the skills needed to become future ready


Kevin van Tonder has over 25 years' legal experience, with the last 15 being at Schlumberger in Paris. In Kevin's previous role as general counsel for Schlumberger Legal Shared Services, Kevin developed a passion for transforming the way lawyers deliver legal services to business. He has extensive experience in international legal operations, compliance, and people development and management, within many challenging jurisdictions across the globe. Kevin headed up the transformation project for which Schlumberger was a finalist in the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, North America, 20 l 7, and is currently an advisory board member of the General Counsel Executive Program, Netherlands.

Wayne Ramsay has over 30 years of broad and deep experience in information systems and digital solutions and thought leadership. He has acted as consultant to MA merchant banks such as Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, as well as multinational mineral resource companies and the E-Government Unit within the UK Cabinet, where he advised the UK government on their ICT infrastructure risk profile post 9 /11, and their Critical National Infrastructure replacement programme. For the past seven years, Wayne has been building law technology.

How much?

R1,200 per person


A certificate of participation from UCT will be issued to those who attend the full four sessions of the course. Please note that certificates can only be issued after the lockdown has ended.

How to sign up

Download and complete the registration form, and return it to us. We will then send you the payment information.
One or two days before the course, we will send you the link to the Zoom webinar. You will need to register and use a password to enter the webinar.

Registrations close three days before the webinar.

Download the brochure.