In-house training can be one of the most efficient ways of bringing everyone in your organisation ‘up to speed’ with the latest best practice methods. But surely you can achieve the same results with external training, particularly if the emphasis is on legal training? Here we examine what the benefits are of keeping your legal training in-house rather than sending your team members off to a residential or external training course.


The most obvious benefit of in-house legal training is the cost. External legal training may present your employees with a great networking opportunity, but it can be very expensive. Not only do you have to think about the cost of the training itself, but there are other expenses to consider such as accommodation if the course is over a few days, travel and even food for the trainee. There is also a hidden cost – external training takes a valuable member of staff away from their desk for several days, meaning emails don’t get answered and queries go unresolved until the trainee returns. If you are sending more than one person on a training course then the costs multiply.

In comparison, in-house legal training delivers the same results but for a greatly reduced cost. In-house training negates the need for additional expenses in accommodation and travel costs, as well as keeping your valuable team members in situ to deal with normal day to day matters in between training sessions.


In-house legal training also means that you can train more than one person at a time in an environment that the trainees are familiar with. By training several team members at once you have the benefit of creating a team that is all ‘singing off the same sheet’ and time is not wasted passing on the information to others who may have not attended an external training course. This produces a cohesive skills base that allows team members to work together in the knowledge that their colleagues have the same training as they do.

Team building

In-house legal training can also work as a powerful team building exercise. By encouraging the team to work together in pursuing the same goal, stronger bonds can develop between individuals, creating a more efficient working environment. It also means that if one individual is away from the office for any length of time (for example, during holiday breaks) then that knowledge is not ‘lost’ for the duration of their absence as other team members have the same skills set to draw upon.

Reputation for excellence

In-house legal training also enhances your firm’s reputation as an organisation that continually updates their skills set with training that’s relevant and effective. The knock-on effect of this is a better reputation amongst both clients and peers, as the company is presented as a cohesive unit that’s up to date with the latest legal training and skills which can improve your ability to deal with new situations or challenges.

So if you want to bring your team up to speed with the latest best practice and develop an enhanced reputation for your business, consider in-house legal training. It provides an efficient, cost-effective method of delivering high quality training that will not impact on your day to day business activities, as well as driving your business forward into new areas that could be financially rewarding.

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