Course Content and Structure for The IBC Introduction to Business Management Course

Using a blended learning approach, the course has been built to give chambers the minimum level of disruption with the maximum amount of benefit. There are three main elements to the course, which is further expanded into individual lessons.

The Legal and Professional Environment

  • An introduction to the court system of England and Wales
  • The role of barristers, solicitors and chartered legal executives in the legal profession
  • An introduction to types of civil dispute resolution and the function of the criminal justice system
  • An introduction to regulatory and professional conduct rules for clerks and for the wider legal profession
The first part of the course will be conducted via eLearning. It will be assessed by a set of 100 multiple-choice questions, which add up to the final overall mark for the course.

Negotiation and Communication Skills

  • An introduction to working with people, written and verbal communication, dealing with difficult conversations, wellbeing, diversity and inclusion
  • Principles of negotiating, including agreeing and collecting fees
This section of the course will be in the form of a face-to-face training session. The location will be in the Midlands or in Central London. The assessment will be by a written essay and submission of a written exercise.

The Work of Chambers, Including Business Development

  • Diary and administrative management
  • Managing workload
  • Networking and marketing
This will be conducted via eLearning, and assessment will be via 15 open questions.