Workshop Overview

Delegating for senior lawyers is often a challenge because the natural instinct is to not delegate!


  1. The client has asked us to do the work.
  2. If you want something to be done well, do it yourself.
  3. By the time I have briefed another lawyer I could have done half the task myself.
  4. I need to achieve my target hours

This workshop reviews the subject of delegation within a transaction or matter. Delegating is a key skill or behaviour required if the firm is to grow and junior lawyers are to develop and add value.

Successful delegation is also fundamental to a motivated team. This workshop explores the individual lawyer’s style of delegating. It reviews a variety of ideas for developing delegation in the context of a time pressured day.




Pre workshop activity

  • Meeting to discuss the participant’s needs and those of the organisation
  • Draft workshop outline tailored to your needs
  • Agreement of agenda
  • Participants complete a short questionnaire and read the ITD Work Style Model in preparation for the workshop.


  • Half a day to a full day, or two half days.


Typical Agenda

  • Introduction and Objectives
  • How not to delegate
  • Impact of not delegating successfully
  • Challenges of delegating
  • Within the team
  • With other departments / practice areas
  • Benefits of delegating
  • Different styles of delegation
  • Understanding the work style of the person delegated to and their needs for a successful delegation
  • Gaining commitment from your colleague
  • Agreeing follow up
  • Working across departments
  • Participants’ actual delegation scenarios
  • What to do if it doesn’t work
  • Personal actions

Post workshop activity

  • Participants leave with individual actions
  • Email follow up of personal action plans
  • Suggested conversation with their line manager on their actions
  • Optional WebEx conference call follow up on these actions
  • Optional 121 coaching
  • ITD blog with further tips and suggestions



By the end of the workshop participants will have;

  • Reviewed the importance of delegation for both the participants and the firm
  • Gained tools for deciding on the best way to delegate in the team & with other practice areas
  • Ideas on adapting to the needs of their colleague
  • Looked at how they delegate and how to improve
  • Created personal action plans

Participant comments

  • “Great session, I need to change everything about my approach.”


Call or email ITD to explore how we can help your lawyers can be better at delegating




Improving Delegation for Lawyers – Case Study

This is a regional law firm. The training was for partners.



One particular partner needed to improve his delegation skills. He is a brilliant lawyer, but impatient, direct and can be taken as terse in his communication.



Simply for him to improve his delegation skills with a new senior colleague who he wanted to stay in his team. (Implication clear I hope)



We designed and delivered a 3 hour session based on the needs and experiences of the participants. So this was a discussion based session with ideas introduced at the appropriate place in the context of the participants’ experiences and challenges.

The agenda was similar to that above.




The main outcomes of this session were:

  • The training team were very pleased that the partner found the training to be perfect for them.

What the participants said

  • “Excellent session told me exactly what I needed to know. Now I will go and do just that.”


Associates / Senior Associates – Effective Delegation to Improve Efficiency & Client Service

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