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Management training for barristers' clerks

UMD Professional in partnership with the Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC) and legal training company, Warner Consulting, has developed a two year management training programme specifically designed to equip Senior Clerks and Practice Managers with a range of essential management skills that will help them thrive in an increasingly regulated legal environment and benefit from the emerging business opportunities for themselves and their chambers.

The course can be taken as a comprehensive stand-alone management course but also leads to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, awarded by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), a nationally recognised management qualification.

The course is available as a workshop programme or via distance learning.

Management training workshop programme

A highly participative workshop programme based around twenty evening workshops held monthly, and four full Saturday workshops and one-to-one tutorial support over two years. The workshops provide not just input from the tutors, but also involve management exercises, case studies, discussions and group work. All the materials have been tailored to the needs of clerks working in Barristers' Chambers. There is no exam; to achieve the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management qualification candidates need to successfully complete a series of work-based assignments.

The course represents a highly practical way to gain a respected management qualification, and it is also possible to build on this qualification with a year’s further study with one of UMD Professional’s partner universities to achieve a BA (Hons) in Professional Studies.

Click here for a full prospectus including course contents and fees (pdf):
Prospectus (Workshop Programme)
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Management training distance learning programme

A distance learning option to provide Clerks and Practice Managers unable to attend a workshop-based course with a route to achieving the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management qualification. This distance learning course is a two year programme specially designed for Barristers' Clerks, and comprises monthly study modules, video material and webinars, combined with regular support by telephone and email from a dedicated tutor.

Click here for a full prospectus including course contents and fees (pdf):
Prospectus (Distance Learning Programme)
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For more information about the programmes
Please call Fiona Stuart-Wilson on 020 8255 2070 or contact her by email.

Testimonials from Barristers' Clerks who have completed the workshop programme and achieved the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management qualification:

"I found the course to be extremely worthwhile. Although challenging it has enabled me to learn a number of new skills which I have implemented in my role within Chambers. My tutor took a very thorough approach when reviewing my draft assignments and his comments were extremely helpful. Overall I was very impressed with the course and all the moderators at the workshops."
Michael Shillingford, Erskine Chambers, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management workshop programme for Barristers' Clerks

"The programme has been very much worthwhile. It has made me think in a more business minded way. I now always look at different options as a way of working towards goals. I found all of the modules useful. The evening and Saturday workshops allowed me to meet different people and see what ideas they also had while learning new things. My tutor, Gwyn Thomas, has been fantastic throughout the course. He has helped me understand what was required and more importantly why it was. I would recommend anyone taking this course to ask for Gwyn as tutor."
Ben Cressey, Atkinson Bevan Chambers, 2 Harcourt Buildings, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management workshop programme for Barristers' Clerks

"I have found this programme worthwhile. The course documents and videos were very easy to access and very informative. The workshops were enjoyable and informative. My tutor, Gwyn, gave me good advice and very useful feedback. Thank you."
Dan Wheeler, Serle Court, Lincolns Inn, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management workshop programme for Barristers' Clerks

"I am extremely glad that I did the course. I have learnt various skills and techniques that have and will assist me with dealing with staff and barristers in Chambers. The course documents were very useful and the videos extremely valuable. I enjoyed the workshops. The tuition from my tutor Gwyn Thomas was invaluable."
Donna Parham, Blackfriars Chambers, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management workshop programme for Barristers' Clerks

"I certainly learnt a lot from this course. I have set up development plans for members of my team. I have also stepped back and reviewed my management methods and how they can and should be changed in light of the models I have seen. My tutor was extremely helpful. The majority of feedback received was received by way of telephone and Gwyn was always helpful when it came to discussing methods and direction. The Saturday workshops were helpful and a good way to share knowledge and experience with other groups. I would be very keen to push forward and take this onto a degree if possible."
Fraser Geddes, Wilberforce Chambers, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management workshop programme for Barristers' Clerks

"The knowledge and experience that I have gained will undoubtedly help me in progressing my career. The course documents have been of great value to me. I have kept them all as I would like to be able to refer to them in the future should the need arise. The help and advice of my tutor, Gwyn Thomas, has been amazing and I couldn’t have completed the course without his assistance and guidance. I will continue to recommend people to undertake the course. For me it has been both useful and enlightening. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at ILM/UMD for their hard work which helped me complete the course. Thank you."
James Mitchell, Fourteen, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management course for Barristers' Clerks

"The course has enabled me to take a more measured approach to my decisions and has given me the ability to look at and consider alternative options before reaching a final conclusion. It has enabled me to consider and implement different approaches to problems and issues and how I manage people differently. The documents provided and the online videos were very helpful particularly when working on assignments as I was able to pause, rewind and consider the information being provided. The evening workshops were very beneficial to enable me to understand the specific modules we were working on. They were relevant and to the point and enabled us to discuss openly with the presenter any issues we did not understand. The Saturday workshops were very helpful, I particularly enjoyed the practical exercises. A hugely enjoyable course with great benefits. A special thanks to Fiona for her assistance throughout."
Jean-Pierre Schulz, Senior Clerk, Stone Chambers, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management course for Barristers' Clerks

"I have found the course and its content very useful and feel that it has helped me progress my knowledge base and skillset. It has assisted me with the management of my team, and the course has made me more open minded to change and bringing about change than I was in the past. The input from my tutor was very helpful in getting me through the assignments and in terms of helping me to align my thinking. Overall I found the programme very helpful and interesting and I am very pleased to have successfully completed the course."
Paul Eeles, 7 Bedford Row, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management course for Barristers' Clerks

"The programme has made my thinking more strategic and I am considering many other factors than I did prior to the course. The documents were very easy to read and useful during an assignment. The webinars were also good and being able to catch up with a recorded version helped me a great deal. The feedback on my work was excellent. My tutor was very responsive and encouraging. The course has most definitely been worthwhile."
Tony Atkins, Pump Court Chambers, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management course for Barristers' Clerks

"The course has been incredibly beneficial on many levels. The innovation report was particularly helpful and made me analyse where chambers could be heading and what opportunities we can capitalise on. The course documents and videos have been first class and very useful. I could not have completed the course without my tutor, Fiona Stuart-Wilson – she has been an inspiration and a massive help. It’s been a first class experience throughout."
Paul Martenstyn, Fountain Court Chambers, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management course for Barristers' Clerks

"I have learned things many things that assist me with my current role, but also things regarding management that will assist me further in any career if it is away from my current role. I have certainly implemented changes within my management style whilst this course has been on going which is one of the courses real strengths - you learn as you go along. The course and the reading materials have made me look at things from different prospectives and in different situations to help me form the right conclusion in the end for whatever problem I am faced with. The feedback from the tutors was invaluable. They offered guidance on particular areas that I was struggling to grasp the point of and if it wasn’t for their assistance, I wouldn’t have made it through the course. Thank you."
Ben Heaviside, 2 Hare Court, Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management course for Barristers' Clerks

"The workshops were useful not only as the subject matter was interesting but also because the sessions were a great way of networking with my peers. 'Equality and Diversity' and 'Finance' were the most useful because they both came at a time when the two subjects were extremely relevant to my role in chambers. We now undertake structured appraisals and practice meetings in chambers and have set up a Business Development Team. Throughout the course the feedback on my work from my tutor was excellent and Fiona has been extremely helpful. Thank you."
Richard Sheehan, Ely Place Chambers, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management course for Barristers' Clarks.

"It has been a very well run course. All the modules were relevant and I always learnt something new. The course documents and videos were a great help and very informative. The feedback on my work from my tutor was very useful and always to the point. The evening workshops were very good and well managed. Thank you to all the team for the support over the last two years."
H.B., Bedford Row Chambers, London
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management course for Barristers' Clerks


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