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There are steps you can take to ensure continuous skills development occurs as part of your daily routine. These may not always earn Continuing Professional Development units, but they are habits that will help you become a better lawyer.

Australia’s most senior in-house lawyers have identified three skills necessary for in-house lawyers in 2015: influencing; strategic thinking; and an ability to translate complex information.

That’s according to the Australian Corporate Lawyer Association’s survey of 350 senior legal counsels, in its soon-to-released 2015 Benchmarks and Leading Practices report.

Developing such skills is all very well, in theory. But practically, when you’re buried in work and possibly the sole lawyer trying to keep your company out of strife, how can you find the time to develop such skills in order to prove you’re adding value to the business?

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