The Lawyer is to launch The In-House Lawyers' Forum next February.

The initiative, announced at Legal Monte Carlo 98 at the weekend, will be run by The Lawyer and sponsored by Eversheds.

The first regional forum will be held in London in February next year and will cover the topic of bench-marking in-house legal department management.

The initiative follows research by The Lawyer and Eversheds, which found that the majority of in-house lawyer respondents felt under-represented by their professional bodies.

Announcing the launch at Legal Monte Carlo, The Lawyer's editor, Sean Brierley said: “The Forum aims to provide a voice, and ultimately a lobbying group, for the often isolated in-house professional.”