Bernadette McDonald, MBA, Solicitor, PhD Researcher

The Law Coach was established by Bernadette McDonald, a Solicitor with over 15 years of experience managing a law firm. She possesses an MBA specializing in law firm education through collaborative reflection and is in the final stages of completing a PhD focused on developing competency-based learning framework for lawyers. Bernadette’s training, whether on the business of law or lawyer’s power skills always seeks to add value and be tailored to what individual’s own experiences and needs.


Bernadette is also passionate about career development and shaping a career in law so that it is both professionally and personally fulfilling. In March 2024 she launched her Portfolio Career Advise service via social media and YouTube.

The Law Coach specialises in educating, training, and coaching legal professionals through reflective practices. 

Our methodology is based on the concept of reflective learning, which involves analysing and evaluating one’s own experiences and actions in order to improve future performance.

We understand the legal profession can be stressful and challenging, and believe that reflective practices can help legal professionals to become more effective, efficient, and compassionate in their work.

Our coaching programmes focus on developing reflective practices, including self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-care.

We help legal professionals to identify and address biases and stereotypes that may affect their interactions with clients and colleagues, and provide guidance on how to develop more effective communication skills.

We work with individual legal professionals, law firms, and other legal organisations to provide customised coaching and training programmes to meet their unique needs.

We also help legal professionals to manage their time and workload more effectively, and to develop strategies for their long term professional development.

We offer a variety of courses and workshops, both in-person and online, tailored to meet the needs of legal professionals at all levels, from law students to seasoned lawyers.

Our programmes cover a range of topics, including:

  • Undertakings
  • Risk Management
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Handling Complaints
  • The SRA’s Competency Framework
  • The Bribery Act 2010
  • Data Protection
  • COLP Duties & Responsibilities
  • COFA Duties & Responsibilities
  • Supervision Skills
  • Legal Project Management
  • File Management
  • Time Management
  • Delegation
  • Dealing with Vulnerable Clients
  • Legal Skills, such as drafting, writing, advocacy, client care, interviewing etc.

Our instructors are experienced legal professionals who have extensive knowledge of reflective practices and are passionate about helping others develop their skills.

We use a variety of teaching methods, including interactive lessons and workshops, group discussions, and case studies to provide a comprehensive and engaging learning experience.

In addition to coaching, we offer training programmes for law firms and legal organisations. Our training programmes focus on developing a reflective culture within the organisation, and we provide guidance on how to implement reflective practices in daily work routines.

At The Law Coach, we believe that reflective learning will not only help legal professionals perform more effectively, but also lead to a more fulfilling career.

Our goal is to help individuals become confident, competent, and reflective practitioners who will be better equipped to navigate the complex and dynamic legal landscape.

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