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Goalkeepers, In-house Lawyers and the ‘visibility gap’

There was an excellent recent article in The Times written by the journalist and author Matthew Syed. The premise of the article was the undervaluation of the goalkeeper in football. Matthew’s view was that a goalkeeper rarely gets noticed when they have a terrific game yet the moment a goalkeeper makes a mistake, he hits the headlines. A dropped cross, a shot that squeezes through his legs or a punched clearance that lands at the feet of an opposition striker guarantees back page headlines, as well as the derision from fans and pundits alike. Continue reading…

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The challenge of senior private practice lawyers wanting to move in-house

I have just spent 40 minutes on the phone with a 20 year PQE Insolvency Partner from a highly respected law firm informing them that unfortunately they did not fit the profile for the General Counsel role I am recruiting for. Having to deal with their complete indignation and total outrage at their rejection, I thought it may be worth getting some thoughts down in blog form. Continue reading…

Challenging the perception of being commercial as an in-house Lawyer

“The in-house lawyer that likes to say no” or the “sales prevention team”. These are criticisms that are levelled at in-house lawyers or in-house legal teams on a daily basis. The perception is that they are ‘not commercial enough’. Continue reading…

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So you want to be an in-house lawyer?

Having just got off the phone to a two year qualified criminal lawyer and having had to inform them that unfortunately they were not quite right for the Head of Legal role at a FTSE 250 financial services business, I thought it a particularly apt time to write this blog.

So to get it out of the way, and to be clear, to realistically move in-house you ideally will have worked in private practice for at least 2 years, have had a good grounding in commercial law and have had the ability to develop your commercial acumen ideally by way of a secondment. Yes I know this is not always the case, I am limited as to how many words I can write! Continue reading…

An update from our in-house team in London and the regions

Our Regional In-house View

Having been in-house legal recruiters within the regions for over two decades, we have seen both the good times and the bad times.

There has been a noticeable upturn in ‘in-house’ legal vacancies over the last 6 months with the demand being for candidates with strong commercial contracts experience. However the available pool of commercial contracts lawyers is not significant. This is primarily due to private practice not recruiting strongly into commercial teams over the last 7 years. Continue reading…