Moving in-house: A guide for newly qualified and junior lawyers

Author Georgie Miller
March 14, 2023

As specialists in the in-house legal market, we want to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision on whether an in-house
position could be right for you.

Client demand for junior lawyers within in-house legal teams has increased considerably over the last few years. Similarly, we have seen a real surge in interest from junior lawyers looking to take an inhouse career path. Despite this, there is still some fear amongst newly qualified lawyers that you can be ‘too junior’ to move in-house. With this guide, we hope to quell those fears and offer insight from individuals who have made that move. We also hope to shed some light on what junior lawyers can do to better their chances of securing an in-house role and highlight the differences between in-house and private practice.

The in-house market is broad, with industries and sectors to suit everyone’s interests and passions. We recruit across most industry sectors with a wide variety of companies for lawyers to choose from. There is a role for everyone and with a little digging, (and help from specialist legal recruiters) your experience will be perfect for a great company.

Our guide provides insights into benefits and challenges working in an in-house role and gives answers to questions like:

  • What is the best time for making the move in-house?
  • What is it like to work in-house?
  • Is pre-qualification experience relevant for in-house roles?
  • What does your future look like as an in-house lawyer?



  • Real Estate (In-house)

Senior Paralegal

General Job Description: This position requires an experienced and knowledgeable paralegal with strong real estate transaction and corporate skills, with strong drafting skills and an ability to work independently on complex projects. With a reporting relationship directly to in-house counsel, the senior paralegal will perform high level paralegal functions with appropriate attorney supervision. This individual […]
  • Salary $125000 – $150000 per annum
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  • Insurance

General Counsel Role – Global Reinsurance Company

Leading global insurance and reinsurance business is seeking a General Counsel to play a key part in their reinsurers’ growth. The successful candidate will be working closely with their senior leadership team who is focused on developing their exposure as part of the broader group and capital management strategy. You’ll be working closely with the […]
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  • Law firm

Planning Solicitor – 6m FTC

Planning Solicitor – International Law Firm – 6m FTC. Taylor Root have partnered with an international law firm in their search for an experienced Planning Solicitor to join their leading Real Estate, Energy & Infrastructure team. This role will be offered on a initial 6 month fixed term basis. The Firm Our client is leading […]
  • Salary £120000 – £140000 per annum
  • Posted Posted 2 days ago
  • Education

Regional Counsel – 3/6 months FTC

Taylor Root is working with an incredibly well-reputed business in the education sector. They’re looking to hire a Regional Counsel (Europe, Middle East & India) for an initial 3-6 month contract who can start ASAP. Reporting into the Chief Legal Officer, this role requires someone who is energetic, pragmatic and commercial. You’ll be looking at […]
  • Posted Posted 2 days ago
  • Financial Services (In-house)
  • Insurance

Senior litigation counsel

Senior litigator required for leading international insurance organisation. This position falls within the group litigation team and you will cover a wide range of contentious matters including commercial and corporate disputes, arbitration matters, whistleblowing and employment disputes, sanctions risks and regulatory investigations. You will also support the claims team on complex coverage disputes. This position […]
  • Posted Posted 2 days ago
  • Asset Management
  • Financial Services (In-house)

Segregated Mandates counsel

Leading international asset management organisation seeks a funds / documentation lawyer to join impressive team supporting their institutional business across EMEA. You will join a team focused on drafting and negotiating investment management agreements for large institutional clients including pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. You will be comfortable handling negotiations of these documents and […]
  • Posted Posted 2 days ago
  • Financial Services (In-house)

Regulated Funds lawyer

Leading asset management company seeking a regulated funds lawyer to join team. You will advise on a range of matters including fund/product structuring, fund documentation, and supporting on strategic product development initiatives. You will ideally bring experience across a variety of jurisdictions (eg UK, Lux, Ireland) and fund structures including AIF and UCITs ranges. Experience […]
  • Posted Posted 2 days ago
  • Law firm

Corporate Partner

Corporate Partner role with leading national firm based in the East Midlands Are you an accomplished Corporate Lawyer seeking to advance your career with a prestigious UK law firm? We are delighted to be working with a leading force in the legal industry known for our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and client satisfaction as […]
  • Salary £120000 – £200000 per annum
  • Posted Posted 2 days ago
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital

Private Equity/ Corporate M&A Lawyer

Our client, a prominent private equity firm specialising in investments in high-growth entrepreneurial ventures, is seeking to add a Corporate M&A / Private Equity Lawyer to its team. With specialised teams and dedicated capital, the firm operates across diverse sectors, aiding businesses in advancing to the next stage of growth through various means including M&A, […]
  • Posted Posted 2 days ago

Legal Counsel – Renewable Energy

An opportunity has arisen at an exciting renewables scale-up founded by two major global companies, having recently acquired another renewable energy company to strengthen its position in The Netherlands. Created to invest, develop and operate renewable energy generation and supply power to major users, they are in a huge growth phase and are now looking […]
  • Posted Posted 3 days ago

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