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?


  • Energy

Legal Counsel

We are working exclusively with a household name client who are an industry leader in their field. They are looking to appoint a NQ-4 PQE solicitor into their in-house legal team. They will consider lawyers from from commercial, corporate, projects, construction or commercial disputes backgrounds. The role is based in Gloucestershire with two days a […]
  • Posted Posted 4 hours ago
  • Law firm

Competition/Antitrust Lawyer

Our client, and Elite US City law firm is seeking a talented Competition/Antitrust Lawyer on a 6-month or 12-month fixed-term contract basis in the London office. The firm’s award-winning antitrust practice is composed of over 40 specialists located in the U.S., UK, Brussels, France, and Germany. The firm has represented multinational clients in high-profile, complex […]
  • Salary £140000 – £200000 per annum
  • Posted Posted 5 hours ago
  • Law firm

Property Litigation Associate

Leading full service national law firm seek a 1+ PQE property litigation lawyer to join it’s Birmingham team. This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside established partners on high quality, technical work at both local and national level. In addition to dealing with portfolio asset management matters, you will have the opportunity to support […]
  • Salary £60000 – £70000 per annum
  • Posted Posted 5 hours ago

Compliance Manager

We have a current opportunity for a Compliance Manager on a permanent basis with a real estate Investment Manager. The position will be based in London. Generalist Compliance role Variation of work from Reg/core compliance to Financial Crime Opportunity to develop career longer term Shadowing Head of Compliance For further information about this position please […]
  • Posted Posted 6 hours ago
  • Law firm

Operational Risk Analyst

Title Reports to Salary Operational Risk Analyst Operational Risk Manager £40,000 – £55,000 (depending on experience) Role The Operational Risk Analyst will support the Operational Risk Manager organising and managing the delivery of the firm’s Operational Risk Management Framework Responsibilities Support line management and the business functions with the identification, measurement, monitoring and mitigation of […]
  • Salary £40000 – £55000 per annum
  • Posted Posted 10 hours ago
  • Law firm

Planning Senior Associate / Director 4PQE+

Looking for UK Qualified Planning lawyers, motivated by partnership prospects! Unique opportunities like this for progression don’t come often in today’s market… You’ll be working for a Band 1 (Legal 500, Residential & Commercial Real Estate) & Top50 Firm that’s looking to launch a residential planning practice in Southampton; offering top-market compensation, work life balance, […]
  • Posted Posted 10 hours ago
  • Services

Compliance Manager – Italy

Taylor Root has been exclusively retained by a European multinational operating in the services industry to source a Compliance Manager in Italy. Reporting to the Group Compliance Officer you will be an Italian qualified lawyer with around 5-7 years of experience in AML, Competition and Anticorruption, ideally acquired in the public sector or public-related business. […]
  • Posted Posted 10 hours ago
  • Asset Management

Funds Lawyer, 1+

Our client is a global alternative fund manager with over $70bn of AUM looking to appoint a private equity funds lawyer to its EMEA Structuring Legal team in London. In this role you will advise on the structuring, formation, and establishment of investment funds (credit, debt, private equity, hedge and infrastructure/ESG funds) as well as […]
  • Posted Posted 11 hours ago
  • FinTech

French Commercial/Tech Legal Counsel, 2+ Paris

This award winning global fintech with 15+ offices worldwide is looking to appoint a Commercial/Tech/Procurement legal counsel to its EMEA Legal Team in Paris or Luxembourg. You will have trained and qualified at a top City law firm, be a UK/Common Law qualified lawyer, or French juriste with UK experience, with a minimum of 2 […]
  • Posted Posted 11 hours ago
  • Law firm

Lawyer – Banking and Finance

Role Our client, a pre-eminent international law firm, is looking to add an Associate and a Senior Associate to its Banking and Finance practice group. Team Our client’s Banking and Finance practice is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. Our client is ranked Band 1 for banking and finance global-wide and […]
  • Posted Posted 15 hours ago

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