Moving in-house: career advice for junior lawyers

Author Georgia Morgan-Wynne
October 30, 2023

In recent years, there has been a noticeable surge in the demand for in-house junior lawyers. At the same time, we have seen an upswing in the enthusiasm of junior lawyers aiming for careers in-house. However, despite these trends, apprehensions remain within the legal industry around the possibility of being deemed ‘too junior’ to move in-house and whether this type of move will limit career growth.

Our ‘Moving in-house: career advice for junior lawyers’ addressed these concerns, providing reassurance and valuable perspectives from lawyers who have successfully transitioned and advanced their career in-house.

Facilitated by the Taylor Root team our discussion covered:

  • Navigating the in-house market and the best time to move in-house
  • The differences between life as an in-house and private practice lawyer
  • How to enhance your CV/Application in the context of in-house opportunities
  • The key non-legal skills needed to thrive in an in-house setting
  • How to advance your career and professional development in-house

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The Panellists

Kandarp Thakar
Legal Director,
Head of Legal UK&I

Lisa Ing
General Counsel
Outright Games

Emma Lilley
Head of Legal UK&I

Kandarp is Legal Director at Uber Technologies Inc., with oversight of UK&I. Here he collaborates on top-tier strategy, leads a brilliant, diverse international team and works closely with the business, assessing legal and regulatory risk. He advises the business and Board on regulatory, litigation, corporate and commercial, and employment matters across the Mobility and Delivery businesses. Kandarp started his career in practice at Baker & McKenzie LLP managing multinational real estate assets. He shares an interesting story about making the move from real estate to head of commercial.

Lisa embarked on her legal career in private practice qualifying as a corporate lawyer at Fasken Martineau then moving to Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate team for almost five years which included an in-house secondment to Lloyds bank. In 2020 she transitioned in-house role into the gaming industry as a Senior Legal Counsel at Miniclip where she was part of the M&A team. She is now the General Counsel at Outright Games, a prominent children’s gaming and entertainment company and has shared how she has navigated her career moves and broadened her skillset beyond her corporate background.

Emma is an experienced in-house lawyer who is currently the Head of Legal at SD Worx, a global HR services provider. Having trained in-house and launched her well-known careers blog In-House Potter, Emma is well-equipped to offer invaluable perspectives on advancing your career as an in-house lawyer and exploring alternative paths to qualification.

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