Working in-house

Moving from private practice to in-house

There are a few myths and misconceptions surrounding the nature of in-house legal work. Understandably, there are differences compared to private practice, but there are also many distinctions between in-house roles, including challenges.

We provide a clear picture

In-house is a constantly evolving sector and our daily contact with legal departments allows us to give you a realistic, up-to-date view of what to expect from such a varied field.

We provide advice on the suitability of your qualifications, experience and career mindset and whether they’re a good fit for an in-house role. It makes no difference if you’re totally committed to the idea or exploring possibilities: our experienced consultants will give you the insight you need to make the right decision.


Newly qualified: too early to navigate?

Not necessarily. It’s true most lawyers wait until they’ve acquired at least 18 months’ experience before they consider a move to in-house, but we’re seeing an increasing number of young lawyers entering the sector upon qualification.

Is it an easy option? Definitely not!

Moving from private practice to in-house can be a challenge. The varied and time-pressured nature of the work entails a certain level of responsiveness; you need to be quick off the mark.

Does private practice pay better?

Another misconception! In-house salaries are on a par with – and often higher – than private practice. This is particularly true for junior to mid-level lawyers. And packages can often include pension schemes, share options and bonuses.

For more information, check out the latest BCL Legal In-house Salary Surveys.

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We’ve worked with hundreds of lawyers who’ve made a move from private practice to in-house.

Because of the varied nature of in-house opportunities, it’s essential to source the most up-to-date advice.

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