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Aspire Training and Networking Group
Committed to helping you succeed.

We know that starting out in your legal career in-house isn’t like being a junior in a law firm. You haven't got a firm full of lawyers to turn to for advice or support.

You're not alone.

There are others embarking on their in-house legal career out there, in exactly the same position. We were approached by the in-house community to provide a space for you to connect and learn from each other. A chance to compare notes, swap stories and sharpen your legal knowledge and commercial skills.

Welcome to Aspire

Aspire is a free networking and professional development group for in-house lawyers in the early stages of their legal career. We are passionate about supporting each other to succeed and aim to provide a forum to share experiences and ideas and sharpen our legal and commercial skills.

Visit the Aspire website to join for free and reap the benefits of this aspirational community.



 



The Aspire community meets 4 - 5 times a year in central London. Each meeting is focused on learning and development and provides the opportunity to network, compare notes and swap stories with others embarking on in-house legal careers.

The group is guided by an Advisory Board of your peers and also receives input from training partners at law firms to shape content.

Follow the links below for a summary of the content covered and insights shared at our 2016 events:

2016 events

2017 events

Visit the Aspire website to become a member today and register for our next event.

 

By joining Aspire you will benefit from:

  • receiving focused, highly relevant training
  • learning crucial soft skills necessary for succeeding as in-house lawyers
  • gaining insight and best practice guidance from external speakers
  • building a network of in-house peers to share ideas and experiences with
  • We also prepare content for you to take back to your legal team so you can share insights and best practice knowledge and information.

Be assured that those starting out their legal career in your team:

  • Receive quality training and development support
  • Get encouragement from like-minded peers in similar environments
  • Gain formal training on important soft skills to apply in their day-to-day interaction with your commercial colleagues
  • Are able to hone their legal skills and commercial acumen to help deliver better value back into your organisation
  • Hear insight and best practice advice from senior commercial and in-house counsel experts to help their career progression

In addition, we also prepare content for Aspire members to take back to their legal team so they are able to share insights as well as relevant legal updates and information gathered at our events.

“In our experience, the long-term confidence and knowledge that trainees gain from the Aspire events hugely outweighs the short-term cost of a few hours out of the office. And you never know when the contacts they make through the network might prove useful for business purposes! We would certainly recommend Aspire and we support our trainee’s attendance at these events.”
Claire Woolley, Head of Corporate Legal, RAC

“Aspire is a great programme for in-house legal trainees, providing not only helpful training but also an instant network for in-house trainees who do not benefit from the grand scale trainee networks that a law firm would provide. Our legal trainee thoroughly enjoys the sessions and finds meeting other in-house trainees really helpful and fun.”
Maaike de Bie, General Counsel, Royal Mail plc

"Many thanks for the continued materials being provided by yourself and Lexis Nexis, I have found them to be very useful."

"I am seeing some real value from the weekly communications and am really enjoying the course!"

“Joining this group has been a great opportunity to sharpen my legal knowledge and commercial soft skills, allowing me to feel more confident in my role.”

“Sharing best practice and discussing challenges with others at the same stage of their career has been invaluable.”

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