Leaving law to be a better lawyer?

Leaving law to be a better lawyer?

Into the unknown

Just like a scene from a movie about addiction, the first time I said out loud – “I’m not sure if I want to be a lawyer anymore”, it was as cathartic as it was scary.

I’m sure it is a thought that has run through almost every lawyer’s head at some point or another, more often than not at a silly hour in the morning when faced with another document to review or mark-up to prepare. But for me, this wasn’t just late-night frustration spilling over. It was the culmination of concerted introspection on my career journey and where I wanted to go next.

Fork in the road

A couple of choices were on the table.

Continue doing what I was doing (a UK GC role, sitting on the board within a company I knew, understood and liked), and explore bigger or better* legal roles within the company group in the future. Or step away from the law and take on a new role elsewhere within the business.

The role on offer was completely different: managing a team within our Go-to-Market function that focussed on pre-sales customer engagement and change management support in a highly competitive marketplace. You could write my experience and knowledge of Go-to-Market strategies on the back of a business card – and still have room for your email address.

Of course, nothing would have been wrong with the first option. This was perhaps the more traditional and well-trodden career path, building experience and expertise within a known niche.

But something about the latter

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Louisa leads marketing for the in-house legal community at LexisNexis. She joined the dedicated in-house team at LexisNexis four years ago and has a passion for driving and facilitating initiatives which are customer-focused at their heart. Her vision is to support in-house counsel succeed in their fast-evolving role based on deep insight, data analysis and best practice gathered across the in-house community.

Prior to her in-house focused role, Louisa led the marketing for the bar and mid-market private practice sectors as well as product marketing lead for LexisPSL – LexisNexis’ cloud based, practical guidance and legal research software solution.

She brings 20 years’ marketing experience both client and agency side, specialising in B2B marketing in the Legal, TMT (Telco, Media and Technology) and Financial Services industries. In both South Africa, Europe and the UK.

Louisa is also an active member on the LexisNexis Gender Equality Matters (GEM) steering committee and is involved with the Families at LexisNexis Group which brings together, supports and lobbies for change those with an interest in balancing the challenges of work and family.