5 career development tips for in-house lawyers starting out in their career

5 career development tips for in-house lawyers starting out in their career

Sophie Gould, Head of In-house, LexisNexis, recently facilitated an interactive Q&A session with members of the Advisory Board. The Q&A panel was represented by Billy Rogers, Paralegal at Equiniti; Robyn Curd, Employment Paralegal at BT and Debbie Singh, In-house Counsel Marketing & IP Team at Telefonica.

#1 Network, network, network

To secure her in-house training contract, Debbie really made the most of her networking skills. Her previous role at O2, provided the chance to work with the in-house legal team and the opportunity to both win their trust and understand more about the different roles that were on offer in-house.

She then leveraged this opening to network, building relationships with the GC and the wider legal team and slipping into conversation whenever possible that she had done her LPC and would be interested in exploring a legal role further.

#2 Use the Best Practice Framework for In-house Training Contracts

Like many, Billy faced the challenge that his organisation had never taken on in-house trainees in the legal department.

As a member of Aspire, he was aware of the

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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.