Junior lawyer event: In-house and private practice: exploring different perspectives

Junior lawyer event: In-house and private practice: exploring different perspectives

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between working in-house and in private practice? How does career progression differ between the two? How do roles, responsibilities and the types of work covered contrast? What are expectations of you as a junior lawyer in-house vs in private practice?

Get the inside track on the career development opportunities working in-house versus in private practice.

Wednesday 4th August 2021

12:30 – 13:15

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We are delighted to welcome our very own Chair of Aspire Katie Barker, private equity associate at US law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and fellow Aspire Advisory Board member Chris Benn, in-house Legal Counsel at JD Sports Fashion PLC to give us the scoop on their experiences of working in-house and working in private practice.

Join us and benefit from learning:

  • How Katie secured her training contract at Network Rail Infrastructure – the first in the company since 1994
  • How working both in-house and in private practice has positively influenced Katie and Chris’ career development
  • Personal top tips on how to succeed both in-house and in private practice



Aspire - 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 many others embarking on their in-house legal career, 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.

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 by providing a forum and running regular networking events to share experiences and ideas and sharpen our legal and commercial skills.

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About the author:

Sophie is Head of Learning & Development at F-LEX Legal - an award winning legal tech startup helping law firms and organisations manage a flexible work force and supporting lawyers to make smarter life/work choices. 

As part of her portfolio career Sophie runs various learning and development and networking forums for in-house lawyers and mentors junior lawyers.  These include Flying Solo for small and solo legal teams and Aspire for junior in-house lawyers which she runs for LexisNexis UK.  She also works with schools and organisations to promote social mobility within the legal profession, working with The Social Mobility Business Partnership and Aspiring Solicitors. 

She trained as a lawyer in the City and worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group.  

Outside of work she is happily married with three sons and enjoys morning walks along the beach with her two dogs.