Aspire training and networking group for junior in-house lawyers

Aspire training and networking group for junior in-house lawyers

inhouseeventimageLexisNexis recently hosted another successful event for Aspire, facilitated by Sophie Gould. This quarterly event regularly attracts between 40-50 junior in-house lawyers, with new members joining all the time.

The icebreaker session was hosted by Chris White from Aspiring Solicitors. Chris set up the organisation to provide help for students from underrepresented groups that wanted to enter the legal profession. Through personal experience, he has seen how resistant the legal profession can be at embracing diverse backgrounds.

Members were split into small groups and each tasked with discussing a workplace scenario such as inappropriate derogatory comments being overheard in their company’s canteen. The debates throughout the groups were lively, with many stating how helpful it was to discuss in a group the best way to deal with them.

The Aspire program also provides insight and training to help develop and build commercial skills. So for our next session the group heard from Dom Lynch, Head of Sales and Karen Waldron, Product Development Director at LexisNexis, who shared how they work with in-house lawyers and gave tips as to how members could demonstrate commercial acumen within their respective businesses.

Danielle from our Aspire Advisory Board shared her experience of why she joined the Aspire group and top tips for success. The final session of the day launched the latest training program focusing on how to communicate creatively with business colleagues.

After a wrap-up of the afternoon’s sessions, the group stayed for some networking over drinks. Feedback from the event was very positive with one member saying "Excellent session on diversity, lots of issues that I have never considered were discussed. Networking event is, as ever invaluable."

The next Aspire group will be held on 14 October. Find out more information about Aspire, including how to become a member here.

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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.