Rely on the most comprehensive, up-to-date legal content designed and curated by lawyers for lawyers
Work faster and smarter to improve your drafting productivity without increasing risk
Accelerate the creation and use of high quality and trusted legal documents and forms
Streamline how you manage your legal business with proven tools and processes
Manage risk and compliance in your organisation to reduce your risk profile
Stay up to date and informed with insights from our trusted experts, news and information sources
Access the best content in the industry, effortlessly — confident that your news is trustworthy and up to date.
Find up-to-date guidance on points of law and then easily pull up sources to support your advice with Lexis PSL
Check out our straightforward definitions of common legal terms.
Our trusted tax intelligence solutions, highly-regarded exam training and education materials help guide and tutor Tax professionals
Access our unrivalled global news content, business information and analytics solutions
Insurance, risk and compliance intelligence using big data, proprietary linking and advanced analytics.
A leading provider of software platforms for professional services firms
In-depth analysis, commentary and practical information to help you protect your business
LexisNexis Blogs shed light on topics affecting the legal profession and the issues you're facing
Legal professionals trust us to help navigate change. Find out how we help ensure they exceed expectations
Lex Chat is a LexisNexis current affairs podcast sharing insights on topics for the legal profession
Discuss the latest legal developments, ask questions, and share best practice with other LexisPSL subscribers
In 1999 I was General Counsel for the mortgage lender Cheltenham & Gloucester (C&G). We had a reasonably big team of about twenty lawyers. However we wanted to recruit one or two more lawyers to cope with the expansion of the business and the legal work that was being created as a result. We went to the market through traditional means, but we were disappointed not to find candidates who “got” the in-house role or who were affordable.
Then one of my team mentioned that in the business elsewhere they were aware of two LPC graduates who were in non legal roles because they had not been able to secure training contracts. The idea to offer one of them a training contact quickly developed. We cleared the regulatory hurdles (which are modest and reasonable) and invited both of them to apply for one newly created trainee post.
So impressive were they that we in fact offered them both a role. The initiative proved to be a great success and both have gone on to have wonderful in-house careers. These are the key advantages of what we did way back over fifteen years ago. I believe these advantages are even more relevant today.
Interestingly, in the UK markets, I feel the same way about hiring Legal Executive talent. CILEX is one of the most impressive, but unheralded networks in the entire profession. The talent pool is wide, varied and invariably excellent. It baffles me why we do not do more in this space.
I would go so far as to say that in the UK the first question for a General Counsel who has a recruitment need is whether the role is better suited to a Legal Executive. This is not just about lower salary costs, but also about stability and commerciality. I won’t slip into cliché, but General Counsel really should ask the question about what type of lawyer they need and look beyond PQE as the differentiator.
My challenge to every in-house legal team, whatever the size, sector or location, is to consider (at least) when and how trainees or legal exec talent would be advantageous. A once a year assessment will ensure the opportunity is not missed.
In this regard it is worth mentioning a new business that is creating a positive impression. The business is called Accutrainee. Accutrainee sets out to deliver a flexible and efficient way to manage trainees. They in fact are the employer and recruit trainees which they then place on secondment law firms and in-house legal teams in accordance with their clients' requirements. The result, potentially is a really efficient and flexible opportunities to bring trainees into the team.
By so innovatively redefining how trainees can be sourced, Accutrainee can “de-risk” the process for employers and provide new opportunities for graduates as well. Their ambition is also to improve diversity in the profession. It is genuinely impressive.
The role of the trainee within the in-house legal team is still underdeveloped and modest. It is a significant area for most teams to explore. It should be a conversation within every team every time recruitment is considered.
Find out more about our LexisNexis in-house trainee and paralegal networking group. This group meets regularly and provides the opportunity for your to connect with your peers, compare notes, swap stories and sharpen your legal knowledge and commercial skills.
Free trials are only available to individuals based in the UK
* denotes a required field
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.
0330 161 1234