In-house Advisory Board: Recruiting and retaining talent

In-house Advisory Board: Recruiting and retaining talent

How can General Counsel make the recruitment and retention of talentRecruitment and retainmented lawyers central to the culture of the legal team? On 2 July 2015, the LexisNexis In-house Advisory Board met to discuss motivating and developing employees and how to attract new talent to the business.

There is no one right way to recruit and retain talented people. Businesses have to adapt their strategies to thrive and the same applies to in-house legal when it comes to recruitment and retention. Successfully finding and keeping the right people isn’t just about HR policies and process; it is essential to have a clear purpose for the legal team and a vision of the roles and behaviours needed to deliver value to the business.

The LexisNexis In-house Advisory Board’s discussion, facilitated by Ian White, Consultant with LBC Wise Counsel, explored the issues around career progression and development. It was agreed that the job of General Counsel isn’t to take charge of the development of individuals; instead, their role is to plan and provide opportunities and encourage individuals to actively participate in their own development.

Having open conversations about career progression is central to development, as are performance reviews and setting appropriate objectives. The Board also discussed secondments as an opportunity for development. Experiencing another part of the b

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.