Interview with Jill Lodge from Bank of America Merrill Lynch: why in-house should work more closely with law firms

Interview with Jill Lodge from Bank of America Merrill Lynch: why in-house should work more closely with law firms

Aspiring in-house solicitors - working with law firms to increase diversity

From Lexis®PSL In-house: In the second part of this series looking at the work of Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation aiming to increase diversity in the legal profession, Jill Lodge, managing director and associate general counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, discusses what prompted her to become a professional ambassador and why the in-house community needs to work more closely with law firms to support diversity.

What is your background?

I am currently a managing director and associate general counsel in the legal department at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. I manage a legal team which supports an area of the global markets business within the bank.

Why did you sign up to be a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors?

I became a professional ambassador because I support Aspiring Solicitors' objective of creating a more diverse legal profession. It is important to make the profession accessible to people from a range of back-grounds, particularly under-represented groups.

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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.