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
From Lexis®PSL In-house: In the fifth part of our series looking at the work of Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation aiming to increase diversity in the legal profession, Ria Moody, an associate in the operations and technology legal team at Barclays,
shares what motivated her to become an ambassador and offers her top tips for students wanting a career in law.
What is your background?
I am an associate working in the operations and technology legal team at Barclays. I have been in this role since I qualified in 2013.
Why did you sign up to be a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors?
I first learned about Aspiring Solicitors via a colleague at Barclays who was going to assist at an Aspiring Solicitors commercial awareness event and was asking for volunteers to accompany him. At the event I was struck by founder Chris Whites' energy
and enthusiasm, and by how much the attendees seemed to be getting out of the experience. I asked Chris how I could become more involved and he suggested becoming a professional ambassador. I signed up on the spot.
In your opinion, what more could the in-house community be doing to support diversity?
I think the most important thing the in-house community needs to provide is visibility. This could be via mentoring, attending events at a range of universities and colleges, or offering and facilitating work experience schemes. I believe it is crucial
to provide the opportunity to meet and speak to in-house lawyers to those young people who may not otherwise have the chance, or indeed even know that this career path exists.
What legal and/or soft skills do you think are most important for aspiring in-house lawyers?
All lawyers need to be meticulous with good attention to detail. They also need to be good communicators. I think that in-house lawyers in particular need to be capable of managing competing demands and different stakeholders' needs. This requires an
ability to prioritise the most urgent demands while ensuring that others do not feel overlooked.
As an ambassador, how do you support and encourage aspiring solicitors to gain and improve skills such as leadership, teamwork, networking and communication?
In order to gain and improve relevant skills, I encourage aspiring solicitors to attend the events run or publicised by Chris. Students should also check their university careers department for events or courses that are relevant to the profession.
In order to build their skills and CV, I would encourage aspiring solicitors to consider taking on positions of responsibility or that will promote and demonstrate skills development within their daily lives - for example within a part-time job or voluntary
role, or university committee or team, etc.I would also recommending reading a quality business publication to improve commercial awareness and confidence in discussing business issues.
Which conferences, networking events and publications would you recommend to aspiring in-house lawyers?
As I mentioned above, I recommend attending events run by Chris or by colleges and universities, and reading a financial publication. I also suggest reading the legal press to learn about wider trends and developments in the profession, as well as signing-up
to legal update emails from industry experts in specific fields of interest.More information about Aspiring Solicitors can be found here.
This interview is taken from Lexis PSL In-house, request a free trial here.
Interviewed by Helen Redding.The views expressed by our Legal Analysis interviewees are not necessarily those of the proprietor.
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