Looking to train in-house or take on trainees in-house? Get step-by-step advice with our Best Practice Framework for In-house Training Contracts

Looking to train in-house or take on trainees in-house? Get step-by-step advice with our Best Practice Framework for In-house Training Contracts



There are now more and more aspiring lawyers seeking the opportunity to train in-house. It comes as no surprise as in-house offers a challenging, commercial environment that one can cut their teeth on to get great experience as a foundation to build a successful career.

To support both junior in-house lawyers and legal departments looking at this option, together with the Aspire Best Practice Working Group we created the ‘Best Practice Framework for In-House Training Contracts’.

The framework has been developed by those who have trained in-house and know from personal experience that training contracts are a credible alternative route into the legal profession.

In line with our goal to offer you up-to-date, valuable and useful content, we have recently updated the framework, available for you to download here

Driven by a vision to share knowledge and experiences of working and training in-house, the framework looks to encourage more in-house legal teams to take on trainees. In today’s competitive market, it’s in-house legal departments that will help to improve access by opening new training opportunities.

 Practical tips and easy-to-use

The framework is a tool for general counsels, training principals, supervisors and trainees, and distils some of the confusion around what is required of an in-house training contract provider, by pinpointing the necessary materials available to assist with establishing and providing an in-house training programme.

It aims to guide the user through each step of the training contract process and offer advice, through the experiences of the Aspire Best Practice Working Group, on what makes a great in-house training programme.

We hope the guide proves to be a useful tool and welcome any feedback about how it could be improved. Please email us at Inhouse@lexisnexis.co.uk  

Make the most of our latest version of Best Practice Framework for In-House Training Contracts.

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About the author:

Louisa leads marketing for the in-house legal community at LexisNexis. She joined the dedicated in-house team at LexisNexis four years ago and has a passion for driving and facilitating initiatives which are customer-focused at their heart. Her vision is to support in-house counsel succeed in their fast-evolving role based on deep insight, data analysis and best practice gathered across the in-house community.

Prior to her in-house focused role, Louisa led the marketing for the bar and mid-market private practice sectors as well as product marketing lead for LexisPSL - LexisNexis' cloud based, practical guidance and legal research software solution.

She brings 20 years' marketing experience both client and agency side, specialising in B2B marketing in the Legal, TMT (Telco, Media and Technology) and Financial Services industries. In both South Africa, Europe and the UK.

Louisa is also an active member on the LexisNexis Gender Equality Matters (GEM) steering committee and is involved with the Families at LexisNexis Group which brings together, supports and lobbies for change those with an interest in balancing the challenges of work and family.