Making the most of your in-house legal skills – an interactive Q&A with Megan Bawden, Telefónica

Making the most of your in-house legal skills – an interactive Q&A with Megan Bawden, Telefónica

Megan Bowden, Business Manager to Telefónica’s CFO joined our recent Aspire professional development and networking forum which was facilitated by Sophie Gould, Head of In-house, LexisNexis, to share career lessons she’s learned from her legal and non-legal roles, and transitioning between the two.

Career path:

Megan grew up and was educated in New Zealand, where she completed a law degree. Through a summer internship, she secured a role at one of New Zealand’s largest firms and studied her ‘professionals’ part time over six months. She spent two years in the firm’s corporate team – known to have a broader scope than UK corporate teams.

Following in the footsteps of many other young lawyers from New Zealand, she moved to the UK, originally on a 2 year working holiday plan, and joined the legal team at O2, initially in the contracts team before moving on to a more advisory role.

At the same time, she was experiencing familiar frustrations with a legal career– the impact on her social life and free time. Like many of us, her initial instinct was that staying in law was still easier than changing careers, but when an opportunity for a secondment into a business non-legal department came up, she took it.

Of particular relevance was the fact that the role was in a team she had supported from the legal side, so the people and subject matter were familiar and the role was supervised by an individual known for supporting and developing their people.

When that secondment ended, Megan had the

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About the author:

Lauren Fairservice is a paralegal in the LexisPSL In-house, Compliance and Practice Management Group.

Prior to joining LexisNexis in May 2016, Lauren spent a year in-house at ClientEarth, helping to coordinate their climate litigation work and two years in the IP Litigation team at Bristows LLP. She holds the GDL and LPC, as well as an MSc in Environment & Development and a degree in Geography.