Q&A with in-house lawyers and Aspire alumni

Q&A with in-house lawyers and Aspire alumni

The LexisNexis Aspire networking and professional group facilitated by Sophie Gould, met on Thursday 11th April 2019. For the Q&A session, we had three experts take to the floor.

Dina Jubrail trained in-house at BT and has subsequently moved into private practice and currently works for Baker Botts in their Competition team. Dina was joined by Dan Antoun, an Intellectual Property lawyer at the BBC and Chris Benn who previously worked in-house at BT, and now works as a TMT Solicitor at Pinsent Masons.

Q. What are the best aspects of working in-house?

A. Dina emphasised the great insight into a business working in-house provides: it enables you to see first-hand how legal advice is received and therefore learn how best to deliver it (eg by a quick phone call or email rather than an essay). Further, it is an opportunity to work with professionals outside the legal sector, who can offer perspectives from other areas of a business enabling you to think ahead accordingly, and commercially.

Chris, who co-authored the Best Practice Framework For In-house Training Contracts, focussed on the role an in-house training contract plays in your route to qualification. He discussed how  training in-house fits well with the route from paralegal to NQ and how a training contract can be achieved in-house, often by working with the SRA. The key factor to this process is asking yourself and your supervisor how your experience matches up against a more structured training contract.

Q. What tips do you have for paralegals trying to secure training contracts?

A. Dan led by telli

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Claire is a paralegal is the LexisAsk and Commercial and Sectors teams at LexisNexis teams. She previously did a law conversion at BPP Law school and plans to study the LPC latterly. She is an English literature graduate and hopes to combine her studies by pursuing a career in the IP sector.

Claire is a keen member of the LexisNexis Singers and practices with them weekly. Outside of work, Claire is a keen hockey player and cyclist and brings this energy into everything she does in her job.