Professional development and networking for junior in-house counsel

Are you starting out in your in-house career? This forum is designed just for you.

Committed to helping you succeed

We know that starting out in your legal career in-house isn't like being a junior in a law firm. You haven't got a firm full of lawyers to turn to for advice or support. You're not alone. There are many others embarking on their in-house legal career, in exactly the same position.

We were approached by the in-house community to provide a space for you to connect and learn from each other - a chance to compare notes, swap stories and sharpen your legal knowledge and commercial skills.

Aspire is a free networking and professional development group for in-house lawyers in the early stages of their legal career. We are passionate about supporting each other to succeed by providing a forum and running regular networking events to share experiences and ideas and sharpen our legal and commercial skills.

Value for you

By joining Aspire you will benefit from:

Value for your organisation

Be assured that those starting out their legal career in your team:

  • Receive quality training and development support
  • Gain formal training on important soft skills to apply in their day-to-day interaction with your commercial colleagues
  • Hear insight and best practice advice from senior commercial and in-house counsel experts to help their career progression
  • Get encouragement from like-minded peers in similar environments
  • Hone their legal skills and commercial acumen to help deliver better value back into your organisation
  • Can share insights and relevant legal updated content provided by us with your team


The Aspire community meets throughout the year in central London and Leeds.

Each meeting is focused on learning and development and provides the opportunity to network, compare notes and swap stories with others embarking on in-house legal careers.

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Insights from your peers

Aspire Advisory Board members

Aspire is guided by an Advisory Board of in-house lawyers and receives input from training partners at law firms to shape content.

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What our members say

“In our experience, the long-term confidence and knowledge that trainees gain from the Aspire events hugely outweighs the short-term cost of a few hours out of the office. And you never know when the contacts they make through the network might prove useful for business purposes! We would certainly recommend Aspire and we support our trainee’s attendance at these events.”

Claire Woolley, Head of Corporate Legal

“Aspire is a great programme for in-house legal trainees, providing not only helpful training but also an instant network for in-house trainees who do not benefit from the grand scale trainee networks that a law firm would provide. Our legal trainee thoroughly enjoys the sessions and finds meeting other in-house trainees really helpful and fun.”

Maaike de Bie, General Counsel
Royal Mail plc

“Joining this group has been a great opportunity to sharpen my legal knowledge and commercial soft skills, allowing me to feel more confident in my role.”

Aspire member

“Sharing best practice and discussing challenges with others at the same stage of their career has been invaluable.”

Aspire member

Join today

Aspire is free to join and open to all in-housers in the early stages of their legal career. To register your interest and see how you can reap the benefits of this free, aspirational community please complete the following details:

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