Grow your own

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Grow your own

In this Practice Note I will explore the opportunities and advantages for in-house teams to recruit and manage trainee solicitors as part of the resources mix within the in-house team.

In 1999 I was General Counsel for the mortgage lender Cheltenham & Gloucester (C&G). We had a reasonably big team of about twenty lawyers. However we wanted to recruit one or two more lawyers to cope with business expansion and the resulting legal work. We went to the market through traditional means, but we were disappointed not to find candidates who understood the in-house role or who were affordable.

Then one of my team mentioned that in the business elsewhere they were aware of two LPC graduates who were in non-legal roles because they had not been able to secure training contracts, and we decided to offer one of them a training contract. We cleared the regulatory hurdles (which are modest and reasonable) and invited both of them to apply for one newly created trainee post.

They were so impressive that we offered them both a role. The initiative proved to be a great success and both have gone on to have wonderful in-house careers. The benefits of what we did over fifteen years ago are even more relevant today. The key advantages to growing your own are:

  1. minimal recruitment costs-no agent/head-hunter fees that can

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