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In-house expectations

Tamasin Dorosti answers some commonly asked questions by junior lawyers contemplating a move in-house

7 July 2015

There has always been pressure on in-house legal departments to deliver increasing value to their businesses.

Working in an organisation – whether it be public sector, local government, or a FTSE 100 company – as opposed to private practice requires a whole different mindset
and a completely different
way of working.

Core soft skills

Of course, you will still need all the core soft skills, such as negotiation, drafting, communication, and advocacy skills, but you will need to utilise them in a different way to those who are in private practice.

Your communication and advocacy skills, for example, will be used to not only inform the business but, more importantly, influence it. You steer the business in a particular direction and, therefore, other departments need to understa...

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