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Moving from Private Practice Law to In House Law

This used to be fairly popular (both ways), but as more lawyers realise that life is not that rosy on the other side, we find it less common.

If you are about 2 years PQE (post-qualification experience) or above, in a field of law related to in house work – employment, company commercial, conveyancing, property, M&A – it is not too difficult in some areas. However you need to think carefully as to the reasons for the move.

Salaries in house can be very low, although the working conditions often make up for it. NQ (Newly qualified) moves tend to be harder as in house departments prefer experience before considering candidates. Often there is no-one in the organisation to provide training. Quite a lot of posts are offered on a contract basis, and life can be a little uncertain in multi-national companies. 

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Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at