Our recruitment experience in in-house legal jobs
Whether you’re looking to work as legal counsel in an established multinational, a fast-growing start-up, or a governmental body or charity, our dedicated legal specialists have the in-house role for you. For more than 25 years, we’ve been building trusted relationships and connections with a wide range of well-respected and successful organisations.
We’ll guide and enable your in-house job search, signposting the best opportunities. Explore a range of positions in FTSE 250 companies, public bodies and third sector organisations, from specialist roles in large in-house teams to sole counsel and first-time appointment roles.
Our long-standing tenure in the legal landscape means we’re here as your lifelong partner, guiding you through your entire legal journey as you progress into that next career role.
In-house legal employers we recruit for
We’ve partnered with over 400 organisations hiring legal professionals, so you can trust us to offer you the greatest choice of in-house opportunities available.
Here are just some of the employers we’ve placed in-house legal professionals in: Alzheimer's Society | Aviva | Bank of Ireland | BT | Deloitte | Dogs Trust | IKEA | KPMG | Post Office | RAC.
OUR RECRUITMENT PROCESS
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We’ll stay in touch and continue to share opportunities that fit your long-term ambitions.View Courses
IN-HOUSE LEGAL JOBS FAQs
In-house salaries can vary greatly, depending largely on your job title, legal experience, and the organisation you work for.
A newly qualified legal professional working in London could expect to earn around £50,000 a year. For an experienced legal professional with five years’ PQE (Post Qualified Experience), this figure could rise to £90,000 or more.
For a legal counsel or head of legal working for a successful start-up, you could comfortably earn in excess of £100,000 on a basic salary, with additional benefits.
Browse our Salary Guide for a deeper look at potential in-house salaries.
Deciding whether to work in-house or for a private practice comes down to personal preference. In-house lawyers work for a single client, becoming experts in that organisation’s business structure and unique legal needs. On the other hand, a private practice lawyer working for multiple clients, often focusing on specialist areas of expertise, will typically delve into several areas of the law.
Private practice lawyers will typically earn higher salaries, but their working hours are usually longer to meet client demands. Conversely, in-house professionals working for an organisation may have a better work-life balance, with more routine company hours.
There is increased flexibility amongst employers, with more legal professionals working on a hybrid basis. With that being said, most law firms do not currently offer four-day week arrangements.
However, support for a four-day week is certainly growing, and organisations looking to retain their best professionals –and bolster staff wellbeing – may potentially offer trial periods in the future. Watch this space.
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