eNL Legal has vast experience in working with organisations of all shapes and sizes, as well as candidates to fill even the most challenging of in-house legal job roles. Our blended recipe of effort, focus and honesty works equally as smoothly with FTSE 500 companies as it does the public sector, charities and smaller organisations.

Are you an organisation looking to fill an in-house legal role, or a candidate looking for a new legal position? eNL Legal recruitment can help.  Our specialist Legal Consultants will work hard to interpret/understand and define your requirements. We understand what makes a great in-house legal position and help our clients to shape roles which will interest and engage legal professionals. As a candidate we will take the time to understand your career aspirations and help with your transition to an in-house position, or when moving from an existing in-house role. We have in-house legal job vacancies available across the entire UK.

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Private Practice or In-House? Choosing the right path for you.

The number of Solicitors working in-house is growing at a faster rate than those in private practice and is predicted to reach 35 per cent of the profession by 2020,  reports the Law Society. Working in-house is distinctly different to working in a private practice law firm or the public sector. Both law firms and in-house positions have their perks and drawbacks. The trick is to determine where you, your skills and your lifestyle requirements feel most comfortable. So maybe it’s the 80-hour week that’s just too much and you’ve reached burnout, or you are fed up of the endless paperwork that accompanies billing in six-minute increments - is the prospect of moving in-house looking more and more alluring each day? Or is in-house your career choice?

The In-House Difference

Working in-house can be significantly different than working at a law firm. First of all, in-house Lawyers have only one client - the company they work for and since your sole client pays your salary, you don't have to worry about billable hours.

A common perception is that in-house Lawyers don't have to work late nights or on weekends. This is partly true, since in-house Lawyers only have to meet the demands of one client. So, if the company you work for is running smoothly, you may not wind up working the crazy hours that private practice can demand. You may take a drop in salary, but you will have more personal time and control over your working hours and be able to capitalise on flexible working arrangements and a more balanced life.

What do I need to have to be an in-house Lawyer?

A commercial outlook is key. Depending on the type of in-house role you may need to have a demonstrable track record of developing business. Able to think on your feet, have well developed soft skills and be a superb communicator, able to engage with a wide range of people. Coaching and coordinating can often come with the territory, so you need to be organised, efficient and driven. In essence many of the skills you already have as a private practice Lawyer.

Examples of in-house legal vacancies

At eNL Legal we have a large selection of in-house roles available across many contract types  (permanent, contract, locum). To view our range of in-house legal job vacancies click here. Please see below examples of some popular in-house roles:

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Deputy General Counsel
  • General Counsel
  • Head of Legal
  • In-house Legal Counsel
  • Legal Director
  • Senior Counsel
  • Paralegal
  • Interim Legal Counsel

eNL the in-house legal agency for you

Call eNL today on Birmingham (0121 454 1004), Leeds (0113 320 0575), London (0207 183 8586) or Manchester (0161 850 0745) to discuss your in-house legal vacancy requirements or to register your interest in in-house roles.  Alternatively email us at enl@enllegal.co.uk


9 Jobs Match Your Search Criteria

Employment Solicitor

Respondent Employment Solicitor, 1+ PQE, Contract, Leicestershire – This large in-house organisation are seeking a junior employment solicitor for a 9-10 month contract. There is the potential for this role to become permanent for the right candidate…

  • up to circa 42,000 DOE
  • Posted: 21/09/2020
  • Leicestershire
  • Job Ref: 215281620
  • Permanent

Senior Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel Wiltshire £60K - £65K To assist in providing legal support in relation to commercial agreements. There will be a particular emphasis on advising the business on data protection matters, procurement of goods and services, dr…

  • £60000 - £65000 per annum
  • Posted: 16/09/2020
  • Wiltshire
  • Job Ref: 215281524
  • Permanent

Commercial Real Estate Solicitor - )-

Rebecca Barry, a member of eNL's specialist London & South East Private Practice team, is currently handling a new opportunity to join an award-winning team. You will be an ambitious Commercial Real Estate Solicitor looking to make the next step in y…

  • £30000 - £40000 per annum
  • Posted: 15/09/2020
  • Surrey
  • Job Ref: 215281513
  • Permanent

Legal Counsel

SUMMARY: Senior Legal Counsel, Leicestershire, 5+ PQE – Call us now on 0121 454 1004. JOB TITLE: Senior Legal Counsel PQE REQUIRED: 5+ years LOCATION: Leicestershire (commutable from: Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands) S…

  • £60000 - £65000 per annum
  • Posted: 09/09/2020
  • Leicestershire
  • Job Ref: 215281421
  • Permanent

Legal Counsel

SUMMARY: In-house Commercial Lawyer, Lincolnshire, 2 – 4 PQE – An exciting opportunity for a junior Solicitor to move-in and handle a broad range of commercial work. Call us now on 0121 454 1004. JOB TITLE: In-house Commercial Lawyer PQE…

  • On application
  • Posted: 09/09/2020
  • Lincolnshire
  • Job Ref: 215281420
  • Permanent

Locum Commercial Property Solicitor

Commercial Property Solicitor, 5+ PQE, Warwickshire – An exciting remote working opportunity to join a highly regarded in-house legal team. Long term locum opportunity. To apply or to register your interest, please call Kaye Thumpston on 020 7183 858…

  • £30 per hour
  • Posted: 26/08/2020
  • Warwickshire
  • Job Ref: 215281322
  • Temporary

Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel South West £60K - £65K We are looking for a Legal Counsel to help drive our clients legal function. The capabilities and role of the function have increased substantially in recent years reflecting the growth of the business…

  • £60000 - £65000 per annum
  • Posted: 19/08/2020
  • South West England
  • Job Ref: 215281269
  • Permanent

Interim Contracts and Construction Lawyer

Interim Commercial and Construction Lawyer – Outstanding opportunity to work with a highly regarded and high profile in-house legal team – Part-time and remote working. Call us now on 0121 454 1004. quoting job ref: 1209 JOB TITLE: Commercial and…

  • £200 - £300 per day
  • Posted: 11/08/2020
  • West Midlands
  • Job Ref: 215281209
  • Temporary

General Counsel

General Counsel - 9+ PQE/ In-house / Interim Contract / London – To apply please call Grace on 0121 454 1004. OVERVIEW: • An experienced and knowledgeable Regulatory Lawyer/ General Counsel is needed for this Regulatory Body within London,…

  • £70000 - £90000 per annum
  • Posted: 09/07/2020
  • London
  • Job Ref: 215280956
  • Permanent