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


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Legal Counsel

JOB TITLE: Legal Counsel PQE REQUIRED: 3+ LOCATION: Remote working SALARY: £65K - £80K THE ROLE: We are looking for Legal Counsel to join a very busy team in a company undergoing a period of business transformation and expansion. This is a…

  • £65000 - £80000 per annum
  • Posted: 12/08/2022
  • United Kingdom
  • Job Ref: 215289262
  • Permanent

Interim Legal Counsel

SUMMARY: Interim Legal Counsel, London/Hybrid Working, – An outstanding opportunity has arisen for an experienced in-house lawyer to join the legal team of this innovative organisation on an interim basis. To apply or to register your interest, ple…

  • £Competitive daily rate
  • Posted: 04/08/2022
  • London
  • Job Ref: 215289180
  • Temporary

Lawyer (In-house)

JOB TITLE: Lawyer (In-house) PQE: NQ - 2 LOCATION: Cambridgeshire SALARY: On application OVERVIEW: How would you like to work in one of the world’s most exciting scientific communities? A place where the brightest minds come together to…

  • On application
  • Posted: 29/07/2022
  • Cambridgeshire
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  • Permanent

Legal Counsel (In-house)

Legal Counsel (In-house) 2 - 5 PQE To £65K + car allowance + bonus Our client is looking to recruit a qualified commercial Solicitor (2 to 5 years PQE) to join the highly respected legal team for the UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) regio…

  • £50000 - £65000 per annum
  • Posted: 19/07/2022
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  • Job Ref: 215289020
  • Permanent

Senior Legal Counsel – 6 month FTC

SUMMARY: Senior Legal Counsel – 6 month FTC, Remote / Surrey – Hybrid working available, 8+ PQE. Our client, an insurer, are actively seeking a Senior Legal Counsel on a 6 month FTC providing cover for an internal secondment. Ideally you will be av…

  • £Dependant on Experience
  • Posted: 23/06/2022
  • Surrey
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  • Permanent

Conveyancer (In-house)

JOB TITLE: Conveyancer (In-house) LOCATION: North West SALARY: On application THE ROLE: As an In-house conveyancer you will be responsible for the day to day plot conveyancing on new build developments. You will liaise with the regional offi…

  • on application
  • Posted: 22/06/2022
  • Manchester
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  • Permanent

Legal Counsel (Commercial)

JOB TITLE: Legal Counsel PQE REQUIRED: 2 - 5 LOCATION: Flexible SALARY: to £65,000 + bonus + car allowance THE ROLE: We are recruiting for a qualified commercial Solicitor (2 to 5 years PQE) to join a highly respected legal team responsibl…

  • Competitive + bonus + car allowance
  • Posted: 18/06/2022
  • United Kingdom
  • Job Ref: 215287600
  • Permanent

Commercial Legal Counsel

JOB TITLE: In-house Legal Counsel PQE REQUIRED: 2+ LOCATION: London Reporting to the Head of Legal – UK and working closely with the wider legal team, this is a fantastic opportunity for a seasoned Commercial Counsel to join a fast-paced sta…

  • on application
  • Posted: 18/06/2022
  • London
  • Job Ref: 215288292
  • Permanent

Commercial Lawyer (In-house)

JOB TITLE: Commercial Lawyer (In-house) PQE REQUIRED: 2 - 5 LOCATION: South Yorkshire SALARY: £55K - £60K + car allowance + bonus THE ROLE: We're looking for a proactive and positive Legal Counsel to be part of a multi £bn global company…

  • £50000 - £60000 per annum
  • Posted: 18/06/2022
  • South Yorkshire
  • Job Ref: 215288723
  • Permanent

Residential Conveyancer (plot sales)

JOB TITLE: Assistant Divisional Legal Manager LOCATION: Hampshire SALARY: on application THE ROLE: To assist and support the Divisional Legal Manager in the management and provision of an efficient, service led in-house estate conveyancin…

  • On application
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