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The Inside Job: Working as an In-house Lawyer

The Inside Job: Working as an In-house Lawyer
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ISBNs:  9781846211652 ePub / 1645 PDF
Year Published:  2013
Author:  Patrick Ambrose
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The Inside Track: From In-house Lawyer to Trusted AdvisorThe Inside Track: From In-house Lawyer to Trusted Advisor


The author undertook this book first and foremost to improve his own understanding of the role:

  • What it really meant to be an in-house lawyer?

  • What were the unique aspects of the role that differentiated it from private practice?

  • What challenges in-house lawyers faced that would not be transparent to colleagues in other parts in the organisation or in law firms?

The intention of this book, therefore, is to share thoughts, create awareness about the role and generally to promote the function of in-house lawyer, corporate counsel and lawyers employed in government, public sector, charities and other non-corporate entities.

THE INSIDE JOB is aimed at corporate counsel and in-house lawyers in public sector by whatever title, not only General Counsel and experienced in-house lawyers but also those new to an in-house role. It will be of interest also to those in private practice who wish to learn more about the challenges their clients face and, in particular, those considering a move in-house. And some of the chapters in this ebook will be of interest to legal executives, company secretaries and those in associated functions, such as compliance.

"If you want to give yourself the broadest possible appeal, a corporate or commercial role with experience of contracts may be best. However, to improve even further, you may look to gain exposure to litigation, employment or corporate governance. There also may be soft skills you need to develop, such as showing that you have strong interpersonal skills, whether communicating with senior executives or employees at lower levels.” Such is the helpful advice offered in this slim volume.
The format of the book is innovative, available only electronically for a ridiculously low price, but instantly available. The author is legal adviser at Bank of Ireland in Dublin.
Ambrose provides the main characteristics required by in-house lawyers, which he suggests come to being a team player while also acting to ensure the client makes decisions which have been tested and probed, and overall to act “as policeman of a client’s conduct”, while being acutely aware of their needs.
There are useful chapters on ethics, managing risk (in particular exposing oneself to unnecessary risk by taking on too many roles), and a particularly helpful chapter on effective writing.
This book would be a useful reminder to those providing in-house advice whether in the public or private sector. It is also helpful in dispelling some of the illusions often attributed to lawyers in those parts of the profession: it’s as tough as anywhere else.
David J Dickson, solicitor advocate