find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
My next move: Is it possible to move back into private practice from my current in-house role?

My next move: Is it possible to move back into private practice from my current in-house role?

Whilst the traditional movement of lawyers has always been from private practice to in-house, we have certainly seen a trend in recent times of lawyers doing the reverse.


Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

From a lawyer’s perspective, the reasons for such a move include career advancement, a desire to specialise, and the increasing flexibility of some law firms. From a law firm’s perspective, the opportunity to recruit from a relevant industry sector, the specialist knowledge gained and the resulting credibility with clients are some of the motivating factors for hiring lawyers from in-house.
The key for any lawyer contemplating such a move is to ensure that their technical experience and industry knowledge is closely aligned with the law firm they are considering. An ability to demonstrate real, hands-on technical experience that could prove invaluable working alongside a client is critical.
Similarly, it is important that you are able to demonstrate a highly developed understanding of the relevant industry sector and how this could benefit the firm from both a transactional and business development perspective. There is no doubt that firms do, however, have a preference for strong private practice backgrounds and you must be comfortable talking through the private practice experience you gained prior to moving in-house.
The key is striking that careful balance – your industry knowledge goes a long way but it must be backed up by the technical skills required of any private practice lawyer. Get that balance right and there is no reason why a move back into private practice can’t become a reality.
My next move: Is it possible to move back into private practice from my current in-house role?
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
microscope
06:04
‘Exorbitant legal fees’ under government microscope
With the growing number of class action proceedings in Australia, the government is looking at how ...
Funds, money, cash
06:00
Law Access WA receives welcome funding
Law Access Western Australia has received a grant from the state government to fund its pro bono leg...
Thomson Reuters adds to Practical Law team
06:00
Thomson Reuters adds to Practical Law team
Thomson Reuters has appointed an experienced real estate lawyer to its Practical Law Australia team....
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...