Leaving the bar to become an in-house lawyer may seem an uncommon vocational journey. However, for one award-winning practitioner, the move has been a natural, seamless transition.
On this episode of The Corporate Counsel Show, host Jerome Doraisamy welcomes back returning guest Matthew Littlejohn, a Darwin-based barrister-turned-manager of litigation at the Office of the General Counsel in Victoria, to discuss his experience as a barrister in the Northern Territory and what he learned about himself in that time, why he wanted to move in-house and what he does in his new role, and what the transition has been like.
The pair also discuss the practical and professional skills one learns as a barrister that are transferrable to an in-house role, whether law departments should be recruiting from the bar, if barristers make for better in-house counsel than those from private practice, and what those already in-house can bring to the bar table if they wish to make that vocational shift.
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