Noble Legal work with a broad range of prestigious companies to include an increasing number of blue chips that complement our ‘top-end’ focus in private practice recruitment.

This is a growth industry and firms have an increasing appetite to increase their in-house legal capability. This requires a different set of skills and a different outlook to private practice.

Most private practice lawyers will consider a move in-house at some point in their career, whether it is a fleeting consideration or a deep rooted desire to work ‘closer to the business’. Motivation is often ‘push related’ as much as it is ‘pull related’. On the one hand there is the lure of working more sensible hours, applying a greater level of business skills to complement technical legal skills, and greater involvement in company decisions. This is often matched by the desire to get away from ‘all nighters’, address work-life balance, and to get away from time sheets and the pressures of working in the direct profit centre of a competitive private practice firm.

We can advise on all the implications of a move from private practice, from the exciting opportunities within in-house to the pitfalls and the difficulties of returning to private practice. Specific factors to consult on include:

  • What to expect in-house (depending on sector and type of corporation)
  • In-house career track
  • Skills and personal qualities necessary to succeed in-house
  • Career implications regarding returning to private practice in the future
  • Timing – when to move
  • Remuneration and package
  • Becoming an integral part of a business

We work very closely in partnership with a select number of corporates that are highly desirable places to work.

For more information, please contact our Head of In-House, Daniel Smith.

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Noble Legal’s core business is the London private practice market, both City and West End.

We have placed with and are preferred suppliers for most top 200 London firms, and we work closely with over half of the US firms based in London.

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We have a considerable footprint in Paris and Brussels. We have also placed lawyers in Amsterdam and Geneva.

In addition to this, we work with and have placed with firms in the Middle East, South East Asia and Australia.

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Noble Legal have placed partners with UK City, US City and West End firms. The two founding directors, David Crollick and Daniel Smith, handle an ever-increasing number of instructions at partner level.

Many of their associate level hires break into partnership with the full range of firms.

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Noble Legal can offer many years of specialist experience in the thriving area of PSL recruitment.

We handle roles at every level from junior PSL to Head of Knowledge Management roles, and we can offer advice on many aspects of PSL work including market trends, salaries and career prospects.

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