InsideOut Magazine

Our quarterly magazine focuses on the issues that matter to in-house lawyers working in the corporate and public sectors, not-for-profit organisations and charities.

May 2022

Cover story: operation crisis management

After the fall of Afghanistan and the military support delivered during COVID, Maj Gen Alex Taylor CB, director for the Army Legal Services branch, knows about delivering legal advice in a crisis. He shares what other in-house lawyers can learn from his experiences in extreme circumstances.


Learning to dance in the rain: how to thrive in an in-house environment

Five ways to run better meetings

The SQE: opening doors to in-house qualifying work experience

How to manage stakeholders as an in-house lawyer

Do your crisis management procedures need a health check?

Previous issues

Cover story: A fair shot: the in-house lawyer behind global vaccine equality efforts

After being highly commended at the 2021 Law Society Awards, Jelena Madir, general counsel at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance explains the technical, financial and legal challenges faced when organising equal, global access to COVID vaccines


Your customers' expectations are changing, you should too

Diversity Access Scheme: helping hopefuls get in-house

Over the rainbow

Cover story: Are we really all climate lawyers now?

As the world continues to witness the disastrous effects of the ongoing climate crisis, Matthew Gingell explains what in-house lawyers can do to meet net zero targets and tackle climate change.


Human lawyers: building a mindful culture in the legal profession

SQE: how the new qualification exam will benefit in-house teams

Considering learning a foreign language? It'll be worth it

Cover story: The importance of difference

Kira Wilkinson – legal counsel at Slater Gordon and social mobility ambassador for the Law Society – explores why diversity is so important, how companies can avoid ‘groupthink’ and the importance of taking pride in your background.


“Make whatever you do sustainable”: interview with Sharon Blackman

Mental health workout: four ways to flex your mental muscle

Stepping out of the in-house

Interview with Cornerstone, winners of the Excellence in-house award 2020

Cover story: Making friends and influencing people: 10 ways to build your profile as sole counsel

Alexis Alexander – a general counsel at Liberis – offers her top tips for building your profile and getting yourself noticed as a sole counsel in your organisation


Six tips for managing multi generational teams

Ready, steady, go: setting up an in-house legal department

The rise and rise of the in-house lawyer

IR35 – all change please!

Cover story: Local heroes: 4 reasons to consider an in-house career in local government

Local government is far more than just bin collections and council tax. Paige Ferris-Bedward, an in-house lawyer at Milton Keynes Council, has four key reasons why you shouldn't overlook the sector for your in-house career.


Vodafone case study: using an alternative legal service provider

Excellence Award winner Wayne Spillett interview: "Setting a vision is critical"

The dos and don'ts of legal ops

Interview with Simon Lee of ZSL: "We do the best job we can to build trust"

How to support you and your in-house team's mental health

Cover story: Building an effective in-house team - get the basics right

Building an excellent in-house team goes beyond what is on a CV. Do you need a relationship person or a technician? Who do you deploy to deliver what news? Shika Soni, Principal Global Investors' regional head of legal for Europe and the Middle East, offers six tips towards creating the right mix of styles and skillsets you need.


"I was near rock bottom": one in-house lawyer's mental health journey

Hear us out: in-house litigators and the future of virtual hearings

7 tips for successful in-house leaders in the public sector during COVID-19

Wales national in-house focus

Lawtech showcase: Legal Front Door, Addleshaw Goddard

Cover story: Through the storm: In-house leadership during a crisis

The onslaught of Covid-19 means that remote working has become key to maintaining a functioning workforce. But attitudes towards flexible working in-house have been changing regardless. Diana Bentley talks to a number of in-house lawyers and managers about the different arrangements they have in place - and when the organisation needs to push back. 


Virtual reality: Communicating legal advice in a virtual world

The corporate conversation – looking after each other and our mental health

Four days to lockdown: Starting a new job during COVID-19

The lessons I've learned from COVID-19

In-house recruitment: What happens now? 

Cover story: Bend and flex: Flexible working in the in-house sector

The onslaught of Covid-19 means that remote working has become key to maintaining a functioning workforce. But attitudes towards flexible working in-house have been changing regardless. Diana Bentley talks to a number of in-house lawyers and managers about the different arrangements they have in place - and when the organisation needs to push back. 


The long read: Legal professional privilege – an update for in-house lawyers

Five tips for woking from home as an in-house lawyer

Adapting to diversity: Supporting business operations and liquidity during coronavirus

Weathering the storm: One in-house lawyer's story

Coronavirus: The in-house response and what happens next

Centre of attention: Birmingham and the Midlands regional focus

Excellence Awards in-house winners: Where are they now?


Cover story: In-House pro bono roundtable

Duncan Wood reports back from the Law Society’s roundtable in November 2019 to launch new pro bono guidance for in-house lawyers, with representatives from law firms, legal charities and in-house legal teams.


In-house life: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Can agile work for in-house?

The impact of GDPR on local authorities

East is east: north-east regional focus

Q&A: In-house Excellence Awards winners YPLS

Cover story: All change: what do the new SRA Standards and Regulations mean for in-house?

This November, the SRA introduces new Standards and Regulations, which will free solicitors working outside SRA-regulated firms from some restrictions in providing advice to external clients. But how will this work in practice, and could it be something for in-house lawyers to consider? Marzena Lipman takes a closer look.


I. Stephanie Boyce interview - supporting in-house as Law Society president

Capital thinking: London and the south-east regional focus

Interview: Chris Fox, In-house Solicitor of the Year 2019

Law Society launches new pro bono guidance for in-house

Cover story: Room at the top - becoming a GC

Ben Foat, Group GC at the Post Office, is often asked how someone can progress to a general counsel or legal director role. He outlines the core skills legal managers and in-house lawyers must have before considering more senior in-house positions.


A view from the C-suite – interview with Clare Woodman, CEO of Morgan Stanley EMEA

Mitigating risk in the public sector: Q&A with Elizabeth Warhurst

Annual conference review: day one

Northern powerhouse: Manchester regional focus

Annual conference: the vice-chair’s review

Annual conference review: day two

Parallel lines: how to align with your organisation

Cover story: West side story: Leeds and West Yorkshire regional focus

In a new feature, we take an in-depth look at the in-house landscape in different regions of the UK. In this edition, Diana Bentley visits Leeds, the largest financial capital outside of London, and finds a thriving and expanding business hub - with a highly competitive in-house job market.


The long read: Privilege in a post-ENRC world

Mitigating risk Q&A

"Endless opportunities for reinvention": One in-house lawyer's journey from China to the UK

Don't forget your commas - the importance of language and grammar in contract drafting

Success story: Which? judicial review of Whirlpool

Flying high: seven skills for adding value

Cover story: Excellence Awards 2019, interview with Ben Foat, In-house Solicitor of the Year

Ben Foat, Post Office legal director, was named In-house Solicitor of the Year at the 2018 Law Society Excellence Awards. We speak to him about his win, his leadership, and how he is transforming his team to meet the increasing demands of the business for legal services.


10 years to qualify

Excellence Awards interview: Working Families, Excellence In-house winners

Brexit and data protection – what happens now?

Changing industries: CV and interview tips

Keep it insights

Happy new year: a message from our vice-chair