There are familiar themes and a few mixed messages from this year’s in-house lawyer survey but one obvious point to take away: employed counsel like the day job. A lot.
The response to two quality of life questions added into the survey this year is perhaps the clearest indication I have seen of the extent to which working in-house has become an increasingly threatening competitor to private practice. Seventy-six percent of our respondents rated themselves as satisfied with their job, including 25% classing themselves as ‘extremely satisfied’. In contrast only 7% put themselves down in the lowest two marks on a five-point scale, with the remaining 17% in the middle. Furthermore, 74% definitely see themselves having a long-term career as an in-house lawyer, against only 6% ruling it out.