What Is a Career in General Counsel Like? In Conversation with a General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer

On the show today we meet Katie! Katie works as a General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer in the investment management industry in the UK.  

Katie kindly shares with us: 

  • Common misconceptions of the general counsel role 
  • An overview of the investment management industry 
  • The purpose of the general counsel role 
  • An overview of the typical roles within an in-house legal department 
  • What a general counsel does on an average day 
  • Most enjoyable parts of the role 
  • Challenging parts of the role 
  • Proudest moments in the role 
  • How Katie became a general counsel from aspiring vicar  
  • Highs of the career journey  
  • Challenges of the career journey  
  • Importance of role models and mentors  
  • Helpful education, training and skills for aspiring legal professionals   
  • The future of the legal profession 
  • Advice and resources for people who are keen to find out more about a career in the legal profession: 
  • Advice for her younger self and you!  

Other resources: 

We also talk about: 

  • The legal profession more broadly: 
    • In house legal versus private practice 
    • Law firms – typical types, structures and services  
    • Solicitors, Solicitor Advocates & Barristers 
  • The Japanese concept of ‘ikigai’ 
  • Why it’s okay not to have a plan 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) 
  • The importance of staying open and curious 

So if you’re curious and wondering what a general counsel does or how to become a general counsel or you just want to be inspired – listen or watch and enjoy! 

PS – If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!