From Private Practice to In-house - Making the Transition
Alice Chan, General Counsel, Pacific Century Premium Developments, Hong Kong
Most people think that being in private practice is much more demanding or difficult than being in-house. In many ways this is true, such as routine working hours, complexity of advice given and the need to do business development and administrative work on top of billable work. Some lawyers would say that the absence of billable targets and time sheets alone makes in-house an appealing job. Having turned in-house myself four years ago, I am inclined to say that being in-house has its own set of challenges some of which may not be less demanding than in private practice. Below are some of my observations and thoughts.
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