Charlotte Lakin

From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I don’t think anything could have prepared me for how hard it was going to be.

I started my legal career in 2009, when I attended Brunel University to study law. My first paralegal role was for Dentons in 2015. Whilst at Dentons, I helped set up the firm’s paralegal group, “ParaShoot”.

I discovered my passion for in-house when I began my role at the John Lewis Partnership in 2017. Since then, I have worked for Live Nation and Global (the media and entertainment company).

Finding my career in-house hasn’t been easy. Until 2017, I hadn’t even considered a career in-house; this is because I wasn’t aware it was an option. I have since found that this is quite common, because universities often place a focus on private practice and sharing opportunities within law firms. It is this realisation, together with my struggles that I have faced over the years, that has led me to take action.

In 2019, after 10 years in law, I finally secured my training contract. I am the first Trainee Solicitor at Global. Having struggled for many years to get to this point, I am keen to support those in the early stages of their career.

In early 2019, I founded inlaw, a website which gives those with an interest in working in-house, the information and tools to get them started. I set this up to help law students and junior lawyers alike. To this end, I also run a YouTube channel on training in-house as a part of my ambition to share more about in-house opportunities.

I have a history of getting involved to help the legal community. I am a former executive committee member of the Junior Lawyers Division. A role in which I represented the student section of the JLD membership and was responsible for organising the LPC forum in 2018.

As a mixed woman, I also understand the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion within the workplace. I recently set up Global’s first BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) group to celebrate diversity and to raise awareness of the issues affecting the BAME community.