In my view there are five different solicitors professions in the UK. High street solicitors, goverment/local government/public body lawyers, BigLaw firm solicitors, in-house lawyers and solicitors practising in NewLaw firms such as Halebury.

The last three are the closest linked. A typical career progression might be to start off in BigLaw and move in-house a few years PQE and onto NewLaw later. The actual legal work can be very much the same but the other skills needed, especially as a lawyer becomes more senior, differ markedly. Mark Herrmann analyses this very well indeed in this blog. Essential reading for anyone thinking "should I stay or should I go" in-house.