Moving in as GC 5 years IN HOUSE PQE

Is this advisable?

What would be the career path? 

Well funded private limited company that's growing exponentially. 

I'm 5 years PQE - pretty much all in-house.

Don't like technical legal work but really like commercial.

Value work-life balance, flexibiltiy and commercial input 

this feels like when a university posts an advert on facebook about some award they won in bringing clean drinking water to somewhere remote and a random posts DO YOU OFFER MEDICAL SCIENCE COURSE? TELL ME HOW TO APPLY.

1) Career risk? If it doesn't work out, where would I go next?

2) I do like being comfortable in terms of my own scheduling/flexibility - in one of the interviews, a peer said "the company doesn't believe in working from home" - I'm not particularly attracted to such a culture

3) Its a private company, so there' likely won't be any equity on offer

One of the key benefits of working in house is that you get to work from home. 

Also, with all due respect, offering a 5 peeker a GC role suggests they don’t know what they’re doing or do but aren’t willing to pay for it. 

All other things being equal, obv go for the better job. Any chump can be legal counsel, having true GC/head of Legal is rarer and better on the CV

Thanks - yes, all agreed.

Working from home point is a deal killer to be honest - unless they are paying me enough + to get a nanny to pickup/drop kids (very unlikely) - its also a cultural issue. I'd like to move towards more FLEXI, not less 

Erm, if there's an MBO in the offing ever, then a private company could offer considerably more equity than you may realise.  As you stated it has strong growth that's a potential indicator for it being more attractive to PE making this more likely I'd have thought.

No working from home isn't great but worth checking as this may be something given to trusted people who have proved themselves over a period of time rather than someone who hasn't just walked in to an interview and it's the first question on their lips...

"Erm, if there's an MBO in the offing ever, then a private company could offer considerably more equity than you may realise.  As you stated it has strong growth that's a potential indicator for it being more attractive to PE making this more likely I'd have thought."

 

They're part of a large German listed company - so a subsidiary of a subsidiary kind of.

They are quite keen - office is basically 10 people and they have operations of about 40 people. Owned by large German congloremate.

GC would involve negotiating with councils, strategizing etc. but also crap stuff like getting stuff signed/dealing with parking tickets!