The article quoted below rightly compares favourably the remuneration of a top General Counsel with that of a BigLaw partner. However whilst each BigLaw firm has hundreds of partners each Fortune 500 or FTSE 100 company only has one General Counsel. If you're moving in-house don't bank on making the big money as a top GC. So few ever get there. The reasons for going in-house are many and varied and its a very worthwhile career path, but if money is your primary or only motivation, I'd say BigLaw remains a better bet.