The legal 500, som har ulike rangeringer av advokater/advokatfirmaer, har for første gang rangert de mest anerkjente in-house advokatene. Rangeringen ble publisert i november 2015. Tore Økseter er en av advokatene som er blitt rangert. Neptune Properties was established as a real estate company with a main focus on the development and sales of flats and houses in 2007, with annual sales of approximately NOK 500 million over the past four years. In 2012, Tore Økseter moved from being a partner at CLP law firm, in which he worked alongside Neptune Properties, to join as Neptune’s first in-house general counsel. At the start of 2015, he was promoted to CEO and lawyer MNA. The CEO role brings a different demand on Økseter’s time, but allows him to apply his skills in a more commercial way. As Økseter is the only in-house lawyer, he deals with a wide variety of legal matters within the company. His main focus has been to proactively improve and implement routines, standardise documents and educate employees to avoid disputes, all adding to the efficiency of an already impressive commercial team. Økseter has a 12-strong non-legal team reporting into him. When asked what he enjoys most about his in-house role, he says ‘It is a very free role with a lot of responsibility, but less stress than in a law firm because I only serve one client. I am also working with broader matters now than I did in a law firm, including tax and VAT’.