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The world of contract work: Fitting in and making a splash

7 September 2016

Freelancing is becoming an increasingly popular choice for lawyers looking to restore their work/life balance, but to succeed they will need to invest in their soft skills, advises Matthew Kay

In the business world, we've come a long way from working the nine-to-five shift Dolly Parton sang about. More and more employees are working flexibly and from home, and the gig economy means people are freelancing and contracting out their services more than ever, moving the business world further and further away from a usual working day.

This great shift in working patterns, which has seen companies like Uber and Airbnb flourish, has impacted most businesses, even the more traditional professional services sector. Increasingly, lawyers are considering other career paths, away from the route to partnership, and becoming a contract lawyer is a good option to restore a work/life balance or ...

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