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Love your life: achieving work/life balance as a consultant

After 20 years as a partner in a large regional firm, Linda Lamb decided to set up on her own as a specialist family lawyer. She shares some of her thoughts about being self-employed

16 April 2019

The concept of being a self-employed consultant sounds attractive but for many it is tinged with anxiety. 

Although there is a growing trend for lawyers to work remotely – figures from Hazlewoods released before Christmas found that 1,000 lawyers in the UK are embracing the gig economy – it can still feel like a bold move for some lawyers. 

Although some may crave the independence and freedom that comes with going freelance, others fear they will no longer have the steady stream of good quality work that comes with being part of a firm. 

Being a sole practitioner means that you have the full responsibility for setting up and running your law practice. 

This includes responsibility for registration; taxation, compliance; technology, supplies; billing; fee recovery and much more. This isn’t for those who can’t fully commit. 

Yet at the same time, there has never been so much support in the legal industry to...

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