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Embracing the rise of freelance lawyers

It’s no longer about whether firms will embrace change, but rather when and how, writes Shaun Rose

7 November 2016

The UK freelance economy has grown 25 per cent since 2009, with one in seven of us now self-employed. The boom of flexible working is happening across all industries and as a growing number of new generation solicitors are looking for an employment offer with no-strings-attached, legal employers face a big choice, to lag behind or embrace the transformation. Firms ready to jump on to the freelance bandwagon should have a clear approach of integrating flexible resource that doesn’t break the budget and enables companies to grow.

Substitute, supplement, or complement

Flexible resource isn’t just a ‘that’ll do’ but rather a ‘let’s add’ solution and should address a clear requirement within an existing team. In general, firms can be guided by three key principles when hiring temporary talent which determine whether the role is created to subst...

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