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Flexibility in legal services catching on

March 24, 2017

Wonderful to read a piece in the Guardian aimed at young lawyers and introducing them to the option of working more flexibly.

Agile working is all about focussing on the results and the quality of service rather than where the work takes place.  Rather than being rigid in approach the world today demands that we are more creative and adaptable to deal with the fast pace of change and events.  The legal industry should be no different.

I’m excited to see how the opportunities and careers for young lawyers change over the coming years.  At Halebury we pride ourselves in the flexibility we bring to clients and lawyers working at the senior end of the market, but this surely paves the way for change at earlier parts of the legal career too.

This work style is equally good for clients: they can get top lawyers whenever they need them, often at a cheaper rate than using traditional law firms. Even existing firms are starting to embrace the model. Using freelance lawyers helps reduce their overheads and any extra costs, such as holiday pay and maternity leave. It also allows them to offer more services to clients when they need a specific skill or to meet a surge in work.

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