Rise Of The Consultant Model UK 2023
Author: Samantha Bunn
Key Contact: Samantha Bunn
With so many legal professionals seeking greater control over their careers (and their earnings) as well as flexibility and autonomy, it is perhaps no wonder that many lawyers are becoming consultants.
The consultant lawyer model has been on the rise in recent years and, for legal professionals looking for an innovative alternative to traditional law firm structures, it is gaining traction.
Rather than being yoked to one firm, consultant lawyers have the freedom to choose their hourly fees, clients, projects, and working arrangements. The model empowers lawyers to create a fulfilling career while leveraging their expertise to deliver exceptional legal solutions and building a business their way.
Why is the consultant lawyer model increasingly popular?
- Flexibility and autonomy: consultant lawyers have the freedom to set their earnings, schedules, where they work and tailor their workload to suit their preferences. This flexibility allows for a better work-life balance and the option of pursuing personal interests alongside a legal career
- Diverse clientele: operating as a consultant lawyer opens up new worlds of clients and projects, delivering exposure to different industries, legal challenges, and opportunities for professional growth
- Lower overhead costs: unlike traditional law firms, consultant lawyers can avoid the expenses associated with maintaining office premises, administrative staff, and other overheads. This leaner business structure allows consultant lawyers to retain a higher portion of their earnings
- Collaborative networks: consultant lawyers often join professional networks or platforms that provide support, resources, and networking opportunities. These networks foster collaboration among like-minded professionals, enabling knowledge sharing and creating a sense of community that can be invaluable in building a successful practice.
Consultant lawyers are disrupting the legal profession by challenging outdated notions of legal practice and promoting a more dynamic, flexible, and client-centric approach. The model hands control back to lawyers – over their careers, their income and their work-life balance, as well as liberating them to design a working life that suits them best – optimising their values, goals and desires.
As the demand for legal services continues to grow, the consultant lawyers are empowered to define their own path, build their brand – and offer exceptional legal expertise to a diverse clientele.
Whether you want to explore new avenues in your professional life, or are yearning for greater independence, the consultant lawyer model offers a compelling alternative that combines career satisfaction with the freedom to be the architect of your own success.