A simple way to stop lawyers having to work 80-hour weeks is to hire freelance lawyers, but will law firms warm up to the idea? Legally Yours comments on the trends in the legal industry in a feature with Lawyers Weekly.
A simple way to stop lawyers having to work 80-hour weeks is to hire freelance lawyers, but Mira Stammers doubts firms will warm to the idea.
Ms Stammers (pictured), who runs freelance lawyer agency Legally Yours, told Lawyers Weekly that it would be a “very smart move” for firms to use flexi-lawyers.
“I don’t know that they will, because they tend to like their pound of flesh,” she said, referring to the high-pressure workplace culture that is driving some lawyers out of larger firms.
“But I think if law firms want to get ahead and start being more progressive in their thinking, [then they should] bring in freelance lawyers on a contract basis to support their lawyers when they are at capacity and under a lot of pressure.”
Legally Yours sources work for sole practitioners and freelancers but it does not recruit lawyers specifically to work on a freelance basis with law firms.
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