The legal sector is evolving rapidly with law firms embracing artificial intelligence and flexible working. But are traditional law firms now facing a threat from freelance lawyers?
Lawyers On Demand, which began in 2007, now has more than 600 lawyers. And similar businesses Axiom and Vario have also experienced rapid growth. This growth is unsurprising given that, according to recent statistics from LawCare, stress and depression within the legal profession has rocketed in the past year.
It might be a while before we see freelance legal service providers taking on the Magic Circle, but it will be interesting to see whether the growing number of freelance lawyers continues and how traditional law firms respond.
The high-pressured life of a desk-bound solicitor can leave you burnt out and stale. Why not swap the office for a cafe and go freelance? For many lawyers, the main attraction of flexible working is that it allows them to have a life outside of the law. The life of a corporate lawyer isn’t for everyone. First comes law school, full of soon-to-be politicians and posh boys guffawing their way through EU lectures. Then, if you get a training contract, your first five years at a firm will likely be spent working your socks off, slogging through endless reading and eating lukewarm Deliveroos in the office after 10pm.