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Is consultancy still relevant in a law firm in the new age of hybrid working?
At the beginning of the global pandemic in 2020, law firm workplaces had to adapt quickly to working from home and running businesses remotely. This became the catalyst for many firms realising that a physical office is not necessary to run a successful business. Firms who had trust in their employees and an open working... Read more »
Becoming a Consultant Solicitor – An Interview with Simon Wood
Making the decision to become a consultant solicitor takes much thought and preparation. We understand it is not a quick or easy choice, and strive to ensure all our solicitors have as much information they need to make an informed decision. So, to help solicitors thinking of becoming a consultant solicitor, we asked Simon Wood... Read more »
Becoming a Consultant Solicitor – An interview with Darren Stone
Making the decision to become a consultant solicitor takes much thought and preparation. We understand it is not a quick or easy choice, and strive to ensure all our solicitors have as much information they need to make an informed decision. So, to help solicitors thinking of becoming a consultant solicitor, we asked Darren Stone... Read more »
Flexible working, the menopause and the legal profession – It’s not just a female issue
It’s time to throw my personal hat in the ring and enter the discussion about the menopause, and the way in which it affects professional women at the peak of their career. When I started Cognitive Law in 2014, I needed a totally flexible working life that was not readily available in a traditional law... Read more »
Consultant solicitors – Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Consultant Solicitor? A Consultant Solicitor is usually a self-employed solicitor who works through their limited company, a Personal Service Company (PSC), which contracts with a firm of solicitors to supply the solicitor’s services to clients. It is not the same as a Freelance Solicitor, which is another way of working that was... Read more »
What makes Cognitive Law any different from any other law firm?
On the whole it is accepted that a law firm will deliver professional legal services, simply by virtue of being a law firm. Law firms are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and legally qualified fee earners such as Barristers, Solicitors and Legal Executives must all train to and practise by certain standards. Some law... Read more »
Change, and your world changes with you: Stand still, and you stand alone.
Change. Some people love it, some people loathe it. In my experience, lawyers are not great with it. But change happens, and there is a lot of it about at the moment. Whether it is working from home, reducing working hours, or even redundancy, the legal profession is seeing a change. We are also experiencing... Read more »
Work for yourself without being alone
Working from home has become the new normal, at least for the moment. There is no need for me to rehearse the benefits, we all know what they are. That said, working from home is not for everyone, and nor should it be. In my ideal world, where & when you work would be up... Read more »
Becoming a Consultant Solicitor – An interview with Richard Bates
Richard Bates is a later life solicitor with over 17 years post qualification experience. Having spent a large part of his career as a Partner in two large mid- Sussex practices and built a reputation as a lead driver for later life planning in Sussex Richard decided to take his career path into consultancy. In... Read more »
Senior Solicitors – Strike (out) whilst the iron is hot!
In March the country went into lockdown and solicitors, along with thousands of other workers across the country were thrown into a completely new way of working. From home. Working away from the office and out of some people’s comfort zone, they have learnt to adapt to a new normal. I’m sure at the beginning... Read more »