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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Now is the best time for Solicitor Dads to become a Consultant

When lockdown measures were introduced back in March many office workers across the country have had to adapt to a home working environment. The change from being office based to home based will have taken some adjusting but may well have bought many benefits that were previously unheard of. Solicitor dads who formerly left the... Read more »

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Thinking about retiring? Age is no barrier to consultancy

The coronavirus pandemic has bought about much change in our lives, not least to how we have adapted to working from home. Having previously commuted to and from the office, working long hours with little break, many solicitors have had to shift dramatically from their usual routine to a new way of working. Amongst all... Read more »

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Successful solicitors – Fancy a soft landing?

As we enter the second month of lockdown many solicitors have found themselves adjusting to a new way of working. Having always had to travel into the office, work long days, and physically attend meetings they now find themselves working in a completely new way – from home. Initially this may have taken a period... Read more »

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