Are You Cognitive?

Our consultant solicitors are aspirational, passionate about their clients, and totally in control of their personal career development. Using their business acumen and professional expertise, they deliver what they promise, every time.

Cognitive consultant solicitors are leaders in their legal field who have the ability and drive to build their practices.

A Cognitive consultant solicitor knows that hard work is an ethic and a value; and that time put in is directly reflected by quality client relationships, not just hours on a timesheet.

Our consultant solicitors are not afraid to ask questions of themselves or others, and actively think outside of traditional structures. This applies to both clients’ needs, and their own careers.

Cognitive consultant solicitors have extensive experience (on average at least 10 years PQE) that gives them a solid professional grounding, and now want to be part of something new.

Our consultancy is growing organically, and welcomes solicitors looking to take back control of their career, enjoy practising law, and grow personally as well as professionally.

For a further details of what a Consultant Solicitors job entails please click here.

How Does Cognitive Work

It’s not always a question of work/life balance, but of work/life management. There are times when you want or need to spend more time on a particular part of your life, and Cognitive can help you tip the scales in that favour.

As a Cognitive consultant solicitor you have the flexibility to plan when, where, and how you work at any given time. Our consultancy allows you to ditch the commute, bin the suit, and choose the clients you work for.

It might mean stepping out of your comfort zone, but it doesn’t mean going it alone. Cognitive’s mission is to facilitate working within a new, self-employed framework, without compromise.

Cognitive works as a consultancy and enables you to work freely as a self-employed consultant by providing you with full support and compliance, to make fee earning as easy as possible. There are no office hours, no fee earning targets, and no set chargeable hours. You simply do the legal work, and leave the rest to us.

Have a read of our downloadable 4 step guide to becoming a Cognitive consultant solicitor, from the first call to the first client.

We've got your back

Once you’re up and running, we don’t just leave you to it. We all need a little help every now and then, and we have the team and systems in place to give you support whenever you need it. Whether it’s IT, admin, billing, or paralegal assistance that’s required, we’ll be right behind you.

We make sure that the essential back office processes and procedures are taken care of. Cognitive arranges professional indemnity insurance, handles compliance management, and ensures the smooth running of your practice. You really can have the best of both worlds – the benefit of knowing that the details are being looked after, whilst retaining control of your working life.

We know where to go if you need a paralegal who meets the Cognitive quality standard of service and where to access secretarial support. We will help you fulfil your business plan, and work with you to support your marketing plan. We provide templates of those plans for you, which you can download here to get an idea of how we work with you, every step of the way.

The Financial Bit

Cognitive consultant solicitors earn 70% of all paid fees from the very start. Right from the beginning, we recognise your talent and reward you accordingly. And you can say goodbye to billing targets and fixed hourly rates. Cognitive consultant solicitors set their own charging structures appropriate to their clients.

With an increasing amount of work being completed to a fixed fee we can offer pricing strategy advice, giving you the autonomy to determine the appropriate pricing of your work.

We reduce the risk of practising law independently by removing onerous overheads and putting in place financial controls and systems, such as self-billing, invoicing and credit control. No more financial reporting or fee forecasting except for yourself. You can be confident that the time you spend working is productively spent on practising the law and servicing your clients.

Cognitive Community

The Cognitive community is made up of individuals who share a vision of working in a new way, whist delivering the very best in legal services to their clients. And our managing director, Lucy Tarrant, is as passionate about the well-being of the firm’s consultant solicitors as she is about providing an incredible legal service.

Lucy recognises that although you want to work flexibly and remotely, as like-minded individuals we all thrive from being part of a community. We may not all sit in the same office but we are all part of the Cognitive community - online, virtually, over the phone (and yes, sometimes still in person!), as we share, develop and grow professionally together. By collaborating to share resources, knowledge and referrals, our legal community grows in strength.

It doesn’t even matter where you are based. We started in Brighton and then replicated our consultant solicitor hub in Liverpool. Working together, we can do that with you, wherever you wish in England or Wales.

Just as we believe that every member of our Cognitive community should be afforded the tools to manage their work/life commitments, we also enable everyone to give back to the wider communities to which we all belong.

We are all part of a number of different communities – the law, our families, schools, gyms, and churches etc., all of which only thrive when we as members actively contribute to their success. Cognitive encourages its community to give something back whenever possible. We believe we are all part of one wider community and so enable our staff to get involved and make a difference. Whether you want to apply a discounted rate to a charity client, or abseil off the nearest rock face, Cognitive will actively encourage you to do your bit.