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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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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Become a Consultant Solicitor during Lockdown? It is not as crazy as it sounds

Quite a few of my friends have told me they are enjoying enforced home-working during lockdown. Putting the associated pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic to one side (particularly home-schooling!) for the purpose of this blog, I know quite a few solicitors who are happy to be working from home. For those solicitors who ordinarily commute... Read more »

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Team Cognitive – We’re closer than ever

“We’re special” said my colleague Mayumi Hawkes and naturally, I agreed. Whilst enjoying her observation, I wanted to make sure I knew what she meant. I’m pleased I asked as she explained how the way we work at Cognitive Law gives us so many advantages. I joined the team in January as a HR Consultant... Read more »

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How to grow your new business

Spreading the word It was always of huge importance to me to let everyone know what we were doing. I knew the structure and offering of Cognitive Law wasn’t unique, but it’s not the norm, and I maintain that it’s a bloody good idea. So, once we had our model in place, it was a... Read more »

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The Dos and Don’ts of being a Consultant Solicitor

Making the move from employed solicitor to self-employed consultant solicitor is life changing and is not a decision to be taken lightly. So to help you along the way we have put together a short list of just some of the dos and don’ts of being a consultant solicitor at Cognitive law. DO: Go on... Read more »

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Making the move from employed solicitor (or partner) to a self-employed consultant.

Making the move to flexible working as a Cognitive Law Consultant is exciting, but you may well be unsure and anxious about what this means in practical terms. We have produced this guide, written by consultants, to give you an idea of what arrangements you need to put in place and some of the practicalities... Read more »

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A day in the life of a Consultant Solicitor

One of the big attractions to being a flexible-working consultant solicitor is that you are not stuck with a ‘ 9-5+’ office routine. Each day can be completely different, and that’s one of the joys of being a consultant; you simply work around your lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, client work is not easier or... Read more »

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