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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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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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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WE’RE STILL HIRING!

Cognitive Law was relatively “lucky” when the Government advised us all to work from home wherever possible. We already did. All our solicitors were used to working when, where and how they wished – predominantly from home. I won’t pretend that makes lockdown any easier on a personal level, but it did reduce the stress... Read more »

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What does being a Consultant Solicitor sound like to you?

Too good to be true? Too much like hard work? An excuse for someone to take 30% of your hard-earned fees for nothing? All of the above? When informally polling professionals about consultancy in the legal profession, some people asked me why a solicitor wouldn’t just set up on their own as opposed to working... Read more »

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You don’t need to have a child to enjoy flexible working

Having children is not a pre-requisite for working flexibly. There are many child free solicitors who crave a more flexible working life. Some practices look at those solicitors askance, wondering why on earth they need to work flexibly when they don’t have children to worry about. Imagine what it must be like to want to... Read more »

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How I Am Changing Women’s Lives – One Solicitor At A Time

New Year, New Life How I Am Changing Women’s Lives – One Solicitor At A Time I guess that might be a bit of a sweeping statement, but it’s not untrue. And it started with my own. I had become a cliché of the working professional mother. Stressed, tired, guilt-ridden and unfulfilled. Every weekday had... Read more »

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