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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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’s the best bit about being a self-employed Consultant Solicitor?

I was asked that last Friday at The Thrive Effect Female  Founders Brunch in aid of International Women’s Day & my instant answer was “being my own boss”. Being in control of your working day is undoubtedly the working ideal. It doesn’t mean you work any harder or any less hard, it means you get... Read more »

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Retirement for solicitors – From all to nothing

I’ve worked with many excellent solicitors as they have approached retirement. They are the ones we turn to for their sage wisdom and years of expertise. Then the firm announces that they are retiring and *puff* they are gone. What a waste of experience, often just because the partnership deed says they must bow out... 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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The 7 deadly myths about being a consultant solicitor

Myth #1  You will have to work harder Truth   You will work smarter, but not harder. Flexible working means you can get more done in less time, without a commute at either end of the day. Myth #2  You will earn less Truth    It’s actually up to you how much you earn. The harder you... Read more »

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What time do you arrive and leave the office?

This morning I was sent an article on the average arrival times and leaving times for trainees and junior lawyers at the 60 leading UK-based corporate law firms. The results were quite shocking. Here are the results of the top 10 worst offending law firms. To see the full article click here. Law firm: Kirkland... Read more »

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Benefits of remote working

We have all seen the lengths some companies go to provide ‘perks’ for their staff. For example, the gimmicky office designs that cost a fortune to set up. Here’s some of the craziest I’ve come across: Golf simulators A private amusement park Round the clock gourmet meals Office slides Office go karts and indoor race... Read more »

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Why I joined Cognitive Law – by Darren Stone

Not long after I joined Cognitive Law our marketing manager, Amy Pulling, asked me to consider writing an article explaining why I joined. At the point I thought I’d give it a few more weeks before allowing myself the time to write such an article. When Amy gave me a gentle nudge again last week... Read more »

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