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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 the chaos around us, this new way of working has allowed some breathing space, away from the office to sit back and reflect on how we are feeling about our career, our firm and where we want the future to lead.

If you are a solicitor who is nearing retirement age you may well have found yourself enjoying this change of pace. A stark contrast from the ever-stressful rush out the door to get to work on time. The long days in the office and meetings for meetings’ sake.

You may even be finding yourself feeling slightly calmer away from the office (teething problems of setting up your home office aside). Perhaps you are enjoying a more relaxed pace of life, where you have had the opportunity to get on with client work in a more chilled out environment without the distractions of office politics. You may even be finding yourself getting the work done quicker and more efficiently, giving you more time in the day to do other things.

You may be thinking that you don’t want to go back to exactly how it was before.

At Cognitive Law we offer the opportunity for solicitors nearing retirement to extend their career for a further 5-10 years at pace suited to them. All our consultants work remotely from home so you can say goodbye to the dreaded morning rush hour and enjoy more time in your day to spend doing the things that mean the most to you. Being with family and friends, taking up new hobbies, or finally pursuing the hobbies you have always had but not had enough time to enjoy.

Our consultants have complete freedom and flexibility to work when they like, how they like and with who they like. With years of experience behind you comes a great understanding of the type of work you enjoy and who you like working with. We will empower you to take control of your workload and mange it how you like. It’s a chance to be your own boss and finish your career doing exactly what you want to do.

Perhaps being away from the office has highlighted the value of your family. You may have been needed to be around to help elderly parents, family members or neighbours in your community. You may be missing spending time with your grandchildren. This crisis certainly puts things into perspective and makes you think about your priorities in life. Becoming a consultant solicitor gives you the chance to spend more time with your family on a permanent basis. It gives you the opportunity to have a true work life balance.

At Cognitive Law there are no targets, other than the ones you set yourself. With no pressure from us to work all hours under the sun. You really can work the hours you like. You can manage your workload to how you like. This could mean taking on less cases than before and giving yourself a gentle descent into retirement.

While work is quieter, now it could be the perfect time to move into consultancy. There is less pressure to build up your case load and more time to get to grips with consultancy life. We offer a full conversion course to help you with the transition, so don’t worry that you have to go it alone.

In many firms there is little opportunity to reduce hours and transition slowly into retirement. Often it is an all or nothing scenario, and it can be particularly difficult for solicitors to go from hero to zero overnight. Taking a consultancy role at Cognitive Law creates a middle ground between the two and allows you to keep your hand in whilst enjoying the finer things in life. It also reduces financial worries as there is no need to draw on your pension until you are ready and comfortable to do so.

Our head office team in Brighton offers an abundance of support to all consultants. We provide training from the outset and throughout your time at Cognitive Law. We have an Operations and Marketing team who are always on hand to help with any admin and case managements issues, as well as implementing a marketing plan specific to you. Although our consultants work remotely from home, they are never alone.

So how about taking the escape route now and experience a true work life balance. Work the hours you like in the comfort of your own home. A stress-free ease into retirement, spending more time with your family and doing the things you enjoy most.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a consultant solicitor at Cognitive Law visit our Join Us page for more details or contact me on lucy.tarrant@cognitivelaw.co.uk or call me on 0333 400 4499

Lucy Tarrant