The expert temps - will contract lawyers prove a mainstream tool for in-house legal teams?
As in-house legal teams look for innovative ways to meet demand with frozen or reduced headcount budgets, providers of flexible and cost-effective interim lawyers are moving to fill the lacuna left by law firms as they struggle with their own resourcing and cost issues. Where once interim appointments were a necessary evil in between permanent jobs, the advent of hybrids including virtual law firm Axiom and Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP’s) client resourcing solution Lawyers on Demand (LoD) is changing the game for corporates, tapping into a growing pool of talented lawyers looking to take more control of their own destiny and affording them a respectable and supported way to take on high-level, well-paid, flexible roles.
Corporates are increasingly using lawyers on a contract basis as a stopgap or in order to bring in a specific skillset. Caroline Hill examines the rise of the trend
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