We’ve spoken to hundreds of lawyers about flexible working and whether it’s right for them. The “flexibility” part we all understand – but there are a lot of misconceptions about the “work”. We’ve wrapped up some of the common concerns about how legal contracting works at Orbit to dispel some myths.
The work that you perform as a contractor will build your expertise – you will form great client relationships and learn new skills. The most meaningful skill you’ll probably learn is how to take control of your work and your life. This is your next career step, not “time out”. Whether it’s a permanent move to contracting, or a few years when you need more flexibility, in every way your legal, business and inter-personal skills will be enhanced by your Orbit experience.
Taking control is key. If you have solid practice experience in one area, but want to take a new direction, contracting is a great way of building those skills, fast. For instance we worked with Jai, an experienced corporate and finance lawyer, who wanted exposure to a variety of industries. From Jai, “I’ve always felt like I had a voice and attempts are made to achieve desired industry involvement.”
We helped him transition through several contract positions so he could build new industry experience on top of his existing legal skills, which have included insurance, retail and superannuation. He is now a more versatile lawyer and sought after by our clients.
Orbit lawyers are a team, we work as a team, and when you’re on secondment or otherwise working with a client, you’re also embedded within your client’s team.
Our business is built on providing flexible solutions – for clients and for lawyers. Contracting with Orbit is about choosing interesting and diverse assignments that fit with your lifestyle – whether you are returning to work, in between positions, or a sole practitioner looking for additional revenue.
And you’re not on your own when you need guidance or resources. Orbit is a community of contracting lawyers – Orbit lawyers have the support of Corrs partners, CPD programs and help with the resources you need to run a successful business, including staying up-to-date with the law.
Law is all about client relationships – whether you’re in-house, in a traditional law firm or working as a contractor. Our clients often ask for particular individuals to work with them – those who have built a strong rapport and have demonstrated great client service.
At Orbit, contract lawyering isn’t about you doing the least interesting, routine work, with the best reserved for permanent employees.
We skill match to ensure that the lawyer with the right skills is doing the most appropriate work. This includes matching your practice and sector knowledge, and your available time, with the work and the length of the contract.
How to price your time and not reduce your earnings is probably the most common question we’re asked – and it’s a minefield!
Let’s make it clear. Flexible lawyering is not about cheap lawyers. It’s about clients efficiently using resources when they need them, and matching that with available, appropriately skilled individual lawyers who want flexibility. And there’s strong market demand for flexible lawyers at all levels.
We help our lawyers develop their pricing strategy by assessing their experience, the availability of lawyers to perform roles and clients’ expectations. Pricing in our world is about market demand not billable hour targets.
We work with our Orbit clients to ensure that our lawyers provide value and that value is recognised and rewarded.
We have opportunities available for exceptional lawyers with 5+ PQE. You must be established as an ILP or sole practitioner, carry an unrestricted practising certificate and have PI insurance. Email or call Krystyna Conomos for a confidential conversation on how legal contracting can work for you.
Orbit HR Business Partner
Phone: +61 2 9210 6225