Contract lawyer businesses have hugely expanded in recent years with law firms increasingly entering the market. But are clients getting what they want?
Inevitably, it was a late epiphany for law firms when it came to offering contract lawyer services. Having belatedly realised that their clients’ post-recession demands for reduced costs and flexible resourcing were not a fad, top 50 UK law firms have spent the last few years playing catch up.
Having lost ground to contract lawyer providers such as Axiom, Obelisk, Halebury, SSQ Interim Solutions and Lawyers On Demand (LOD), which was launched by Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in 2007, firms including Eversheds, Allen & Overy (A&O), Pinsent Masons, DAC Beachcroft, Simmons & Simmons and Addleshaw Goddard have all launched their own varying contract lawyer models.