Legal Business

A&O the first top-tier player to forge contract lawyer service

Freelance lawyers to cover fixed-term needs.

For all the talk of innovation in the profession, experimentation with new models has so far been more evident at mid-pack players like Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Eversheds than elite London or New York advisers.

However, as Legal Business revealed on 25 November, Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first top-tier outfit to challenge that orthodoxy with the Magic Circle firm launching a high-end contract lawyer service for major clients.