How it works
A new legal landscape
LOD allows you to flex the size and capability of your legal team just when you need to. We have a team of over 100 high quality, freelance lawyers who are available to work with you on site or remotely, on a contract basis or simply as needed. Our straightforward solutions reduce the usual cost of engaging lawyers by offering expertise without the overhead.
Historically the pool of lawyers available to work in private practice on an interim or project basis has been of a variable standard and quality. In the current climate, unpredictable peaks in workflow means that law firms can benefit from high calibre freelance lawyers to meet their changing needs.
Our lawyers will integrate swiftly into your firm. They have experience across a wide range of legal disciplines, including real estate, projects, employment, corporate, finance, litigation, financial services, IP/IT and commercial. We attract the best lawyers because they get to enjoy the opportunities associated with freelancing without sacrificing quality of work. They also go through our quality assurance process, which includes technical tests and regular reviews.
LOD offers two main working models, LOD On Site and LOD On Call: click here for our model infographic. Examples of our lawyers’ recent assignments with law firms include a full-time six month placement, a team of remote lawyers supporting a special client project for 6 weeks and ongoing hourly ad hoc overflow work. Download our law firm brochure.
1. Step 1
We listen and discuss your requirements
2. Step 2
We identify specific LOD lawyers with the right experience to meet your needs
3. Step 3
You meet the selected lawyers
4. Step 4
We agree the best working model and a fixed rate
More for less
Although work volumes are increasing, many firms are coming under pressure to reduce costs. All LOD fees are agreed in advance using a fixed daily, weekly or monthly rate that reflects the expertise of the lawyer. We aim to ensure that the rates compare favourably with the cost of employing lawyers in the regular way.
There are no additional employment costs which means that you are not, for example, liable to pay any agency introduction fees, Employers National Insurance, holiday pay or sickness pay.
We have developed a bespoke selection and induction process for our LOD lawyers to ensure that the lawyers in the team are fully equipped to provide a high quality service.
Our team of LOD lawyers continues to grow in size and specialisation and feedback from our clients has been excellent. LOD has been widely acclaimed, winning awards from the Financial Times and The Lawyer as well as being shortlisted for numerous others, including from The Law Society, Legal Business and The British Legal Awards.
Motivated lawyers doing something different
Our LOD lawyers are all highly skilled lawyers looking for alternative ways of working without compromising their career satisfaction and development. They are talented and motivated and have all trained or worked at top tier firms or major in-house legal teams. They trade the certainty and rigidity of employee status for the flexibility which comes with freelance working.
The ability of our lawyers to balance their other priorities with quality legal assignments results in focused and pro-active individuals who enjoy their legal work. We believe that happy, motivated individuals do the best work. This is recognised by our clients, the majority of whom extend assignments beyond the original brief and use LOD for multiple assignments.
We do not hold or have access to any documentation or information relating to the matters worked on by our LOD lawyers, whether they are working with corporates or with law firms. Equally, whilst on assignment to you, our LOD lawyers do not have access to any confidential information on the systems of Berwin Leighton Paisner or any other law firm.
We have a strict confidentiality agreement with all our LOD lawyers which applies alongside their usual professional obligations. We also place full non-solicitation obligations on them in relation to any contacts which they make whilst on any LOD assignment. We are also happy for client law firms to also put in place their own confidentiality and/or non-solicitation agreement with the LOD lawyer.
Dealing with conflicts
We have procedures in place to ensure that all lawyers in the LOD team monitor any potential conflicts which may arise as a result of work which they have previously carried out.
As they do not have access to confidential information regarding any other LOD clients whilst on assignment, we find this is an issue which arises only very rarely. Where it does, it relates solely to the individual LOD lawyer (in the same way it might to a locum) and is usually easily resolved.
Client: International law firm
This law firm came to LOD with a specific resourcing issue - a shortage of manpower at senior associate level in its Corporate Finance department. The Head of Corporate Finance was not ready to employ any additional associates as the long-term stream of work was uncertain. However, he knew that something needed to be done in the short to medium term. LOD provided two LOD lawyers to help bridge the resourcing gap.
I have used two LODs in Corporate Finance over the last 12 months. I was impressed with their ability to integrate seamlessly into their work groups and, because both of them were used to running transactions at their previous firms, they were able to take on the responsibility of senior associates from day one. Having the opportunity to technically test them beforehand was very reassuring.Head of Corporate Finance
LOD lawyer said:
I had some reservations before starting my assignment that, in an established private practice team, I would in some way be regarded differently from my peers. This has not been my experience at all. Although they know I work on a different model, I felt fully integrated right from the start and have been exposed to great deals. I think it is very much the view of firms who use the LOD service that they want quality lawyers who can hit the ground running to cover temporary peaks in the workflow. If you are the type of lawyer who can see the benefits of working in a flexible way, the LOD experience can be mutually beneficial.
Client: Major City law firm
This law firm approached LOD when one of its commercial/IP associates decided to take up an in-house role. In order to smooth the likely peak in work for the rest of the team until they could recruit a suitably high quality permanent replacement, the firm decided to engage an LOD lawyer. LOD was able to supply a top ranking senior lawyer at short notice who had recently left a long held role at an international firm and wished to explore alternative opportunities to continue her career.
LOD produced an excellent result for us. We were able to engage a first class lawyer on very flexible terms and she made an immediate impact, relieving the workload of more junior members of our team and taking the lead on significant transactions. She integrated into the team very quickly and the assignment has been a great success. Having a pre-vetted lawyer available to fill the gap at such short notice was the main reason we approached LOD. We'll definitely go to them again if we need more interim help.Head of Commercial, IP and Technology
LOD lawyer said:
LOD has been an excellent solution for me. I have been able to maintain a very high quality caseload and have really enjoyed my assignment. In the past, interim work for lawyers, especially in private practice, has lacked quality and dynamism. No more - the legal landscape has changed dramatically and, as a result, the work on offer to lawyers who want to work differently has improved significantly.
Here are some frequently asked questions about how Lawyers On Demand (LOD) works for law firm clients. If you think the service may be useful to your firm, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 3400 4200.
- 1. What is LOD for law firms?
LOD offers law firms talented, freelance lawyers who will enable you to respond quickly and cost efficiently to client demand, without the employee overhead. Whether you are using our lawyers on a full time contract or for just a few hours as needed, the LOD service allows you to avoid fixed overhead with no compromise on quality.
- 2. Who is using LOD for law firms?
LOD has completed a range of different assignments with a number of major City law firms, including from a full-time six month placement to a team of remote lawyers supporting a special client project for 6 weeks as well as ongoing hourly ad hoc overflow work.
- 3. What is the benefit to my firm?
Law firms are coming under increasing cost and resourcing pressures. LOD offers prevetted, high quality, freelance lawyers available to work on a flexible basis. The previous experience and high calibre of our lawyers mean that they can slot swiftly and seamlessly into your team, with a speed and effectiveness of integration that is far superior to a traditional locum arrangement.
- 4. What is the cost of the service?
All LOD fees are agreed in advance based on a fixed daily rate that reflects the expertise of the lawyer.
There are no additional employment costs which means that you are not, for example, liable to pay any agency introduction fees, holiday pay or sickness pay. Please contact us to discuss rates further.
- 5. What are the working models?
LOD offers two main working models:
LOD On Site – This model is similar to using regular contract lawyers, but with more consistency and our stamp of quality. The LOD lawyer works as part of your team for designated days each week, usually in your office. Our daily, weekly or monthly rates compare well with more rigid employment options.
LOD On Call – This model is suitable when you need more flexible support on your projects, whether from individual lawyers or a virtual team. Each LOD lawyer is part of your team but works remotely as you need them. The cost is based on a competitive daily or hourly rate and you can agree to cap any time spent.
- 6. What hours does the lawyer work?
Where the LOD lawyer is working on the contracted model the lawyer will work reasonable hours for an interim role.
- 7. What is the process for vetting lawyers for quality?
Our lawyers have all trained or worked at top-tier law firms or as part of major inhouse legal teams. LOD is able to attract lawyers from the best law firms and inhouse teams because it appeals to high quality lawyers who wish to have more control over their lifestyle. There is a careful selection process to help ensure that all lawyers made available through the LOD service are of suitably high quality. We continually monitor feedback on our lawyers when on assignment.
- 8. What is the relationship between the lawyer, LOD and the law firm?
The lawyers contract with LOD on a freelance basis. The law firm contracts with LOD at the beginning of each assignment.
- 9. Why do some lawyers wish to work this way?
LOD allows lawyers to work flexibly (whether part or full-time depending on your need) on a project-by-project basis. The lawyers trade the certainty and rigidity of employee status for a flexible way of working which matches their requirements. It appeals to high quality qualified lawyers who wish to have more control over their lifestyle without compromising their career satisfaction and development. Clients have reported that they find the lawyers in the LOD team to be particularly pro-active and motivated as a result of this way of working.
- 10. Will I be able to meet the lawyer before the assignment begins?
Yes. It is important that we place the right lawyer into the right assignment and we encourage you to get involved in the process. After you brief us we will carefully select one or two suitable LOD lawyers for you to meet.
- 11. How do you deal with conflicts and confidentiality?
LOD does not hold or have access to any documentation or information relating to the matters worked on by its lawyers, whether working with corporates or with other law firms. Equally, whilst on assignment to you the LOD lawyers do not have access to any confidential information on the systems of BLP or any other law firm.
LOD has a strict confidentiality agreement with all LOD lawyers which applies alongside their usual professional obligations. LOD also places strict non-solicitation obligations on the LOD lawyers in relation to any contacts which they make whilst on any LOD assignment. We are happy for client law firms to also impose their own confidentiality agreement on the LOD lawyer.
LOD also has a procedure in place to ensure that all lawyers in the team consistently monitor any potential conflicts which may arise as a result of work which they have previously carried out.
- 12. Where will the lawyer be located?
From the outset there is flexibility as to where the lawyer is based. Options include working from your office or from home, as dictated by your business needs.