How it works
The flexible solution
LOD allows you to flex the size and capability of your legal team just when you need to. Our high quality, freelance lawyers 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.
LOD is an innovation from leading international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Our team of freelance lawyers is supported by BLP, with access to all of BLP's know-how and training. LOD is therefore able to provide a service which combines the commercial approach and flexibility of an in-house resource with the support and quality assurance of a major law firm.
LOD offers two main working models, LOD On Call and LOD On Site: click here for our model infographic. Examples of recent projects include a full-time position on a rolling monthly basis to deal with business-as-usual matters, a part-time assignment for four months, remote work to support a special client project for six weeks and hourly ad hoc remote overflow work. Many clients use the service to reduce the cost of existing outsourced services, others to guarantee high-quality interim lawyers. Download our in-house brochure.
We listen and discuss your requirements
We identify LOD lawyers with the right experience to meet your needs
You meet the selected lawyers
We agree the best working model and a fixed daily or weekly rate
More for less
Although work volumes are increasing, many clients are coming under pressure to reduce costs. All LOD fees are agreed in advance and are based on daily, weekly or monthly rates which reflect the expertise of the lawyer and the resource required.
The quality of our lawyers and our innovative pricing structure together mean we can provide a highly cost-effective solution. Feedback shows that our clients enjoy the inherent flexibility to choose whether to internally allocate cost to ‘legal services’ budget or ‘headcount’ budget as their own business needs dictate.
There are no additional employment costs which means you are not, for example, liable to pay any agency introduction fees, holiday pay or sickness pay. Included in the agreed rate is access to all of the know how and associated support provided by BLP, a key advantage over other options.
Quality and support
Berwin Leighton Paisner quality
LOD is an innovation from leading international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). BLP won the prestigious Law Firm of the Year Award in 2010 from both The Lawyer and The British Legal Awards for its creativity in providing quality legal services.
We have developed a bespoke selection and induction process for our LOD lawyers to ensure that we are recruiting the very best and that the lawyers in the team are fully equipped to provide a high quality service. Every LOD lawyer will have spent time with BLP undergoing a specially developed induction programme prior to being placed on assignment.
Throughout each assignment we are in regular contact with you to evaluate progress. During their time with you, each LOD lawyer has access to our extensive knowledge management system, including the support of our Knowledge Development Lawyers, and access to all BLP training.
Feedback from our clients has been excellent. LOD services a range of high-profile clients across multiple industries and legal disciplines. Example clients include Orange, Gucci, Sky, UBS and Cisco.
Our team of LOD lawyers continues to grow in size and specialisation. 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 law firms or major in-house legal teams. They wish to progress their legal careers without sacrificing their other priorities, whether family, travel or creative or entrepreneurial pursuits.
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 are the best people to work in your team. This is recognised by our clients, the majority of whom extend assignments beyond the original brief and use LOD for multiple assignments.
Client: Orange UK
We were asked by Orange to support them in the launch of their mobile TV project. As a result of other projects and staff departures, Orange did not have an in-house lawyer whom it was able to assign to the project and wanted to minimise the cost of outsourced legal services. We offered Darren Heath from the LOD team to work in-house at Orange’s offices. He was, like all LOD lawyers, supported by BLP’s knowledge management, training and technology.
As well as more than ten years’ experience as a commercial and TMT lawyer, LOD lawyer Darren Heath has previously worked as a writer and presenter for Legal Network Television and as a professional support lawyer. LOD offers Darren the opportunity to combine his legal career with a passion for film making and running his own production company.
Our LOD lawyer has been a great asset and has been highly rated by his internal clients. I’d like to thank you. Our goals were achieved by LOD through getting expertise in a specific area of law. We would certainly use LOD again. It was excellent value for money.- Colin Caldwell, Director of corporate Legal services, Orange UK
LOD lawyer said:
I thoroughly enjoy being part of the LOD team. I was immediately offered an assignment ideally suited to my experience and interests, and which fitted in with my other commitments, and this has provided the opportunity of being involved in innovative and exciting projects, working directly day-to-day with the client. It offers a unique opportunity to practise law in-house with the back-up of a major international firm, and on terms that allow the pursuit of other projects.- Darren Heath
Here are some frequently asked questions about how Lawyers On Demand (LOD) works for our
in-house clients. If you think the service may be useful to you, please contact us on email@example.com or call us on 020 3400 4200.
- 1. What is LOD for in-house?
LOD offers talented, freelance lawyers for times when you don’t need the infrastructure of a traditional law firm or want the employee overhead. With our lawyers you can expand the capability and capacity of your team for just as long as you need, with the full support of BLP. Whether you are using our lawyers on a full time contract or for just a few hours as needed, LOD allows you to contain your costs with no compromise on quality.
- 2. Who is using LOD for in-house?
LOD clients include both blue-chip organisations and smaller growth companies. Examples of clients we are currently working with include telecoms network operators, publishers, banks and software businesses. Overwhelmingly, we find that clients return to LOD for solutions to their on-going legal resourcing needs.
- 3. What is the benefit to my organisation?
Organisations requiring in-house legal services are coming under increasing cost and resourcing pressures, whether resulting from recruitment freezes, maternity leave, staff departures, special projects or the cyclical nature of day-to-day legal work. LOD offers pre-vetted, high quality, freelance lawyers available to work on a flexible basis, supported throughout by BLP’s knowledge management, professional support and training. 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 can often be superior to a traditional secondment or locum arrangement.
- 4. What is the cost of the service?
All LOD fees are agreed with clients in advance based on a fixed daily rate that reflects the expertise of the lawyer. Please contact us to discuss rates further.
Clients have told us that they appreciate the inherent flexibility to choose whether to allocate cost internally to ‘legal services’ budget or ‘headcount’ budget as their own business needs dictate.
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. Included in the daily rate is access to all of the know how and associated support provided by BLP, which is one of the unique features of LOD and a key advantage over other options.
- 5. What are the working models?
LOD offers two main working models:
LOD On Site – This model is similar to a secondment, but offers you more options and greater control. 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.
For more information, please download our LOD models infographic.
- 6. What is the process for vetting lawyers for quality?
We have developed a bespoke selection and induction programme to ensure that the lawyers in the team are fully equipped to provide a service of the highest quality. Our lawyers have all trained or worked at top-tier law firms or as part of major in-house legal teams. We carry out a careful interview procedure, including technical tests. The lawyers also spend time with BLP undergoing an induction programme prior to any assignment. Once on assignment, they continue to be supported by BLP’s training, professional support and knowledge management services.
- 7. How does LOD monitor the service?
The quality of service to clients is paramount to us. During each assignment, we have regular dialogue with both you and the LOD lawyer you have chosen, together with more formal regular feedback sessions. Of course, we are always available should you need to discuss an issue urgently.
- 8. What is the relationship between the parties?
You contract with LOD at the beginning of each assignment. This direct relationship will allow us to best manage payment and liability issues, with the LOD lawyer acting as a consultant to us. As a result, you have the reassurance that we are providing the continuity and quality required.
- 9. Why do some lawyers wish to work this way?
LOD allows lawyers to work flexibly (whether part or full-time) 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 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. Where will the lawyer be located?
From the outset there is flexibility as to where the lawyer is based. Options include working from your offices or from home, as dictated by your business needs.