“Freelance work has really taken off in the legal sector”
When did you become a freelance consultant?
I had dabbled in freelance work before joining Obelisk in 2014. The path has become more consistent since then – the fact that I want to work part-time and remotely has not restricted the work offered to me. On the contrary, one of the interesting aspects of freelance work is the experience I have gained through exposure to other sectors. I’ve had 11 jobs with 8 clients. Since working with Obelisk clients in different sectors I have greatly broadened my knowledge.
How have you seen the legal sector change during your career?
It’s a very interesting time to work in the legal services market, as in other sectors, freelance work has really taken off and is changing the traditional career paths in the legal profession. When I was newly qualified there was the concept of locum solicitors, but this was somewhat limited to cover maternity or other fixed term absences. However, more businesses, legal departments and law firms industries are now turning to freelance lawyers, as they can provide quick and flexible solutions tailored to various needs such as staff or skills gaps, or an upswing in business demand, and to help with discreet projects.
How do you work with Obelisk clients?
The Obelisk team know my preferences for working part-time and remotely and our relationship works very well as I find that the variety of work at Obelisk is wide-ranging. Each assignment is interesting and across diverse sectors from renewable energy to financial service, tech or education. A few of the assignments have been repeat work requests, which is really nice as I learn more and more about the particular business and their needs.