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Working as a Freelance Lawyer

alternative career options for in house lawyers


Working as a Freelance Lawyer

alternative career options for in house lawyers

  • The law

  • The money

  • The money (and the power)

  • The non-lawyers

  • The searching

  • The depression

  • The inspiration

  • The new business

  • The marketing

  • The revenue streams

  • The resources

  • The benefits and costs

  • The other people doing interesting things

  • The beginning



The law

A quarter of all lawyers want to get out of the law 1

1. The Lawyer, 2 July 2007 - http://www.thelawyer.com/twenty-four-per-cent-of-lawyers-want-to-quit/126870.article


The law

A quarter of all lawyers want to get out of the law 1

A third of all 6 to 10 PQE lawyers want out 2

1. The Lawyer, 2 July 2007 - http://www.thelawyer.com/twenty-four-per-cent-of-lawyers-want-to-quit/126870.article

2. The Lawyer, 2 July 2007 - http://www.thelawyer.com/twenty-four-per-cent-of-lawyers-want-to-quit/126870.article


The law

A quarter of all lawyers want to get out of the law 1

A third of all 6 to 10 PQE lawyers want out 2

55% of lawyers are unhappy with their current job 3

1. The Lawyer, 2 July 2007 - http://www.thelawyer.com/twenty-four-per-cent-of-lawyers-want-to-quit/126870.article

2. The Lawyer, 2 July 2007 - http://www.thelawyer.com/twenty-four-per-cent-of-lawyers-want-to-quit/126870.article

3. SEEK, 27 October 2004 - http://www.seek.com.au/media/about_media_centre.asp#81


The law

A quarter of all lawyers want to get out of the law 1

A third of all 6 to 10 PQE lawyers want out 2

55% of lawyers are unhappy with their current job 3

1. The Lawyer, 2 July 2007 - http://www.thelawyer.com/twenty-four-per-cent-of-lawyers-want-to-quit/126870.article

2. The Lawyer, 2 July 2007 - http://www.thelawyer.com/twenty-four-per-cent-of-lawyers-want-to-quit/126870.article

3. SEEK, 27 October 2004 - http://www.seek.com.au/media/about_media_centre.asp#81

4. Times Online, 2 July 2007 - http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/article2013532.ece

$4



The money

25% of lawyers earn less than $50,000 pa 5

5. The Law Report, 25 March 2008 - http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/stories/2008/2195243.htm


The money

25% of lawyers earn less than $50,000 pa 5

50% of lawyers earn less than $75,000 pa 6

5. The Law Report, 25 March 2008 - http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/stories/2008/2195243.htm

6. The Law Report, 25 March 2008 - http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/stories/2008/2195243.htm


The money

25% of lawyers earn less than $50,000 pa 5

50% of lawyers earn less than $75,000 pa 6

15% of lawyers earn more than $115,000 pa 7

5. The Law Report, 25 March 2008 - http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/stories/2008/2195243.htm

6. The Law Report, 25 March 2008 - http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/stories/2008/2195243.htm

7. The Law Report, 25 March 2008 - http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/stories/2008/2195243.htm



The money (and the power)

8. The Financial Review, 14 November 2008

8


The money (and the power)

There are 200 companies in the S&P/ASX200 9

8. The Financial Review, 14 November 2008

9. ASX, http://www.asx.com.au/

8


The money (and the power)

There are 200 companies in the S&P/ASX200 9

ACLA has more than 3,000 members 10

8. The Financial Review, 14 November 2008

9. ASX, http://www.asx.com.au/

10 ACLA Annual Report 2009

8



The non-lawyers

73% of employees are actively looking for work 11

11. Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2010 - http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/matters_briefs/archive/2010/02/02/law-firms-brace-for-employee-quot-mass-exodus-quot.aspx


The non-lawyers

73% of employees are actively looking for work 1122% are passively looking for work 12

11. Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2010 - http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/matters_briefs/archive/2010/02/02/law-firms-brace-for-employee-quot-mass-exodus-quot.aspx

12. Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2010 - http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/matters_briefs/archive/2010/02/02/law-firms-brace-for-employee-quot-mass-exodus-quot.aspx


The non-lawyers

73% of employees are actively looking for work 1122% are passively looking for work 12

= 95%

11. Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2010 - http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/matters_briefs/archive/2010/02/02/law-firms-brace-for-employee-quot-mass-exodus-quot.aspx

12. Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2010 - http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/matters_briefs/archive/2010/02/02/law-firms-brace-for-employee-quot-mass-exodus-quot.aspx


The non-lawyers

73% of employees are actively looking for work 1122% are passively looking for work 12

= 95%

Average Weekly Earnings = $1,223.30 pw 13

11. Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2010 - http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/matters_briefs/archive/2010/02/02/law-firms-brace-for-employee-quot-mass-exodus-quot.aspx

12. Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2010 - http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/matters_briefs/archive/2010/02/02/law-firms-brace-for-employee-quot-mass-exodus-quot.aspx

13. ABS August 2009 - http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/[email protected]/mf/6302.0


The non-lawyers

73% of employees are actively looking for work 1122% are passively looking for work 12

= 95%

Average Weekly Earnings = $1,223.30 pw 13

Median income of writers (from writing) = $4,800 pa 14

11. Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2010 - http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/matters_briefs/archive/2010/02/02/law-firms-brace-for-employee-quot-mass-exodus-quot.aspx

12. Lawyers Weekly, 2 February 2010 - http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/matters_briefs/archive/2010/02/02/law-firms-brace-for-employee-quot-mass-exodus-quot.aspx

13. ABS August 2009 - http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/[email protected]/mf/6302.0

14. http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/research/artists/reports_and_publications/dontgiveupyourdayjob




The depression

Lawyers experience the highest levels of

depressive symptoms 15

15. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855


The depression

Lawyers experience the highest levels of

depressive symptoms 15(followed by patent attorneys) 16

15. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855

16. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855


The depression

Lawyers experience the highest levels of

depressive symptoms 15(followed by patent attorneys) 16

almost a third of lawyers reported using

alcohol or other drugs17

15. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855

16. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855

17. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855


The depression

Lawyers experience the highest levels of

depressive symptoms 15(followed by patent attorneys) 16

almost a third of lawyers reported using

alcohol or other drugs17to reduce or manage feelings of

sadness and depression 18

15. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855

16. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855

17. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855

18. Beyond Blue, Winter 2007 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=59.855



The depression

“There's some method behind his madness,

or is that the other way around?”

dB Magazine, 15 March 2006


The depression

“There's some method behind his madness,

or is that the other way around?”

dB Magazine, 15 March 2006

“…among the worst things I have ever seen”

The Advertiser, 26 February 2004


The inspiration

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

  • a freelance associate

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

  • a freelance associate

  • a ‘ghostwriter’

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

  • a freelance associate

  • a ‘ghostwriter’

  • specialize

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

  • a freelance associate

  • a ‘ghostwriter’

  • specialize

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

  • a freelance associate

  • a ‘ghostwriter’

  • specialize

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

  • a freelance associate

  • a ‘ghostwriter’

  • specialize

F

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

  • a freelance associate

  • a ‘ghostwriter’

  • specialize

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

  • a freelance associate

  • a ‘ghostwriter’

  • specialize

  • firm to firm focus

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • a ‘wholesale lawyer’

  • working for ‘retail lawyers’

  • a freelance associate

  • a ‘ghostwriter’

  • specialize

  • firm to firm focus

  • your clients are other lawyers

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996


The inspiration

  • “…every lawyer is your friend. Every lawyer is a potential customer. Every lawyer is someone you can help. Every lawyer you deal with on a direct basis is on your side, not against you. You rarely have hostile relations with other lawyers. In fact, you rarely have hostile relations with anyone.” 20

19

19. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996

20. Robinson David A, Practicing Law Without Clients, American Bar Associated, Chicago, 1996, page 78



The new business

Sole Practitioner

& Sole Trader


The new business

Sole Practitioner

& Sole Trader

GPO Box


The new business

Sole Practitioner

& Sole Trader

GPO Box

Mobile


The new business

Sole Practitioner

& Sole Trader

GPO Box

Mobile

Fax to Email


The new business

Sole Practitioner

& Sole Trader

GPO Box

Mobile

Email

Fax to Email


The new business

Sole Practitioner

& Sole Trader

GPO Box

Mobile

Website

Email

Fax to Email


The new business

Sole Practitioner

& Sole Trader

GPO Box

Mobile

Website

Email

Fax to Email

  • Insurance – low fee earner


The new business

Sole Practitioner

& Sole Trader

GPO Box

Mobile

Website

Email

Fax to Email

  • Insurance – low fee earner

  • Business plan – lawyers



The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)

  • locum contracts (community legal)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)

  • locum contracts (community legal)

  • direct clients (friends and friends of friends)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)

  • locum contracts (community legal)

  • direct clients (friends and friends of friends)

  • drafting (small firms)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)

  • locum contracts (community legal)

  • direct clients (friends and friends of friends)

  • drafting (small firms)

  • direct clients (small businesses)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)

  • locum contracts (community legal)

  • direct clients (friends and friends of friends)

  • drafting (small firms)

  • direct clients (small businesses)

  • micro locum contracts (in house)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)

  • locum contracts (community legal)

  • direct clients (friends and friends of friends)

  • drafting (small firms)

  • direct clients (small businesses)

  • micro locum contracts (in house)

  • locum contracts (small firms)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)

  • locum contracts (community legal)

  • direct clients (friends and friends of friends)

  • drafting (small firms)

  • direct clients (small businesses)

  • micro locum contracts (in house)

  • locum contracts (small firms)

  • referral commissions (small firms)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)

  • locum contracts (community legal)

  • direct clients (friends and friends of friends)

  • drafting (small firms)

  • direct clients (small businesses)

  • micro locum contracts (in house)

  • locum contracts (small firms)

  • referral commissions (small firms)

  • writing (Law Society Journal)


The revenue streams

  • locum contracts (in house)

  • external lawyer (in house)

  • legal consultant (in house)

  • locum contracts (community legal)

  • direct clients (friends and friends of friends)

  • drafting (small firms)

  • direct clients (small businesses)

  • micro locum contracts (in house)

  • locum contracts (small firms)

  • referral commissions (small firms)

  • writing (Law Society Journal)

  • drafting precedents (via Smokeball)







The resources

  • university

  • ACLA & law society

  • large law firms (take control of invite address)

  • university & law society library


The resources

  • university

  • ACLA & law society

  • large law firms (take control of invite address)

  • university & law society library

  • contractors – flexible, grateful and deferred payment

  • law grads

  • virtual typist

  • virtual assistant


The resources

  • university

  • ACLA & law society

  • large law firms (take control of invite address)

  • university & law society library

  • contractors – flexible, grateful and deferred payment

  • law grads

  • virtual typist

  • virtual assistant

  • national association of freelance legal professionals


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested

  • risk


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested

  • risk

  • disconnection


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested

  • risk

  • disconnection

  • disrespect


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested

  • risk

  • disconnection

  • disrespect

  • some tricky politics


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested

  • risk

  • disconnection

  • disrespect

  • some tricky politics

  • family and friends


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested

  • risk

  • disconnection

  • disrespect

  • some tricky politics

  • family and friends

  • holidays


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested

  • risk

  • disconnection

  • disrespect

  • some tricky politics

  • family and friends

  • holidays

  • working harder


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested

  • risk

  • disconnection

  • disrespect

  • some tricky politics

  • family and friends

  • holidays

  • working harder

  • always on the job


The benefits and costs

  • risk / reward

  • tax benefits

  • risks are spread

  • self determination

  • less lurching

  • less office politics

  • control resources

  • more engaged

  • more interested

  • risk

  • disconnection

  • disrespect

  • some tricky politics

  • family and friends

  • holidays

  • working harder

  • always on the job

  • ceiling


The other people doing

interesting things


The other people doing

interesting things

  • Optim Legal


The other people doing

interesting things

  • Optim Legal

  • Advent Legal


The other people doing

interesting things

  • Optim Legal

  • Advent Legal

  • Balance Legal


The other people doing

interesting things

  • Optim Legal

  • Advent Legal

  • Balance Legal

  • Truman Hoyle


The other people doing

interesting things

  • Optim Legal

  • Advent Legal

  • Balance Legal

  • Truman Hoyle

  • Bespoke Law


The other people doing

interesting things

  • Optim Legal

  • Advent Legal

  • Balance Legal

  • Truman Hoyle

  • Bespoke Law

  • Smokeball



The beginning

  • a locum contract


The beginning

  • a locum contract

  • work part-time


The beginning

  • a locum contract

  • work part-time

  • hang a shingle


The beginning

  • a locum contract

  • work part-time

  • hang a shingle

  • take control of your contacts (email, mobile)


The beginning

  • a locum contract

  • work part-time

  • hang a shingle

  • take control of your contacts (email, mobile)

  • maintain a list of every lawyer you know


The beginning

  • a locum contract

  • work part-time

  • hang a shingle

  • take control of your contacts (email, mobile)

  • maintain a list of every lawyer you know

  • business plan



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