What Does a New Model Law Firm Lawyer Look Like?

As legal services adapt to the ever-evolving, fast pace of modern life, the career expectations for lawyers offering these services are also undergoing a transformation. The traditional law firm model, whilst long-standing and esteemed, may no longer align with the preferences, or needs of every legal professional.

So, what type of lawyer might be seeking a new model law firm as an alternative to the structured confines of traditional firms or in-house legal departments?

Typically possessing a blend of entrepreneurial spirit, self-motivation, and a willingness to embrace technological advancements, lawyers suiting new model law practice are often attracted by the prospect of autonomy and the opportunity to shape their own practice, set their own hours, and collaborate with like-minded fellow lawyers. They are individuals who appreciate the opportunity to boost their own earning potential in an environment where innovation is encouraged (and traditional hierarchies are less rigid) and who want opportunity, freedom and choice.

Nexa Law is one such new model law firm offering consultant lawyers the opportunity of collaboration, creativity, and client-focused solutions – whilst giving them the support to run their own legal business and enjoy being a lawyer again!

Two solicitors who found the new model law firm was the right fit for them are Nexa consultants Donna Taylor, Private Client Partner, and Commercial Partner Steven Mather.

Donna Taylor is now in her fourth year as a self-employed lawyer, and her story of what consultancy means for her can be found here.  Steven Mather made the change into new model legal practice to improve his health and work/life balance, and his advice for any lawyer thinking about becoming self-employed is “Do it”. Steven’s account of life as a consultant solicitor can be found here.

Adaptability is key for solicitors leaning towards the new model law firms, which operate with leaner structures and leverage technology to enhance efficiency – requiring solicitors to be agile in their approach to legal practice. The ability to quickly grasp new technologies, collaborate effectively in virtual environments, and adeptly manage client relationships remotely are essential skills in this context, but being able to do this means the consultant works smarter, and more efficiently, enabling a more client-focused approach.

Looking forward to the year ahead, the outlook for consultant lawyers remains exciting. The demand for flexible legal solutions provided by consultant lawyers is expected to rise, offering ample opportunities for those equipped with the right skills and mind-set.

Thinking about making a change into consultancy?  To arrange an informal, confidential chat about whether a new model law firm is the right fit for you, contact John McAuley, CMO and Head of Talent at Nexa  john.mcauley@nexa.law

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