Firm launches flexible lawyer offering

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MinterEllison has launched a new flexible lawyer business, ‘Flex’, giving clients access to specialist contract lawyers.

Partner and innovation head Andrew Cunningham said the firm has seen a strong demand for contract lawyers.  The idea is that hiring a flexible lawyer from MinterEllison gives a ‘quality’ guarantee.

“Clients and market feedback tells us that there is increasingly a need for high quality lawyers to work temporarily in-house – but they need to be of the highest quality and able to ‘hit the ground running’,” Cunningham said.

“The lawyers we place with clients through Flex are connected to and integrated with MinterEllison's elite capability and knowhow, and this gives clients the confidence to embrace agile staffing.”

Last week’s launch of ‘Flex’ followed a six month pilot program, placing lawyers within businesses in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, while developing a ‘pool’ of talent.  The firm said this model attracts a growing number of lawyers who are looking for flexible work.

“Flex has attracted a new pool of talented lawyers at all levels who enjoy the flexibility and variety of work you get on temporary engagements,” Cunningham said.

The firm already has a pool of lawyer to draw from, dedicated to contract assignments, with varying levels of experience, from former GCs to junior lawyers.

“We are very focussed on building a deep innovation capability and culture at MinterEllison.  Flex is part of a broader agenda to innovate in the services we offer, how we execute those services, and how we price them,” said Cunningham.

“There is a lot of disruption in the legal market.  The challenge is to not just embrace new agile models for solving legal problems but to make these sustainable solutions that maintain the high levels of quality that clients expect.”