Free Range Lawyers launched earlier this year and since then has seen over 20 lawyers, with expertise ranging from M&A and commercial to litigation, IP and property.
“The response to our launch has been fantastic,” said CEO Katherine Thomas.
“From my previous experience in the contract lawyer market, I knew that there was latent supply from lawyers located outside cities, but I hadn’t anticipated how much.”
Ms Thomas said there are a range of reasons lawyers are looking to work remotely, however a common sentiment is that they have a desire to do interesting, challenging work, regardless of their location.
“They have top-tier experience under their belt and have now moved out of the city to be closer to family, or for a spouse’s job,” she explained.
“Others now live abroad but want to continue their Australian legal careers through remote work. We also have a number of Australian qualified lawyers who are interested in the opportunity to do work for UK law firms without up-rooting their lives.”
Ms Thomas claims that that by removing geography as an issue, she is accessing talent that a more traditional approach can’t find.
“I speak to firms all the time that simply cannot find someone with the right skills to work in their office, particularly at the mid-level of qualification. What they really need is someone to do the work,” she said.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean they need someone sitting in a seat next to them.”
As for those looking to adopt a remote, flexible working strategy, Ms Thomas said it’s vital to focus on “outputs rather than inputs”, saying that a “more project, rather than roles-based approach” is essential.
“First express what you need to get done. Then – and only then – look at how you can achieve it,” she advised.
“By defining your needs in this way, it’s likely that a whole host of options will become available to you, one of which could be a lawyer who works outside the office.”