June 20 2022
A Q&A with Flex Legal's longest-standing interim lawyer
Daniele joined the Flex Legal platform in 2019 as our first ever interim lawyer. Since then he’s flourished on two long-term placements, and made such an incredible impact throughout, fitting into each team incredibly well. Well done Daniele!
We had a quick chat with Daniele to hear all about his experience of using Flex, his thoughts on being an interim lawyer, and what advice he’d give to any aspiring solicitors.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?I am an Italian citizen, a qualified lawyer in three jurisdictions and I started my career in London as a paralegal in a US law firm in 2008. During these years, I have been working for several law firms as an eDiscovery lawyer, a contract associate, and legal counsel.
Why did you choose to transition into interim legal work?Working as an interim lawyer gave me great opportunities to work for some of the most reputable law firms in London and in Switzerland. It also gave me the opportunity to learn within a diverse legal environment and the chance to work in different areas of law, such as dispute resolution and financial crimes. Working as a contractor also gave me more flexibility to keep up my hobbies, travels, sports and running.
“Working as an interim lawyer gave me great opportunities to work for some of the most reputable law firms in London and in Switzerland.”
- Daniele, Flex Lawyer
Where have you been placed and how have you found it?I have been placed mostly in magic law firms, but also silver law firms (which I enjoyed very much), banks, consultancy firms and energy firms. I found my placements mostly challenging and rewarding.
Could you tell us a bit more about your experience of working through Flex Legal?Working with Flex Legal was a hugely rewarding experience for me. They offered me one of the longest job opportunities of my entire career. The initial job started from a large language eDiscovery exercise and then developed into a more complex job that involved providing court legal notes and advanced legal help to barristers.
At the end of my two year project, Flex assisted me in finding another great chance to work for a small, but dynamic, friendly, and highly professional law firm on a complex eDiscovery project that eventually resulted in me being hired by this law firm.
I found Ben and his colleagues at Flex Legal highly professional, constantly available, and supportive with my requests. They were incredibly accommodating and quick in their responses.
“I found Ben and his colleagues at Flex Legal highly professional, constantly available and supportive with my requests. They were incredibly helpful and quick in their responses.”
- Daniele, Flex Lawyer
What advice would you give to any aspiring solicitors currently working as paralegals through Flex Legal?Work hard on your tasks. Flex provides high-quality opportunities and you can be rewarded greatly, including the chance to transform your interim role into a permanent one. Flex has different types of clients, so it gives you a unique chance to emerge and fulfill your professional goals.
Feedback from Rachel Waghorn, Practice Manager at Leverets:Daniele was introduced to us by Flex in February this year when we were needing a document review lawyer for a long running and complex case. It was the first time that we had taken on agency staff but needn’t have worried. Daniele has taken on every challenge that we have given him, showing competence, initiative, and leadership. So much so that within a short space of time Daniele has become a Team Lead and has made himself rather indispensable.
Flex made the process of finding Daniele, and other lawyers, very easy to navigate. So many quality people to choose from.
“Daniele has taken on every challenge that we have given him, showing competence, initiative, and leadership. Flex made the process of finding Daniele, and other lawyers, very easy to navigate. So many quality people to choose from.”
- Rachel Waghorn, Practice Manager at Leverets Advocacy
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