Paralegal Spotlight: Resham Mehta
There's nothing we love more than highlighting the fantastic work of our paralegals, lawyers and trainees. This month we were thrilled to have a chat with Daniyal, a multilingual LLB Law Graduate, who has worked on multiple Flex placements, from Huel to Freshfields. Take a read to hear all about his experience!
Commercial News Round-up: Competition, Carbon & ChatGPT
In our latest Commercial News Round-Up, our squad of commercial gurus, James, Aman and Lizzie, run through the latest news from across the legal industry. They cover CMA blocking the Microsoft purchase of Activision Blizzard, ESG and disclosure, and the increasing prevalence of AI.
5 Top Tips for Legal Assessment Centres
Law firm assessment centres are notoriously challenging. They are designed to push you and to establish how well you perform under pressure. It can’t be denied that they are incredibly competitive… but they're not impossible. Here are our top 5 tips to give you the edge and help you succeed!
Paralegal Spotlight: Anastasios Proios Doukas
We absolutely love shining a spotlight on our stand-out paralegals. This time, we were delighted to have a chat with Anastasios, a bilingual paralegal. After flourishing on a law firm placement through Flex, Anastasios is now thriving again at Summize, an innovative legal tech company. Here's what he has to say about working through Flex Legal!
December 5 2022
Paralegal Spotlight: Rhea Kamath
For our final Paralegal Spotlight of the year, we’re absolutely delighted to shine a light on Rhea Kamath. As a future trainee, Rhea was on the lookout for some valuable experience which could help her to hit the ground running for her TC. Here's how it all went!
November 11 2022
Paralegal Spotlight: Amy Hopkins
Our Paralegal Spotlight is being cast again... this time in the direction of the incredible future trainee Amy Hopkins! After coming to us in July on the lookout for some valuable legal experience, Amy has flourished on an in-house placement at leading consumer insights platform, Zappi. Take a read to see what Amy has to say about her Flexperience.
September 23 2022
The interim lawyer market: top skills in-demand
Thinking about making the move to interim? Or simply on the lookout for a new challenge? At Flex Legal, we have hundreds of interim opportunities with top legal teams all across the UK. To help you decide if going interim is the right move for you, we've pulled together this handy summary of our latest roles and skills in demand!
August 8 2022
Commercial News Round-up: Banks, Bonds and Busts
In our latest Commercial News Round-Up, our resident commercial king Jacob Darcy runs through the latest commercial news from across the legal industry. He covers the looming recession, the surge in the dollar, JD's sale of Footasylum and the effect of inflation on the bond market.
June 27 2022
Top CV tips for aspiring lawyers
At Flex Legal, we truly understand how competitive the legal industry can be for aspiring lawyers, and how draining it is sending out hundreds of CV’s a week, only to receive piles of rejections in return. Take a read of this blog post for our top tips on how to ensure your CV stands out from the crowd, for all the right reasons!
June 10 2022
Paralegal Spotlight: Tiffany Tang
We're delighted to announce that the latest Flex paralegal we'd like to place a spotlight on is the wonderful multilingual GDL graduate, Tiffany Tang, who has made an incredible impression during her placement at Tensar. Read this blog to hear all about her experience of using Flex.
May 25 2022
Flex and Freshfields: Five years later
Freshfields is one of the world’s oldest law firms, with roots tracing back to the 18th century. So when their team approached Flex in 2017 with a need for Manchester-based doc review paralegals, we were delighted to help. And that was just the start - take a read to see how we've supported Freshfields over the years since.
May 18 2022
Junior Lawyer Lunch: How to hone your commercial awareness
In association with LexisNexis, For this instalment of our Junior Lawyer Lunch sessions, we are absolutely thrilled to be joined by the notorious Peter Watson, CEO of Watson's Daily! It should be a fantastic session that will leave you better equipped to conduct effective commercial research.
May 16 2022
How Marciano advanced his legal career through interim work
Marciano has been working as an interim paralegal through Flex Legal since October 2020. We’re so proud of the fantastic work he has carried out at various top law firms through Flex, and so we had a quick chat with him to discuss his journey so far and to see what advice he'd give to any other aspiring legal professionals.
May 9 2022
A Q&A with Maaike de Bie, GC at easyJet
For the latest instalment of our Junior Lawyer Lunches, we hosted a Q&A session with Maaike de Bie, GC at easyJet. Take a read to learn all about Maaike’s legal career so far, and what skills she believes have been key to her success.
April 25 2022
How to apply to Flex Trainee
Flex Trainee is our SQE qualification programme, and we're getting a lot of interest in it! Read this blog post to learn how to apply to the scheme, and the diversity / social mobility criteria our STRIVE partners ask for in applications.
April 8 2022
Flex Legal's Midlands In-house Community
We had a blast hosting our first ever Midlands In-house Event earlier this month, which focussed on how in-house teams can build a legal team of the future. Take a read of this blog post for a summary of the event, and to find out why you should become a part of our Midlands in-house community.
March 22 2022
5 reasons for Junior Lawyers to join Flex Legal
Are you a junior lawyer who dreams about having a better life/work balance? A career which allows you to do the work you love, your way? Then moving to interim working could be the change you need. Here are our top 5 reasons to take that leap today!
March 14 2022
Midlands In-house Event: Building the legal team of the future
The Midlands In-house Event will bring together an array of teams from across the thriving Midlands In-house legal community. Join us for our first session on the exciting topic of 'Building the legal team of the future', hosted by Sophie Gould, our very own Head of Learning and Development at Flex Legal!
March 2 2022
How to complete your Flex Legal timesheet
Every Tuesday, Flex sends automated timesheets to all of our paralegals and lawyers who are active on a project. This allows you to keep a record of the hours you spent working each day on any given week. Here’s a handy step-by-step guide for all our Flexers on how to fill them out!
February 21 2022
How hiring an interim paralegal helped The Modern Family Law Company
Melissa Kelly and Deborah Baxter founded TMFLC with the aim of doing things better. This people-first approach aligns strongly with our mission at Flex Legal. So, as you can expect, when Melissa and Deborah approached Flex in July 2021 looking for an interim paralegal, we were delighted to help.
February 8 2022
How can future lawyers develop client-centric skill sets?
In our latest Junior Lawyer Lunch, Harry Mellor and Holly Moore talked about how the O Shaped Lawyer promotes a more rounded approach to legal work, and the importance of client-centric skills for future lawyers. Here's a summary of the key takeaways.
January 31 2022
Paralegal Spotlight: Giana Narciso
Giana Narciso is the subject of 2022's first Paralegal Spotlight! Watch Giana talk about her experiences working through Flex, and her advice to other aspiring legal professionals, in the video here!
January 13 2022
5 reasons for law graduates to join Flex Legal
Are you keen to gain some paralegal experience but still feel unsure about flexible interim work? Let us dispel your worries and read our top 5 reasons for law graduates to join Flex Legal today.
January 7 2022
A better way to work in law with The Modern Family Law Company
Melissa Kelly and Deborah Baxter are founding partners of The Modern Family Law Company. They sat down with Louise Anderson to discuss the often hard realities of working in family law, and the wider legal industry.
December 30 2021
December '21 Paralegal of the Month: Antony Christopherson
We're delighted to announce that our POTM for December 21 is the incredible Antony Christopherson! Antony has excelled during his Flex placement at NJF Capital, the venture capital arm of NJF Holdings. We had a chat with him to hear all about his experience of working through Flex.
December 17 2021
Finding your own Legal Path with Alice Stephenson
Alice Stephenson is a fearless challenger to the legal status quo, and we were delighted to welcome her to the Humans of Law podcast. Alongside Mary Bonsor, she discusses battling online trolls and shaping the future of the legal profession.
December 3 2021
Aspiring Lawyer Panel - with Daniel, Hattie, and Rhiana
For the first time ever, we assembled a podcast panel! We invited three aspiring lawyers to talk about the different routes they're taking into the legal profession - Rhiana Assi, Hattie Rawlings, and Daniel Onafuwa.
November 19 2021
How do you manage a legal team effectively? with Catie Sheret
In this podcast episode, Mary is joined by Catie Sheret, General Counsel at Cambridge University Press & Assessment. They have a chat about getting the best of your legal team, managing people during the age of hybrid working, how in-house lawyers can demonstrate value to their organisations, and more!
November 8 2021
How can legal technology future-proof your law career?
As more and more technology roles enter the legal profession, the industry and its expectations are evolving. Tech skills are now essential, which means future-proofing your career is now essential. Read how you can future-proof your career now!
October 27 2021
The future of work: what hybrid means for the legal industry
The legal industry finds itself in the midst of a huge upheaval. The COVID-19 pandemic proved that remote working in law works, and the "Great Resignation" has seen legal professionals leaving their firms in search of better life / work conditions. As we rebuild, we must ask if this new hybrid model is here to stay? Read this longform article to find the answer to this burning question.
October 12 2021
The Northern In-house Event: Bringing legal teams together
COVID-19 showed us more than ever how important it is to bring people together. On the back of the success of our Junior Lawyer Virtual Lunches and Senior In-house Counsel Sessions, we will be hosting our first ever Northern In-house Event next month.
September 30 2021
September '21 Paralegal of the Month: Hannah Vo
We're delighted to crown the exceptional Hannah Vo our POTM for September 2021! Hannah has made a hugely positive impact during her long-term paralegal placement at Freshfields and has continued to go above and beyond during her time there.
September 24 2021
What we know about City Law Firms’ transition to the SQE
The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) came into effect on 1 September 2021, with the first round of SQE 1 exams commencing in November 2021. This blog article highlights the SRA’s transitional arrangements and 12 city law firms’ approaches to the SQE.
September 13 2021
Flex Legal's SQE Journal: A Supervisor’s Perspective
We launched our brand new Flex Legal SQE Journal in May and since then, we’ve had well over 25,000 qualifying work experience (QWE) hours recorded by SQE candidates. We caught up with Luana Gomes Medalha show you what a great tool it can be for QWE supervisors, as well a SQE candidates.
September 6 2021
How has Covid changed the use of legal technology?
We've been allowed a super exclusive sneak peak into the findings from the LexisNexis legal tech report. Click here to read the big insights into how the use of legal technology has changed over the course of the COVID pandemic!
August 26 2021
How to get the most out of your SQE qualifying work experience
With the SQE examinations rapidly approaching, it's wise to be thinking about the flexibility of the QWE requirements on offer. Read this article to learn more about your QWE, and how to get the most out of your SQE qualification!
August 9 2021
5 reasons legal teams love flexible resourcing
Ever wondered about the benefits of interim paralegals and lawyers? This article breaks down 5 huge perks of bolstering your in-house legal team with flexible legal professionals from Flex Legal. Have a read, and maybe cast your mind's eye to a world where flexible legal resourcing solves all of your problems!
July 23 2021
The importance of bravery with Holly Moore
Episode 7 of Humans of Law sees Louise talk with the inspirational Holly Moore, Solicitor Apprentice at ITV and founder of thatlawblog.
July 19 2021
6 Reasons to Choose a Legal Temp Agency When You’ve Just Graduated
Graduating your law degree is a big step, and finding your first law job might not be as easy as you thought. Click here to learn 6 reasons why you should consider about a great alternative - joining a legal temp agency like Flex Legal.
July 13 2021
How to use an athlete's mindset to achieve your goals
Athletes have mindsets that allow them to excel at high levels. Thanks to cutting edge research, we now know how to harness that mindset, and use it excel in non-athletic fields. Read the secret to harnessing an athletic mindset here!
July 2 2021
June '21 Paralegal of the Month: Jamie Bluff
Our June 2021 Paralegal of the Month is the joculary Jamie Bluff! Jamie is a Future Trainee Solicitor, who has been working as a paralegal through Flex Legal to accrue some more legal experience. Read more about Jamie's career and Flex experiences here!
June 18 2021
Is law a force for good? with Chrissie Wolfe
The second episode of the Humans of Law podcast sees Mary talk with Chrissie Wolfe - Founder of the notorious Law and Broader.
June 7 2021
How to find legal work experience
We were recently asked: “How do I secure a paralegal role without any law firm experience nor the LPC?” The simple answer is: it will be tricky. However, we have set out some clear steps you can take below to build your experience and really make your applications stand out.
May 18 2021
Flex Legal Journal: over 25k QWE hours logged so far!
The Flex Legal Journal only launched in May, but it's already seen 25,000 Qualifying Work Experience hours logged! What what two young SQE hopefuls think about the Flex Legal Journal here.
May 7 2021
April '21 Lawyer of the Month: Tam Irvine
Massive congratulations to our April 2021 Lawyer of the Month, Tam Irvine! Tam is a talented New Zealand qualified barrister and solicitor, who has had a fascinating journey into the UK legal scene, and has been working through Flex Legal for some time now. Read more here!
April 27 2021
Trustpilot Group PLC and Flex Legal
Flex have recently helped Trustpilot Group PLC's legal team prepare for their IPO, by supporting them with flexible interim legal professionals. Read this case study to learn what this experience was like, and what Trustpilot think of Flex Legal.
April 8 2021
Why PQE doesn't matter when hiring interim legal professionals
We often hear our clients looking for the perfect trifecta of quality, cost, and value - the mythical 5 year PQE solicitor. We think this is the wrong metric, and know you can get better results for your budget by asking the simple questions we describe here.
April 1 2021
How Flex helped Daniele secure a paralegal job with Ziglu
Daniele Ponceta recently secured a permanent paralegal role with cryptocurrency platform Ziglu following a Flex placement. We put some questions to him to find out more. Read about Daniele's time with Ziglu, his experiences with Flex, and his advice for those currently seeking work!
March 11 2021
Our SQE Journal is now open to everyone!
We've taken the bold decision to make our SQE QWE Journal available to everyone - regardless of whether or not you're on the Flex platform. Learn more about how your SQE Journal can help you qualify!
March 4 2021
IR35: what you need to know
The forthcoming changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) are a tricky area to manoeuvre. Fortunately, Flex Legal has you covered!
February 25 2021
How Anthi works as a remote legal consultant in Greece
Anthi is a Flex lawyer taking full advantage of the remote working situation. Read how she gets the most out of the Flex lawyer lifestyle and works remotely in Greece!
February 5 2021
Got questions about the SQE? Look no further! There can be a lot to unpack about the SQE, how it fits into existing frameworks, and QWE, so we've covered the main points in this post.
January 29 2021
January '21 Paralegal of the Month: Marciano Santos Tigna
Marciano Santos Tigna has been crowned January 2021's Paralegal of the Month! We caught up with Marciano to discuss his work through Flex, explore his journey so far, and get his advice for those looking to make some headway in the legal industry!
December 16 2020
5 ways to update your Flex Legal profile
Interested in securing work through Flex Legal? Updating your Flex Legal profile is the best way to ensure you get put forward and selected for roles. Here's 5 key suggestions for ways you can update your Flex profile, and increase your chances of securing work!
December 9 2020
Get Ready for Brexit: The Future of UK Data Protection
Following the end of the transition period, Data Protection in the UK will change significantly. Whilst a lot of the details remain unknown, there are still important steps legal teams and businesses should take to prepare. In this post, we break down how you can brace for the rapidly changing tide of data.
November 26 2020
This is me: Bill
Bill Galloway is a UX Designer at Flex Legal. His career is comprehensive and, frankly, impressive. In this version of our 'This is Me' blog series, Bill answers some important questions about himself, his work, and his experiences with Flex Legal.
November 20 2020
How to give and receive feedback in 4 easy steps
Many professionals are horrified with the thought of feedback - regardless of if they're giving or receiving it. But no matter what your job is - at some point you're going to have to confront feedback. It's time to learn how to master the art of feedback.
November 2 2020
F-LEX to Flex Legal - why we changed our brand
After four fantastic years of F-LEX, it was time to shake things up. We gathered our team and put our heads together. With a new name and a new mission - Flex Legal was born!
October 28 2020
Flying Solo: Is your business prepared for Brexit?
A few weeks ago, Flex Legal was thrilled to conduct our monthly Virtual GC Session in collaboration with LexisNexis and Radius Law. Speakers at this event included Iain Larkins and Sandra Martins of Radius Law, who discussed business preparations for the rapidly approaching end of the UK’s Brexit transition period.
October 20 2020
How F-LEX Helped Carmen Secure a Training Contract
Securing a training contract is one of the hardest challenges aspiring lawyers face. However, we are pleased to share another success story to show you that it is possible! We recently caught up with Carmen Yong, a trainee solicitor at Laytons LLP, to find out more about her journey to a training contract and how F-LEX helped her along the way.
October 13 2020
What Can Businesses Expect From A Second Wave?
A few weeks ago, we were delighted to welcome Ehsan Haque and Daniel Morgan as guest speakers at our Virtual GC Session in collaboration with LexisNexis and Radius Law. Ehsan is the Global Head of Legal and Compliance at Hamilton Capital, and Daniel is Managing Partner at Haines Watts. The topic for the call surrounded the second wave of COVID-19 and its potential impacts on businesses.
September 23 2020
Principles for a successful remote paralegal placement
This year our business flipped from paralegals in offices to remote supervision and we’ve learnt a lot from this experience. In light of the recent news that office workers should ‘work from home’ where they can for the next six months, we wanted to share some of our principles for a successful remote paralegal placement
September 1 2020
There’s more to life than Word and PDF
As companies sharing similar visions of using technology to boost efficiency in the workplace, Juro and Flex Legal have been complementary to each other since their inception.
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August 27 2020
How Flex Legal Helped Jamie Secure a Training Contract
We are delighted to announce that our very own Jamie Roberts has secured a training contract in Osborne Clarke’s London Office, commencing September 2022! Jamie is an Associate in our Bookings Team, and was previously our Paralegal of the Month for December 2019 having completed several placements through F-LEX before joining the HQ team. Jamie is a prime example of hard work and a commitment to the legal industry paying off, and we wanted to share his journey to a training contract!
August 18 2020
An alternative to the bottom line: why law graduates should consider a career in local government
Connor Smith, Clifford Chance Lift Intern at F-LEX sat down with Nick O’Neill, Governance and Legal Practice Manager at Wirral Council to learn more about his legal career in local government:
July 31 2020
Paralegal of the Month - July 2020
The Paralegal of the Month Award is back! Read on to find out about our Paralegal of the Month for July 2020.
July 24 2020
A Job that Works Around You
Whether you wish to work from the French Alps (as I currently am), the sandy beaches of the Bahamas, or a busy city office, as long as you have an internet connection, F-LEX is able to offer you exactly that! As a freelance lawyer, F-LEX provides you with the flexibility to work when, where and upon what you please (as long as you meet the deadlines!)
July 13 2020
5 ways to empower junior lawyers
An accomplished leader of legal teams, Joanne has a wealth of experience spanning city firms, start-ups, charities and global companies, and a passion for inclusion and mental health. Sophie Gould, Head of Learning and Development at F-LEX, asks Joanne to share her wisdom and advice. In part one of this interview Joanne explains how she gives junior lawyers a voice to discuss risks and problems.
June 26 2020
How to kick-start your Legal Career
Starting your legal career is the hardest part of the journey. We recently hosted a virtual careers session to get expert opinions on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to applications and assessment days. Read what they had to say now!
June 15 2020
Check Your Distance: How to Effectively Manage Remote Teams
Remote working is here to stay. This means that Project Managers and Team Leaders need to adapt their management styles. Fortunately for readers, F-LEX’s Co-Founder and CTO, James Moore, has been managing remote teams for 15 years and knows exactly what works…and what doesn’t.
June 4 2020
How to use LinkedIn to boost your legal career
This week in our series of virtual lunches in collaboration with Crafty Counsel and LexisNexis UK Alex Low, LinkedIn Guru and Professional Services Lead at DLA Ignite shared his tips for building your career on LinkedIn!
May 29 2020
Adding value early: how to use tech and innovation
During this week’s virtual lunch in collaboration with Crafty Counsel and LexisNexis UK, we heard from three of the Legal Technologist’s Top 10 Innovative Junior Lawyers in the UK on innovation and legal tech.
May 21 2020
How to do data labelling as quickly and cheap as possible
Orbital Witness approached F-LEX as they needed some help to review and label several HM Land Registry title documents. F-LEX thought the best solution would be to let some paralegals do the first review and then get a lawyer to supervise the project and check the work.
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May 14 2020
How to network like a pro
This week in our series of virtual lunches in collaboration with Crafty Counsel and LexisNexis UK Katie Barker, Corporate Associate at Addleshaw Goddard and Advisory Board of Aspire in-house junior lawyers network, shared her top tips for networking!
May 6 2020
The F-LEX Podcast: Episode 2 with Katie Power, Senior Legal Counsel at SYKE
From law firm to in-house to pilates teacher to freelance consultant, Katie Power tells Mary Bonsor about her legal career journey to date and how flexible working has played an important part.
April 27 2020
Using law graduates for non-legal work at Echo
When the UK Government ordered the Nation to stay home, Echo, an online Pharmacy that dispenses and delivers NHS prescriptions, experienced an unprecedented increase in customer demand. Although not our usual gig, we knew our law graduates would have no problem being able to empathise, respect regulations and confidentiality, work fast, show an eye for detail and deliver exceptional customer service.
April 14 2020
F-LEX virtual lunches for junior lawyers, trainees and paralegals
Last week, Sophie Gould, Head of Learning & Development at F-LEX, chaired the first in a series of virtual lunches for junior lawyers, trainees and paralegals.
March 26 2020
Top tips for Working from Home 'Newbies'
Working from home is an important part of flexible working. Although it’s standard practice for some of us already, many of us have had the concept of working from home unexpectedly thrust upon us by Coronavirus, with little time to adapt.
March 3 2020
This is me: Louie
Hello! I’m Louie and I’m part of the Commercial Development Scheme here at F-LEX. I am an LLB and LPC graduate working while I apply for training contracts in London.
February 17 2020
An Interview with Susan Whitla - Global Head of Process Improvement at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Kristina Ravic, our Client Services Manager at F-LEX, spoke with Susan Whitla at BCLP about her career, the challenges currently facing law firms, and the trends influencing legal innovation.
January 30 2020
This is me: Ally
Hi! I’m Ally – an Associate on the Commercial Development Scheme here at FLEX. I started out as a paralegal through FLEX at Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF). I then moved to working for FLEX part-time while completing the LPC and currently work for FLEX full-time until I start my training contract with Mayer Brown in February!
December 5 2019
5 bitesize tips for training contract application glory
We share our 5 bitesize tips for training contract application glory!
November 1 2019
F-LEX News Bulletin
This month we are pretty quiet in terms of the comings and goings of team members but we do have some very exciting news!
August 23 2019
The LPC: What’s it all about?
As part of his induction to the team, Harry sat new comer Louie down to have a chat about the LPC.
August 23 2019
F-LEX News Bulletin
F-LEX turns 3! Yes guys, three years ago two intrepid entrepreneurs began the journey of a life time and a jump into the unknown. From Shoreditch to London Bridge and Manchester, F-LEX has gone from strength to strength.
July 12 2019
The Big Four - are they a threat to the legal sector?
The Big Four are the largest accounting and professional services firms in the world, namely, Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC.
May 23 2019
GDPR - One Year On
April 29 2019
The SQE Follow-Up
A few months ago we sat down with Johanna and Caulyn to talk about the then upcoming SQE pilot. In this interview we find out a bit more about their experience on the pilot and what we can expect in the future.
February 27 2019
SQE - The Student's Perspective
The SQE is going to have a profound effect on law firms, for Flexers and, most importantly, law students. Two Flexers have been chosen to be part of the SRA’s Pilot Scheme. We sat down and asked Caulyn Bong (CB) and Johanna Lipponen (JL) a few questions about the SQE and the Pilot scheme.
January 21 2019
Becoming familiar with legal technology
Put simply, legal technology refers to the use of software to help provide legal services. Legal technology has been instrumental in the emergence of startups seeking to disrupt the traditional aspects of the profession.
November 28 2018
Pro Bono: What does it mean? Why should we do it? How do we go about it?
Pro bono is derived from the Latin term “pro bono publico”, meaning “for the public good.” Pro bono is where persons in the legal sector volunteer in various ways to improve access to justice.
July 30 2018
Cryptocurrencies: an overview of the risks and the regulations
“Cryptocurrency” describes the digital system (“crypto”) where transactions within a system of money (“currency”) are recorded on an open and distributed ledger, called the “blockchain”. Unlike fiat currencies, the ledger used is not backed up by banks, any physical asset, or credit of any government or business.
July 5 2018
Office dos and do nots
This might sound very obvious but being prompt is really important. If you are meant to be at work at 9, then you should really be there before 9
May 21 2018
5 Tips for a successful Training Contract Application
Applying for a training contract is a daunting process and you’ll be spending at least two years at the firm that you secure a training contract with, so make sure that you are applying to the right firm for you.
Paralegal Spotlight: Daniyal Basharat
There's nothing we love more than highlighting the fantastic work of our paralegals, lawyers and trainees. This month we were thrilled to have a chat with Daniyal, a multilingual LLB Law Graduate, who has worked on multiple Flex placements, from Huel to Freshfields. Take a read to hear all about his experience!
The first Flex Trainee to qualify: Jennifer Talabi
The unparalleled Jennifer Talabi has been admitted to the SRA's Solicitor Roll. Read about her journey to qualification via the LPC and SQE, and her Qualifying Work Experience placements via Flex Trainee!
How The Crown Estate found their first ever legal trainee
The Crown Estate are a historic and unique company, and a partner for our Flex Trainee scheme. They share our vision for a more socially mobile, inclusive legal profession. Read about the work we've been doing together!
The Junior Lawyer Lunch 2022 Digest
At Flex Legal, we absolutely love bringing communities of legal professionals together. Our Junior Lawyer Lunches are a great example of this, and this year we’re proud to have had over 1,000 attendees throughout our events. For anyone looking for a quick recap, here’s a rundown of all our sessions throughout 2022!
November 23 2022
Flex Trainee: how Next 15 found the perfect SQE trainee
Flex Trainee is our SQE qualification programme, designed to help diverse, talented aspiring lawyers from socially mobile backgrounds get into the industry. We had a chat with Mark Sanford, General Counsel at Next15 Communications, about their experience of the scheme so far.
October 21 2022
How we helped Tony to diversify his legal experience
Tony, a commercial solicitor with four and a half years' PQE, came to Flex Legal in June on the lookout for a new challenge. Keen to diversify and broaden his legal experience, he's adapted to an entirely new industry whilst on an interim placement at a global automotive company. Take a read to hear all about his experience of using Flex.
September 14 2022
ESG: How can junior lawyers make a difference?
For our latest Junior Lawyer Lunch, we were joined by ESG experts, Simone Davidson, Head of LexisPSL Environment, and Simon Colvin, Partner at Weightmans. Here's a summary of their valuable insight into why ESG should be important to junior lawyers and how you can make a real difference.
July 25 2022
How we helped Julia find remote real estate legal work
Julia joined the Flex Legal platform towards the end of 2021 on the lookout for a remote, real estate role. Within three days, we found her the perfect position at DWF and since then, she's thrived on a second placement at BCLP. Take a read to see what she has to say about working as an interim lawyer through Flex!
June 22 2022
Junior Lawyer Virtual Lunch Event: July '22
Book a place at July's Junior Lawyer Lunch Event. This is a continuation of our Junior Lawyer Virtual Lunches, which offer industry insights, professional tips and networking opportunities.
June 8 2022
What is a legal hackathon?
Legal hackathons are growing in popularity, and more and more legal groups are exploring the problem-solving middleground between law and technology. We wanted to know more about "legal hackathons" so put your questions to the Manchester Legal Hackers. Read what they had to say!
May 23 2022
Commercial News Round-up: Surges, Slumps, and Stagflation
In our latest Commercial News Round-Up, our resident commercial king Jacob Darcy runs through the latest commercial news from across the legal industry. He covers the private equity surge, the battle for McColls, "stagflation", and the recent rise in interest rates!
May 17 2022
How interim legal work improves Rebecca's work/life balance
Rebecca has been working as an interim lawyer through Flex Legal since January. We had a quick chat with her to discuss how interim working has drastically improved her work/life balance, and to see what advice she’d give to any aspiring lawyers.
May 11 2022
Here comes the Next-Gen: Flex Legal's Future Lawyers Report
Flex Legal, in association with the O Shaped Lawyer, are excited to release the findings of our Future Lawyers Survey. Conducted with 418 next-gen lawyers, this report records how they feel about the legal industry, and what change they want to see. Read the full report here.
May 6 2022
Northern In-house Event: Commercial Law Update
Flex Legal are back again bringing an array of teams together (virtually) from across the thriving Northern In-house legal community; aimed at all levels of legal professionals, from paralegals to GC's.
April 20 2022
Junior Lawyer Lunch: Q&A with Maaike, GC at easyJet
In association with LexisNexis, for May's Event, our very own Sabina Gabrielczyk, Account Management Associate at Flex, will be joined by Maaike de Bie, GC and Company Secretary at easyJet, for an exclusive fireside chat.
April 5 2022
Flex Trainee: tomorrow's legal industry, today
Flex Trainee is our groundbreaking scheme to make the law a more diverse and socially mobile industry. We launched the scheme last year, and are well on our way to setting up our third cohort of Flex Trainees. Read more about the scheme!
March 18 2022
Junior Lawyer Lunch: What does it mean to be commercial?
In association with LexisNexis, for our April Junior Lawyer Lunch Event Tarun Tawakley, Partner at Lewis Silkin, and Chloe Mason-Williams, Head of Legal at EDF Energy, will be helping you to understand what it means to be commercial as a lawyer.
March 11 2022
From competitive sport to lawtech with Tom Dunlop
Dan Kayne is Founder of the O Shaped Lawyer, and a GC at Network Rail. In this episode of the podcast, he talks with Louise Anderson about how and why he wants to make the legal industry more human-centric.
February 28 2022
Junior Lawyer Lunch Event: Legal industry culture and ethics
In association with The Law Society and LexisNexis, for our March Junior Lawyer Lunch Event we'll be hosting a panel of senior lawyers to listen to what you as junior lawyers feel about the culture and ethics of the legal industry currently.
February 15 2022
What Flex paralegals think about their client placements
We ask all our paralegals for feedback on their placements, and when it’s lovely - we love to share it! We’ve taken the time to pull together some of our fave examples - take a look to see what they think about interim legal work through Flex.
February 3 2022
Flex Legal's Blog Submission Scheme
Do you want your work to be featured on our blog? We'd love for you to submit written pieces to us so we can raise your profile in the industry. Our guidelines and rules for submission are listed here in full!
January 21 2022
Life on the cutting edge of law with Kiran Radhakishnan
Kiran Radhakrishnan is Head of Norton Rose Fulbright's Newcastle Hub, and NRF Transform (EMEA). He sits down with Mary Bonsor to discuss legal trainee schemes, how they're looking to shape the industry, and the opportunities and challenges ahead of them.
January 12 2022
5 helpful hints to ace your open days!
Application season is well underway! If you're looking to break into a career in law, you're going to have to contend with open days sooner or later. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of them, and how to make a great impression!
January 6 2022
Flex Legal's Commercial Development Scheme
The Commercial Development Scheme is a programme for future lawyers, either with or without training contracts, who are looking to hone their commercial skills before they start their legal careers.
December 23 2021
Our Top 10 Legal Films & TV Series
If you're isolating, recovering or relaxing this winter, Flex Legal is here to help. We’ve rounded up our top 10 legal films and TV series to keep you entertained, motivated and inspired.
December 13 2021
How Nathalie works as a remote lawyer from Mauritius
Nathalie came to Flex Legal keen to find a role which would allow her to travel and work remotely. After two weeks on our platform, we found her the perfect position as a Commercial Lawyer at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. We chatted to Nathalie to hear about her experience of working as an interim lawyer.
November 30 2021
November '21 Paralegal of the Month: Sarah Bamidele
We're delighted to announce that our POTM for November 21 is the wonderful Sarah Bamidele! Sarah has excelled during numerous Flex placements at Centrica, McEvedys and Allen & Overy. Hear all about her experience in this blog post.
November 17 2021
Junior Lawyer Virtual Lunch Event: The Modern Slavery Act
Book a place at December's Junior Lawyer Lunch, where Rory Oake, Consultant at Ardea International, will deliver a talk on everything Junior Lawyers should know about modern slavery - including how they can identify and combat it.
November 1 2021
Can you balance law and creativity? with Simranjeet Kaur Mann
In this episode Louise is joined by Simranjeet Kaur Mann, Trainee Solicitor at Womble Bond Dickinson, and legal influencer/educator, who discusses her legal journey so far, why the next generation of legal professionals are a breath of fresh air, and even a super exciting announcement exclusive to Humans of Law!
October 20 2021
Junior Lawyer Virtual Lunch: Tech & Key Skills
Book a place at November's Junior Lawyer Lunch, where Christopher Tart-Roberts, Head of Lawtech at Macfarlanes, will talk through what tech & key skills junior lawyers should have a grasp on to accelerate their career and become a valuable team member.