Top 10 LinkedIn tips for Lawyers
LinkedIn is now synonymous with professional life in the legal industry. If you optimise your profile well, you can use it to attract new opportunities, roles, and connections without needing to search for them. Here's our top tips for LinkedIn Lawyers!
Junior Lawyer Virtual Lunch Event: February '22
Book a place at February's Junior Lawyer Lunch Event. This is a continuation of our Junior Lawyer Virtual Lunches, which offer industry insights, professional tips and networking opportunities.
How to: give good answers in legal job interviews
Legal job interviews are terrifying affairs riddled with intimidating questions. But they don't have to be! Here's our comprehensive guide on giving good answers in legal job interviews.
December 21 2021
Flex Legal's 2021 Wrap-up
After overcoming the challenges of 2020, Flex Legal has come back with a bang in 2021. From winning prestigious awards, to launching a brand new social mobility training scheme, it’s been a big year for the team at Flex HQ, so we wanted to take a moment to look back on our fave highlights from the year.
December 7 2021
Modern Slavery: hidden in plain sight
Modern Slavery - it's everywhere and probably closer than you think. Everyone in the legal community understands the importance of human rights - but do we know about human rights abuses happening right under our noses?
November 25 2021
Flex Legal's Northern In-house Community
We're thrilled to have hosted our first ever northern in-house event earlier this month, with talks on the flexible approach to new talent, key skills to succeed, and mental health & wellbeing in law. Read this blog post to find out more about our brand new northern community!
November 12 2021
Will the SQE affect diversity in the legal profession?
The legal industry is at its best when it reflects the people it serves. This is why law firms are being pressured to attract more diverse legal professionals, and the SQE will hopefully help solve that problem. But can the SQE meaningfully affect diversity in the industry? Find out here.
October 29 2021
October '21 Paralegal of the Month: Jasper Sannes
We're delighted to announce that our POTM for October 2021 is the wonderful Jasper Sannes! Jasper has excelled during numerous Flex placements at Centrica, Freshfields and Norton Rose Fulbright. Hear all about his experience in this blog post.
October 15 2021
The highs and lows of legal entrepreneurship with Sarah Goulbourne
Humans of Law is back! In this episode Mary is joined by Sarah Goulbourne, Co-founder of gunnercooke, and discusses the unexpected ins and outs of founding and growing a legal company. If you've ever wanted to know what it takes to be a legal entrepreneur, then this is the episode for you!
October 5 2021
How Flex Legal helped Aston University fill a brand new role
Flex Legal have worked with Aston University since February 2020. Find out how we've provided them with continued flexible paralegal resourcing, and helped them to fill a brand new remote lawyer role as quickly and efficiently as possible.
September 24 2021
Bonus Episode - Series 1 Roundup
In this special bonus episode of Humans of Law, Mary and Louise round off our first series by reflecting back on the first 8 episodes.
September 16 2021
How Flex Legal helped Kraft Heinz meet their internal targets
Kraft Heinz is a widely recognised household name, and one of the world’s biggest food and beverage companies, so when they were introduced to Flex Legal in 2019, we were obviously delighted at the chance to work with them. Who wouldn’t be?
September 7 2021
How are UK law firms structured?
When you're a junior in the legal industry, it can be daunting to make sense of the hierarchies at work within them. Fortunately, we've broken law firm structures down into an easily digestible guide. Have a read!
August 27 2021
10 tips for time-recording and legal timesheets
The legal industry is a behemoth, and timesheets are the lifeblood that course through its legislative veins. Working in law means you'll be filling out a lot of timesheets. There's a definite art to doing this, so read our 10 timesheet tips now!
August 10 2021
How are in-house and private practice different?
There's a lot of key differences to working and training in-house or in private practice. There's a number of cultural differences between both, which affects what it's like to work in those environments. Read this article to learn which one is right for you.
July 30 2021
July '21 Paralegal of the Month: Rudolph Benade
July 2021's Paralegal of the Month is Rudolph Benade! We're really pleased to recognise Rudolph here, who is a globe-trotting Future Trainee Solicitor. We put some big questions to Rudolph, such as how he got into law, what the future holds, and how he feels about working through us!
July 20 2021
Top Interview Tips for Law Students
Facing a job interview for your first law position is a scary thing – especially when you’re still a student. Whether it’s for an internship, a paralegal role, a training position, or anything else, landing an interview can be both exciting and scary in equal measure.
July 15 2021
Delivering Net Zero and in-house lawyers’ pivotal role
The legal sector has an opportunity to be on the right side of history in helping keep a liveable planet for all. When it comes to delivering climate action, the most important part of the sector are in-house lawyers, due to their direct interface with their organisation; a trusted advisor who can act as a moral compass.
July 2 2021
Crowdfunding Justice Campaigns with Maeve Storey
Our fourth episode of Humans of Law features Mary talking with the delightful Maeve Storey, Head of Crowdjustice.
June 23 2021
Will lawyers be replaced by robots?
Right now, the legal world is on the cusp of an enormous technological shift towards automation and machinery. In this long-form article, we assess what this means for the future of the legal industry, and whether lawyers are about to be replaced by quicker, smarter Artificial Intelligence.
June 9 2021
RSG Consulting and Flex Legal
We were introduced to RSG Consulting in 2017 when they were seeking paralegals to help them writing for the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards. Since then, we've provided them with a dozen talented paralegals, and they're immensely happy with us. Read more about this relationship here!
May 28 2021
How to become an interim lawyer
Working as an interim lawyer through Flex Legal can give you more variety in your work, more time working on the projects you're interested in, and a better life / work balance. Read more about making the transition to the interim lifestyle in this blog post.
May 13 2021
What does 'being commercial' mean?
'Being commercial' is one of the most important aspects of professional life in law - but what does this actually mean? Our most recent Virtual Lunch delved into this huge topic, so read our comprehensive summary of the main takeaways here.
April 28 2021
A-Z of Paralegal tasks
Everyone knows that behind every good lawyer, is a good paralegal. Flex have connected thousands of paralegals to busy legal teams since our inception, and there's no shortage of ways they've helped. Take a read of the definitive A - Z of paralegal tasks.
April 21 2021
Mental Health and Wellbeing in Law
Managing your mental health is often an afterthought in the legal industry, but it's something that affects us all. On World Health Day, we invited LawCare champion Gemma Farina to tell us about mental health and wellbeing in law. Read what she had to say here.
April 1 2021
March '21 Paralegal of the Month: Hannah Barnett
We would like to congratulate our March 2021 Paralegal of the Month, Hannah! Hannah is a fantastic paralegal currently studying her LPC, and has been on multiple placements through Flex. Watch her discuss her experiences here!
March 29 2021
How to record a great Flex profile video
Your Flex profile video is incredibly important for securing Flex roles. Think of it as the first impression you might give an employer when walking into an interview. Here's our simple guide on how to record a great video for your Flex profile!
March 4 2021
How Flex Legal helped Iliana secure a training contract
We catch up with the wonderful Iliana to find out how she's finding trainee life at Wikborg Rein.
March 2 2021
February '21 Lawyer of the Month: Evan Milton
We put some questions to Evan Milton, our fantastic Lawyer of the Month. Read what he has to say about his work through Flex, why the interim lifestyle suits him, and some advice for aspiring solicitors.
February 16 2021
How Flex helped Ali secure a paralegal role at UserZoom
We catch up with Ali, who recently landed a permanent position as UserZoom following a Flex Legal placement. He shares all kinds of helpful tips and advice for making the most of Flex positions.
January 29 2021
How to Keep Productive
Staying productive is tricky during a pandemic. Fortunately, lawyer and neuroscientist Dominique Ashby spoke at our most recent Virtual Lunch and gave us some tips for maximising your brain's productivity. Read what she had to say, and help yourself keep productive!
December 18 2020
2020: a big year for Flex Legal!
2020 has been a surreal year for everyone - and Flex Legal has been no different. Despite the challenges, we've emerged stronger than ever. In this retrospective blog post, we reflect on the achievements of 2020 and look ahead to 2021.
December 11 2020
How to build a Personal Development Plan
Building a Personal Development Plan is essential if you're looking to advance yourself professionally. But what's the best way to build one? We begin to address this huge question in part one of this series.
November 26 2020
This is me: Harry
Harry Mellor is a multi-talented member of the Flex Legal Sales and Marketing team, and has experienced more sides of the company than perhaps anyone else. In this edition of our 'This is Me' blog series, Harry answers some questions about himself, his work with Flex, and his ambitions for the future.
November 23 2020
10 essential tips to ace assessment centres
Law firm assessment centres are notoriously challenging - but they're not impossible. These 10 tips can give you the little bit of know-how to give you the edge you need to succeed.
November 10 2020
Flex Legal are partnering with Hyperscale Group Limited!
Two flexible scaling powerhouses - Flex Legal and Hyperscale Group Ltd - have joined forces to offer a one-stop shop to their clients.
October 30 2020
5 top tips for coping with professional mistakes
Making mistakes is an unavoidable part of any professional journey - and the legal industry is no exception. Despite this, it can still be difficult to own up to mistakes when they happen, and many junior legal professionals are unsure how to address them.
October 20 2020
Vodafone and Flex Legal: Flex is key for giving us access to junior resource
In 2020, F-LEX was introduced to the legal teams at Vodafone Group, Vodafone Business and Vodafone UK. Vodafone is a British multinational telecommunications company with an award winning legal team spread across 22 countries with over 150 lawyers and compliance professionals in the UK.
October 14 2020
Key Skills Junior Lawyers Need To Succeed
We were delighted to welcome Sarah Hunt, Neil Campbell and Emma O’Connor as guest speakers at our latest Virtual Lunch in collaboration with LexisNexis and Crafty Counsel. Sarah is Head of People Development at Osborne Clarke; Neil is Managing Legal Counsel at RBS; and Emma is a Talent Development Manager at Dentons. The topic for the call centred around the key skills that junior lawyers need to succeed, with the speakers drawing on their own experiences to offer excellent insights to attendees.
September 29 2020
Innovation and Legal Tech: part 2 with Adam Hunter
This is the second of a three part series examining legal technology and how junior lawyers are driving innovation. Harry spoke to three of The Legal Technologists’s top 10 most innovative junior lawyers to ask them about their journey, experiences and advice they would give.
September 9 2020
Interview with Chris Kelly, Legal Counsel at Bloomberg
Kristina Ravic, Head of Client Services at F-LEX, spoke with Chirs Kelly, Legal Counsel at Bloomberg, about his career and advice for Junior Lawyers.
August 28 2020
The Flex Legal Tech Update: Availability
We are back with another tech update for you. This month we are letting you know all about our new Availability feature that we hope will improve efficiency and speed.
August 26 2020
Paralegal of the Month - August 2020
We are delighted to crown Sam Sykes as our Paralegal of the Month for August! This is a fantastic achievement and recognises the great work Sam has been doing over the last year. Although the pandemic is continuing to impact our usual filming process, we are so pleased to be able to share fantastic the work our paralegals are doing again.
July 31 2020
The Flex Tech Update: uploading documents yourself
At Flex we pride ourselves on providing opportunities for law students looking to break into the legal industry. As such, a lot of the praise we receive is reserved for those closest to our paralegals, the Bookings Team. However, there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that enables the Bookings Team to perform as they do. We have always been proactive in seeking out innovative ways of using technology to increase efficiency. So in this new series of updates, we wanted to give praise to our fantastic team of Tech Gods.
July 31 2020
The F-LEX Virtual Lunch Wrap Up Blog
The Virtual Lunch Series hosted by our Sophie Gould, Head of Learning and Development, is going on a wee break over August. In this article, we look back at the topics we have discussed and the lessons we have learnt.
July 23 2020
Flex Legal and Freshfields Manchester
Flex Legal and Freshfields Manchester share the same vision of redesigning the way legal services work and we have worked together in partnership for three years.
July 9 2020
How In-house Legal Teams are Innovating
We were pleased to welcome an excellent panel of speakers to join last week’s GC call in collaboration with LexisNexis and Crafty Counsel, including Dinesh Jadav, Director of Legal Operations at Royal Mail; Manu Kanwar, Co-founder of LexSolutions; and Madeleine Graham, Head of Product Design at LexisNexis. The discussion continued to build on the theme of legal innovation within the in-house community, with the panel sharing excellent insights from their own experiences.
June 22 2020
How Flex Legal Helped Umar Secure a Training Contract
Securing a training contract can be a long and difficult process, however determination pays off…and we have proof! We recently caught up with Umar Jamil, future trainee at Macfarlanes LLP, to hear about his training contract journey and how F-LEX helped him along the way.
June 12 2020
3 Employment Law Issues You Should Be Aware Of
This week’s Virtual Lunch for paralegals and junior lawyers, in collaboration with LexisNexis UK and Crafty Counsel, saw Iain Larkin and Sandra Martins from Radius Law cover important employment law topics that you should know.
June 3 2020
Working from home: things you need to consider
Radius Law’s Sandra Martins shared important insights on the arrangements, risks and legalities of home working that legal teams should consider as we begin to come out of the other side of the pandemic.
May 28 2020
How one law firm are preparing for a return to the office
These unprecedented times have thrown up challenge after challenge. With the government starting to ease restrictions, for many law firms the next challenge is how to get the office prepped for the return of their staff. I was able to catch up with Nigel Coates, Deputy Senior Partner at Russell-Cooke to get his thoughts of life in lockdown and the steps that his firm are taking to prepare the office for life after lockdown.
May 19 2020
Things we've learnt in coronavirus lockdown
At F-LEX, one of our values is positivity so with this in mind, we asked the F-LEX team:What have you loved during lockdown?What have you learnt during lockdown?What will you do differently after lockdown?
May 13 2020
Why the world's largest law firm uses Flex Legal
Flex Legal has been supporting Dentons LLP, the world’s largest law firm by headcount since 2018. We caught up with Ben, Denton’s resourcing manager, to learn why flexible resourcing is important and how the partnership with Flex Legal has worked.
April 30 2020
How to cope with COVID
These sessions connect paralegals, trainees and junior lawyers, and encourage top tips, resources and camaraderie to be shared in the legal community during these challenging times.
April 24 2020
Helping flexy with cost effective contract reviews
flexy (not to be confused with F-LEX) was recommended to speak to F-LEX as they needed some help with reviewing 50-100 contracts of various subscription providers.
April 7 2020
Coronavirus virtual sessions for in-house general counsel
This morning Sophie Gould, Head of Learning and Development at F-LEX, chaired a fantastic virtual discussion in collaboration with LexisNexis UK and Radius Law between in-house counsels on the prominent issues surrounding COVID-19 and the legal industry.
March 20 2020
When remote working is business as usual
With most of the U.K. encouraged to work from home during this pandemic, teams have been separated and isolated like never before. While many of us get used to multiway video calls and our new home offices, some F-lexers and Clients have been practicing this way of working for a while. We catch up with Louise Wolfson, Legal Counsel at Gunnercooke and Kemi Feyisetan, F-lex Paralegal to learn more…
February 28 2020
Coronavirus and Force Majeure
With the outbreak of Coronavirus spreading at a rather alarming rate, the world’s economy is starting to feel the effects as governments take action, impacting on global supply chains and other commercial relationships. Stocks have fallen continuously, in what has been the worst week of trading since the 2008 crisis. However, from a legal perspective it has seen a rise in the use of an oft forgotten but at present vital boilerplate clause, the force majeure.
January 31 2020
5 Questions we get asked
New year, new you, new Training Contract. In this article I go over 5 of the most common questions we receive.
January 17 2020
Tips for Junior Lawyers - An Interview with Nir Golan
Sophie Gould – Head of learning and development at F-lex spoke to Nir to get his insights into how a good lawyer behaves and how the legal profession needs to change and adapt to survive.
December 5 2019
F-LEX News Bulletin
Round up of F-lex team news and views for December 2019
September 27 2019
How Law is 'Going Green': One firms' push towards sustainability
Quite rightly discussions about our fragile planet and environment are at the forefront of social policy. As individuals, companies and governments cotton on to the overwhelming severity of the situation, Harry sat down with Fiona Nicholls, Gowling’s Head of Environment, to discuss their Planet + initiative.
August 23 2019
Study and Work Abroad: My time in China
In this article one of our Manchester team Sam tell us all about her time in China. She discusses the merits of working abroad and the potential impact that an experience like that can have on your training contract applications and future career.
July 25 2019
Diversity in Law: The Quick-fire View
This month we were able to sit down with Chris White Founder of the UK’s leading legal diversity platform, Aspiring Solicitors to tackle the topic of Diversity. In a month where we have celebrated difference and inclusivity we wanted to explore a topic that is hot on the lips of every law firm in town! We asked Chris some quick fire questions on the topic.
July 12 2019
The F-LEX News Bulletin
We have really exciting news for all our Flexers that are looking for a career at the bar. We have a brand new podcast just for you.
May 23 2019
Reflections on the LPM
In London, Bristol and Leeds, Mary and Harry represented F-LEX at the LPM Conferences. We would firstly like to say a huge thank you to the team at LPM for inviting us on to the panel. Over the course of the three panel discussions we covered a variety of topics related to the future workforce. Below are our reflections on what we feel are the biggest takeaway points.
March 28 2019
The Flex Legal guide to Training Contract success
We sat down with Hashim, Marija and Naoise, three of our wonderful Bookings Team, to talk through their hints and tips for the application process! All three have secured training contracts and have been through the process from start to finish with many failed attempts between them. Here is what they’ve learnt and want to pass on to you.
February 26 2019
What is the SQE? We ask the SRA!
I am Julie Brannan and I’m the Director of training and Education at the SRA and I am the person who is leading the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).
January 9 2019
Optimising legal services delivery – Legal Operations and the business of law
As 2018 began to wind down and at F-LEX we looked ahead to the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) London Institute in January 2019, F-LEX co-founder and CEO, Mary Bonsor, met Sarah Barrett-Vane, Legal Operations specialist and Consultant from SBV Consulting to discuss all things Legal Operations, how the legal market is changing and what lawyers of the future can do to ensure they move with the change.
October 24 2018
5 tips on transitioning to law from a non-legal background
I knew a friend who told his interviewers he “always wanted to be a lawyer.” His interviewers cut him off. “Always?” they asked. “But you weren’t always on this planet!” He stuttered. Got agitated. Went red. His palms got sweaty. It was as though every second lasted a hundred seconds longer. He just couldn’t wait for it all to be over.
July 26 2018
F-LEX's top 5 CV tips!
Start with your contact details, the subject that you have studied and then your academic results.
June 5 2018
What do Ignition Law look for in a candidate?
We look for people who can demonstrate they are: fast learners, are interested in our clients and the legal industry, have managed some interesting projects (either at work or at uni) and have experience of an office environment - not necessarily in a law firm, though.
May 3 2018
Interviewing the founder of F-LEX, Mary Bonsor
For the first interview, we thought we would ask the Founder of F-LEX, Mary Bonsor, 3 questions about how she set up F-LEX.
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.
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.
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 16 2020
My advice for junior lawyers
Joanne Theodoulou is the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Simply Business, the largest online business insurance provider in the UK. As an experienced leader of legal teams, we ask Joanne in part two of this interview, what tips to do have for junior lawyers starting their career in-house?
June 30 2020
How In-House Legal Teams Contribute Value to Businesses
The legal industry has been shifting significantly in recent years, with the role of in-house legal teams at the heart of the change. Although GCs have been discussing how to add value as a legal function for a number of years, articulating this idea in practical terms is difficult. In order to understand and examine the concept of ‘value’ and ‘value-adding behaviours’ of in-house lawyers, LexisNexis UK carried out a deep-dive survey with senior GCs across a range of sectors and organisations.
June 19 2020
How To Think Creatively and Generate Ideas
Innovation and creativity are terms often thrown around without being understood in a practical context. During this week’s Virtual Lunch for paralegals and junior lawyers, we heard from Amy McConnell, Head of Legal Operations at Vodafone Business, on how her company is driving innovation among its in-house counsel…by laying out a simple road-map for them to follow.
June 5 2020
Black Lives Matter
We all have a responsibility to tackle racial inequality and to try to make a difference together.
June 3 2020
How to drive efficiency within your legal team
In this week’s Covid-19 Virtual Session in partnership with Radius Law and LexisNexis UK we heard from F-LEX’s own Co-Founder Mary Bonsor on agile working and driving efficiency within your organisation.
May 22 2020
Cybersecurity: how to stay safe when working from home
In this week’s Covid-19 Virtual Session in partnership with Radius Law and LexisNexis UK we heard from Matthew Redding, GC at Six Degrees, on cybersecurity.
May 18 2020
Contracting as a lawyer gives me true liberty at work
Never before have I experienced the liberty to be the master of my own self professionally, equipping me with the possibility of choosing the conditions of my employment in comparison to other types of employees and most importantly providing me the feeling of true liberty at work.
May 7 2020
How to raise your profile in the legal industry during lockdown
This week in our series of virtual lunches in collaboration with Crafty Counsel and LexisNexis UK Charlotte Lakin, trainee solicitor at Global and founder of inlaw, shares her 5 top tips for raising your profile in the legal industry during lockdown.
April 28 2020
Why I love working flexibly as a lawyer
Lincoln would say “it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years.” As a Flex Lawyer, I would say – it’s not the length of the project you work on, it’s the connections you make along the way, the experience you gain and the difference you make.
April 23 2020
Joining F-LEX in a pandemic
So I’m now six or so weeks into my new role at F-lex. WHAT A TIME to start a new job! When I said I was looking for a new challenge, this wasn’t quite what I had expected but I’m so pleased to have made the move. Here are some reflections on the first 30 days:
March 31 2020
How law students and graduates can make the most of this time
Found yourself with a lot of free time on your hands recently! Don't worry - you're not the only one! We've put together a list of things you can spend this time to doing, both to advance your career and unwind!
March 19 2020
A message to our F-lexers and Clients
February 17 2020
F-LEX Podcast Episode 1 - Catie Sheret - Flexible Working in the Legal Sector
We have joined the podcast party!For our very first episode our founder, Mary Bonsor, interviewed Catie Sheret on the topic of flexible working. Catie is the General Counsel of Cambridge University Press.
January 31 2020
F-LEX News Bulletin
Round up of F-lex team news and views for January 2020
January 17 2020
For our users....by our users
Having attended the Legal Geek Legal Design conference for the past 2 years, it got us thinking about our users. Had we really had asked our paralegals if they understood what they were signing up to when they joined F-LEX?
November 1 2019
Flex Legal's Vac Scheme Guide
October, and if you haven’t started thinking about Vac Schemes then you should start now. An increasingly large number of firms are putting a greater emphasis on their vac schemes, with many city firms recruiting solely from them, such as HSF and Mischcon de Reya.
August 30 2019
The Future of Law De-Mystified
Earlier this month, F-LEX held a thought-provoking panel discussion in Manchester, chaired by our Head of Northern Hub, Eimear McCann. 50 of us, a range of legal enthusiasts and techies, gathered to demystify the future of the law. The evening proved to be a real crowd pleaser, provoking some interesting questions from the audience and some healthy debate.
August 23 2019
The September Prep List
As September nears many of you will be gearing up for the next “Big Push” (The first of many cliches). You all know what I am talking about of course, applications. It’s a time that strikes dread into the hearts of even the hardiest of souls.
July 16 2019
Supporting SPG Law from Liverpool to Brazil
In November 2018, a group of F-LEX paralegals started a group action project in Liverpool with international firm, SPG Law; however, for some, this was just the start of an incredible journey which led to rural Brazil and culminated in permanent job offers for two and a training contract for another. This is their story!
May 23 2019
GDL and LPC exams: our top 15 revision tips
As many of you are sitting the GDL and LPC exams in the coming months. We here at F-LEX thought we would give you are top tips to revision.
April 30 2019
Sainsbury's-Asda Merger Blocked
In this article Hannah takes a look at “an interesting story in the news”. One for that horrible commercial awareness question. Enjoy!
March 28 2019
What is Commercial Awareness?
Law firms and other legal employers now put a great deal of emphasis on candidates being ‘commercially aware’ - but what does this mean?
January 22 2019
Meet the team - James Moore
My background is in software - I previously helped grow a company called Red Gate Software from about 20 people up to 300+ people with offices all around the world.
November 28 2018
How to develop a mentoring relationship
Friends and family may lend a sympathetic ear to your career-planning, but it is important to reach out and connect with people who can offer objective career advice. By branching out and conversing with a range of people in your profession of choice, or even beyond, you will secure important guidance and advice for the future, and even make some great friends too!