Be a Consultant

Legal work to suit your lifestyle

At Obelisk Support we create opportunities for legal professionals who want to work flexibly. We understand not everyone wants to work for one company as a full-time employee. Whether you are looking to balance your professional and personal life, to develop a portfolio career or simply don’t want to be tied to set hours in one place – we offer outstanding access to interesting projects that make the most of your skills and experience.

Legal support since 2010

Making work, work for you

Our matching platform connects you with dynamic legal teams, both in-house at large global corporations, growing businesses, and in private practice. With our commitment to flexible working, you can set your availability and let us know how you prefer to work – ad hoc, part-time, remotely, or full-time for set period.

We don’t ask you to bring clients to us or do your own business development, so you can focus on the work that you enjoy – with a committed team behind you.

By joining Obelisk you benefit from exclusive professional development webinars and workshops, peer networking events, career and CV advice, access to legal research resources plus we provide liability insurance.

Obelisk Support is a business with a purpose, paving the way forward in the legal industry and creating genuine opportunities to work in a different way. Always #HumanFirst, we’re here to change the world of work – one lawyer at a time.

Why Obelisk?

Join a #HumanFirst community that puts people at the heart of legal services

We match you to dynamic teams in leading organisations

We offer outstanding access to interesting projects that make the most of your skills and experience

We provide career advice and networking opportunities to help you be your best

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Thinking about freelancing for the first time?

Your guide to legal freelance work:

Download our free guide to help you work out whether working freelance is right for you. With advice and insight from existing consultants as well as Obelisk experts, it’s your action planner for your move into legal consulting.

Taking the first steps

How it works. As simple as 1,2,3

1

Apply

We want to get to know you; tell us what you’re looking for

2

Onboard

After we do our checks, get to know how we work

3

Match

We identify the right opportunities for your skillset

4

Work

We handle the admin so you can focus on the work

Who we work with

Working with Obelisk Support is simple. Once you join us, we find the projects and handle all the admin. All that leaves you to do is focus on work you enjoy. Our team will even provide career advice and support, coaching you to pursue your professional goals. If you’re returning to work, we will help build your confidence.

Obelisk focuses on securing work placements that are interesting and exciting. We partner with the UK’s largest law firms, FTSE 100 companies and legal teams in dynamic, growing businesses. Our consultants help them to deliver better results, be more proactive and increase team effectiveness.

Since 2010, we have matched more than 2,000 consultants. Our team works across multiple industries, from financial services, banking and retail to e-commerce, telecoms, and media. We cover all practice areas and specialist skills. With Obelisk, you can find fulfilling work that makes the most of your experience.

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We do things differently

Championing making legal work more inclusive since 2010

Types of roles

Part-time legal work

Work that fits around your lifestyle and personal commitments

Fixed-term contracts

Full- or part-time project work for a set period

Ad hoc support

Flexible hours on specific projects for one-off & ongoing roles

Paralegals

Flexible roles for career paralegals and aspiring solicitors

What our consultants say

“Working through Obelisk has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to remain in the market as a senior legal professional in a model that is flexible and beneficial for both the client and myself.

It allows me to maintain a much needed sense of belonging to a team, while at the same time being properly looked after as a person and as an independent professional.”

Neil Visram

Neil: Commercial Lawyer

Neil has broad, cross-jurisdictional commercial experience within the travel, hospitality and leisure sectors. Most recently he acted as Legal Director for Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s Legal & Compliance Team and has previously held senior in-house legal positions at...
Golnar Consultant Stories

Golnar: Commercial & Compliance Lawyer

Golnar is a qualified French Jurist and has worked internationally for a number of years with a number of organisations. Golnar’s previous projects include developing and implementing contract risk assessment processes for the EMEIA region and supporting on various...
Shushma SOTM

Shushma: Paralegal

Shushma is a paralegal who has diverse experience spanning multiple sectors that is able to commercial savvy with solid legal expertise. Can you describe your experience of working through Obelisk? Working through Obelisk has been an empowering and rewarding journey...
Simon Frater

Simon: Corporate & Technology Lawyer

Simon is a City-trained in-house lawyer who has extensive experience in corporate and commercial matters across many sectors including technology led businesses in defence, telecoms and engineering. He has strong commercial and procurement contracts experience, in...

Be a Consultant FAQs

Why choose Obelisk Support?

We understand not everyone wants to work for one company as a full-time employee. Whether you are looking to balance your professional and personal life, to develop a portfolio career or simply don’t want to be tied to set hours in one place, we are for you. Through established partnerships with blue-chip companies, growing businesses and large law firms, we can deploy you on interesting projects that make the most of your skills and experience.

Why do our legal consultants and paralegals choose to work through us?

We offer outstanding access to projects with dynamic legal teams, both in-house at large global corporations and growing businesses, and in private practice with large City firms.

How does onboarding work?

We will review your CV and be in touch to arrange an interview by telephone or video conference. We’ll also run background and reference checks, ask you to accept our terms & conditions and set you up on our platform so you’re ready to work.

Can I work flexibly as a legal consultant or paralegal??

With our commitment to flexible working, you can set your availability and tell us how you want to work. You have the freedom to take jobs that fit your interest and skills, as well as the hours you want.

Do I need to bring my own clients?

We don’t ask you to bring clients to us or do your own business development, so you can focus on the work that you enjoy.

Where does Obelisk Support rank amongst recruitments agencies?

Obelisk is a legal recruitment agency in that we hire flexible lawyers for roles both permanent and temporary. Join us for access to lawyer work, solicitor employment, paralegal jobs and much more...

What is IR35 for flexible legal workers?

The new IR35 regulations came into effect from the 6th April 2021. These mean that if you work through a personal service company (PSC), you’ll need a Status Determination Statement (SDS) for every engagement with medium-sized and large clients in the private sector and, if work is deemed to fall inside IR35, you’ll need to pay tax at source via an umbrella company. This is the same for clients in the public sector. You are welcome to work with your choice of umbrella partner, as long as they are FCSA-accredited.

Do I need Professional Indemnity Insurance when in role?

As an Obelisk Support legal consultant you are self-employed and work with us on a freelance basis. If you do not have a policy of your own, you will be covered under our indemnity policy.

How does insurance work?

Obelisk believes that the alternative legal services that we provide should offer the same peace of mind as a law firm, and so we hold comprehensive solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance to protect our clients. All of our legal professionals who do not hold their own policies are covered by this insurance. Full details of our insurance can be provided upon request.

How many hours can I work with Obelisk Support?

We offer our lawyers as many or few hours’ work as they are looking for. You are in control of when and where you work.

How does working with Obelisk Support work?

Once you’re set up, we’ll start to match you with projects. Our proprietary software allows us to find the best fit for your skills. When we find the right match, we’ll approach you with potential projects and set up your first work with us.

Our thinking

World in Motion: Why the Legal Profession Cannot Stand Still

World in Motion: Why the Legal Profession Cannot Stand Still

World in Motion.WHY THE LEGAL PROFESSION CANNOT STAND STILLDana Denis-Smith CEO, Obelisk SupportForewordPeople, environment and purpose - is it time to recast our legal ecosystem along these values?I am delighted that Obelisk Support’s latest report – World in Motion:...

2to3days: The First 100 Days Project

2to3days: The First 100 Days Project

Dana Denis-Smith gave details of The First 100 Days Project, which creates a library of stories through role models for the current legal generation, informing and educating them on the role of women. It encourages women to talk about their life and work experiences....