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Client FAQ

Is Obelisk Support a law firm?

Obelisk Support is not a law firm, nor is it attached to a law firm and is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Do Obelisk Support consultants only work from home?

No!  Whilst many of our consultants work remotely, we can also provide you with consultants who work in your offices or work their days across both locations.   

Can I contact you about one-off projects and small pieces of work?

Absolutely.  We understand that sometimes you have an urgent need for a specific piece of legal work to be delivered and we have the flexibility to turn that around as well as to provide on-going services or connect you with a consultant for a longer-term assignment.

What happens if a consultant is unwell or has to take leave?

Whilst this is thankfully rare, we are able to re-assign work if needed to ensure your service is not disrupted.

Consultant FAQ

What is the application process?

As soon as we receive your application, we will review your experience and get back in touch. Subject to your experience meeting our requirements, we will then invite you to an interview.  If you are successful, we will carry out reference-checking and some administration to set you up on our platform.

What experience are you looking for if I'm a qualified lawyer?
  • Qualified in England & Wales, or in other jurisdictions with recent UK experience
  • At least 3 years’ PQE in a City law firm (or equivalent overseas) along with experience of working in an in-house legal team in leading institutions/corporates
  • A team player with outstanding communication skills, able to hit the ground running and to work independently as a trusted advisor to the client
  • A flexible mindset open to new opportunities and challenges
  • Good academic credentials and strong technical knowledge in your area of expertise
  • A right to work and reside in the UK
  • Available to work immediately or within the next few months

If you are currently in a permanent role but thinking about interim work in the future, you are also welcome to get in touch to find out more.

We are a leading provider of multilingual lawyer-led linguistic services to support our clients’ legal translation and foreign document review requirements, so please apply if you have experience in this area.

 

What experience are you looking for if I want to work as a paralegal?
  • A minimum of six months’ experience of working in a paralegal role in a commercial environment
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office and similar tools
  • BA or BSc degree or equivalent education
Which practice areas are you interested in?

Most of our clients are FTSE100 companies and Magic Circle firms based in London and as a result, we are actively looking for experienced lawyers in the following practice areas:

  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial (General)
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Competition
  • Construction
  • Data Protection & Compliance
  • Employment
  • Capital Markets
  • Debt Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Investment Funds
Can I apply after a career break?

Absolutely. From its creation in 2010, Obelisk Support has been committed to unlocking the dormant talent and experience available locally to address the legal sector’s support needs. Our goal is not only to re-engage your  talent through providing flexible work opportunities, but to continue to nurture your career.

Our pool of legal consultants includes men and women who have taken career breaks for family, business or health reasons. Whatever your reason for leaving the legal profession in the first place, what matters to us is your commitment to coming back and succeeding with us.

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.

Do I need a current Practising Certificate?

It is your responsibility to have a valid practising certificate unless you are contracting with us as a paralegal or non-practising lawyer. This can be easily done by contacting the SRA. You will also need to update your status on the roll of solicitors.

Do I need Professional Indemnity Insurance when in role?

As an Obelisk Support 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.

What will I be paid?

Our rates vary according to the role and client and these will be discussed individually when a role is offered to you. Our roles are based on a daily rate or hourly rate. Depending on the off-payroll status of the role and your own working arrangements, it’s likely you’ll be required to contract with us via our preferred umbrella partner, JSA. You will be required to complete timesheets as you work.

What is your Diversity and Equality policy?

We are an equal opportunity legal services provider and do not discriminate against any employee, consultant or applicant because of race, colour, religion, national origin, sex, orientation, physical or mental disability, age, gender reassignment or any other characteristic.

We are also long-standing champions of women in law. Advancing women in the workplace and promoting gender equality in the legal sector has long been at the heart of our mission and business strategy.

What are the benefits of being an Obelisk Support Consultant?

There are many benefits to being a consultant with us:

  • Discounts on MBL training via our season ticket
  • Access to LexisPSL when in role and in between roles
  • Invitations to our workshops and social events
  • Weekly email to update you on our news, jobs, development in the legal services market and details of interesting external events and lectures.
How much work will I be offered?

In terms of how much work you will be offered, this will vary by individual and we do our best to offer as much work as we can. Your willingness to be responsive and open-minded when thinking about roles is key to finding a role quickly.

What is IR35?
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 client in the public sector. Obelisk’s online portal will record all your SDS for engagements through us, plus we can introduce you to our own, FCSA-accredited umbrella partner.