FAQ

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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. Our lawyers operate independently and are individually regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or such alternative regulating body in their country of admission.

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, sometimes we do have to manage situations where a consultant is unable to work as agreed.  In this situation we will always do our best to find a suitable alternative arrangement to cover your work as soon as possible.

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?
  • 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.

 

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:

  • Commercial (General)
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Data Protection & Compliance
  • Capital Markets
  • Debt Finance
  • Investment Funds
  • Competition
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 can I work with Obelisk Support?

We offer our clients and lawyers the opportunity to work on a full or part-time basis or an ad hoc/occasional arrangement.  This could involve working entirely remote or from home, on-site at the client’s office or a mixture of the two.

Do I always need to work for Obelisk Support through a limited company?

If you are available to work onsite with clients, you must be registered via a limited company in order to invoice us for the work you have carried out. It is fairly straightforward to set this up and we recommend you do this when you join us. Depending on your role, if you are working remotely, you may also have the option to contract with us as on a self-employed basis.

Do I need a current Practising Certificate?

It is your responsibility to have a valid practising certificate should this be required for a role and this can be easily done by contacting the SRA. It is also worth updating your status on the roll of solicitors, particularly if you are a non-practising lawyer.

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 choose to contract through a limited company we recommend that you have the appropriate level of insurance in place, including Professional Indemnity Insurance.  If you do not have a policy of your own, you can be covered under our 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 and you will only be paid for the days you work. In role, you are required to complete weekly online timesheets and monthly invoices which you submit to us. You will be paid by Obelisk Support.

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 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 LexisNexisPSL 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.
What is your Diversity and Equality policy?

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