"I had dabbled in freelance work before joining Obelisk in 2014. This path has become more consistent since then - the fact that I want to work part-time and remotely has not restricted the work offered to me. On the contrary, one of the interesting aspects of freelance work is the experience I have gained through exposure to other sectors. Since working with Obelisk clients, in different sectors, I have greatly broadened my knowledge.
It’s a very interesting time to work in the legal services market, as in other sectors, freelance work has really taken off and is changing the traditional career paths in the legal profession. When I was newly qualified, there was the concept of locum solicitors, but this was somewhat limited to cover maternity or other fixed term absences. However, now more businesses, legal departments and law firms industries are turning to freelance lawyers, as they can provide quick and flexible solutions tailored to various needs such as staff or skills gaps, an upswing in business demand and to help with discreet projects."
"The Obelisk team know my preferences for working part-time and remotely and our relationship works very well as I find that the variety of work at Obelisk is wide-ranging. Each assignment is interesting and across diverse sectors from renewable energy to financial service, tech or education. A few of the assignments have been repeat work requests which is really nice as I learn more and more about the particular business and their needs."
"I'm married to Mark, also a lawyer, and we have two little boys Ben (5) and Max (4). I grew up in North Yorkshire and we love the outdoors and enjoy lots of country walks and cycle rides.
I've been working with Obelisk since 2013, when I left my full time permanent position with Transport for London. I wanted to work part-time and flexibly so that I could work whilst looking after our young family and it has worked really well. I have really enjoyed working this way as it hasn't compromised the time I can spend with our children and I can practice law at a high–level with good clients and develop my experience.
Generally, I work remotely on a part-time basis to fit in around school and child care. I did work full-time remotely once, as a stand by consultant, when I assisted the in house legal team at BT Ireland. Part of this assignment, I travelled to Dublin to attend some team and project meetings. This worked well and the clients were very happy to communicate by email and phone."
"Since working with Obelisk, I've completed a mixture of roles in a number of areas: engineering, IT services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical services and news and information services. The businesses I’ve worked for are all in growing sectors and that’s been good to extend my experience and skills into new areas. The clients all seem to be very happy to have lawyers work in a flexible way. It’s great that the world of legal work has become a better place for working parents. ."