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There are now alternatives to law firms and interesting variations on a law firm theme. The market is moving quickly, but is still shallow and largely untested
However one area is opening up more quickly than others. The world of the interim resource provider is developing fast and providing a fascinating glimpse of a world to come. Businesses such Axiom, Legal Edge, Halebury and Lawyers on Demand etc at one level offer an obvious solution – to plug a gap for long term sickness, maternity cover or the discreet but time-limited project. The potential is to do so much more.
Most in-house teams have work that fits a pattern:
The first two should be outsourced, but the law firm solution is clunky and expensive. Clearly an interim resource offers a different opportunity. Then consider as well if the interim resource was also able to look at others aspects of the in-house function from a trusted position of being an accepted part of the in-house resource. Consider if the interim resource could also:
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Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community. She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.
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