Why consider an alternative to the traditional legal career?
I really enjoyed contracting while I was in the United Kingdom as there was the opportunity to work on interesting, cutting edge, high profile matters. I got a taste for contracting and wanted to continue with it when I returned. I find that projects are a more exciting way to work than doing the same thing for an extended period in a permanent role.
When I met the team at Plexus, I was impressed by their secondment model. I gelled with the culture and the team.
Tell us about your transition to Plexus.
Plexus has made my life easier. With a preference for contracting, it can be hard to manage the work search on your own. The beauty of Plexus is that they find secondments for you, so you can concentrate on your current engagement. It has also given me more flexibility in my personal life. Most clients I have worked with have given me the flexibility to choose my own hours, so I can tailor work to fit in with my lifestyle.
What are the benefits of working in this way?
Plexus has fantastic clients. When I get a call from the team about a new secondment I am always impressed by the new clients that Plexus partners with. Also, because I come recommended by Plexus, clients know that I am an experienced legal professional and know that I’ll add value; because you’re a Plexus lawyer they trust you will do the job.
I enjoy secondments because while engaged with a client, you can focus primarily on their business and become part of their team. I’ve enjoyed gaining access to senior, experienced lawyers in top organisations. Working with experienced lawyers has accelerated my professional development and allowed me to build out my networks.
What are your tips for other lawyers?
This way of working is really suited to lawyers with in-house experience who are confident giving business advice, but it’s also a great way to develop those skills. I’ve found that clients really value a commercial skill-set. Working with Plexus means you’ll get interesting engagements in good businesses with great teams.
This secondee has been with Plexus for about two years and has completed several secondments across a broad range of industries.