We connect our clients with freelance lawyers – whether for ad hoc work, secondments, or permanent employees.
We offer a premium service at economy rates.
We reduce legal costs – not by paying lawyers less, but by operating efficiently and reducing unnecessary overheads.
Our lawyers set their rates and we transparently disclose our margins, providing true market value.
It’s a win-win-win for all parties.
Dovetail was founded in 2015, with the aim to transform traditional legal delivery models to improve the lives of the lawyers and the business community we work in.
Built Efficiently to Reduce Cost to Client.
A New Solution in an Evolving Landscape.
We believe that flexibility, fairness and commercial success are not mutually exclusive. We are committed to finding new ways to deliver legal services with time and cost efficiencies.
Our Interests are Aligned.
Built Efficiently to Reduce Cost to Client.
Dovetail is centred on efficiency – the right talent, seamless operations and technology. With this mix, we reduce margins to limit cost barriers – increasing the chance of a positive engagement.
A New Solution in an Evolving Landscape.We believe that flexibility, fairness and commercial success are not mutually exclusive. We are committed to finding new ways to deliver legal services with time and cost efficiencies.
Our Interests are Aligned Lawyers and Clients.We go the extra mile to ensure success for our clients and lawyers. We gain satisfaction from our clients’ and lawyers’ achievements.
We are frank, our business is built upon truth. We lay everything on the table, no nasty surprises.
We seek the best outcome for every party.
We provide value to both our lawyers and clients.
We understand how crucial having the right people at the right time can be.
Honesty.We are frank, our business is built upon truth. We lay everything on the table, no nasty surprises.
Fairness.We seek the best outcome for every party.
Value.We provide value to both our lawyers and clients.
Reliability.We understand how crucial having the right people at the right time can be.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Can Dovetail provide lawyers as secondees?
Yes, we sure do!
This is a large part of our Dovetail business. We get it. You need the right lawyer to join your team – whether for a couple of weeks or a couple of months – but you need the lawyer on a day rate basis, without adding to your own headcount.
Clients use secondees as additional resources to help with business-as-usual work within their team, to cover extended periods of leave or for specific business projects.
Can Dovetail help with lawyers for ad hoc legal work?
Yes, we do that too!
That’s right – if you need an external specialist for an ad hoc piece of legal work, we can connect you directly up with the right freelance lawyer with the necessary skills.
Some examples of work areas include employment law advice; intellectual property advice or trade mark / patent work; commercial litigation; corporate and M&A.
If there’s an area of work you need done, let us know and we can provide options for you.
Does Dovetail also do legal recruitment?
Yes, we do. We can help you find your next lawyer whether you need them as a casual, fixed-term or permanent employee.
We understand that it can often be more cost effective for companies with longer term assignments to bring on an additional lawyer as a fixed-term employee or even a permanent employee.
Our transparent Dovetail model means we don’t mind whether you want to engage with the lawyer as a secondee on day rates or as an employee on your own payroll. So just let us know if you have a preference either way.
How is Dovetail different?
We’re a legal broker, not a law firm.
We provide complete transparency and flexibility to clients and lawyers and we can access the entire market – so you know you’re getting true market rates and you can turn it on and off as you need.
Our transparent and flexible model is attractive to lawyers too as they can set their own rates.
What about if I’m interested in being a freelance lawyer?
That’s great – we’re always happy to have a confidential chat about what to expect and steps you can take to get yourself positioned for the right opportunities.
Just let us know and we’ll line up a time for an initial chat.
What’s the legal recruitment market like at the moment?
We get asked that a lot! We’re happy to discuss specifics that may be more relevant to you and the sector that your business is in – just get in touch.
Also, we recently published an article in ACC’s Australian Corporate Lawyer magazine filled with practical tips when looking for your next role. If you’re interested in reading it, click here.
We believe that all people and all businesses – no matter how small – can contribute to making a big difference to those in need. Dovetail donates 1% of its net profits to charity and its head office employees donate 1% of their work hours to a charity or community cause of their choice.
This year, we are proud to have made donations to the following charities:
Médecins Sans Frontières, Helping Little Hands, Neuroblastoma, Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, and Koala Hospital Port Macquarie.
Dovetail are proud to show our support of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Australian Legal Technology Association as part of our continued involvement in the legal community.
Charities We Have Supported
100% Australian Owned & Operated
Since its founding 2015, Dovetail has been proudly 100% Australian owned and operated. With offices in Sydney and Perth, Dovetail has helped to place lawyers with clients across the country. Thank you for supporting local businesses like Dovetail.