Client requirement
The General Counsel of a global technology company had limited time and resources but was faced with an ever-increasing workload.

Dovetail solution
We connected our client with an experienced freelance lawyer who was able to provide the required mix of legal work to the client on an “as-needed” basis. He initially spent two weeks seconded into business on day rates working within the client’s offices doing the required legal work on site and getting to know the business and internal stakeholders. Once the business and the lawyer were both comfortable with the nature of the work and the required output, our lawyer was able to move to providing ad-hoc legal support remotely on an hourly basis only as needed.

Outcome
The engagement was a success, with the General Counsel being able to clear chunks of work off her desk with the support of a freelance lawyer on an “as-needed” basis. The business was able rely on additional access to an experienced in-house lawyer without adding to employee headcount. It was a cost-effective way for the client to resource for the additional work as it flexed with the peaks and troughs of the business needs.

Cost comparison to traditional providers

 

Dovetail

Traditional law firm secondee

Daily rate for one lawyer

$1,200

$3K+

Equivalent hourly rate

$150

$600

Monthly cost for two days/week

$10K

$24K+

Client saving

>50% saving

 

Cost comparison to traditional providers


Daily Rate for one lawyer
Dovetail: $1,200
Traditional law firm secondee: $3k+

Equivalent hourly rate
Dovetail: $150
Traditional law firm secondee: $600

Monthly cost for two days/week
Dovetail: $10k
Traditional law firm secondee: $24k+

Client saving
Dovetail: > 50% saving
Traditional law firm secondee: —

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