Our service offering for clients

We give access to more quality lawyers than any other provider. Whether it’s for a secondee or permanent hire – we’re a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your in-house legal requirements.

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Choose how you would like to engage the lawyer

Dovetail offers four ways of engaging a lawyer to suit your exact requirements. Here we cover the advantage of each.


Engage with lawyers by the hour, as and when you need them, at phenomenal rates. No ongoing commitment or minimum spend. Specialist legal skills on-demand, onsite or remote.

Fixed-Term Employee


Secondee lawyers to work within your business, or remotely, as service providers, on daily/monthly rates that suit you. Seamlessly cover gaps while you look to recruit, engage specialist skills, or undertake projects.


Fixed-Term Employee

Directly engage with the right lawyer for a fixed period ie 6mths as an employee on your payroll. A cost effective solution for covering paternity leave and gaps of 2+ months.


Permanent Employee

For your next permanent hire – quality lawyers for your ongoing requirements. No upfront fees and a 12 month pro rata guarantee to give you peace of mind.


Why it works for clients

Save money

We have reduced the overheads without compromising the quality of the lawyer. We have saved our clients millions in legal fees – let us do the same for you.

Save time

When you need a lawyer it is typically time critical. We have the processes, technology and know-how to move quickly. We know your time is already precious, we manage the process end-to-end, ensuring it is hassle-free.

Premium service and unparalleled expertise

We recognise that your success is our success. We are in this for the long haul which is why clients keep coming back.

Experts in in-house recruitment

We are the only dedicated in-house legal recruiters in Australia. With over 50 years’ combined commercial and legal experience, we provide unparalleled market knowledge, insights and industry trends.

The best lawyers

It’s not just the number of lawyers in our network but also the strength of our brand within it. Lawyers are drawn to us because of our reputation which allows gives us access to unrivalled talent.

No upfront costs and 12 month guarantee period

With no upfront costs or obligations and a 12-month pro-rata guarantee you have so little to lose and an excellent team member to gain.


Frequently asked

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.

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Can Dovetail provide lawyers on an hourly basis?

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 lawyer who has the necessary skills.
Some examples of work areas include employment law advice; intellectual property advice or trademark / 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.

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Does Dovetail also do recruitment?

Yes, we do.
We can help you find your next lawyer whether you need them as an interim 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 an interim employee or 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.

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How much does it cost to engage a lawyer as secondee?

Our margin is a transparent 20% and our lawyers set their rates providing true market value. See our pricing page for a quick an accurate guide on costs.

How much does it cost to recruit a lawyer?

There are no upfront costs or obligations. We only charge a fee if we successfully place a lawyer with you. Our fee is 18% of the first-year salary. We invoice pro-rata monthly (i.e. 1.5% per month) in arrears over 12 months, effectively providing a 12 month guarantee period. If the lawyer stops working … so does our fee. See our pricing page for further details.

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How are we different?

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.

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