Our Track Record.

Testimonials.

Principal, Incorporated Legal Practice

Dovetail takes time to understand your circumstances and then leverage their extensive corporate contacts to find opportunities that suit you. I highly recommend speaking to them if you are considering an alternative working model.

Principal, Incorporated Legal Practice

You’re not only efficient and bang on the money with both your clients and candidates, you’re an absolute pleasure to work with

You’re not only efficient and bang on the money with both your clients and candidates, you’re an absolute pleasure to work with

Senior Lawyer, Commercial Law Firm

The biggest difference, which I think is a huge credit to Dovetail, is the level of follow-up and transparency

The biggest difference, which I think is a huge credit to Dovetail, is the level of follow-up and transparency

Senior In-house Counsel, Mining Company

The standard of candidates delivered by Dovetail in such a short time frame was excellent

The standard of candidates delivered by Dovetail in such a short time frame was excellent

Executive GM, Mining Company

Dovetail is by far the best legal outsourcing that I have ever worked with

Dovetail is by far the best legal outsourcing that I have ever worked with (I have experienced a few and now work exclusively with Dovetail) given their commitment to ensuring that all parties are on the same page working forward and the client receives real value for their legal work.

Director, ILP

How Clients Have Used Our Services.

Ad hoc

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: —

Secondee

Client requirement
A key financial institution required a lawyer to support an important and complex project for the business over a 9-month period.

Dovetail solution
The client was initially seeking a junior lawyer to provide a supporting role in relation to management of the array of contracts required under the project. However, after seeing options from Dovetail for more experienced lawyers who could provide both the backend support as well as play a lead role contract negotiation and drafting, the General Counsel selected a more senior Dovetail lawyer.

The engagement was as a secondee on day rates which allowed for costs to closely align with the project, rather than add to the client’s employee headcount.

Outcome
The secondment went well and even continued for a period after the project had been successfully delivered. The feedback on the lawyer from the client was very positive and we’re looking at future projects that may arise with the opportunity for them to all work together again.

Cost comparison to traditional providers

 

Dovetail Traditional law firm secondee

Daily rate for one lawyer

$1,250

$3,000+

Monthly cost for five days/week

$25K

$60K+

Client saving

>50% saving

 

Cost comparison to traditional providers


Daily Rate for one lawyer
Dovetail: $1,250
Traditional law firm secondee: $3,000+

Monthly cost for five days/week
Dovetail: $25k
Traditional law firm secondee: $60k

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

Fixed-Term Recruitment

Client requirement
A global manufacturing and services business required an experienced in-house lawyer to fill in as their Regional General Counsel for Asia Pacific for a 7-month maternity leave cover.

Dovetail solution
We quickly connected the client with a recommended Dovetail lawyer who had industry-relevant experience as well as the skills and traits being sought by the business.

Outcome
We provided our client with two recommended options within 48 hours, interviews were held within a week and an offer was confirmed with the client’s preferred lawyer shortly after. Dovetail filled the role quickly and successfully in less than 2 weeks.

The placement was clearly a success for both client and lawyer as our Dovetail lawyer was converted across to a permanent employee of the client.

Cost comparison 

 

Dovetail Traditional Recruitment

7-month placement

$20K

$30K

Balance on conversion to permanent

$25K

$30K

Total cost to client for the placement

$45K

With this cost only accruing on a pro-rata month to month basis as the lawyer works with the client, so guarantee period aligns for entire duration

$60K

Plus the cost of additional time filling the role and risk of a reduced 3 to 6-month guarantee period

Client saving

25% saving

 

Cost comparison 


7-month placement
Dovetail: $20k
Traditional law firm secondee: $30k

Balance on conversion to permanent
Dovetail: $25k
Traditional law firm secondee: $30k

Total cost to client for the placement
Dovetail: With this cost only accruing on a pro-rata month to month basis as the lawyer works with the client, so guarantee period aligns for entire duration
Traditional law firm secondee: Plus the cost of additional time filling the role and risk of a reduced 3 to 6-month guarantee period

Client saving
Dovetail: 25% saving
Traditional law firm secondee: —

Permanent Recruitment

Client requirement
A national operator within the healthcare sector required an in-house lawyer to join their legal team on a permanent basis.  They had tried to source candidates directly and also using traditional legal recruiters but had not been able to fill the role.

Dovetail solution
We reached out through our network and quickly confirmed availability and interest of relevant Dovetail lawyers for our client to consider.

Outcome
Within 2 weeks of receiving instructions from our client, we had a shortlist of recommended lawyers available for our client.  We arranged all of the interviews and reference checks and the role was filled within a month.

The placement was a success for both client and lawyer as our Dovetail lawyer has since been promoted within the organisation.

Cost comparison

 

Dovetail

Traditional Recruitment

Monthly fee for the placement

$2K

Not offered monthly fee, full lump sum $30K payable upfront

Total cost to client for the placement

$24K

With this cost only accruing on a pro-rata month to month basis as the lawyer continued working with the client, so guarantee period aligns for full 12 months

$30K

plus cost of additional time filling the role

and risk of a reduced 3 to 6-month guarantee period

Client saving

20% saving

 

Cost comparison


Monthly fee for the placement
Dovetail: $2k
Traditional law firm secondee: Not offered monthly fee, full lump sum $30K payable upfront

Total cost to client for the placement
Dovetail: $24K – With this cost only accruing on a pro-rata month to month basis as the lawyer continued working with the client, so guarantee period aligns for full 12 months
Traditional law firm secondee: $30K plus cost of additional time filling the role and risk of a reduced 3 to 6-month guarantee period

Client saving
Dovetail: 20% saving
Traditional law firm secondee: —

Blend of Ad hoc and Secondee for Project

Client requirement
Our client was looking to sell one of their businesses to a major customer. Our client didn’t have any in-house legal team of their own, so we built them a temporary team to come in and do all the heavy lifting internally for the transaction, including:

  • finalising material contracts
  • collating due diligence material
  • assisting with restructuring of the business for the transaction
  • preparation and negotiation of transaction documents
  • corporate advisory work
  • finalisation and completion

Dovetail Solution
Dovetail provided a team of lawyers for the transaction, including a senior corporate lawyer to initially lead the legal elements of the transaction and then a second senior in-house commercial lawyer was brought in to support the later stage of the project and closing.

Outcome
Our client’s traditional external law firm originally quoted for the entire job, but their quote was so high that the CFO reached out to Dovetail. In cost terms, our client was able to successfully complete the entire $20m+ transaction from start to finish with the Dovetail Lawyers for about a third of the cost originally quoted by their external law firm.

Cost comparison to traditional providers

 

Dovetail

Traditional law firm

Range of daily rates for lawyers

$1,375 to $1,600 $3K+

Hourly rates

$375

$450 to $800+

Total cost for the project

Delivered for $150K with the added advantage of having the lawyers sitting inside the client’s operations for the entire process to improve overall efficiency for the Client.

Quoted at $450K+

Client saving

66% saving

 

 

Cost comparison to traditional providers


Range of daily rates for lawyers
Dovetail: $1,375 to $1,600
Traditional law firm secondee: $3k+

Hourly rates
Dovetail: $375
Traditional law firm secondee: $450 to $800+

Total cost for the project
Dovetail: Delivered for $150K with the added advantage of having the lawyers sitting inside the client’s operations for the entire process to improve overall efficiency for the Client.
Traditional law firm secondee: Quoted at $450K+

Client saving
Dovetail: 66% saving
Traditional law firm secondee: —

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