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02nd Feb 2024

Dovetail Service Comparison

Wonder what makes Dovetail different from other providers? See how our services compare to Secondee Firms and Legal Recruiters. Take a look at why clients choose us and why lawyers trust us by downloading the service comparisons below.

Full Service Comparison

Feature Dovetail Logo_Dovetail Secondee Firms Recruiters
Provide on-demand secondees and lawyers
Provide recruitment services (interim and permanent)
Full range of jobs options available – secondee/employee, interim/permanent
Transparent margins – clients and secondee lawyers see who gets what Transparent margins/fees. Cost and expectations align. Everyone gets to see who gets what Usually, hidden margins/fees and do not disclose their % fee to lawyer or client. Can be as high as 50% Secondees not offered
Secondment fee 20% - best in market Typically, 35%+ and as high as 50%. Percentage not disclosed to client or lawyer Secondees not offered
Recruitment fee 18% - best in market Recruitment not offered Typical fee 20% to 25%
Guarantee period 12 months pro rata for recruitment – best in market. We back our lawyers, we’re in this together! Recruitment not offered Typically, only 3 months pro rata
Access to the entire market of lawyers ie not just alumni, those lawyers that have pre-signed Typically, they will seek to place underutilised lawyers within the firm first rather than the best lawyer for the role
Secondee lawyers set their rate Transparent margins. The secondee lawyer sets their rate – you have control! Usually, hidden margins. The firm sets the client rate which is hidden from the lawyer. And the lawyer rate is hidden from the client Secondees not offered
Up front, lock-in contract, or exclusivity for lawyers No contracts or exclusivity until we place you in a role. You’re free to do what’s best for your career! Usually ask for up-front exclusivity restricting which companies and recruiters you can approach
Every Industry Sector
Australia wide coverage
Australian owned and operated

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