The Details. Small, But Important.
- What is AG Integrate?
AG Integrate is an integral part of Addleshaw Goddard. It is a pool of self-employed and freelance professionals (also referred to as "contractors" and "consultants") who work flexibly for our clients and AG legal teams. We work with all levels of the legal profession, from paralegals to partners, Head of Legal and GC's, and help to find match them with roles and opportunities that suit their skillset, personality and goals. We also work with people outside of "core" law such as HR, Legal Operations, Company Secretarial and Compliance.
- Is it an exclusive arrangement?
No. Our consultants are self-employed and, as such, are free to accept or decline assignments and take work through other routes.
- What kind of people become AG Integrate consultants?
Our consultants are a diverse bunch. It's amazing how varied a pool of qualified lawyers with top-quality experience can be!
We’ve found that working in this way suits a wide range of people, based all across the UK and beyond. So, we have junior lawyers seeking to gain a breadth of experience, as well as mid-level lawyers looking for a better balance between work and outside commitments. Our pool also includes several senior lawyers who want to combine legal work with hobbies, other businesses or wider family commitments. There really is no 'typical' consultant and we'd like to keep it that way!
If you're considering becoming a contract lawyer, we have provided some guidance to help you understand whether this way of working is right for you.
- What kind of work do AG Integrate consultants do?
Our consultants work directly for clients or for AG. Placements can be at the office, based from home or a combination of the two. They can be full-time, part-time, short-and-intensive or long-term. Here are some examples:
- joining a client’s in-house team to cover a period of absence
- working for a client to progress a specific project
- working within AG as part of a team advising one or more clients.
- How does AG Integrate’s offering to consultants differ from other providers?
We operate AG Integrate within AG itself and do not sub-contract any element. AG Integrate is simply part of the AG family. The closer relationship and longer-term view this brings, provides consultants with more interaction with AG, a personal approach and access to a wider variety of assignments – with clients and for AG.
AG partners select our consultants and are deeply involved in all placements. This means that from the word go, you have a relationship with the people who will identify work for you. Not only will this help you promote your skills within AG but it will help you to assess fit with the team you’re likely to work most closely with.
AG is breaking down boundaries between legal experts who work differently, to integrate the best expertise for our clients in one solution. We see the skills first and the means second. So, as a consultant, you will be the core to our promise of delivering these integrated solutions to clients.
- How are AG Integrate consultants selected?
We’re looking for consultants with experience in a top quality law firm or in-house team. However, we know that being a freelance consultant requires a specific set of skills and behaviour over-and-above this. So we’ve developed a selection process that assesses personality, attitude, technical skill and ‘fit’ with AG, all within a freelance context.
We’ll have a telephone discussion and you’ll meet face-to-face with an AG partner before being invited to complete our on-boarding process.
This approach gives AG, and you, time to assess whether working together is right for both of us. We encourage you to ask challenging questions throughout, as it’s important to us that you have every opportunity to understand whether AG Integrate is right for you.
- What is the business model?
Our consultants are not employed by AG, we work with intermediaries such as Umbrella companies. They are freelancers who operate through an Umbrella or Intermediary Company.
Since AG Integrate is part of the main AG firm, it is AG that enters into a contract with your Umbrella company to make services available for a particular placement. AG then enters into an agreement with the client for the provision of those services.
Our consultants and our clients contract with AG.
- How will I be paid?
We will agree a daily. monthly or hourly rate with you that reflects your skills, experience and market demands. We will ask you to submit weekly timesheets and a monthly invoice. Your invoice will be paid into your business bank account.