Our vision is to create a flexible workforce of legal professionals operating inside a valued community which connects the alumni of leading law firms.
Contax Law’s mission is to change the perception of the contract law market by transforming the view of flexible lawyering. Contax Law aims to build viable and fulfilling alternative career paths for lawyers, and in turn provide an enhanced pool of talent for legal services – ‘The Contax Pool’.
opportunities for lawyers
clients & assignments
Contax Law provides a supported solution for quality lawyers who wish to achieve more flexibility and control over their working lives.
Our platform offers short and long term assignments, at city rates of pay, within private practice or in-house with corporate clients as a secondee.
how we work
In order to join the Contax pool, we will require you to complete our interview and onboarding processes and provide us with the relevant documentation/references (see ‘Documentation’).
Our clients rely on Contax Law to select only the most relevant individuals from the pool for each assignment. You are under no obligation to accept an assignment that doesn’t suit your personal/professional requirements.
Once a member of the pool, we look to provide our lawyers with assignments that best suit their skills set and needs. We are quickly able to build a very clear picture of the type of work each of our lawyers enjoys most and we will keep you updated about the placements that could be of interest to you. As you would expect from our flexible working model there are periods when client demand is lower, however, we endeavour to keep our lawyers’ desired schedule as full as possible.
Contax pool lawyers provide their services to Contax Law as an independent business via one of two methods:
Personal Service Company (PSC)
By operating via an umbrella company you are effectively a PAYE employee of that business, however the majority our lawyers prefer to operate via their own personal services company, as this provides them with greater autonomy and control over their financial and tax advantages.
Contax Law works closely with Duncan & Toplis who are regulated chartered accountants. They are available to provide you with advice on company formation, financial paperwork and tax reporting: www.duntop.co.uk
Before your company provides Contax Law with services, a ‘consultancy contract’ needs to be agreed; this defines the terms of our working relationship. If you choose to operate via an umbrella company, it will agree the terms on your behalf.
Before each assignment we will confirm the specific terms for that individual mandate. The ‘terms of assignment’ will include the client details, location, assignment period, nature of the role, rates etc. You are responsible for ensuring you have an up-to-date practising certificate – your Contax Law Relationship Manager will require a copy for our records. More information can be obtained from the Solicitors Regulation Authority: www.sra.org.uk
CPD requirements have recently changed: “Solicitors in the UK have a regulatory requirement to provide a proper standard of service. To do this, solicitors will need to undertake regular learning and development so their skills and knowledge remain up to date.”
To ensure that you are considered for assignments from all of the Contax Law clients we suggest that our pool lawyers continue to complete a minimum of 16 hours accredited CPD each year. (see ‘community resources’ below)
Your rate of pay will be determined before each assignment and will be quoted as a ‘day rate’. Contax Law continually monitor industry salaries and London contract rates and pay our pool lawyers at top city levels.
Our aim is for you to be able to earn in 9 months what it would usually take 12 months to achieve if you were in a traditional salaried position. You should think of this as the ‘snowboard option’.
You will be required to maintain a timesheet record for each completed day. All clients have their own time recording requirements and you will be expected to follow their procedures in this regard. If you work over what you consider to be reasonable daily hours for a role, let us know so that we can agree a solution with the client.
invoicing & payment
We expect to receive an invoice from your company in arrears on a monthly basis, on or around the 1st of the following month. We will ensure that your time records have been authorised by our client, and we aim for you to receive the payment from us within 5 working days of receipt.
The Contax Law community is there to fully support you at all times. While your relationship manager takes care of your career progress, assignment allocation and any other requests you might have, the community will provide you with outstanding opportunities to constantly learn and expand your skill set. Moreover, you will gain access to events which will help you to equally develop your personal interests and hobbies.