Hiring freelance legal consultants at attractive rates

Hiring freelance legal consultants at attractive rates

Hiring freelance legal consultants at attractive rates

By Tina De Maere  – November 7, 2022

Hiring freelance legal consultants at attractive rates

Any business wants the best possible service for the budget they set out. The search for a freelancer that fits your company’s project, quality standards, and funding can take time and effort. However, there are a few tips and tricks to ensure you get the best available talent for your budget. 

This article will help you hire the best freelance legal consultant for your project at an attractive rate. 

Use Limine

Here at Limine, we have made it the core of our business to aid businesses like yours to find freelance legal consultants at attractive rates. We have developed a smart and innovative algorithm and an ever-growing database of top-tier legal talent. Make an account, post your project and requirements, and we will match you with the three most relevant freelance legal consultants. 

Next to making it a lot easier to find freelancers for all your legal-related projects, Limine also cuts the costs of doing business significantly. Due to us asking the most competitive intermediate fee on the market, you have more money for your projects and can get more done. 

Describe your project accurately

A great way to attract the right people is by describing your project in detail. However, freelancers will often cover incredible work by asking for a higher rate at the onset when you vaguely tell them what work you need to do. 

Projects with a clear goal and outline are bound to attract more relevant freelancers who do not have to calculate the risk of being sold short on the amount of actual work that needs to be done. Thus, you can choose from a larger talent pool at an often more attractive price. 

While having a clear project description is more work upfront, it almost always pays off in the end in terms of deliverables, budget, and cooperation with the freelancer. 

Go for long-term partnerships

A great way to get talented freelance legal consultants is by offering them long-term work and large projects. Going for long-term partnerships often is the way to go when you want to find a great freelance legal consultant at an attractive rate. Most freelancers dread the process of looking for and negotiating with new clients. However, most freelancers are willing to take a (significant) pay cut if you can offer them a consistent and hassle-free assignment. 

If you only need occasional legal help, you can team up with other entrepreneurs and pool your assignment. 

That way, the freelancer doesn’t need to spend precious time negotiating, finding assignments, and discussing separate projects, and you – and your fellow business owners – have a better bargaining position. 

Don’t waste anyone’s time

A harsh reality for some business owners is that they are not as efficient as they think. As a result, one of the highest indirect avoidable costs is incurred because too much time is wasted on things that are unnecessary, redundant, or could be streamlined. 

Almost always, this wasted time will be calculated in by the freelancer. It might not be on the invoice, but it does affect the negotiations for hourly rates or project fees. To avoid this surcharge, you should streamline your communication, set out clear-cut goals and milestones and keep the focus on the project at hand. 

Hire the talented freelance legal consultant you need today by making an account on Limine. Post your project on our platform, and our innovative algorithm matches you to the three most-suited experts for your assignment at an attractive rate. 

Freelance legal work: more than just giving advice

Freelance legal work: more than just giving advice

Freelance legal work: more than just giving advice

By Tina De Maere  – November 7, 2022

Freelance legal work: more than just giving advice

You want to start working as a freelance legal expert or expand the services you offer. Of course, giving legal advice to businesses is the obvious thing to do as a freelance legal consultant.

Besides giving legal advice, there are a few services you might be able to offer as a freelance legal consultant with quite a significant demand. All of these, and more, are often requested by businesses using Limine. So make sure to make your account right now and start offering these high-paying in-demand services to businesses.

Legal document drafting and correcting

One of the most sought-after skills in the freelance legal workspace is being able to draft a solid and well-written contract or legal document. Almost every business has contracts and legal documents that seriously need revision or optimization.

There are many types of legal documents that benefit from a thorough revision by an expert. Here are some examples:

  • Website terms and conditions
  • Privacy policy
  • Invoice terms and conditions
  • Sales agreements

It is a good idea to specialize in a certain type of legal document. First, when you profile yourself as an expert, you can ask for a premium. Next, by specializing in a certain field, you can often reduce the research time needed to revise or draft a legal document. Finally, of course, there needs to be a big enough market to ensure you have a consistent business. 

Research and discovery

Businesses planning to acquire another company or initiate a merger will want to know the ins and outs of the firm they have their eyes set on. Many businesses also want a clear view of the legal risks and opportunities they might be missing. 

Research and discovery for businesses is a challenging but well-paying endeavor for a freelance legal expert. In many cases, the projects have a large budget, offer consistent work for the long term and allow you to be intellectually satisfied. 

Due to these kinds of projects, you also get to meet many people related to the business you are working with. Thus allowing you to make a name for yourself easier and bring in new clients much faster. 

Assisting in negotiations

Freelance legal consultants are often a very valuable asset to have during negotiations. Both behind the screen and at the table, legal input is required to ensure the negotiations go smoothly and that there are no surprises during and after. 

Businesses strongly value someone who can put the matters at hand into binding legal documents without changing the spirit of the agreement. So even if you are a silent member of the negotiating party, it is easy to show your value by ensuring the deal goes through as intended and promises are put into legally binding documents. 

Drafting court conclusions

During certain months of the year, law firms get overwhelmed with the amount of work they have to do in a short time. The bottleneck is often the documents they must provide to the court to move a case forward. In particular, there is a demand for legal experts with the knowledge and skills to write conclusions for the court. 

Law firms often look for a freelance legal expert with a background as a lawyer. So if you were a lawyer in the past and have nostalgic feelings but don’t want to commit to being full-time, this is the perfect way to dip your toe into the water once more. 

Are you interested in working as a freelance legal consultant? Then, make your Limine account, and start acquiring new clients today! 

3 tips for legal consultants for a perfect job interview

3 tips for legal consultants for a perfect job interview

By Tina De Maere  – November 4, 2022


Many lawyers who want to become legal consultants without prior experience in the businessworld, often don’t know what is expected of them when they start at a new company. They are familiar with different communication styles, different working methods etc. In general, they don’t know yet what it is like to be part of an economic unit.

The same goes for job interviews. Attorneys who interview for a position as legal consultant for the first time, mostly have no idea how to showcase themselves and leave the perfect impression. After all, companies value different qualifications than most law firms.

In this blog, we share some tips on how to conduct the perfect job interview as a legal consultant.

Focus on your experience as a legal counsel

When interviewing for a job as a legal consultant, it is important to focus on your most interesting qualities, in order to keep the attention of your listeners. 

For businesses, this means you should highlight your previous experience as a legal interim consultant or manager (if you have any) or as a lawyer.

However, it is superfluous to start talking about all the articles you published or give a detailed overview of all the cases you plead as an attorney. Most enterprises are not interested in that kind of information.

Rather, they want to know what legal practice areas form a part of your field of expertise, in which sectors or industries you have worked and which important lessons you can transfer from previous businesses to the next.

Showcase your flexibility and communication skills as a legal consultant

When working as an attorney, you mostly function as an external legal advisor to the companies who seek your help. As a legal consultant however, even for temporary assignments, you will become a real part of the company you’re working for. 

This means that you will have to show that you’re able to adapt yourself to the ever fast changing world of businesses and enterprises. Try to demonstrate that you’re flexible, not afraid to ask questions, able to take responsibility and able to make decisions that go beyond a mere legal point of view. Giving strategic advice is not a luxury, but a huge asset for those who want to make it far as legal consultants.

Next to that, it’s important to showcase your communication skills during the interview. The best legal interim advisors have the ability to convey complex legal information to people without any legal background in a comprehensible way. Being open to learning new things, even from those outside of your legal team, is also a quality to which business attach a lot of value.

As a legal interim consultant, try to fit in with your company’s culture

Last but not least, know that businesses do not only care for your professional experience or academic qualifications. Almost equally important is the match between you and their corporate culture.

That’s why it is useful to read about the company whose position you’re applying for before the interview starts. Try to get to know their goals and missions, their achievements, the people who work for them etc. That way, you can try to show that, indeed, you are a good fit with the values they are trying to express. 

All these tips can help you to get a higher chance of being accepted for the job of your dreams at the company of your choice!

Ready to apply? Sign up and engage instantly with the companies who need your legal advice!

Tips on how to communicate as a legal consultant

Tips on how to communicate as a legal consultant

Tips on how to communicate as a legal consultant

By Tina De Maere  – October 26, 2022

Tips on how to communicate as a legal consultant

Lawyers or attorneys who decide to leave their jobs and become freelance legal counsels instead, often need some time to adapt to the new world they have entered. In the businessworld, the way of communicating typically differs drastically from the communication style that is common between lawyers, clients and magistrates.


Communication between lawyers is known to be very formal and strict. This habit is often considered to be too stiff, overly polite and sometimes even completely incomprehensible by managers and business owners. The latter tend to prefer a more direct, clear, open communication style without excessive formalities.


In this blog, we share some tips on how to communicate as a legal consultant in order to quickly fit in with the businesses you will become a part of.


Legal consultants are part of the company: act like it!


As a freelance legal consultant, you become part of the company you’re working for, even though this is only temporary. This means that you’re more than only an external legal advisor. People come to you with questions, you will take part in meetings and strategic decision-making processes, you will advise other workers and department heads etc.


Because of that, a freelance legal consultant should not ‘hide in a corner’ silently, but try to actively engage with other members of the company. Ask questions, participate in meetings and activities, have lunch with your work colleagues. Most of all, don’t act like you will be gone in a few weeks or months. Who knows, maybe your assignment might be prolonged, or maybe you’ll even get an offer to stay…

Keep your audience in mind


Just like stand-up comedians and improv theatre actors, legal consultants should adapt to their target audience when writing an advice or explaining a legal topic to marketing or operations. 


As a lawyer, you mostly engage with people who possess certain expertise in the domains that are being discussed. These people can be other lawyers, magistrates, judges etc. The goal is mainly to convince others of the position you’re trying to defend.


As a business consultant, however, you communicate for the most part with business people who have no experience in the matters you are trying to explain. Therefore, it’s best to drop the overly formal style which is common in the world of lawyers and magistrates and adopt a more clear and direct approach. 


From now on, it’s not about convincing others anymore, but about clarifying legal texts and recommendations in a way that is understandable for anyone without a legal background. These people do not care about extremely precise referrals to statutes or court orders. They only need to know what the law says and what is expected of them so they are able to make a correct risk assessment. 


Legal interim managers sometimes have to make decisions


Another part of your job as a legal counsel or legal interim manager, is to advise the business strategically in taking certain decisions.


As a lawyer, you mostly try to cover every possible exit: decision x may lead to consequence x, decision y to consequence y etc. Yet, in the end, it’s the clients who have to take the important decisions themselves, based on the advice that you gave them.


Not a limited role


As a legal consultant, however, your role is not limited to the function of an external legal advisor. After all, as an interim counsel or manager, you become part of the company you’re working for, even though your assignment is only temporary. This means that it doesn’t suffice to solely explain the consequences of every action or option.


Assist in decision-making


Instead, interim legal counsels and managers are required to also assist in the decision-making process of a company and, sometimes, even to take the decision by themselves. Businesses often have to act quickly and need to know what option, from a legal point of view, is best in a certain situation.


So, covering the exits for yourself is not enough. A good consultant gives good advice, the best consultants are capable of taking up responsibility and leading their business into the right direction.


In a nutshell

  • Be a go-to point
  • Keep it simple
  • Take responsibility


Ready for your new assignment as a legal consultant? Sign up to our Limine platform and find your new challenge today!

5 reasons for why freelance legal consultants should have top negotiation skills

5 reasons for why freelance legal consultants should have top negotiation skills

By Tina De Maere  – October 19, 2022


More than 80% of freelance legal consultants rely on intermediate agencies to support their search for new assignments. Traditionally, these “middlemen” are also negotiating the contract with your clients.

One of the most important consequences is that you, as a freelance legal counsel, do not get to negotiate your own rates directly with the client. It’s no secret that you may be able to negotiate better conditions for yourself if you are free to talk face to face with your client. Of course, having the right set of negotiation skills and knowing how to use them, may then bring you many advantages.

In this blog, we explain 5 reasons why you should have top negotiation skills as a freelance legal consultant.

Freelance legal consultants know their preferences and no-goes

If you negotiate your own contracts as a legal consultant, you engage directly with the client who is trying to fill in an open position. In doing so, you have an immediate influence on the arrangements and, more importantly, also on the terms and conditions of the contract with your client.

This way, it becomes way easier to explain your own preferences and conditions and stipulate them in the agreement. An intermediary agency, which can only rely indirectly on the instructions of their clients, will not be able to take into account all the relevant and often fast-changing circumstances. Moreover, they can only rely on the instructions that have been given beforehand. So, by making use of a traditional intermediary agency, a lot of flexibility gets lost.

More transparency when negotiating contracts as a freelance legal consultant

If you turn to a traditional intermediary agency, you don’t get to negotiate your contracts as a legal consultant. Obviously, there is little to zero transparency about the process and the talks that have taken place. Especially, the commission that an intermediary agency charges on your rates, is often a black box.

If you conduct your own negotiations as a legal interim consultant, you get a full overview of the preferences and interests of the client. Next to that, the implementation of the agreement will

be clear from the start. That way, there’s full transparency in all stages of the negotiation process.

Furthermore, neither you or your client has to take into account the burden of a skyrocketing commission that is charged by the traditional agencies. That way, both your client and you will get a bigger slice of the cake.

Companies look for legal interim consultants with a “personal touch”

Businesses who are looking to sign a new legal freelancer look way further than merely the academic qualifications or even the professional experience of the applicant. For many companies, the most important factor is the so-called “personal touch” of the consultant.

Because consultants often become a real part of the legal team and in many cases even advise on day-to-day business decisions, there must be a match with the corporate culture and the team which the consultant will become a part of. It is very difficult, often even impossible, to obtain that kind of information through an interview with the intermediary agencies.

If, on the other hand, as a legal consultant, you engage directly with the company whose assignment you’re applying for, you immediately get the chance to get to know your client. Simultaneously, this gives your client the opportunity to find out if you would be a good fit in their legal team or department.

Negotiating your freelance consultant contracts requires more independence

It goes without saying that conducting your own negotiations costs time and energy. However, this is not necessarily a disadvantage. Developing your negotiation skills is an investment for the future. This gives you the opportunity to create essential qualities that will come in handy at a later time.

The more you throw yourself out there, the better you will become at enforcing your own preferences and interests. These qualities will not only help you during job interviews, but may even become advantageous during certain stages in your personal life.

Develop useful negotiation skills

Lastly, having good negotiation skills may even help you prove to your potential clients that you are a good negotiator, which may be important if they would need you to negotiate a contract for them in the future.

Overview: the pros of negotiating your own agreements

Negotiating your own contracts as a freelance legal interim offers many advantages. We sum them up once more below:

● enforce your own preferences and interests directly

● more flexibility

● no commission

● more transparency

● personal conversation and acquaintance with the other party

● development of negotiation skills

Thanks to Limine, freelance legal interim managers have the chance to find their next assignment while having the freedom to engage directly with the client and negotiate their rates and conditions themselves.

Ready for your new assignment? Register now for free on our Limine platform and engage directly with potential clients!

Finding a legal consultant quickly – this is what you need to know

Finding a legal consultant quickly - this is what you need to know

By Tina De Maere  – October 19, 2022


Finding an interim consultant used to be a laborious process. In the past, companies had to engage with many freelancers or recruitment agencies to find the perfect legal adviser for their open positions.


Limine has transformed this process to lift this burden of businesses’ shoulders. Thanks to our smart algorithm, enterprises can now find available freelance consultants with the right experience and expertise in no time. In this blog, we explain why Limine has created the best platform for all your legal issues!


Experienced freelancers


Limine’s database is one of the most extensive databases when it comes to freelance legal consultancy in Belgium. Thanks to this huge amount of legal experts, it’s very easy to find the right interim consultants to fulfill your specific needs.


The database is not only voluminous, but also counts various experts with different levels of expertise. That way, you can easily find both senior consultants and new, upcoming junior profiles who are trying to prove themselves on the legal market.


Low, competitive fees


Limine has managed to keep its rates low and transparent. As a consequence, legal consultants can ask for less without suffering any financial drawbacks themselves. Simultaneously, it enables companies to save money or to hire more experienced consultants at a lower price. Thanks to this certainty, enterprises can count on Limine for all their legal questions and needs.


As already mentioned above, our rates are not only low, but also completely transparent. There are no subscription fees, hidden charges or other additional costs while using the Limine platform. Consequently, it becomes way easier to calculate the full price of your projects and assignments. Your budgetary department thanks you!


Lightning fast, high intelligent algorithm


The cornerstone of our platform is our smart algorithm, which connects you directly with clients or consultants within a matter of seconds. The time of manually checking hundreds of resumes and credentials is over: simply leave a description of your latest assignment and our algorithm will do the trick.


Of course, you have the last word in deciding who you want to sign as a company. The algorithm suggests the three best matches and you make the final decision. This method gives you the chance to fill in open positions within less than a day. Your legal questions and problems will be solved in no time!


The platform is user-friendly and completely free of charge


The Limine platform is easy to use and completely free of additional fees or charges. Next to that, our website has functions in Dutch, English and French. Simply sign up and start launching your projects. It will only take a few minutes of your time.


Any questions about our method or platform? Contact our customer service and find an answer to your problems. We’re glad to help.

4 tips for legal consultants for an amazing resume

4 tips for legal consultants for an amazing resume

By Tina De Maere  – October 19, 2022


In the past, people have dared to make the claim that lawyers are good at everything except for maths. In some cases, that stereotype is true, but there’s another obstacle which makes lawyers stumble way more often than mathematics: clear communication.

This is all the more true for lawyers who decide to start working as a freelance legal consultant. Suddenly, they find themselves in a whole new world in which clients demand a clear, simple explanation, instead of a complex text laced with all sorts of unnecessary references to legal acts and contributions. This already shows when they try making up a resume.

To increase your chances of hauling in the legal job of your dreams, we give you four tips for a resume which makes you stand out from all the other legal interim consultants and managers.

Legal consultants: write with your target audience in mind

When writing your resume as a legal consultant, try to keep in mind to whom the information is addressed. In other words: who is your target audience?

Law firms often value the academic qualifications and legal publications of the applicant. Businesses who hire legal consultants, on the other side, do so because of the practical knowledge and communication skills of the applicant. The “personal touch” of a legal interim is equally important, because interim consultants become a real part of the enterprise, even though their assignments are only temporary.

In other words, as a legal consultant, don’t include an endless list of academic publications in your resume. The same goes for a full report on your career as a lawyer: businesses don’t care for that information too much. Instead, try focussing on your management skills, your experience as a legal interim consultant and your language skills.

Layout: highlight your experience als legal counsel

The layout of your resume is always the first thing that catches the eye of the reader. Try to use a large, easily readable font, multiple subheadings and maybe even some symbols and columns. Filling up the background and important parts of your document with light colours or bold letters might also increase its readability.

Additionally, it might be a good idea to highlight the most important information by putting it on the first page of your resume. As explained above, companies tend to value your experience as a legal consultant and your management skills more than a list of all your master’s degrees and

academic publications. Spread out the other information on multiple pages instead of cramming everything on a single sheet.

Finally, contacting an expert in graphic design for the final touch of your resume might be worth considering.

Content: less is more for freelance legal consultants

Consultants often walk a tightrope when trying to figure out how much information they should add to their resume. Yet, a short summary of your work experience is usually better than rambling on for 18 pages with superfluous information.

In other words: keep it short and simple. It’s not necessary to give a full and detailed overview of your whole career as a lawyer or legal consultant. Resumes that consist of more than 5 pages are easily skipped or merely skimmed through. Try to give a short explanation of your previous experiences and fields of expertise. Further information can always be provided orally during a job interview or an introductory meeting.

Lastly, as a legal consultant, always write your resume in English. Interim consultants engage with enterprises all over the world. It is way more efficient to make one copy in English than multiple copies in Dutch, French or even German.

The ultimate tip: a freelance legal consultant is an excellent communicator

One of the most important qualities a freelance legal consultant must have, is to be able to translate complex legal information into a manageable text for laymen. After all, way more often than lawyers, interim consultants engage with people who have little or no legal background. Decent communication skills are therefore essential, as to make sure that all workers can understand what is expected of them.

A well-structured resume is a first hint to companies that you do in fact possess those skills as a freelance legal consultant. If you’re not able to draft a readable resume, enterprises will get the impression that communicating clearly is not one of your greatest strengths. With our tips, you’ll already be taking two steps into the right direction.

Lastly, websites like CANVA might be useful tools to start with.

Did you finish your resume? Time for the next step! Register on our Limine platform for free and find a new assignment in no time!

How freelance legal consultants help grow your business

How freelance legal consultants help grow your business

How freelance legal consultants help grow your business

By Tina De Maere  – October 2, 2022

How freelance legal consultants help grow your business


Once your business is gaining steam, and you start to attract more customers and clients, you often face various (legal) hurdles. These obstacles can slow your growth or even stop it in its tracks entirely if left unaddressed. Examples are invalid contracts, subpar intellectual property management, and an inefficient company structure. 


Being proactive and diligent in addressing these potential hurdles before they become problems is vital for the continued growth of your business. One of the most efficient ways – from a time and cost perspective – to safeguard your organization is to hire a freelance legal consultant to help grow your business. Here are three ways a legal consultant can help you! 


Optimize your contracts

A large number of contracts contain invalid clauses or provisions that carry much more risk for your business than you might expect. Some vital clauses often contain errors with broad and severe implications concerning liabilities and damages.


A freelance legal consultant specializing in contract law can quickly point out common errors and help you optimize your contracts. Experienced freelancers often have cooperated with many other clients, giving them a unique insight into what contract clauses generally contain errors and how to fix them. 


Of course, contracts aren’t the only legal documents that an expert should address. Terms & conditions and privacy policies are other important legal texts that require an expert eye to spot liabilities, errors, and opportunities. 


Assess your legal risks

Growing businesses have a drastically different risk profile compared to small companies. Even more so if you have employees and branches in other countries and thus legal systems. Often, companies use the same contracts and terms & conditions for years on end without ever reviewing these. This practice can be risky – and sometimes even fatal – for a business. 


Freelance legal consultants can help you map those risks and find ways to address them adequately before they transform into problems. Preferably, this process is started as soon as possible. But, thanks to Limine making hiring freelance legal consultants so convenient, you can start assessing your risks today.

Continued legal advice and support

When handling your day-to-day business operations, many decisions must be made quickly. But, unfortunately, many (legal) considerations have to take a backseat. Having a freelance legal consultant to which you can easily send an e-mail for some quick feedback does not just give you peace of mind but avoids costly legal issues in the future. 


Freelance legal consultants are easy to hire and often have a specific specialization. Because of that, your business can quickly hire an expert for a short amount of time – sometimes just an hour or two – for the matter at hand. 


How to use Limine to get legal consultants for your business

Do you want to grow your business sustainably and avoid legal headaches in the future? Then getting expert advice from legal professionals is a must. Limine has made finding freelance legal consultants to grow your business easier. Thanks to our innovative algorithm, you can easily find the three best-suited freelance legal experts for your specific needs.


Simply make an account on Limine, post your project or needs, and we will do the rest. Thanks to our low fee, algorithm, and vast database of freelance legal consultants, getting the ideal freelancer for your need is more convenient than ever.  

Why an algorithm can find legal consultants faster than a thousand human brains combined

find legal consultant fast

Why an algorithm can find legal consultants faster than a thousand human brains combined

By Tina De Maere  – September 15, 2022

find legal consultant fast

How does the human brain work? According to psychologist Daniel Kahneman, our mind consists of two main systems. 

The first one is in charge of impulsive, automated decision-making, like braking when a pedestrian crosses the road or buying a bag of chips in the supermarket because you feel hungry. The second system helps us to make more complex, well-considered and high-priority decisions. Examples could be making a move in chess, choosing the right school for your kids or… finding the perfect legal consultant for an open position.

An algorithm finds legal interims within the snap of a finger

Generally speaking, people are relatively good at making use of this conscious part. However, in comparison to a computer, the human brain works slowly and inefficiently and is prone to mistakes. When we think long and hard, for example, we might be able to cite a poem or sing the lines of a song we used to love as a kid. Likewise, after some thorough searching, we should be able to fill an open legal interim position with the right consultant. 

An algorithm, however, by using the memory of a computer, can perform these tasks within a matter of seconds. For instance: press control + f in an e-book and find back every word or sentence that has been written; learn your algorithm to play chess or Go and it will beat every grandmaster in the world that is willing to take up the challenge. And if you need to find a freelance legal counsel for an interim or ad hoc assignment, an algorithm can provide you with all the relevant information within the snap of a finger.

Smart tools help us move forward in the rigid world of legal consultancy 

So, contrary to the human brain, an algorithm is lightning fast, time-efficient and almost completely flawless.

Platforms like LIMINE have converted these smart tools into usable matching fora for both legal consultants who are looking for jobs and enterprises who need to fill their open positions. As an alternative to the traditional, time-consuming approach, these platforms use data and an algorithm to determine which freelancer fits best to a company. In the end, it’s all about trying to move forward in the conservative, rigid world of legal consultancy!

The search for legal freelancers requires a human touch

Certainly, these systems have their own flaws. Even though algorithms are way better at processing huge amounts of information, they cannot think in the abstract like people can. That’s why platforms like LIMINE also keep in mind the human touch that an algorithm needs to function properly. By screening all of the applicants before registering them, they ensure enterprises who sign up to the platform that they will only be matched with the best of the best. 

Concerned about the pace with which these technologies are moving forward? Don’t worry, robots will not be taking over the world anytime soon. However, in the near future, LIMINE might just start conquering the legal market.

In need of some legal advice? Sign up to our platform for free and find a consultant in no time!

Legal Consultant VS Lawyer: How to decide which one your business needs

Legal Consultant VS Lawyer: How to decide which one your business needs

Legal Consultant VS Lawyer: How to decide which one your business needs

By Tina De Maere  – August 31, 2022

Legal Consultant VS Lawyer: How to decide which one your business needs

Often when businesses are confronted with a legal question or problem, their first instinct is to contact a lawyer. However, in most cases, they would be just as fine – or even better off – hiring a (freelance) legal consultant.

This article will explain the pros and cons of hiring a freelance legal consultant vs. a lawyer, what you should look out for and what factors you need to consider before making a decision. 

Do you like quick communication? 

When deciding between hiring a freelance legal consultant and a lawyer, the kind of approach you want can be an essential factor. In many cases, a lawyer is part of a larger firm. Some firms divide the issues and only have one person working on them; others work on the case as a team. 

While the latter approach brings the perspective of many people, the phenomenon of too many cooks in the kitchen happens in legal matters too. Getting a relevant response can take quite a while as nobody is fully involved. 

If you choose to go with a freelance legal consultant, you can rest assured that your legal problem will have a personal approach. Freelancers personally work on your assignment and are always up-to-date and easily approachable in case you have questions. 

Do you want to go to court?

The amount of legal problems that go to court is relatively small and is in a relative decline. The reason is that going to court isn’t just costly and time-consuming. If you want a legal problem solved by going to court, you will have to wait months, if not years, before getting a verdict. In addition, if you want to go to court, you need to be represented by a lawyer and won’t be able to hire a freelance legal consultant to represent you. 

Mediation and arbitrage are two prevalent alternatives to going to court. Both have advantages and disadvantages, but they are generally much cheaper and quicker than having a judge decide the case. For both mediation and arbitrage, you can hire a qualified legal consultant. Due to the lower amount of fixed costs and the much shorter time in which you get a verdict, you can often have your legal matter solved for a significantly lower cost.

What about the costs?

When a law firm handles your legal problem or question, you aren’t just paying for the lawyer assigned to you. The average medium to a large law firm has a significant overhead. Not only do the lawyers and partners working there need to be paid, but there are often secretaries, a building, and many other costs to keep the lights on. So, naturally, those costs are passed to the client.

A freelance legal consultant often works alone and does not need a building or supporting staff. Those savings are often passed to the client without the freelancer taking a hit. Costs are even lower when the freelance legal consultant has to pay a low fee to contact their clients. 

When comparing the rates of a freelancer legal consultant and a lawyer, there often is a significant difference. That difference becomes more apparent if you need someone with extensive experience or a niche specialty. But, almost always, the freelance legal consultant is much more affordable than a lawyer.

Do you want to know precisely who is assisting you?

Some just want to solve their legal problems; others want to work with someone they know and trust. If you hire a freelance legal consultant, you always know precisely who is assisting you and their experience regarding your legal issue.

If you hire a law firm, you run the risk of having your legal issue be passed down to a junior who does not have the necessary experience or knowledge to work out all the details. While a more senior lawyer will be as good as always, also look at the work; you might feel more at ease knowing who is working on your legal issue and their experience.

Freelance legal consultant VS lawyer: conclusion

Generally speaking, you are better off hiring a freelance legal consultant to solve your legal problems and questions. While there is no doubt that the average lawyer is competent and can be just as much of an expert as a consultant, a few key factors make a freelance legal consultant a better option. These are the costs, personal touch, and communication. The one exception when lawyers are a better choice – and the only choice – is when you want to defend your case in front of a judge in court. 

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