Happy Tuesday from Limine, the first matching platform creating faster, better and transparent connections between top-tier legal consultants and remarkable companies combining technology and personal guidance!
Here’s what happened in the merging worlds of legal and technology!
We are very excited to have reached our first 500 followers on our LIMINE page on LinkedIn. Yippee!
How amazing is that after having launched only in November last year!? Up to our next 500!
Hot Mission Alert
Limine is working with major players in HR Solutions and in the financial services industry. Many opportunities in Employment, Labour & Social Security law, as well as in banking, securities and custody or governance/corporate law and in financial crime (sanctions, AML, MAR). Don’t hesitate to inform your network.
Contact us if you would like to discuss!
Thank you all for your trust and let’s continue our wonderful ride together!
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Jeff Keustermans (partner at Debandt) developed this online training tailored to the particular needs of legal consultants and company lawyers (approved by the IBJ-IJE for 5 points).
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How is legal tech changing the day-to-day work of lawyers?
That was the question asked to the panel during the 6th IBA Global Entrepreneurship Conference, held in Amsterdam on 16-17 May.
Our CEO, Tina De Maere, invited as a speaker together with Jeroen Zweers (NOUN.legal) and Sjors Dobbelaar from Legal Loyd, had an interactive discussion with the public concerning how legal legal technology/AI can be helpful and provide added value in the recruitment of legal profiles (lawyers, paralegals) in law firms.
Some insights: Legal recruitment as well as talent retention is one of the biggest challenges both law firms and companies are facing in 2022 and the years to come. Competition on the market is fierce and beating your competitors to attract and retain the right legal profiles is key.
Save precious time, money and energy with LIMINE and get:
– instant access to the most relevant profiles thanks to its algorithm;
– value for your money and publish as many assignments as you want;
– know what you pay for our services (15% commission – the lowest on the legal interim market)
We also help you along the way thanks to our personal experience in the legal industry.
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Voormalig zakenadvocate Tina De Maere zag dat bedrijven grote moeite hadden om de juiste persoon voor een juridische opdracht te vinden en besloot zelf een digitaal matchingplatform op te richten. “Via ons is het beduidend goedkoper dan met een advocatenkantoor of een traditioneel rekruteringsbedrijf.”
In navolging van grote internationale platformen voor freelancers zoals Upwork, komen er nichespelers op de HR-markt die zich als matchmaker op specifieke beroepen richten.
Limine, het bedrijf dat de Antwerpse vorig jaar oprichtte, focust op legal interim consultants. Zulke tijdelijke krachten, advocaten of ex-advocaten, worden door grote bedrijven ingehuurd voor tijdelijke of ad hoc-opdrachten die specialisatie vergen, bijvoorbeeld de contracten bij een overname, een vastgoeddeal of over intellectuele rechten.
De Maere, een voormalig zakenadvocate bij De Bandt in Brussel, hoopt via de combinatie van innovatieve technologie en persoonlijke touch de rekrutering in de sector te verbeteren. De kandidaten mogen zich pas na een persoonlijk gesprek met een begeleider van Limine op het digitale platform aanbieden. Algoritmes verwerken de cv’s en moeten er daarna voor zorgen dat de rekruterende bedrijven pijlsnel een shortlist van drie geschikte kandidaten kunnen maken.
Intussen zijn er bijna 100 interim consultants die op het Limine-platform actief zijn. Dat wordt zo een uitdager voor de advocatenkantoren en de traditionele rekruteringsbedrijven in de juridische sector.“Het gaat niet om mini-opdrachten. Een doorsnee opdracht duurt verscheidene maanden en in sommige gevallen is er zelfs uitzicht op een overeenkomst voor meerdere jaren”, zegt De Maere, die zelf proactief bij de Belgische beursgenoteerde bedrijven naar mogelijke interessante opdrachten speurt.Een belangrijk commercieel argument is de prijs. De Maere schat dat de interim managers op haar platform een slordige 20 procent goedkoper zijn dan een advocatenkantoor of een traditioneel juridisch rekruteringsbedrijf. Limine zelf haalt zijn inkomsten uit een commissie, die overeenkomt met 15 procent van het tarief van de interim consultant.“Maar wat we vooral hopen te bereiken, is een betere matching. Wat je met de klassieke aanpak vaak hoorde van de bedrijven: ‘Bekwame kandidaat, maar niet het specifieke profiel dat we zoeken’. Gevolg: frustratie en tijdverlies. Dat willen we met onze technologie wegwerken.”“Vergelijk het met Airbnb, wat eigenlijk ook een matchingplatform is. Daar krijg je als gebruiker meerdere suggesties en wordt de feedback van beide kanten van de transactie gebruikt om de dienst nog beter te maken.”
Legaltech is, na fintech en regtech, aan een opmars bezig. Het jonge bedrijf wil in een volgende fase de algoritmes zelflerend maken, wat in de richting van artificiële intelligentie gaat.“We zoeken bijvoorbeeld naar manieren om ook de soft skills van de kandidaten in kaart te brengen. Want voor de rekruterende bedrijven telt niet alleen het cv, maar ook de persoonlijkheid van de kandidaat.”Hoewel het bedrijf uit Tervuren nog maar enkele maanden in de ether is en inmiddels ook een eerste eigen aanwerving deed, denkt De Maere nu al aan expansie. “Het voordeel van ons digitaal platform is dat het schaalbaar is, naar andere landen en ook naar andere niches, zoals finance of supply chain management. Het gaat hard met Limine, maar het mag wat mij betreft nog sneller gaan.”
Happy Friday from Limine, the first matching platform creating faster, better and transparent connections between top-tier legal consultants and remarkable companies combining technology and personal guidance!
Here’s what happened in the merging worlds of legal and technology!
Hot Mission Alert 🔥
Limine is collaborating with an international construction company with more than 1,000 employees working across different locations in Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Poland to find a Senior Legal Counsel to focus on a 7 month (possibly longer), full-time, partly remote interim mission. Legal practice areas vary between commercial/corporate/real estate & construction/public&administrative law. Working language: English. Be prepared to travel sporadically for max. 1 or 2 days within Europe. Contact me if you would like to discuss this opportunity!
Thank you all for your trust and let’s continue our wonderful ride together!
The LIMINE Team grows…
As the months go by, things are getting even more busy at LIMINE…
We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Julia Cantero who has joined our team as a Legal Recruitment Consultant! Julia joins Limine with a very impressive background across legal and HR and an open, bright and straight-up attitude. She’s already hit the ground running, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the team!
Avoid pointless worries, poor sleep, annoying perfectionism and much of your stress through the power of your unconscious brain.
This training is now exceptionally offered by SERVO Stress Management through LIMINE at a launch price of 395 EUR (VAT included).
Tuesday 07/06 from 12h30 till 13h45;
This training has now been approved by IBJ-IJE for 5 points!
LIMINE at the 6th IBA Global Entrepreneurship Conference
16-17 May, Amsterdam
Our CEO, Tina De Maere, is invited to speak about legal technology and its impact on the day-to-day work for lawyers.
Join us in Amsterdam and let’s discuss legal and technology!
How to earn more money as a freelance legal consultant
By Tina De Maere – April 24, 2022
Freelancing has the benefit that you can set your own rates and find your own clients to work with. As an effect of that, generally speaking, no month is the same regarding work and income. Being in control of your workdays and, to a certain extent, your earnings is a freeing but often stressful experience.
This article will help you get the most income out of your working hours as a freelance legal consultant.
Cut the fees
One of the highest indirect costs you have as a freelancer is the fees traditional intermediary offices ask when you find an assignment through them. Finding a platform where you can easily find freelance legal consulting assignments, where the fees are manageable, is one of the easiest ways to boost your income.
Limine allows you to connect with high-quality clients without asking an exorbitant fee. The fixed fee at Limine is just 15%, which is by far the lowest on the market!
Learn to negotiate
Negotiating with a large firm can be intimidating. Often you are fine with the rate offered and don’t want to take the risk of scaring away the client. However, knowing how to negotiate in a way that makes people want to work with you is a great way to increase your hourly rate or fixed-project fee.
At Limine, you get the opportunity to negotiate directly with the companies you are matched with. Being a great negotiator will help you earn more for the same amount of work right away.
Become an industry expert
Establishing yourself as an expert in your niche is one of the best ways to justify asking for higher rates. If potential clients perceive you as an expert in your specialized niche, asking for a higher payment per hour or per project becomes much more manageable.
Companies who want to hire a freelance legal consultant want someone who knows exactly what they are talking about. Generally, companies are more than happy to pay a premium if they know that an expert will do the outsourced work. In addition, offering a top-tier professional service and having a reputation as an industry expert allows you to ask for much higher fees without clients doubting if you are worth it.
Limine automatically matches you to the most relevant assignments on the platform. Being matched with appropriate assignments from top clients is a great way to establish yourself as an expert in no time.
Find clients more efficiently
One of the most time-consuming aspects of being a freelancer is finding new clients. As a freelance legal consultant, having no clients means having no income. Finding relevant clients quickly and effectively gives you more free time and more billable hours to work on projects.
By making an account on our platform, you are automatically matched with relevant clients without you having to do anything. Using Limine can thus save you countless hours and get you, new clients, on cruise control.
Do you want to earn more as a freelance legal consultant? Making an account on Limine is one of the most effective steps you can make right now. You can register and set up your account in less than five minutes and start getting relevant, well-paying assignments.
How to find the perfect freelance legal consultant for your business
By Tina De Maere – March 31th, 2022
Are you looking to hire a freelance legal consultant for your business? A freelancer offers your company a ton of flexibility and a different perspective. Though, hiring a freelancer should not be done lightly, as this can be quite a significant investment from a business perspective. Follow these tips to make sure you attract the best talent at a competitive rate.
Go with the niche expert
Finding a great freelancer starts with being selective. Business law is extensive and complex. A freelancer with no particular expertise will likely give more superficial advice than an expert who lives and breathes his niche.
Try and look for freelancers that market themselves in a single topic. For example, are you looking for someone to make your business GDPR-proof? Then look for a legal consultant that prominently features this topic on his website, CV, or portfolio.
In some cases, going with someone who is a jack of all trades is preferable. For example, does your business need general advice or someone who can quickly advise you on a broad range of topics? Then going with a legal consultant that doesn’t have a narrow scope can be preferable.
Ask for a reference and previous experience
Everyone can say they are an expert in something, but not everyone can actually prove it. A freelancer who has been successful in the past will be more than happy to show you his previous work or get you into contact with a previous employer.
Don’t be afraid to ask a freelancer for the contact information of his previous clients if you want to find out more about their legal expertise. In addition, asking for examples of the freelancer’s previous work or case studies they might have written is another way to find top legal talent quickly.
If you are on a budget, you might not be able to get very experienced legal consultants. In that case, you should be looking for raw talent that is eager to prove themselves.
Long term beats short term
Getting to know your business and its legal needs takes a while for a legal consultant. Fostering long-term relationships with great legal talent is essential to get things done more quickly and effectively. Offer your freelancer the freedom they need to excel, and don’t micromanage them as you might manage an employee.
While a short-time freelancer might be just what you need right now, making sure you end the assignment on good terms is vital. In particular, a freelancer, and a successful one, chooses his clients. If the freelancer did an excellent job and was a true asset to your business, then making sure they want to work with you again is vital as well.
Freelancers aren’t just often looking for the highest paying clients; they are willing to adjust their rates if they get the flexibility they want. A freelancer regularly turns down clients who are too demanding, micromanage too much, or wants too tight of a deadline. A great legal consultant does not have a shortage of clients or an overabundance of time.
Give reasonable deadlines, let your freelancers work remotely, and don’t overload them with administration and useless meetings. Establishing yourself as a great company to work for ensures that top talent makes time for you or adjusts their rates.
Limine is the perfect platform for companies who want to get in touch with the best legal consultants on the market while paying fewer fees. We help your company to connect with the three best matching freelancers in our legal consultants’ database. You can easily get top legal talent to assist your business by doing this.
Using Limine saves you time and money, all while finding the very best talent for all your business’ legal needs. Sign up at Limine for free, or find out just how much you can save by using our platform to find freelance legal consultants.
How do you get clients as a freelance legal consultant?
Becoming a freelancer is quite a freeing experience. You choose your own hours, rates, and which clients you want to take on. However, a stressful experience for many legal consultants that go freelance is finding a steady client base. This article tackles easy ways to get your name out there and get more business as a freelance legal consultant.
Find a niche and become an industry expert
An often-made mistake by beginners is that they try to be an expert in every field of the law. The reasoning often is: “I am not getting any clients, so why would I narrow my customer base?”.
The issue with doing as much as possible is that you will never be viewed as an expert in a certain niche. A business wants to hire an expert to give them solid and practical legal advice. If you can promote yourself as ‘that’ expert, clients will choose you over someone who does as many niches as possible almost every time.
Start making connections in the industry
To get clients, businesses need to know that you exist. In the age of social media, making yourself known in an industry is easier than ever. While many people still prefer the classic network events and exchanging business cards, platforms like LinkedIn offer you a huge opportunity to make yourself known for free.
Make sure your profile on social media looks professional, and you add comments and posts that show your expertise. Do not spam your (potential) connections with texts that are too sales focussed, but do try to add value whenever you can.
Start a relevant blog
A great way to make yourself known is by starting a blog on a subject matter you are an expert in. For example, are there new regulations in your industry? Has a law been amended? Write a blog about it!
When you write a blog, make sure it is relevant to your target audience and is helpful. For example, write content like checklists or summarize upcoming legal changes that businesses need to look out for.
Helping people and consolidating yourself as an effort in the mind of your readers leads to more business in the long term. Make sure you share your blog on social media to get some readers and engagement right away!
Curate a professional portfolio
No matter your industry, a freelance legal consultant needs a portfolio. While your portfolio won’t be as eye-popping as one of a graphic designer, there are quite a few ways to build an impressive portfolio.
A great way to showcase your work is by writing out case studies and going in-depth on how you have helped out previous clients. This gives a real-life example to anyone interested in your services and helps them assess if you are the legal consultant they are looking for.
Get reviews and references
As a (new) freelance legal consultant, you probably have had an employer or assignments in the past. Try and reach out to the people who have assisted you in the past. Even if this has been quite a while ago or not completely relevant to your niche, some references and reviews are better than none at all.
If you have done a good job and ended your employment or assignment on good terms, people are often more than happy to be a reference or give a quick and informal review. The worst-case scenario is that people are unwilling to leave a reference or a review. So you do not have a lot to lose when coming from the position of not asking at all.
Make an account on Limine
One of the easiest ways to attract top-tier clients as a freelance legal consultant is by making an account on Limine. Therefore, our platform has been designed to find new clients as easily as possible.
No matter the industry or niche you are active in, having a (free) account on Limine is always a great idea to get more clients without making a lot of effort yourself. At Limine, you can find long and short-term assignments easily. In addition, you are free to communicate with the company directly and set your own rates.
Make your account on Limine right now and get access to an extensive network of clients looking for a freelance legal consultant!
5 Proven Tips to Onboard Freelance Legal Counsels
By Tina De Maere – February 16th, 2022
“I had no access to the company’s software programs and legal database during the first 3 days of my assignment. I felt really useless and only costing money to the client.” Not something you would want to hear from your freelance legal counsel! Which is why onboarding your freelance legal counsel the right way is an essential first step.
Save yourself time, energy and money by following these 5 proven tips to onboard freelance legal counsels and set them up for success from day one:
1. Make them feel welcome
When you have found your freelance legal counsel, you have signed an assignment agreement and both are ready to dive in, adopt a “welcome” approach, making sure your freelance legal counsel feels confident and wanted, stepping into a new working environment.
In this context, prepare all necessities and give access to all resources – such as office space, equipment and documents – for a smooth transition. Providing an access badge (if applicable) and/or necessary access codes to software and/or system programs facilitates onboarding and reduces the startup time considerably. Also, show the way to the coffee corner where the good coffee is served.
2. Inform your legal team and prepare the brief for the projects, files or tasks
Inform your team about the start and the role of the freelance legal counsel and have them list a number of files, tasks or projects into which your team members would like to involve (or transfer to) the freelance legal counsel. Inform the freelance legal counsel which are the priorities and strategy of your legal department as a whole in order to create value to the business.
Delegating legal files can be challenging and take a lot of time. However, freelance legal counsels want to contribute and add value to the legal team and the business right away and make a positive first impression. No better way to make them feel engaged than to assign key projects and tasks from the start.
3. Prepare a list of contact details of key business people and managers
Scheduling introductions with different teams or team members and providing an organigram of the company, company delegations and processes to be followed have proven to be essential.
4. Explain the company culture and vision as well as its ways to communicate
What are your company’s values and internal behaviors? Freelance legal counsels are to fit in in your legal team and business. Clearly informing and communicating about this is really helpful to onboard a freelance legal counsel. This could be operational things like what days people are working remote or are in the office, where to park their car, when there are weekly team or status meetings and how the work load is divided. Which is the company language that should be used? In multinationals it is often English in all written matters, even when you email your colleague speaking the same language. Also, it is essential to know how the legal team communicates to its internal clients and other stakeholders of the company.
More intangible aspects are the values of your company that you expect your freelance legal counsel upholds while working together.
5. Give and solicit feedback on a recurring schedule
Establish a collaboration built on transparency and trust while keeping a big focus on feedback. Freelance legal counsels are in a prime position to help the business learn and grow, bringing much expertise from previous assignments with great companies in various industries. Use their specific knowledge, valuable insights and out-of-the-box ideas and translate them to your own team and business.
Meaningful collaborations require recurrent input from both parties. Encourage your freelance legal counsel to ask questions and be open with their answers.
By making simple preparations both parties can maximize the value of the partnership. Use these 5 proven tips to onboard your freelance legal counsel and see just how impactful this approach can be!
Limine helps you find your freelance legal counsel today!
If you’re ready to work with excellent freelance legal counsels for your assignments, whether interim or ad hoc, Limine is able to help you. Limine connects businesses with the independent legal consultants they need.
Create a profile on our platform, publish your assignment and start connecting with relevant legal interim counsels right away. Visit Limine today to set up an account and get started.
5 benefits of working with freelance legal counsels
By Tina De Maere – December 17, 2021
A growing number of businesses, big and small, and their legal departments are using the services of freelance legal counsels. But why are they doing that and what are the benefits?
As we all know, there is a war for legal talent going on. It suffices to have a short look on LinkedIn or on the websites of LexGo or IBJ/IJE to see how many businesses are looking for permanent in-house legal counsels.
Finding the perfect match can be hard. Not only you need to find the candidate with the right legal skills and business mind, he/she should also fit in the company culture and get along with the other members of the legal and business team.
It also tends to be a time consuming process. And you should take the time you need, as you don’t want to end up having to go through the hiring and training process for the same permanent position every six months. However, what about the work that keeps piling up in the meantime? Sure, as legal profiles are generally hard workers, your legal department shall indeed work even more and harder, but honestly, they can’t go on like that for months. Your legal department, your company and you all deserve a better and structural solution.
This is why hiring a freelance legal counsel is a smart strategic choice. Many freelance legal counsels have a background as a lawyer and have in-house experience. No need to train them as they quickly blend in thanks to their legal skills and adapting personality. Getting to use their excellent services for a few months, or more, allows you to close the gap of the hiring process and keep your legal team members, business colleagues and other stakeholders happy.
Also, hiring a freelance legal counsel may be part of your hiring process for a permanent position. Indeed, both you and your freelance legal counsel get to work together and get to know each other outside the framework of a permanent position, but, who knows, maybe you have found your in-house legal counsel already…
Our matching technology makes sure that you get access to the 3 most relevant profiles, so that you lose no time and energy in ploughing through too many and too irrelevant CV’s.
You are a biotech company and you need extra legal brains in the context of a clinical study? You are a public company and need to face big projects and legal challenges that change depending on which politician is calling the shots? You are a retailer or a manufacturing company and you need to adopt new business and legal strategies? In our fast changing world, all companies in all industries need at some point to act quickly in order to keep on top from a legal point of view.
Or, imagine your top legal counsel is going on maternity leave, wants to take a sabbatical for a year, or is simply not available for whichever reason for a few months or longer? What can you do? Easy, you look for a legal interim counsel and you agree to hire him/her for as long as you need them, full time or part time.
3. Plug and play
No need to train legal interim counsels. As already said above, they often have experience both as a lawyer and working at companies and possess the right legal skills and mind set to start working and deliver added value almost immediately.
As they are high achievers and face fierce competition, they already keep up-to-date with the latest news relating to their field in order to get ahead of their competitors. This represents a saving for you, both in terms of time and money.
Moreover, legal interim counsels have a personality that likes to be independent, so they also like to work independently and have the ownership of their projects.
Freelance legal counsels also bring a lot of experience from other legal departments of other companies with them. This way, they often bring a fresh way of solving legal issues to the table and they may share valuable learnings and legal insights.
4. Easy administration
No hassle with the paperwork. Concluding a contract with a freelance legal counsel is way easier and quicker than hiring an employee, due to all stringent administrative steps that need to be respected. The same goes for ending a collaboration.
Return on Investment. You won’t hear me say that working with freelance legal counsels is cheap, because it isn’t. No monkeys and no peanuts in our line of freelance business.
But I do dare to say it’s worth the investment. Taking into account all advantages and benefits, your investment pays itself quickly back in added value. Especially if you find your freelance legal counsel through our Limine platform, where, not only you know how much commission you’ll pay, but you also get to negotiate directly with your legal interim counsel.
Let Limine help you find your legal interim counsel today!
If you’re ready to work with excellent freelance legal counsels for your assignments , whether interim or ad hoc, Limine is able to help you. Limine connects businesses with the independent legal consultants they need.
Create a profile on our platform, publish your assignment and start connecting with relevant legal interim counsels right away. Visit Limine today to set up an account and get started