In early 2006, Elizabeth Weir jacked in her job as a partner in the London office of a US law firm. Elizabeth then went on to visit 26 countries across five continents before joining LOD in 2010. Elizabeth explains here how being an LOD lawyer allows her to continue following her passion for travelling.
I was always someone who had a plan. I always knew exactly which role I wanted next, one that could broaden my experience and give me the next stepping stone to my ultimate position…well that was, until I hit a stumbling block. I had a serious skiing accident and, for the first time in my life, needed to take time out to get my health back. I love the outdoors and sports and the idea of not being able to ski, run or cycle again was not an option. I knew with absolute certainty that something in that moment needed to change. Even the perfect job wouldn’t compensate for being unable to do the things I loved.
When someone asks me what I do, I usually start with; “Well, I’m a lawyer…but I don’t work like a lawyer”. Why is this the first thing I say? Well, working freelance is key to my professional identity now. I’m not just a commercial lawyer. I’m a freelance commercial lawyer who works from home in a rather remote location. In my world there is a huge difference.
Darren Heath has the dubious title of being Lawyers On Demand’s (LOD) first-ever lawyer. He joined LOD in 2007, when the concept of freelance and portfolio lawyering was still an alien concept, and he’s been an LOD lawyer ever since. In this article, Darren discusses why he started working with LOD, how his first role went from a three-month to a four-year assignment and how he makes his portfolio career work.