ACTING AS ADVISER TO LAW FIRMS
Some firms have instructed BL in the past to act as their lawyers, effectively asking us to provide them for example with a bespoke company commercial or employment law advisory service to their business. Property law or probate partners for example can find themselves dealing with a corporate matter outside of their “comfort zone” of expertise. In such circumstances it is more convenient, time efficient and risk management friendly to appoint BL as advisers on the matter in which BL advices the firm how to proceed. Areas covered include employment, IT and IP law as well as company secretarial services.
AGENCY AND SUB-CONTRACTING
Other law firms go further and ask BL to take over the handling of their non-core area entirely which might be the legal area in totality or on a project to project basis only. In this scenario we act as your agents or sub-contractors for which you actively manage and take responsibility. For instance we can act as court agent in commercial litigation matters if the case is transferred to a local county court near one of our offices or lawyers in Bucks or Berks. Your firm would be able to charge a reasonable management fee for time spent as part of this package.