A pair of Israeli lawyers, including former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate Jackie Donner and lawyer and marketer Zohar Fisher, have launched the country’s first contract lawyer service, LawFlex.

The move follows a wave of similar initiatives launched by law firms around the world. Earlier this month Singaporean firm Rajah & Tann launched its contract lawyer service through wholly-owned subsidiary R&T Asia Resources.
LawFlex aims to match experienced lawyers wanting to work part-time or flexibly with Israeli firms that need additional capacity.
The founders said they had launched the business in response to an over-saturated legal market which has a high number of immigrants from Anglo-Saxon companies, including lawyers who have worked in leading global firms but want to balance their careers with their lifestyle.
LawFlex’s clients will include a range of Israeli firms. Donner and Fisher said they had visited over 40 firms prior to launching the business to gauge interest in the offering.

A number of UK firms now have contract lawyer offerings, including Allen & Overy’s PeerpointBerwin Leighton Paisner-founded Lawyers on Demandand DLA Piper. Others including Axiom, Keystone and Obelisk Support offer a similar model of lawyers working on a contract basis for companies and firms as and when need dictates.

Outside the UK and US the model is rarer, although an increasing number of firms such as Slaughter and May’s Dutch best friend De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek are beginning to offer contract lawyer services. De Brauw launched its ‘FlexPool’ service for clients in 2013 and employs 60 lawyers on a contract basis.

This was also published in The Lawyer.

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