Vario offers freelancers the opportunity to combine their career with lifestyle choices – Geraldine Kelm


Pinsent Masons Vario has been at the forefront of this emerging market and, as part of a global law firm, freelancers who work with us enjoy a range of benefits including access to a enviable list of high profile clients who need the absolute best legal support.

A freelance career offers ultimate control, with individuals choosing the work that’s right for them, in a model that suits their needs and with the clients they want to work with. This mode of work includes part-time, full-time and call-on-call, and covers all sectors of activity and all specialties.

Other benefits of being a Vario lawyer include access to the Vario Advance learning management system and access to CPD training and personal development. Our experienced partners work with our freelancers and pass on their technical and customer knowledge and we also provide access to our knowledge systems such as Lexis Nexis and Westlaw.

Geraldine Kelm is a Partner at Pinsent Masons’ Vario Flexible Services

Diversity and inclusion is a central principle in all aspects of Pinsent Masons business flows and we promote D&I through events, webinars, newsletters and more, providing a sense of belonging to our community. variety.

Our team of account management specialists matches freelancers with the opportunities best suited to their needs and supports them throughout their assignments. Our assessment process helps us understand the behavioral profiles of each freelancer, ensuring we find the right assignment for each individual.

Mairi Pirie is typical of a young lawyer choosing the Vario route, whose plans to complete her law degree were severely disrupted by the pandemic when she could not accept a training contract she had obtained.

Luckily, Mairi applied and was successful in getting a paralegal role on the bench of our flexible Vario services and in her first legal role, she gained a lot of knowledge not only about how legal issues are handled, but also about the way the modern workplace is Course. Working as a freelancer in a junior role can be seen as a daunting experience, but Mairi, who previously worked in healthcare, relished the challenge of working as a Vario paralegal.

She said: “I think I can definitely contrast being freelance with Vario and working for a healthcare agency. I was apprehensive about joining Vario because as a health assistant you never felt part of the team and felt that no one really wanted you there. Coming into this job, I thought it would be the same, but it’s not like that at all and everyone is still very grateful for the support.

Mairi also has advice for other paralegals or entry-level lawyers who are considering becoming a freelance lawyer through Vario: “There is no other setting where you will have the opportunity to be exposed to such a variety of legal sectors. , different people and work environments, whether in smaller teams or in large global projects.

“I think it’s a great opportunity, especially for someone at my stage who was just out of college and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. It gives you a chance to try different things and build your confidence, so you can then decide where you want to go from there.”

A recent addition to the Pinsent Masons Vario offering is Managed Legal Services (MLS) which helps clients identify their unique challenges and designs a results-driven solution that combines our independent attorneys, Pinsent Masons attorneys, and our legal center. paralegal excellence, with adapted processes and pioneering legal technologies. By being aligned with MLS, our independent lawyers are engaged in exciting and challenging work for large global corporations, while maintaining their independence and flexibility.

We continue to recruit talented and resilient lawyers across all industries and specialties to join our Vario community of like-minded professionals who value work-life harmony and enjoy working on challenging legal projects on their own terms.

Geraldine Kelm is a Partner at Pinsent Masons’ Vario Flexible Services


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