Mark Brady

Mark Brady

Following graduation from the University of Edinburgh, Mark worked successfully and very happily as a private practice lawyer within a small selection of prestigious law firms. However, following a downturn within the oil and gas sector, Mark decided it was time to...

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Jacinta Bayard

Jacinta Bayard

Far removed from her current role as a lawyer, Jacinta actually grew up on a Merino sheep farm in Victoria Australia, but her family encouraged her to be whatever she wanted to be,  "With a passion for reading and challenging the status quo, law was a natural choice"...

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Kara McLaren

Kara McLaren

Not many people can boast a stint in Toronto, a successful legal career and raising four children all born within four years of each other, but Kara McLaren has managed it. Here she describes her journey to become a Vario in her own words. I studied at the University...

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Jack Hamilton

Jack Hamilton

Jack decided upon a career in law whilst still studying at school, judging that the analytical and academic skills he gained would suit well to the role of a lawyer. After deciding that the legal profession was the one for him, Jack applied successfully to Pinsent...

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Emma Sinclair

Emma Sinclair

Back in 2016, Emma Sinclair was working as a senior legal counsel for one of the world's largest oil and gas services companies. As is typical in the sector, significant travel was a standard part of the job, alongside tight deadlines, demanding clients and a...

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Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson

From employment law to jazz; to Canada and back; to part-time working; to psychotherapy and coaching; Jenny Wilson is bringing as much colour as possible to her life as a Vario. Jenny's legal career started in a fairly traditional way. Having studied languages and...

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Nicola Allan

Nicola Allan

Nicola always had a passion for illustration, but her professional career steered her towards law.  Working as a Vario, she can now enjoy both. After finishing her studies at university, Nicola Allan progressed to a firm based in Edinburgh and later qualified to their...

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Will Buswell

Will Buswell

After years studying life sciences, Paralegal Will Buswell is now seeking new challenges in the legal world. Academic Will had just started his PhD when he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in the legal field; seemingly a far cry from his current trajectory as...

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Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Growing up, Michael actually dreamed of studying architecture and design, but it was his traditionally-minded father that persuaded him to become a lawyer. From the very start of his legal career, Michael knew he wanted to work within the field of construction or...

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Lola Dawson

Lola Dawson

Junior Lawyer Lola decided to forego the traditional career in law and became a freelancer instead.  She's now reaping the rewards. After the traditional route into law - studying at university, LPC and training contract at a large prestigious law firm - Lola relished...

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Zoe Harris

Zoe Harris

Working as a Vario, Zoe Harris is able to pursue her passion for acting as well as a career as a lawyer. Originally from New Zealand, where she studied Law, Zoe graduated and originally qualified as a Property Lawyer.  After gaining general commercial experience...

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Rachel Wood

Rachel Wood

Rachel originally qualified as a solicitor in corporate law, moving from a fee earning solicitor role at 5 PQE into a PSL position at McGrigors LLP in their corporate team as one of the firm's first PSL lawyers.  After a number of years in that position, she then...

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Jaimie Hunter

Jaimie Hunter

Securing a training contract with a top law firm remains an elusive objective for many graduates as they seek to enter the legal profession and embark upon their careers. Contracts are notoriously competitive with the applicants easily out-numbering the spaces...

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Lisa Akinrele

Lisa Akinrele

Relatively new to Vario, Lisa Akinrele decided that the flexible life as a legal freelancer was the one for her, allowing her to chase her passions for travel, fashion and foreign languages. “I studied Law with German at Nottingham University before moving to London...

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Alan Blinder

Alan Blinder

Having since joined Vario, Alan has managed to find more time to enjoy the things he values most. After studying Law at university, with wide-eyed ambitions of changing the world as an aspiring lawyer, Alan eventually found himself immersed into the world of legal...

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Rose Johnston

Rose Johnston

Rose shares with us her philosophy on life and work, and how Vario has given her the independence and control she desires. “I fell into legal contracting by chance! I travelled for a year after law school, then did my training contract in London. I was offered a...

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Rose Johnston

Rose shares with us her philosophy on life and work, and how Vario has given her the independence and control she desires. “I fell into legal contracting by chance! I travelled for a year after law school, then did my training contract in London. I was offered a...

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Doris Woo

Doris Woo

After graduating with a degree in computer science, Doris began working in the IT sector.  A colleague then suggested one day that she should consider pursuing a career within IP Law as she would be best placed for it with her existing technical knowledge.  After...

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Ruth Chapman

Ruth Chapman

Ruth is a senior property lawyer and has worked as a Vario for five years, primarily within Pinsent Masons' teams. She lives across Italy and the UK, and works almost exclusively from home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7pCVluBKj4&t=40s

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Meg Berlin

Meg Berlin

A natural-born multipotentialite with a true portfolio career, Meg continues to work in-house for leading international companies whilst completing a Psychotherapy degree, establishing a private therapy practice, and running a ‘mindful wine’ company,...

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Andrew Mclean

Andrew Mclean

‘After 20+ years in the drinks industry I decided it was time to broaden my legal experience and work in other fields. Freelancing is a fantastic path to new industries as assignments are often relatively short term but still long enough to gain knowledge and...

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Elaine Quinn

Elaine Quinn

Alongside her three-day week as a lawyer, she has launched an online publication exploring a more mindful approach to law. 'I had been working at a major firm in Australia on a traditional career path in litigation. While I loved the work and my colleagues I...

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Henry Burkitt

Henry Burkitt

'I've always enjoyed legal work, but private practice wasn't for me. I wasn't prepared to put my life on hold to get to the top. The opportunity of freelance work presented itself when a friend told me about Vario. I've got seven years of PQE, and working in this way...

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Kate Halliwell

Kate Halliwell

Having been a Vario for four years, Kate enjoys the flexibility that comes with being a freelance lawyer. In her current full-time role, she works from home one day a week, allowing her to stay involved in family life and achieve the balance that matters to her....

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Samantha Byrne

Samantha Byrne

Samantha is a paralegal soon to start her training contract. She joined Vario to gain a greater understanding of work and the legal industry while enjoying a flexible work life balance. https://youtu.be/sHya8tp66RY

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Ross McAlister

Ross McAlister

Hear from Ross, a paralegal based in Edinburgh who signed up to Vario to gain further exposure and experience in law ahead of commencing his training contract. https://youtu.be/ndf74MKkWx0

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Ian Barrie

Ian Barrie

Ian works on Vario assignments predominately during the summer months, allowing him to fund and run his own independent ski travel business, www.glaciustravel.com, the rest of the year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5rkvNZLcVk

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