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Jack Hamilton

‘I was very fortunate that the opportunity to join Vario came up at the right time. Vario was one of my best decisions I have made to date.’

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Jenny Wilson

‘I loved it. The work was really interesting and I enjoyed experiencing a different environment and building relationships with new colleagues.’

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Andrew McLean

‘It’s been an interesting change not having to navigate the office politics and being able to focus completely on delivering the work.’

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Meg Berlin

‘I was very fortunate that the opportunity to join Vario came up at the right time. Vario was one of my best decisions I have made to date.’

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Rose Johnston

‘I really believe that contracting can suit lawyers at any stage in their career — the common denominator seems to be having confidence in yourself and your abilities.’

The Importance of Community

Our vision. Your community.

 

Behind every picture lies a story.

And our people all have a story to tell. It’s these stories; these rich, diverse, varied stories which come together and build our very unique community of people.

Vario has always been about variety, it’s the very essence of our name.  With all of this variety, one theme runs throughout. Whatever the service, however it is delivered, whenever it takes place, it’s the community of people who make Vario.

Whether a freelance lawyer, diversity and inclusion consultant, legal project manager or admin executive; it’s the people who create our community and deliver outstanding work for our clients. So explore these pages, get a feel for our community, their stories and maybe consider becoming a part of it.

STORIES FROM OUR COMMUNITY

Andrew McLean

Vario within the Financial Services sector

Andrew has been a Vario for almost three years and has spent much of that time on assignment with a major bank. Quite a change from his previous life as in-house counsel for a whiskey manufacturer!

Read Andrew’s Story

Andrew McLean

Elaine Quinn

Vario and founder of The Conscious Lawyer

Elaine joined Vario in 2013 and has experience of both in-house and Pinsent Masons’ internal assignments. Alongside her three-day week as a lawyer, she has launched theconsciouslawyer.co.uk, a publication exploring a more mindful approach to law.

Read Elaine’s Story

Elaine Quinn

Kate Halliwell

Vario within Banking and Finance

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.

Read Kate’s Story

Kate Halliwell

Doris Woo

Vario specialising in IP law

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.

Read Doris’ Story

Doris Woo

Meg Berlin

Vario and founder of Dancing Vine

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, www.dancingvine.co.uk.

Read Meg’s Story

Meg Berlin

Rose Johnstone

Belfast-based Vario

Based in Belfast, Rose joined the Vario community early on in her career, and has already worked on a variety of assignments. Rose shares with us her philosophy on life and work, and how Vario has given her the independence and control she desires.

Read Rose’s Story

Rose Johnstone

Ross McAlister

Paralegal Vario

Ross is a paralegal based in Edinburgh who signed up to Vario to gain further exposure and experience in law ahead of commencing his training contract.

Watch Ross’ Story

Ross McAlister

Samantha Byrne

Paralegal Vario

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.

Watch Samantha’s Story

Samantha Byrne

Alan Blinder

Family, friends, fitness, food and fun.

Freelancing as a Vario allows Alan to have more time for what he values most in life.

Read Alan’s Story

Alan Blinder

Lisa Akinrele

Passions for travel, fashion and foreign languages.

Becoming a freelancing Vario allows Lisa to dedicate time to following her passions but also work on high-quality assignments.

Read Lisa’s Story

Lisa Akinrele

Jaimie Hunter

Training for a Traineeship.

Ahead of commencing her training contract, Jaimie is gaining experience and skills as a Vario.

Read Jaimie’s Story

Jaimie Hunter

Zoe Harris

A Class Act.

Working as a Vario, Zoe is able to pursue her passion for acting as well as a career as a lawyer.

Read Zoe’s Story

Zoe Harris

Lola Dawson

Smelling the Sweet Roses of Life.

Junior Lawyer Lola decided to forego the traditional career in law and became a freelancer instead. She’s now reaping the rewards.

Read Lola’s Story

Lola Dawson

Rachel Wood

From practising solicitor to project management. Rachel found a permanent position through Vario.

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.

Read Rachel’s Story

Rachel Wood

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.

After working 8 years at a firm, Michael decided it was time to make a new start and launch his own firm in October 2017, he then discovered Vario.

Read Michaels’s Story

Michael Thomas

Will Buswell

From Lab to Law

After years studying life sciences, Paralegal Will Buswell is now seeking new challenges in the legal world.

Read Will’s Story

Will Buswell

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

Nicola enjoys seeing more of the world and her lifestyle needs a flexible career to support it. Working as a freelance lawyer through Vario allows her to do just that.

Read Nicola’s Story

Nicola Allan

Jenny Wilson

Employment Law to Musical Score.

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.

Read Jenny’s Story

Jenny Wilson

Emma Sinclair

Seeking balance within a career path.

Significant travel, tight deadlines, demanding clients and a continually changing industry was keeping Emma away from quality time with her children. Joining Vario allowed her to

Read Emma’s Story

Emma Sinclair

Jacinta Bayard

From Merino Life to Marine Life.

After a successful career working in a combination of in-house and private practice roles in the city, Jacinta moved to the coast for a more relaxed pace of life but finds work which suits her through Vario.

Read Jacinta’s Story

Jacinta Bayard

Ian Barrie

Vario living in Italy and the UK

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.

Watch Ian’s Story

Ian Barrie

Ruth Chapman

Vario living in Italy and the UK

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.

Watch Ruth’s Story

Ruth Chapman

Kara McLaren

Returning to legal work after raising children

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.

Read Kara’s Story

Kara McLaren

Jack Hamilton

From Placement to Paralegal

Jack gained invaluable experience ahead of his training contract through Vario, and also learned that Vario enables legal professionals to enjoy a better work-life balance than traditional employees.

Read Jacks’s Story

Jack Hamilton

Henry Burkitt

Vario and MD of Kraken Travel

Henry has been a member of the Vario community for four years, balancing freelance legal work in Financial Services alongside running his own adventure sailing business.

Read Henry’s Story

Henry Burkitt

Why Vario?

There are many things which set Vario apart. But surely our greatest is our community. Our unique and diverse blend of work and expertise, combined with the unrivalled benefits we offer to our professionals and our focus on career development creates a captivating offering. Interested in being a part of this? Here’s what we can promise you:

You're always on our minds

You'll be standing on the shoulders of a giant

We embrace the future together

OUR SERVICE LINES

  • FLEXIBLE SERVICES – Providing flexible legal solutions globally, whilst backed by a major law firm.
  • BROOK GRAHAM – Diversity and inclusion consultancy; helping organisations around the world drive meaningful change and unlock real business value.
  • CONSULTING & TECHNOLOGY – Designing and implementing solutions and assisting our clients with legal technology and support.
  • MANAGED LEGAL SERVICES – Combining the right people and technology to create outcome focused managed legal solutions.
  • LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT – Applying the principles and practices of project management to ensure client projects are delivered on time and within budget.

Providing flexible legal solutions globally, whilst backed by a major law firm.

Diversity and inclusion consultancy; helping organisations around the world drive meaningful change and unlock real business value.

Designing and implementing solutions and assisting our clients with legal technology and support.

Combining the right people and technology to create outcome focused managed legal solutions.

Applying the principles and practices of project management to ensure client projects are delivered on time and within budget.

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