Our Varios

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.’

 

Our Varios

Meg Berlin

‘The variety of experiences it offers me, along with the control I have over where, how and when I work, is absolutely right for me.’

Our Varios

Doris Woo

‘In terms of quality of work, I honestly can’t tell any difference on a day-to-day basis other than the flexibility it allows.’

Our Varios

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.’

In parallel, our clients tell us what they need — the business challenge they're facing, the skills they're looking for, the type of individual who works well in their company and the period of time for which support will be required. We then discuss the requirements of both parties internally and propose the perfect match. Once everyone is happy with the assignment, we manage the process to agree terms between yourself and the client and integrate you seamlessly into the organisation. We'll stay in regular contact with you and our client throughout the contract to ensure both parties have all they need to help the client's business prosper. Vario. The possibilities are endless.

Freelance Work

The world of work has changed. Forever.

Remote technology, person-centred work environments, and the necessity for businesses to be responsive to change, has led to increasingly flexible working patterns. It's a whole new world of possibility for legal work, and with a rapidly growing pool of freelance opportunities available internationally within Pinsent Masons teams or in-house with clients, the time is now. When you join us, we work with you to understand your experience, professional and personal motivations, the legal work you want to be doing, and how you want to do it.

In parallel, our clients tell us what they need — the business challenge they're facing, the skills they're looking for, the type of individual who works well in their company and the period of time for which support will be required. We then discuss the requirements of both parties internally and propose the perfect match. Once everyone is happy with the assignment, we manage the process to agree terms between yourself and the client and integrate you seamlessly into the organisation. We'll stay in regular contact with you and our client throughout the contract to ensure both parties have all they need to help the client's business prosper. Vario. The possibilities are endless.


Why Vario?

What makes Vario stand out from the crowd is our unique and diverse community of legal work and experts, the unrivalled benefits we offer to our legal professionals and our focus on your career development. Want to be 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

From paralegals to Partners, to Project Managers, with Vario your career keeps on moving

You're always on our minds

Vario offers a wide variety of legal work with well-known Pinsent Masons' clients from all sectors and industries. The calibre of our assignments is matched by the quality of our freelancers — an inclusive hub of exceptional legal professionals. Maintaining this is our absolute priority, so we invest time and passion to understand your skills, personality, and motivations, placing you where we know you'll excel.

You'll be standing on the shoulders of a giant

With the backing of a leading law firm, we can offer unparalleled support to our freelancers. You'll have Professional Indemnity cover as standard whilst on assignment, alongside access to Pinsent Masons' Partners, CPD training, library teams, knowledge systems and research. Varios can also contact the firm's network of Professional Support Lawyers whenever extra support is needed. By leveraging our resources, you can focus on your assignment, delivering the best quality work for the client and furthering your own ability at the same time.

From paralegals to Partners, to Project Managers, with Vario your career keeps on moving

The freelance legal market has grown exponentially in recent years, enabling a new harmony between life and law. The diverse global Vario community is living proof that this harmony is possible, whatever your individual story and motivations. What's more, a balanced lifestyle doesn't mean your career trajectory needs to slow down. We offer all Varios continual professional development and the opportunity to strengthen legal skills through internal Pinsent Masons' assignments further enhancing legal knowledge and expertise. Freelance legal work offers fantastic opportunities at all stages of your career. We have a growing community of junior and senior lawyers alongside our paralegals all recognising the significant advantages of working through Vario, and you can learn more about their stories here.

VARIO STORIES

STORY 1

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

Story 2

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

Story 3

Ian Barrie

Vario and MD of Glacius Travel

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

Story 5

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

Story 4

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

STORY 6

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.

Watch Kate's Story

STORY 6

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

STORY 7

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

STORY 8

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

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

Samantha Byrne

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

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