We are proud to be celebrating 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which allowed women to practice law. A pivotal moment in our nation’s history supported by the Law Society, the Bar Council and CILEx.

At Setfords, every consultant is equal and has the same opportunities, support and fee-share structure so you have the freedom to:

Set your billing targets

Experience a pressure free work-life and aim for whatever you desire.

Decide how many clients you have

Manage the amount of clients you want to take on at any given time.

Choose your own hours

Creating the perfect balance between work and pleasure in key.

It has given me the ability to set my own fees and the flexibility to control my work/life balance without having to give up a career in law which I love.

– Sarah Mirza, Senior Consultant Solicitor

How much can you earn as a consultant lawyer?

Our fee structure is about honouring our commitment to you, giving you the rewards you deserve. At a traditional firm you might expect to take home a third of your billings, at Setfords it can be up to 80%.

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Following Maternity Leave I wanted to return to work, but I also sought flexibility to be available for my young family when they needed me.

– Lauren Dimmack, Consultant Solicitor

Frequently asked questions

Many lawyers that move from traditional firms to consultancy do so because they want to be able to provide their existing clients a better level of service. If you’ve built good relationships with your clients, then more often than not they will follow you. Making the move to consultancy is a smoother transition if you have a client network already established. This allows you to hit the ground running and won’t leave you wondering what to do when getting started.

However, unlike many other consultancy firms, Setfords invests heavily in lead generation activities to help supplement lawyers with leads and also help lawyers develop their own marketing activities in order to generate new clients. In the past 12 months our Business Development & in-house Marketing teams have helped generate over £3m of new business for our consultants.

Our pioneering fee-share structure acknowledges achievement – the more you bill the greater the rewards. Setfords offers market leading remuneration to our consultants with up to 80% of billings once you hit over £200,000. To find out what you could be earning as a consultant lawyer at Setfords use our salary calculator.

The support structure at Setfords is not just about meeting the needs of our consultant solicitors but going far beyond their expectations. We have dedicated over 10 years to building the biggest and best support team in the industry and, because we understand one size does not fit all, we tailor this support to suit individuals and teams. Our consultant solicitors can focus on their clients because they know our 60+ strong team will look after everything else. Our support structure includes:

  • Business Development & Marketing
  • Admin, Secretarial & Compliance
  • Management & Legal support
  • Technical & IT

One of the biggest fears when entering consultancy is that you might find yourself isolated not knowing what direction to head in. Fortunately, we believe in building a united, internal network amongst our lawyers. You will find various opportunities through cross-reference work with larger projects and tenders often requiring multiple consultants to team up and share expertise.

A business plan and entrepreneurial spirit will be essential along with the dedication to building your network is the key to success as a consultant. The main benefit is that you get to do it all your way. You can pursue the clients you want to work with, in your own time, however you feel most comfortable.

What to do next?

Whether you want to make the move now, in six months, or even in years to come, you can still get in touch to find out more. We are happy to chat in more detail about how working as a consultant can work for you, and answer any further questions you might have.

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A Day in the Life of Our Lawyers

Joanna Abrahams

Joanna Abrahams
Head of Family

Working at Setfords has changed my life immeasurably, I’m a lot happier…

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Anne Thomas

Anne Thomas
Consultant Solicitor

Now I have everything I need to hand and it has removed a lot of stress from my life…

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Caroline Matthews

Caroline Matthews
Consultant Solicitor

I’ve never come across anything like that before, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised…

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The flexibility has had a huge positive impact on my life. It’s enabled me to spend time with my family and regain a feeling of control in my life. I sleep better and feel far more fulfilled.

– Rachell Bates, Consultant Family Law Solicitor

Why choose Setfords for consultancy?

Take home up to 80% of your billing with uncapped earning potential

73% of consultants said their health and wellbeing has improved since joining

84% said that consultancy has had a positive effect on their family and personal relationships

98% would recommend consultancy to other lawyers

We have been established since 2006 and are one of the largest fee-share firms in the UK.

Setfords invests heavily in lead generation and has an award winning marketing and business development department which in the last year has helped generate an additional £3m worth of business for our consultants.

Being a consultant allows you to focus on your clients without all the politics and admin you would have in a traditional firm. This gives you the opportunity to supply an unparalleled service and become an integral contributor to our five star reputation.

Take your first step today

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