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At home, at work and half the price

By Rachel Nickless For Legal Affairs

07 October 2011

Melbourne commercial barrister Andrew Meagher and co-founder Andrew Mellett say their model - where freelance lawyers are supplied to clients in need of "routine" legal work - could substantially slash a company's legal bills.

Plexus has established a network of “law firm refugees", as Meagher and Mellet call them, who are largely women wanting to balance working from home with child rearing or study. It employs lawyers on a casual basis and connects them with clients, as well as providing project management, quality control and – for an additional fee – senior lawyer oversight.

With far smaller overheads than a firm, the Melbourne-headquartered company aims to pass efficiency gains to its clients, and pays its freelancers 20 to 30 per cent more per hour than law firms pay their permanent staff.

Originally published in Legal Affairs
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