At Vario, we frequently hear from lawyers who want a fulfilling law career while enjoying the freedom of freelancing. Yasmin Gregory made a commitment to make her quality of life a priority by becoming a freelance lawyer with Vario.
Hear Yasmin Gregory discuss how working as a freelance lawyer through Vario has enabled her to have a fulfilling career while pursing her passions.
Yasmin Gregory commenced her law degree 30 years ago, and after a hiatus, she made the decision to recommence her law career. Yasmin qualified as a lawyer in 2018, and says that, outside of the birth of her children, it was the proudest day of her life.
Having worked in different industries prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Yasmin knew what she wanted her working life to look like. While looking for the right opportunity, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the number of jobs available. Determined to secure a job as a working lawyer, Yasmin applied to Pinsent Masons Vario and has been enjoying fulfilling, interesting roles since.
There are many benefits of working in the employed model in a law firm, but for Yasmin, the associated working hours and the traditional route to becoming partner were not a good fit for her life. Yasmin commented, “The hours that you have to put in, particularly as a corporate lawyer, when attached to a law firm with great benefits, are not for everyone. As a freelancer, the best benefit I have is my quality of life.”
“Because I don’t have to work five days a week, the flexibility has enabled me to become involved with my passion, which is in the environment. I’m so pleased that I’ve done it; the emotional freedom that it gives you really is very good.”
As Vario is part of Pinsent Masons, our freelance lawyers not only benefit from the support of an international law firm, but are also able to work with prestigious clients and high quality assignments. Yasmin dismisses the misconception that freelance lawyers might not have access to quality legal assignments, “I’ve been offered some fantastic roles and have not been out of work; I found that working as a freelancer has really enriched my life working as a lawyer in all these different fields.”
For Yasmin, the greatest benefit she gains from working as a freelance lawyer is the flexibility. As the candidate for a political party in a large town in Essex, Yasmin is passionate about the environment and making a difference in her local community. Her work as a freelance lawyer allows her to secure interesting, quality roles that fit around her political work.