Unlocking the doors to success in 2023

The New Year is a time full of clichés. We’re all encouraged to overhaul every aspect of our lives, from diet and exercise to our hobbies and careers. More often than not, these adjustments never stick for long. By February, almost everybody has slipped back into their old ways. After all, keeping up with these changes can be difficult.

A stressful working environment doesn’t help this, though it is a reality that many lawyers face. But what if you could be given a key that unlocks the door to success in your career in 2023? From a better work-life balance to higher earnings, life as a consultant solicitor is full of potential.

Have you considered how you can unlock the door to success in 2023?


Many of our lawyers join Setfords because they are fed up with partners at traditional law firms pocketing more than their fair share. As a result, lawyers feel overworked and undervalued with financial remuneration that is not as good in reality as it once seemed.

If you’re stuck in this trap, there is an alternative. Working as a consultant solicitor allows lawyers to unlock the door to higher earning potential. We have a unique fee-share structure that allows our lawyers to take home up to 80% of their billings. As such, our lawyers feel more fulfilled and can get the earnings they deserve for all of their hard work.

Consultant Real Estate solicitor Sarah Edwards says:

“Since joining Setfords, I have earned my highest income since qualifying as a solicitor! I have always been a hard worker and, now I am unencumbered by all the tasks associated with being a partner, I’ve had the time to concentrate on generating more work and providing my clients with the best service. The Setfords fee structure allows me to reach an income that I would not usually achieve at a traditional firm. I am over the moon that I can do this whilst working remotely and flexibly.”

Our lawyers really can have the best of both worlds when it comes to being a consultant. With some hard work and dedication, they have the chance to earn more than ever before, all whilst working in a way that suits them.

Work Life Balance

A healthier work-life balance is at the top of many people’s goals for 2023. However, this can be hard to come by as a traditionally-employed lawyer. With near-impossible billing targets, limited annual leave, and long hours as the norm, finding a better balance can feel inconceivable.

So how about opening a door that does allow for a more desirable work-life balance? Consultants at Setfords have total freedom and flexibility to work in whatever way is best for them. As such, they can enjoy the sort of work-life balance that just isn’t found in traditional firms.

Consultant Residential Property solicitor Sarah Thomson says:

“The best thing for me is flexibility. I can work from home,or wherever I choose, at the times that I choose. I can take advantage of a lovely sunny day to take my dogs for a long walk in the middle of the day without needing to take time off or ask permission. I can travel to visit friends across the country or spend time with family. I no longer need to book time off to travel to the ultra-marathon events that I enjoy taking part in, making the logistics a little bit easier and meaning I am not compromising holiday time with my husband.

With the modern technology at Setfords, I can still check emails or take calls while out and about if I need to. As long as my clients are happy and the work is progressed properly, I can fit my work around my life.

I know many traditional firms are offering “flexible” working and allowing working from home, but there still has to be a structure to that flexibility in order to ensure fairness for all staff and keep the business running. With consultancy, there is no enforced structure – just what you choose for yourself.”

At Setfords, we understand that success doesn’t just mean a lawyer’s accomplishments at work. It also means a successful work-life balance that can be achieved with the true flexibility that consultancy at Setfords offers. Lawyers like Sarah can take advantage of this to make time for anything else that’s important to them.


So, what is stopping you from opening the door to a new opportunity? While traditional firms offer an antiquated way of working, for many lawyers, this is all they know. As such, it can be difficult to embrace change. Some worry about the prospect of being left to their own devices when they’re used to the support of a wider team.

Setfords understands that a lawyer’s success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. They need the backing of a talented support team to assist them, and this is exactly what we provide. With an industry-leading support team, whatever our consultants need to succeed, we are here to provide it.

On our support, Consultant Personal Injury solicitor Andrew Wendon says:

“Setfords offers a high level of secretarial and admin support, which is essential when dealing with complex cases. They also have the benefit of being part of an exciting and pioneering service provider whilst still enjoying autonomy.

All of the admin staff have a ‘can do’ attitude, and the marketing is the best I have seen, as is the business development.”

Through our support teams, we aim to equip our lawyers with everything they need to succeed as a consultant. We take care of the admin, so our lawyers can focus on doing what they do best: serving their clients.

Choosing a new path

With the whole year ahead of us, there are numerous paths you can choose to take. Will you stand still and let nothing change? Or, will you unlock the door that leads to flexibility, freedom, and the opportunity to build a career that works for you?

Setfords was one of the UK’s first consultancy-focused law firms. Since 2006, we’ve grown to become a UK Top 100 law firm for two years in a row. As such, our consultants can rest assured that they have the backing of a well-established firm behind them.

Consultant Family Solicitor Thowheetha Shah says:

“I would recommend considering consultancy at Setfords for many different reasons. It gives you a better work life balance, it gives you greater work satisfaction and it can boost your self-esteem. For me, it has made me a happier and more confident lawyer. I only wish I had done it earlier”

If you think that consultancy could be the next step for you, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Setfords on [email protected]

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