Despite some high-profile naysaying early on, the introduction of freelance solicitors may yet re-shape the legal landscape

The number of freelancers in the UK has risen significantly since the turn of the millennium, with professionals from across all sorts of industries seeking to go it alone.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics estimate that the UK is now home to 4.8 million self-employed people, compared to 3.3 million in 2001.

Freelancing is a means of survival for some, where jobs have been lost for example, but for many it is a lifestyle choice; a way of introducing more flexibility into your schedule and potentially mastering the elusive work-life balance.

It is that flexibility, and the low start-up costs that go with it, that appeal to many freelancers. Why commute for several hours a day at extortionate rail prices when...

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