To mash up a quotation of lunar proportions as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings, are you considering taking one giant step to leave employment or partnership and become a freelance lawyer (or “independent lawyer”, in Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) terminology)? Congratulations for even thinking about it. Will you take that step though? I did. In February 2014, I launched Schutte Consulting Limited (SCL) a niche firm offering legal consultancy and training to the construction and engineering industry. SCL’s recent fifth birthday was a celebratory milestone allowing me to reflect on its success so far. I thought back to the beginning, to the kernel of the idea of taking the giant step i...

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