Updated: Mar 19, 2021
No matter what size your legal practice is, increasing efficiency while keeping costs down is likely a top priority in today's highly competitive legal marketplace. Despite the pressure to control costs and respond to changing client dynamics, you may need to hire a paralegal to help or bring in a legal assistant to improve your bottom line. It might sound counterintuitive, but hiring a paralegal or legal assistant — and adding another salary to your law firm's list of expenses — can be cost-effective.
If you're regularly spending too much time on work then you can't grow business for the firm and prevents you from focusing on the work your clients pay top dollar for. Remember that every hour you spend on activities like updating files, preparing for trials, gathering information instead of actual casework, consultations, or generating new clients it erodes your earnings potential.
Your clients complaining about the quality of your service is the biggest red flag of all. If you and your existing team members can't balance your primary duties with tasks that can be just as well handled by a paralegal, client-service quality will inevitably suffer. One way top firms deliver more cost-effective services to their clients is by assembling teams of highly skilled legal assistants to support lawyers through NetworkESC professionals. Firms get to initially engage with potential hires on a temporary basis to determine whether their support is needed for the long term.
A reputable staffing firm like NetworkESC can help you in hiring a legal assistant or paralegal who meets your firm's specific needs and blends well with your corporate culture. We have access to candidates who are not actively seeking employment but would consider making a move for the right opportunity. These are often the most experienced and knowledgeable (thus most highly sought-after) paralegals and legal assistants. Just the type of professionals who can help your firm maintain its competitive edge.