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Application Process Overview

In keeping with how we strive to do business, we’ve kept our selection process as simple as possible and focused on getting to know you. We also appreciate the need to move at pace in the dynamic world of freelance legal work, so we aim to reach a decision within one month from application. Candidates are screened at each stage before progressing, and feedback is provided after the questionnaire stage.

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What We Look For

You need to be a certain type of person to thrive as a Vario. Ask yourself the following questions, and answer yourself honestly — you deserve to make the right choices for you!

  • Are you a highly qualified legal expert?

    Regardless of your level of PQE, are you the best in your field? Do you have the knowledge and creativity to offer clients practical, workable solutions?

  • Are you a human first, lawyer (a close) second?

    Do you appreciate the value of relationships and their importance in leveraging your knowledge to maximum effect? Does your personality contribute to an enjoyable working environment, even when times get tough?

  • Are you business-savvy?

    Do you understand the wider business context of legal work? Do you have the commercial acumen to negotiate alongside commercial colleagues?

  • Are you self-reliant?

    Do you have the drive and energy to manage your own work, even when no one is checking? Are you pragmatic and decisive?

  • Do you adapt quickly?

    Do you thrive in new environments and are you stimulated by change? Do you have the sensitivity and intuition to read team dynamics, and fit seamlessly into an organisation?

  • Are you ready to apply?

    If these questions make you smile and think ‘that sounds like me’, you may well be who we’re looking for.

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We hope you're getting a good understanding of what working as a Vario could be like for you. If you're ready to apply, then let's get started. If you've got further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team. This form should be completed in one session. You will require an up-to-date CV ready to upload and your registration number for any professional bodies that you belong to.

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Our frequently asked questions section has further detail on the ins and outs of life as a Vario.

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Diversity

Vario has a policy of selecting the best people irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation or physical ability.

As part of Pinsent Masons, we are committed to the firm’s principle of a diverse and open culture in which people can be themselves and give their best. Read more.