Hazel Chiejina is one of a new breed of Momenta associates, tackling often complex law projects. She gives us a whistle-stop insight into being a contractor in the legal sector.

How did you come to be a Momenta associate?

I got to know about Momenta through a friend who is a Momenta contractor. At the time, I was doing a PhD in International Trade and Commercial Law and wanted some flexible work that meant I could combine studying with learning.

I got an email inviting me for an interview at Momenta the next day. The interview went very well and a few weeks later I met with the client I am now working with. 

What are the pros and cons of working as an interim in the legal sector?

For me, it is about flexibility; being able to do other things and not being tied down. But also, the variety of work you get if you take on different contracts. That is a real advantage of contracting.  

And, not forgetting, if the pay is right it can be very financially rewarding.

On the down-side, you don’t get paid if you’re not there – for example if you want to go on holiday or if you are sick.

What kind of work are you doing now?

This is a paralegal role, within the family and data protection area (but I can’t say more than that as of course it’s very confidential work).

How long are you expecting to be there?

Initially it was a six-week contract but right now it’s on a rolling basis, and I think it will go on for another 6 months.

What do you like most about this contract?

It’s a perfect location, a good building and environment, and the people I’m working with are very nice. The work is quite interesting too!

What's next for you?

To gain my qualifications and keep working hard. I want to do interesting work and I would potentially like to extend my experience and do some financial contracting, as well as legal, particularly if the pay is good.

How do you relax, away from work?

A night out with friends or watching a great TV show at home. 

What advice would you give someone who wants to take on interim contracting work?

I would say do it if you’re a risk taker, and if the pay is right. There is an element of risk because it’s not guaranteed in the way that a permanent role might be. But that suits some people and there are many advantages.

Momenta Legal Resourcing are actively recruiting for similar paralegal roles in the data protection sector. To find out more and apply – click here

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