Sam was a delight to work with and feedback from the business has been very positive. She worked autonomously, however, kept us in the loop at all times.
— Maki Takken, General Manager Legal, Medibank Private Limited

what is sierra virtual

Sierra Virtual provides on-call, flexible and experienced legal counsel for in-house legal teams that are under-resourced, or under pressure due to busy periods or staff absences, or to corporate law firms who may need additional resources during large projects.

Our legal counsel

Our team of commercially-minded senior corporate lawyers all have at least 10 years’ legal experience.  Our legal counsels have substantial in-house experience and have been seconded to, or worked on a contract basis with, Medibank, Chubb Insurance Australia, ExxonMobil, NEC, Transamerica, Daiwa Capital Markets, Friends Life and a large national sporting organisation.

All Sierra Virtual legal counsel are employees of Sierra Legal and are not contractors or secondees.  You therefore know you will get the experience and quality for which Sierra Legal is known.

Benefits of a Sierra Virtual legal counsel

A Sierra Virtual legal counsel provides your business with the benefit of having an additional in-house legal counsel without the commitment (and cost burden) of hiring a permanent legal counsel or engaging a long-term contractor.

Sierra Virtual legal counsel will appear like a full time in-house legal counsel by having an email address on your email system and taking other steps to be part of your legal team.  With our prior in-house experience and substantial industry knowledge, we get up to speed quickly on your business and develop an intimate knowledge of your business and systems.

Our legal counsel can then work on an ad hoc or retainer basis depending on your needs and requirements.

How we operate

We like to build long term relationships with our clients, and so our first objective is to get to know you, your business and the day-to-day legal work faced by your business.  

Our lawyers all work flexibly and remotely, taking advantage of innovative technology.  Sierra Virtual can therefore provide assistance to your in-house or corporate team without the need to attend your office (unless such attendance is required), but are only ever a phone call or email away.

Sierra Virtual legal counsel operate on a “secondment” basis, in that they will report directly to a nominated in-house legal counsel or other appropriate person in your organisation, rather than corresponding through, or having their work “signed off” by, a Sierra Legal Director.

Our rates

We can tailor a solution to meet your needs and requirements.  We can agree on daily, weekly or monthly fixed fees, and will regularly monitor and update you on your legal spend so that there are no surprises. 

Thank you so much for all your help this year - you really are part of the team! You have eased the stress levels in the team and done some great work for us.
— General Counsel, Australian General Insurer, commenting on a Sierra Virtual legal counsel who remotely assists the insurer’s legal team on an ad hoc basis