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What is Counselect?

Counselect provides an alternative path for quality lawyers, who want to leave the rat race and still work with blue chip organisations on a flexible basis. Counselect is a secondment offering by Vahura, India's largest search and talent consulting firm specialising in the Legal, Compliance and Governance domains. Under this offering legal professionals are placed for a set period of time as in-house legal resources with client organisations. Know more

Why should a lawyer opt for a Counselect assignment?

Lawyers may opt for a Counselect assignment for a number of reasons – flexible engagement, work-life balance, industry transition or even competitive compensation. Counselect assignments offer a range of benefits from time-based engagements to enrichment and learning. Know more

How can a professional know more about Counselect?

This website has captured many aspects of Counselect including the joining process, model and benefits. If you still have questions, do write to us at counselect@vahura.com

Who are Counselect clients?

Counselect has clients across industries and domains. Many Indian and Multinational companies have engaged with Counselect for secondment services. The case studies featured on the website detail the nature of engagement. Know more

What kind of talent does Counselect attract?

We attract diverse profiles. Counselect attracts professionals from across industries and experience level. Post registration, Counselect team reviews each profile, conducts a test and an interview, reference check and background verification. Successful candidates get appointed to the Counselect panel. Know more

What kind of fees are involved?

There is no fee for registration. Post registration, Counselect team reviews each profile, conducts a test and an interview, reference check and background verification. Successful candidates get appointed to the Counselect panel. Know more

How do I know if I am eligible to join the Counselect network?

If you are a qualified legal professional, follow the simple registration process.
Post registration, Counselect team reviews each profile, conducts a test and an interview, reference check and background verification. Successful candidates get appointed to the Counselect panel. Know more

Is there a screening process?

Yes. The process begins with registration. Post registration, Counselect team reviews each profile, conducts a technical and psychometric test. The test is followed by a video interview. The screening process allows our team to understand your interests and areas of expertise. Know more

How do I join?

Join the Counselect network by registering on our website. Register

Would a panel member start earning fees from Counselect once they get empanelled?

The appointment to the panel is non-remunerative. Only panel lawyers get remunerative project assignments. The professional starts earning a fee from the time a project is assigned and not before that.

What type of assignments/projects are offered?

There are range of projects depending on our clients' requirements and they include corporate advisory services, contract management and litigation support.

What is the minimum duration a professional can be seconded?

The minimum period is 30 days.

What are the payment terms for the secondment?

Depending upon the nature and duration of the assignment, we generate a monthly invoice or a one-time invoice for payment.

Is Counselect going to charge extra from the client?

All costs are built into our term-sheet on the basis of the discussion and agreed fee model. There are no hidden costs.

Why are the advantages of secondment assignments over a regular full-time hiring of a resource?

There are instances when the company does not have resources for a full-time position. There are also situations where headcount approval is not available or requirements are short-term (project oriented). Secondment can easily address most of these situations and can lead to optimum utilisation of resources.

How is the confidentiality maintained by Counselect between the client and the professional?

Managing confidentiality and adhering to ethical business conduct is crucial to the success of the secondment model. Our agreements with professionals have stringent confidentiality obligations. Additionally, there is a direct confidentiality agreement between Counselect and the professional. The professional has a cooling off period of six months post the completion of the assignment before taking on any other assignment in the same industry.

How soon can you place a professional on secondment?

Once the discussions between Counselect and client are completed, it will take two weeks for a professional to start the assignment.

How is business continuity maintained?

In case a professional is unavailable for a period of more than three working days, Counselect will provide a replacement pre-approved by the client. There is no additional fee for this support.

How long can I second a professional for?

The term of secondment assignments can be from 30 days to 18 months.

What is the maximum number of professionals can a client hire?

There is no upper limit on the number of second assignments or number of professionals.

How cost effective is the secondment model?

While requirements and benchmarks vary, our study and analyses have shown that Counselect is economical by at least 30-40%.

Can I place the professional on a secondment assignment into a full-time role?

We do not encourage clients to place the secondment professionals into a full-time role. We put in substantial efforts in grooming these candidates and developing them for secondment assignments. The skill-set requirements and professional aspirations are not necessarily complementary to what is required for a full-time role.

Are there extra charges for placing a secondee into a full-time role?

While we do not encourage hiring professionals on assignment into a full-time role, if it happens, Counselect charges a 35% conversion fee.