Platinum Law Group: Basics on Consultants by Platinum Law Group
A consultant, from the Latin consultare means “to discuss” from which we also derive words such as consul and counsel. Platinum Law Group describes a consultant as a professional who provides advice in a particular area of expertise such as management, accountancy, the environment, entertainment, technology, law, human resources, marketing, emergency management, food production, medicine, finance, life management, economics, public affairs, communication, engineering, sound system design, graphic design, or waste management.
Platinum Law Group points out that a consultant is usually an expert or a professional in a specific field and has a wide knowledge of the subject matter. According to Platinum Law Group, a consultant usually works for a consultancy firm or is self-employed, and engages with multiple and changing clients. Thus, clients have access to deeper levels of expertise than would be feasible for them to retain in-house. Also, this enables clients to purchase only as much service from the outside consultant as desired.
Platinum Law Group has learned that ‘Consultant’ is also the term used to denote the most senior medical position in the United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland (e.g., a consultant surgeon).
Ways in which consultants work
Some consultants are employed by a consult staffing company, a company that provides consultants to clients. Platinum Law Group notes that this is particularly common in the technology sector. Consultants are often called contractors in the technology sector in reference to their employment contract.
Strategy consultants are common in upper management in many industries. There are also independent consultants who act as interim executives with decision-making power under corporate policies or statutes. They may sit on specially constituted boards or committees.