First of all, be flexible about the days worked. Generally, a certain number of fixed days per week is given in the contract, but this base level is not set in stone! On the contrary, it must be adapted to the needs of the assignment, and by definition, change over time. Be proactive and make proposals to your customer if you find that the number of days set is no longer adequate. Assuming the number of days per week is too low, working one more day will keep you from falling behind. Conversely, should the number of days per week be too high, you won’t have to sit around twiddling your thumbs and you will save money for your customer.
Next, be flexible in the materials you practice. Except for very specialised assignments, some versatility will be required from a legal interim manager. Being able to offer flexibility in this regard is an important asset. In general, the experience garnered by the missions to come, given their diverse nature, will give you this flexibility, which over time will become almost natural.
Lastly, be flexible in your daily schedule. In a legal department, on-time performance is very important. I would strongly advise you to adjust your schedule as much as possible to the legal experts on staff. Thus, they will see you directly at work. Moreover, it will create a sense of trust and professional solidarity that will serve you throughout your mission.
Of course, you remain independent, and certain professional obligations - especially since you are a lawyer - do not always allow you to fully copy the schedule of your colleagues. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to do so as much as possible.