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The benefits of interim lawyers (part 1): the lawyer’s perspective

Posted by: Laurence Simons 03/07/15

Choosing to work on a temporary or interim basis can be a risky decision. The consistency of work, the opportunities available and the security of the role are just three of the worries that may tempt lawyers away from what is actually a very good method of working.

There are many reasons why a lawyer would choose to work on an interim basis. They may be between jobs or reviewing the market before deciding on a definite career path. Whatever a person’s reason for being an interim lawyer, it’s important to understand the range of benefits that come with it. Flexibility is one of the main reasons why lawyers decide to work in this way. Lawyers have the ability to choose the businesses or law firm they work for,  and the days they want to work.
For those qualified lawyers who are new to the UK, seeking employment on an interim basis can be a great way to secure a role quickly, gain valuable experience of working in the UK market and develop an understanding of the culture.

Our salary survey identified that 50% of legal teams/practice groups are looking to grow headcount this year, which means there are a plethora of opportunities out there for an interim lawyer to gain experience.
With the ever-increasing demand for interim solutions from law firms and large corporates, the candidate market has also realigned. We have seen increased interest from top candidates (traditionally only available to clients through search-led recruitment models) who are now seeking interim and consultancy roles.