Working as an interim Lawyer
Interim Work In-House
Interim opportunities have traditionally arisen to cover such factors as maternity leave and sickness. Today however, many in-house legal teams also use interims to accommodate fluctuating workloads, rapid growth, new locations, new business directions – companies recognise that interim hirings can be actioned quickly and without long term commitment.
Flexibility is the Attraction
Typical candidates for in-house interim work are often seeking the flexibility of a short-term job. Maybe you’re taking stock of your career direction, recently made redundant, or perhaps you just like varying your work and experience every now and again. The arrangement can also suit both the company and the candidate as a trial period leading to a permanent position.
Experience is Key
The nature of in-house work requires interim candidates who can ‘hit the ground running’. Companies often ask us for people with at least two to four years’ experience – but the reality is that at this level few lawyers are available. So we typically put forward people who have around 15 years’ experience and a proven ability to quickly get up to speed.
Interim lawyers working in-house can usually earn on a par with permanently employed people in a similar role. Naturally, pay rates are basically dependant on qualifications and experience.
The Difference Between Temporary and Contract Assignments
Temporary and interim assignments - They’re usually much more short term than contract arrangements and also tend to feature shorter notice periods. The contractor is paid by the hour, submitting timesheets each week to the client for approval. The contractor’s agency is responsible for payment. All payroll administration is handled between the agency and contractor.
Contract assignments – These are often used when the need stretches over a longer timeframe – for instance maternity cover, long term sickness leave or a specific period of increased workload. Recruitment is similar in nature to that for a permanent role. Start and end dates are set, and the candidate is paid a salary and receives benefits from the firm or company.
Tax and NI
PAYE – The company you’re working for is responsible for making your tax and National Insurance deductions. This applies whether you’re classed as a temporary worker or employed on a fixed-term contract.
Limited Company - If you supply your services through a limited company or operate as one, the company pays your salary and is responsible for tax and NI deductions. Working on a fixed contract basis, tax and NI must be paid by the firm that’s hired you, not your limited company.
Typical BCL Interim Candidate Profile and Experience
In-house interim vacancies often need to be urgently filled. That’s why candidates should have a current notice period of no more than four weeks.
This kind of work will suit you if you’re taking a career break, or considering a change of direction. Some interim workers move this way from job to job on a permanent basis, because the lack of commitment and flexibility allows them to pursuer other interests. Increasingly, employers use interim work as a way to try out a promising candidate for a permanent role.
Whatever your position, register here to receive regular updates on our in-house interim opportunities.
Document Review Advice
Providing lawyers for document review projects is a busy strand of BCL’s business – particularly in terms of placing people with ‘high end’ London firms.
With our extensive connections and experience, you can gain the opportunity to get ‘a foot in the door’ in some of the world’s best firms – including many US, Magic and Silver Circle firms, and smaller ‘boutique’ practices.
If you’re qualified in litigation or a paralegal with relevant expertise, London document review work pays extremely well. The crucial criteria include:
Being registered to work in the UK
A readiness to begin work at short notice
As much litigation work crosses boundaries, you may also need to have worked in several different jurisdictions, and bi or multi-lingual skills can be a real advantage.
If you wish to register with us for document review roles, the process includes:
Filling in the BCL registration form
Completing a face-to-face interview at our London office
Providing two references
Showing proof of eligibility to work in the UK
Showing relevant qualification certification
Being able to start work at short notice
Please call 0845 241 0933 or fill in our contact form if you wish to pursue document review opportunities through BCL.