Twelve years ago when I first started recruiting temporary and interim lawyers it was often a battle to convince hiring managers and Partners that an interim hire could offer a solution to bridge a gap, provide an extra pair of capable hands during busy times or cover the leave of a permanent member of staff and according to a recent article in The Lawyer, “for years lawyers who worked part time or flexibly were derided in some quarters as second rate”.
As a legal recruiter who focuses on interim hires into law firms in London it was with great interest to see that it has recently been reported in Legal Week that LOD (BLP’s Lawyers on Demand) has agreed to merge with its Asia Pacific counterpart AdventBalance, meaning that agile working will truly be global.
In recent years we have seen large City firms such as BLP, Allen & Overy, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons, amongst others set up their own panels of interim or consultant lawyers and it is really now starting to gather significant pace.
Having recruited into this market for the last 12 years it was refreshing to read that “with rapidly growing numbers of lawyers working flexibly and impressive turnover increases, it looks like an idea whose time has come”.
Likewise we are now seeing more firms open to the idea of using lawyers on a temporary or fixed term basis across all disciplines and not just litigation and I can only see this trend continue to grow.
The Volume Services team at BCL Legal supplies temporary lawyers and paralegals to firms across the City. Our team is experienced and we have previously managed significant recruitment projects which have required upwards of 20 lawyers.
If you are an experienced lawyer or paralegal with at least six months experience and immediately available for temporary work we can assist you to find legal work. Whilst language skills are highly sought after we are able to work with those candidates who do not have any additional language skills.
For firms that recruit temporary lawyers or paralegals we register candidates who are available at short notice. The candidates we work with are either qualified lawyers or experienced paralegals who are looking for temporary work. We meet the candidates we work with and check their eligibility to work in the Uk.