In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of lawyers turning to document review. Candidates choose to work in temporary contracts undertaking document review on an on-going basis. This can be for a variety of reasons, mainly money and flexibility. Hourly rates on projects in the City can be high and along with plentiful overtime hours paid at time and half and double time many document review lawyers have the potential to earn more than their permanent peers. Working in this way also gives those who choose to the flexibility to take longer holidays. They tend to work hard on a project and then take a month or even longer off to trot the globe before returning to a new project to replenish the funds before the next trip. Their permanent peers are usually limited to 25-28 days annual leave in a calendar year.
At BCL we work with many top class lawyers from magic circle equivalent firms in Australia and New Zealand, who come to London on a Tier 5, Spousal or Ancestry visa and a large proportion of them work as document review lawyers, sometimes for the entire time that they are in London. Most either return home to join a good quality firm as an Associate and many get snapped up into permanent posts with top City firms.
BCL Legal have managed some of the biggest and most lucrative reviews in the City and are well placed to assist with any queries whether you be a law firm seeking to hire a team of reviewers or a lawyer seeking to work as a reviewer.