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Matthew Porter, manager, on the London interim market

What have been the main trends/ developments in your region/ sector over the past 12 months?
We have seen many firms recruit interim lawyers ranging from short term temporary placements to long fixed term contract roles. We have seen instructions from all types and sizes of firms so our work has been varied. We have also played a major role in staffing some of the biggest document review projects in the City of London this year.

What have been the real growth areas and where has the demand been coming from?
The strong London residential and commercial property sectors have been a source of vacancies; it seemed most firms wanted to recruit property lawyers. Our document review law firm clients hired high volumes of UK and foreign qualified lawyers and paralegals.

What have been the key stories that have dominated your region/ sector?
Litigation arising from naughty bankers involved in foreign exchange market manipulation has been the main source of document review projects that we have managed. It looks like this litigation will continue to dominate in 2015.

What are your predictions for your region/ sector for 2014?
The litigation sector will continue to be strong and therefore there will be lots of document review roles available. The non-contentious markets will continue to grow and we expect demand for property and corporate lawyers to be high.

How would you sum up 2014 in one sentence?
2014 has been a year full of opportunity; we have established ourselves within the London market and have become one of the leading suppliers of interim lawyers in the City.

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