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The rise of the interim market

Written by: LRC Solutions & Rosie Evans
Published on: 11 Feb 2015

Temporary legal jobs

Over the past five years, the legal market has been through a considerable amount of change: the current instability of the global economic climate has meant that law firms and in-house legal departments continue to be affected by cost pressures and recruitment freezes.

In light of this, clients are seeking alternative solutions to reduce costs and meet their legal recruitment needs in the form of interim legal professionals, as these temporary legal jobs, enable flexibility, reduce costs and interim legal professionals usually require less training (depth and/or breadth) than a permanent hire.

From a candidate perspective, temporary legal jobs can be seen to provide the flexibility not necessarily afforded to permanent roles.


Why do clients choose interim?

There are a number of reasons why clients turn to interim solutions. These include:

• An increase in workload

• Maternity/sickness/holiday cover

• Regulatory changes affecting business operations

• Merger and acquisition activity affecting business operations

• Litigious matters affecting their business

• There is often an immediate need for temporary legal professionals, particularly candidates with a specific language or jurisdictional skill-set to assist on special projects such as due diligence and large disclosure exercises.

In some scenarios, the client may require expertise in a particular product or practice area, and will seek out a lawyer who has the requisite experience on a short-term basis.

From a budget perspective, an interim lawyer is often more cost-effective than outsourcing work to a law firm or paying for a secondee; this also provides the additional benefit of having someone embedded in and dedicated to the business.

Staff shortages culminating from maternity and paternity leave, sabbaticals and prolonged illness also create an immediate need for interim lawyers.


Why do candidates choose interim?

There are several reasons why candidates look to secure contract legal jobs. These include:

• Flexibility

• Employment whilst reviewing the market

• Lifestyle choice

• Tax benefits

For foreign qualified lawyers, it can be easier to secure contract/temporary legal roles to gain UK 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 legal consultancy roles.


Temporary legal jobs on TotallyLegal

The interim legal market has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Due to clients and candidates alike becoming more receptive to temporary legal jobs and the flexibility that they offer, this growth is showing no signs of abating.

If you’re interested in a new legal contract job or temporary legal role, search and apply on TotallyLegal.