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About Interim Lawyers

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“For locums we use Jonathan Fagan at Interim Lawyers. He’s a nice, helpful guy and his fees aren’t too bad (for an agent!)”

Interim Lawyers (www.interimlawyers.co.uk) is the online locum platform operated by Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited. We introduce office-based and remote working solicitors to law firms and in house legal departments. We are a small, friendly, specialist online Legal Recruitment consultancy, established in April 2000 by two of the current directors, Jonathan and Clare Fagan. We know most of our locums personally and have regular conversations with them. The company is privately owned and we concentrate on the introduction of locum solicitors, licensed conveyancers and legal executives. We have over 700 locum lawyers registered with us and we work with law firms and in house legal departments across the UK and offshore.

What do we do?

Quite simply, we are an online platform for sourcing both remote working and office based locum solicitors and contractors for legal jobs in solicitors firms. We are the locum section of the Ten Percent Group of websites, specialist online legal recruitment consultants. We usually supply CVs by email within 60 minutes of registering an assignment with us. We maintain a bank of over 700 locums, some of whom have been with us for years, others may be available for a few months in between permanent jobs. Some of our locums cover the whole of the UK and travel regularly, others work remotely on an ongoing ad hoc basis for law firms, in house legal departments and local authorities.

We supply CVs, we make introductions. We help in emergencies and we are quite used to booking both short term holiday cover for 1 week as well as 12 month maternity cover stints.

Simple process for law firms: register your assignment, view CVs, select a locum, speak to them on the phone, book them in, pay them weekly, pay us monthly.

What do we not do?

  1. We won’t harass you – we try to conduct all our business by email so that your phone lines are not disturbed…
  2. We don’t try to sell you anything – if a locum is not suitable we’ll tell them.
  3. We don’t try to sell our locums anything: if your firm has a reputation for not being very nice – we’ll tell the locums up front.
  4. No umbrella company involvement, so no annoying telephone calls from their accounts or sales departments. 99% of our locums are self-employed and do their own invoicing.

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Our History – in brief

Interim Lawyers was developed in 2010 after we identified a gap in the market for a reasonably priced locum agency acting as an introducer for solicitors and legal executives. Ten Percent Legal Recruitment specialised in permanent legal jobs at the time and we avoided locums wherever possible! Interestingly it still remains the case to this day that if a law firm or in house legal department have a permanent job vacancy they will usually avoid recruiting anyone who has spent part of their career working as a locum. Usually the reasoning behind this (as relayed to us by firms) is that locums are used to moving about and don’t stay anywhere unpleasant for too long. Hmm…

Jonathan Fagan, MD of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited

Jonathan Fagan is our specialist recruitment consultant handling locum solicitor and legal executive assignments. He is a qualified solicitor of the non-practising variety, although he still enjoys the occasional trip to county court when we have an errant client!

Interim Lawyers is part of a much bigger group of websites and companies, The Ten Percent Group, although we remain privately owned by our founders and directors. The Ten Percent Group of websites now has about 50% locum work and 50% permanent placements, working with law firms who have either joined our unlimited recruitment service or who use our standard recruitment agency model.

Over 11,000 solicitors and legal executives are registered with us and counting. A high number of these stay with us for the duration of their careers. We estimate that over 1,500 law firms have used our services since April 2000.

The Ten-Percent Foundation

In 2002 we established a charitable trust called the Ten-Percent Foundation. For further information about our charitable donations to date you can visit the Ten-Percent Foundation website. We have maintained our commitment to donating 10% of our profits ever since we set out in business and are always on the lookout for new projects to support. We also campaign for better controls on charity pay and to encourage other enterprises to donate a percentage of their profits to charity as well. See here for details of the 10 Percent Campaign.

Other Websites

Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited also owns TenPercentUnlimited (our unlimited recruitment service), Jonathan Fagan Legal Recruitment, Crime Solicitor Recruitment, Home Counties Legal Recruitment, www.lawyer-recruitment.co.uk (directory of all the legal recruitment agencies in the UK), www.legal-recruitment.co.uk (our monthly newsletter homepage), www.tp-secretaries.co.uk (specialist permanent legal secretary recruitment) and another 4 regional sites. For details of all the websites in our group please visit www.tenpercentgroup.com

Our Clients

Our clients fall into two categories:

  1. Returning clients who book their locum requirements in advance or know that they can call us in an emergency for guaranteed attention.
  2. New clients who have been onto the internet and found us. We are usually at the top of Google somewhere for locum solicitors. We have noticed recently that if you click interim-lawyers.co.uk (ie with the added hyphen) you now get to visit Shilton Sharpe Quarry – a rather large high-end London legal recruiter who have obviously spotted the benefit of buying a website with the words “interim lawyers”!

Clients who have used us in the past often return to book locums through us again. Our service is fast, honest and is usually hassle-free.

We cover all fields of law but our roles tend to be mainly:

Residential Conveyancing, Wills & Probate, Commercial Property, Family Law, Civil Litigation, In House and Interim Legal Counsel

Together with

Child Care, Civil Litigation, Clinical Negligence, Commercial Contracts, Commercial Litigation, Company/Commercial, Compliance, Construction, Corporate, Crime, Debt Recovery, Employment, Housing, Immigration, Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Landlord & Tenant, Law Costs Draftsmen, Mental Health, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pensions, Personal Injury, Planning, Plot Sales, Probate (Contentious), Professional Negligence, Property Litigation, Public Sector, Real Estate, Shipping Law, Sports Law, Taxation,  Trademarks, Trusts & Tax.

We hope you find our services useful. If you have any comments, positive or negative, please email us – you can find the link to do this on our contact page.

We are registered for VAT and registered under the Data Protection Act as data controllers. We hold £2 million Professional Indemnity Insurance, £2 million Public Liability Insurance and £10 million Employers Liability Insurance.

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