Q: How, when and what will I be paid for my locum services?
A: Locums are paid directly by the hiring law firm or in house legal department. Interim Lawyers do not employ locums directly.
This is why the majority of the locums working through Interim Lawyers are self-employed. Self-employment is very easy to set up. It involves a telephone call to the HMRC to notify them of your intention. After this, you simply have to issue an invoice for the work you have completed.
Payment is on a weekly basis unless agreed otherwise. You issue an invoice to the law firm or in house legal department who ought to pay you within 2-3 working days.
Most firms pay by cheque or via BACS (Bank Automated Clearing System) directly to your bank or building society account. It is important to use the services of a suitably experienced accountant when becoming self-employed. You need to be aware of the expenses that can be put against your income in order to reduce your tax liability etc…
The payment levels depend very much on the assignment and are almost always agreed upon before we pass you through to speak directly to our clients. See our hourly rates article for details of typical amounts paid.