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Locum hourly rate payment varies widely according to the demand, length of assignment, level of experience and advance notice available. NB: These rates are intended as a guide only. Hourly rates can vary according to the location, duration and level of expertise.

Rates slowly increased from 2011 to 2016, but are now (2019) fairly stable – mainly due to variations in supply and demand.

Christmas is coming and locum rates are dropping.. November 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28-33 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-37 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-56 per hour – average is £40-44 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour. Average currently around £45. Private client locum work in short supply.
Family Solicitors – 2-40 years PQE – £30-34 per hour+. Care work – usually around £35-40 per hour (very rare).
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £28-50 per hour.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £25-£40 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-40 per hour, 3+ years PQE – £40-90 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: see article below. We normally write “think of a number, double it, times it by three and then divide it by 8”.

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

Local Authority Rates for Locums – what are they?

You will see above that when we publish our estimated hourly rates for locums we include a fairly flippant estimation for local authority locum rates. This is because we find ourselves struggling because rates seem to be quite random, they vary widely and we get given conflicting information from lots of different sources.

However a local authority locum called me last month after our newsletter went out to say that she had been working in local authority roles for many years and had never been paid more than £35 per hour. In fact she had never heard of anyone getting paid more than £35 per hour in all the years she had been doing local authority locum work around London.

This has made us think that maybe there is some consistency in locum rates for local authorities and we would like comments from current and former local authority locums – what hourly rates have you come across in local authority locum roles and in which general locations in the country? You can email us at jobs@interimlawyers.co.uk. All correspondence received in strictest confidence by Jonathan Fagan, Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited.

October 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28-33 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-37 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-56 per hour – average is £40-44 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour. Average currently around £45. Private client locum work in short supply.
Family Solicitors – 2-40 years PQE – £32 per hour+.

Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £28-50 per hour.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £25-£40 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-40 per hour, 3+ years PQE – £40-90 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: think of a number, double it, times it by three and then divide it by 8. That figure is probably more accurate than anything I can include here.. Local authority (often unfounded) worries about IR35 have had a huge effect on this sector as umbrella companies and intermediaries cream off huge profits, courtesy of local government HR department decisions 10 years ago to outsource their own jobs!

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

September 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £30-35 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-42 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-56 per hour – average is £40-44 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour. Average currently around £45.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £35 per hour+. NB: huge shortage of family locums and still difficult to source.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £30-65 per hour.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £25-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-40 per hour, 3+ years PQE – £40-90 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: think of a number, double it, times it by three and then divide it by 8. That figure is probably more accurate than anything I can include here.. Local authority (often unfounded) worries about IR35 have had a huge effect on this sector as umbrella companies and intermediaries cream off huge profits, courtesy of local government HR department decisions 10 years ago to outsource their own jobs!

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

July 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £30-35 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-42 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-56 per hour – average is £40-44 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour. Average currently around £45.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £35 per hour+. NB: huge shortage of family locums and still difficult to source.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £30-65 per hour.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £25-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-40 per hour, 3+ years PQE – £40-90 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: think of a number, double it, times it by three and then divide it by 8. That figure is probably more accurate than anything I can include here.. Local authority (often unfounded) worries about IR35 have had a huge effect on this sector as umbrella companies and intermediaries cream off huge profits, courtesy of local government HR department decisions 10 years ago to outsource their own jobs!

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

June 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £30-34 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-40 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-56 per hour – average is £40-44 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour. Very few available at £35.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £35 per hour+. NB: huge shortage of family locums and still difficult to source.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £25-35 per hour.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £25-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-40 per hour, 3+ years PQE – £40-85 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: think of a number, double it, times it by three and then divide it by 8. That figure is probably more accurate than anything I can include here! Local authority (often unfounded) worries about IR35 have had a huge effect on this sector.

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

May 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Rates have stalled a bit – locums need to be aware that the market is strong but not that strong at the moment and you will need to be ‘competitive’ to get assignments..

Rates have stalled a bit – locums need to be aware that the market is strong but not that strong at the moment and you will need to be ‘competitive’ to get assignments..

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28-34 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £32-40 per hour, including central London. Very few available at £30 per hour.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour – average is £38-42 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £35 per hour+. NB: huge shortage of family locums and increasingly difficult to source.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £25-35 per hour.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour, 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: think of a number, double it, times it by three and then divide it by 8. That figure is probably more accurate than anything I can include here! Local authority (often unfounded) worries about IR35 have had a huge effect on this sector.

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

April 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28-34 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £32-40 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour – average is £38-42 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £35 per hour+. NB: huge shortage of family locums and increasingly difficult to source.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £25-35 per hour.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour, 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: write some numbers on pieces of paper, but them in a box, give them a shake and pull one out. The result is probably as accurate as any figure I can give here. Local authority (often unfounded) worries about IR35 have had a huge effect on this sector.

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

March 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28-34 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £32-40 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour – average is £40-45 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour. Very few available at £35. £40 min more likely.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £35 per hour +. NB: huge shortage in family locums.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £25-35 per hour.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour, 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: write some numbers on pieces of paper, but them in a box, give them a shake and pull one out. The result is probably as accurate as any figure I can give here, although we are still seeing signs of a shake up in the market.. Local authority (often unfounded) worries about IR35 have had a huge effect on this sector.

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

February 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Rates are still low for assignments starting in the next 4 weeks. Summer rates will be higher of course..

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28-32 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-35 per hour, including central London. £30 is probably a good level to consider for most locums for all roles starting in the next 2 months.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £30-35 per hour. NB: we are still experiencing a shortage in available family locums.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £25-35 per hour.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: write some numbers on pieces of paper, but them in a box, give them a shake and pull one out. The result is probably as accurate as any figure I can give here, although we are still seeing signs of a shake up in the market..

NB all rates exclude agency fees (we charge 18%, the larger locum agencies charge c.30%). The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

January 2019 Locum Solicitor Rates

Rates are still low for assignments starting in the next 4 weeks. Summer rates will be higher of course..

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28-32 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-35 per hour, including central London. £30 is probably a good level to consider for most locums for all roles starting in the next 3 months.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £30-35 per hour.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £25-35 per hour (minimal amounts of work).
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: write some numbers on pieces of paper, but them in a box, give them a shake and pull one out. We are seeing signs of a shake up in the market..

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis. We have over 11,000 lawyers registered with us. To request CVs for a specific vacancy please register your vacancy using the link at the top of this email or simply reply.

November 2018 Locum Solicitors Rates

Rates have fallen as they do every year due to the number of locums chasing each assignment as they crop up in dwindling numbers. A recent wills & probate role attracted 6 enquiries, whereas 3 months ago we would have been lucky to get one tentative application. Usual dramatic decrease in the number of assignments has occurred across all fields of law.

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28-32 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-35 per hour, including central London. £30 is probably a good level to consider for most locums for all roles starting in the next 4 months.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £30-35 per hour.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £25-32 per hour (minimal amounts of work).
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: write some numbers on pieces of paper, but them in a box, give them a shake and pull one out. The result is probably as accurate as any figure I can give here..

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis. We have over 11,000 lawyers registered with us. To request CVs for a specific vacancy please register your vacancy.

October 2018 Locum Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28-32 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-35 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £30-35 per hour.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £25-32 per hour (minimal amounts of work).
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: write some numbers on pieces of paper, but them in a box, give them a shake and pull one out. The result is probably as accurate as any figure I can give here.. Lets just hope the government do not start trying out IR35 legislation in the private sector as this is all nothing short of a complete nightmare for all concerned.
NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis. We have over 11,000 lawyers registered with us. To request CVs for a specific vacancy please register your vacancy using the link at the top of this email or simply reply.

September 2018 Locum Solicitor Hourly Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £30-35 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £35-42 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £30-35 per hour.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial & General Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-75 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £28-35 per hour (minimal amounts of work).
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: write some numbers between 24 and 65 on a piece of paper, close your eyes and point at one. Local authority rates seem to be calculated by total randomness and they remain one of the wonders of the recruitment world. Add in the complexities of IR35 and the joys of umbrella companies and this really is a complete minefield!

July 2018 Locum Rates

Rates are now starting to go up as we approach the summer. Up to £35 per hour in Conveyancing is still the norm for most locums, although the current competitive level for longer term assignments is £30-32 per hour. Very rare to see locums working for less than this at the moment in property, private client or litigation.

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £30 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-37 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £30-35 per hour.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-70 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £28-35 per hour (minimal amounts of work).
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

May 2018 Locum Rates

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £30 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-35 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £30-35 per hour.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-70 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £28-35 per hour (minimal amounts of work).
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £20-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).

Local authority rates: write some numbers between 24 and 65 on a piece of paper, close your eyes and point at one. Local authority rates seem to be calculated by total randomness and they remain one of the wonders of the recruitment world. Add in the complexities of IR35 and the joys of umbrella companies and this really is a complete minefield! Rates do seem to fall within the £35-55 per hour range at the moment.

March 2018 Locum Rates

Rates are now starting to go up as we get into Spring. Bookings for the summer are at summer rates. Up to £35 per hour in Conveyancing is still the norm for most locums, although the current competitive level for longer term assignments are £30.

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £30 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-35 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £30-35 per hour.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Company Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-70 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £24-30 per hour (minimal amounts of work).
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £18-£35 per hour.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).
Local authority rates: write some numbers between 24 and 65 on a piece of paper, close your eyes and point at one. Local authority rates seem to be calculated by total randomness and they remain one of the wonders of the recruitment world. Since 2017 you can also add in IR35 and the joys of umbrella companies..

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis. We have over 11,000 lawyers registered with us. To request CVs for a specific vacancy please register your vacancy using the link at the top of this email or simply reply.

January 2018 Locum Rates

Rates are now at their lowest levels, but will start to go up as we get into Spring. Bookings for the summer are at summer rates. Up to £35 per hour in Conveyancing is still the norm for most locums, although the current competitive level for longer term assignments are £30.

Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £30 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-35 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £30-34 per hour. Much harder to find these days.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour. Occasionally this is higher.
Company Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-70 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £24-30 per hour (minimal amounts of work).
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £18-£35 per hour. Work very sporadic.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-35 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).
Local authority rates: write some numbers between 24 and 65 on a piece of paper, close your eyes and point at one. Local authority rates seem to be calculated by total randomness and they remain one of the wonders of the recruitment world. Since 2017 you can also add in IR35 and the joys of umbrella companies..

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

2017 Private Practice Law Firm Locum Rates:

  • Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £25-30 per hour (no variation for central London).
  • Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £25-£35 per hour, including central London.
  • Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £30-45 per hour.
  • Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £30-45 per hour – usually the minimum is £35.
  • Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £22-32 per hour. Occasionally this goes up to £35 per hour for short notice or a few days cover.
  • Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £25-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation – eg county court and small claims matters.
  • Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour. Occasionally this is higher.
  • Company Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-70 per hour.
  • Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – difficult to give a range this year due to the lack of work generally in this field.
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £18-£30 per hour. Work very sporadic.

2017 In House Legal Department Rates:

  • 0-3 years PQE – £22-32 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work)
  • 3+ years PQE – £30-75 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work and companies concerned..).

We have included the main areas of work covered by Interim Lawyers, although we have locums in other fields of law as well – eg Construction, Crime, Local Authority, Immigration, Corporate Finance, M&A, Projects, Shipping Law etc..

Local authority rates are not included above. We find that if local authorities come to us it is because they have not been able to recruit via the outsourced recruitment processor they are contracted with (known as RPOs). It also means that as a result they have already contacted most of the locums in the UK who do local authority work via their contracted agencies but decided they are too expensive and want to try alternatives. Naturally this tends to be virtually impossible because all the locums qualified to do the role are already aware of it! We look forward to the day when local authorities come back onto the market individually and start to pay reasonable rates again..

Hourly Rate, Weekly Rate and Salary Equivalents:
£20 per hour = £750 per week or £36,000 per annum (assuming a 7.5 hour day and a 48 week year).
£25 per hour = £937.50 per week or £45,000 per annum.
£30 per hour = £1,125 per week or £54,000 per annum.