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Locum Hourly Rates December 2019

Christmas is coming and locum rates have dropped..

December 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 – £32-55 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 – 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 – £35-85 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £28-45 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 separate article with feedback from a local authority locum.

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

Jonathan Fagan is a legal recruitment consultant for Interim Lawyers and Managing Director of Limited. "I have been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years. I am a non-practising solicitor, on the Roll since June 2000, and also a director of the Ten-Percent Group of Legal Recruitment websites. I also regularly comment on legal recruitment via my blog Interim Lawyers is the specialist locum arm of the Ten-Percent group and we have over 1100 locums on the books. We can usually keep our locums busy throughout the year, although it does very much depend on the market and fields of law. Get in touch with me to register assignments or look for locum work."