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March 2020 Locum Solicitor Hourly Rates Guide

This is the Interim Lawyers guide to Locum Solicitor and ILEX hourly rates. We update it monthly and have been providing this information for almost 10 years.

Child Care – £35-45 per hour (very difficult to source locums).
Civil Litigation – £28-35 per hour.
Commercial Contract – £35-75 per hour
Commercial Litigation – £35-75 per hour.
Company Commercial – £45-85 per hour.
Construction (non-contentious) £60-75, (contentious) £45-60 per hour
Conveyancing – £30-37 per hour.
Commercial Property – £35-55 per hour
Employment Solicitors – £30-50 per hour.
Family Solicitors – £30-35 per hour+.
In House Counsel: 0-3 years PQE – £25-40 per hour,
In House Counsel: 3+ years PQE – £45-105 per hour
In House Interim Advisors (SME) – £55-65 per hour
Insolvency – £30-60 per hour.
IP – £50-85 per hour
Local authority rates: variable.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £25-£40 per hour.
Professional Negligence – £45-55 per hour
Wills & Probate – £35-50 per hour, going up to £55 per hour. Average currently around £40-45. More private client locums available this year.

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis. These are estimates only based on our ongoing involvement in the locum market.

Jonathan Fagan is a legal recruitment consultant for Interim Lawyers and Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk 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 https://www.legalrecruitment.blogspot.co.uk. 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."