Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives
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. Very rare to see locums working for less than this in property, private client or litigation.
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!
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.