Locum opportunities

Looking for employment or different work opportunities as a qualified solicitor?

Locum register

The Society's online locum register and the Society's recruitment service, www.lawscotjobs.co.uk, run in parallel.

The Society hosts a register of practitioners who are available to work as locums. There are currently over 50 qualified solicitors from all over Scotland who may from time to time be registered on the Society's online locum register, are experienced in a variety of subjects and who may be available to take up locum placements.

Locum practitioners may be:

  • solicitors with a full practising certificate
  • solicitors without a current PC who are retained on the roll
  • graduates who have completed their traineeship but who have not found employment as a solicitor, perhaps working as a paralegal

The online register is accessed via the members' area of the website, using the login credentials needed to access the area to update CPD etc.  Practitioners wishing to be known as potential locums should complete details of their personal categories of work within the members' area of the website. 

Entry into the register is free of charge for candidates and for firms enquiring for availability of potential locum assistance.

Locums may take up work in any number of flexible ways, by agreement with the employer, for example:

  • As short-term employees, or on a self-employed basis, working for a Scottish firm of solicitors
  • As consultants
  • As self-employed 'career locums', effectively sole practitioners (minimum three years PQ experience needed)

For information on setting up as a sole practitioner, please contact the Registrar team.


If you are interested in registering for locum or short-term contract work can also register with www.lawscotjobs.co.uk online, free of charge. On the site, you can upload and maintain their own details and CV.

If you do log your details with lawscotjobs you may choose whether to make your contact details and CV directly available to recruiters. If so, this information can then be automatically searched by recruiters and interested firms.


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