Locum register

The Society's online locum register and the Society's recruitment service, www.lawscotjobs.co.uk, run in parallel. Candidates, including those with short term availability can register with Lawscotjobs for no charge. 

You can access the Society's locum register by logging into the members' area of the site.

As summer approaches we are receiving increasing numbers of requests for locum assistance through the Society’s Locum Register. If you have spare capacity why not register your availability?

The online locum register

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. A reminder of how to access that area of the site is available here.

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.

In order to maintain the integrity and currency of the list of individuals on the register, postings will be automatically deleted 6 months after first insertion. Notice of the deletion will be sent automatically to the locum in question and they may easily refresh their entry if they wish. For assistance please contact Laura Malcolm.

Should a locum find permanent work and wish to be removed from the register, before the expiry of six months, they may easily deactivate their own entry.

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 (PI and CPF paid by employer). Cost of the PC is a matter for negotiation.
  • As consultants (employees for whom the PI and CPF contributions are paid by the firm). Cost of the PC is a matter for negotiation.
  • As self-employed 'career locums', effectively sole practitioners working on their own PI and CPF contributions. Own PC required and minimum three years PQ experience. This will be a necessary option where the employer is an organisation whose PI cover does not cover the solicitor.

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

Entry on the locum register does not guarantee a placement and the Society does not warrant the suitability of practitioners listed within the register for any particular role. Suitability for the post and remuneration is a matter between locum and employer.

A copy of the information on this page is available in the fact sheet which can be downloaded from the related link.

If you have a locum placement available to fill, please check the online register  via the members' area.


Individuals who wish to make known their availability for locum or short-term contract work can also register with www.lawscotjobs.co.uk online, free of charge.

Candidates lodging their details with lawscotjobs may choose whether to make their contact details and CV directly available to recruiters and, if so, this information can then be automatically searched by recruiters and interested firms.

Recruiters who are sole practitioners may also advertise locum posts which they have available, free of charge on lawscotjobs. Please mention the arrangement with LSS reached to this effect, when contacting Lawscotjobs.

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