Locum register

The Society's online locum register and the Society's recruitment service, www.lawscotjobs.co.uk, have run in parallel over the past 3 years.

By the end of August 2017 the Locum Register will have completed its move from the members' area of this website and the service will become part of the www.lawscotjobs.co.uk  website.

This will give greater visibility to job seekers and ease of access for firms wishing to fill posts.

As high 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 with Lawscotjobs now.


If you have availability to work as a locum...

Candidates who wish to view the current vacancies should go to the Lawscotjobs homepage and click on the “Search by Contract Type" tab - then select "Locum/Contract".

We also advise you to sign up for job alerts to be automatically emailed any locum or short term contract jobs which have been posted by firms looking for assistance.

If you have a locum placement available to fill...

Recruiters who are sole practitioners may currently advertise free of charge on Lawscotjobs, any holiday or sickness-cover locum posts which they need to fill. This offer does not cover posts such as maternity leave cover which may be advertised in the normal way on Lawscotjobs.

From the Lawscotjobs homepage you can register as a recruiter. After you have completed the simple registration form please contact us and request a free of charge Locum job credit. You will then receive a confirmation email and can then logon and add the vacancy.

Please do not hesitate in contacting the Lawscotjobs team on 0131 561 0021 if you need any assistance.


On what basis is work carried out?

Locum practitioners may be:

  • solicitors with a full practising certificate
  • solicitors without a current PC who are retained on the roll. Such employees must not hold themselves out or be held out to be working as "solicitors".
  • graduates who have completed their traineeship but who have not found employment as a solicitor, perhaps working as a paralegal.

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.


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