The Royal Faculty has set up a Locum Register. Firms who require the services of a locum can email the library to request details of locum practitioners who have requested to be listed in the Register.
In order to register as a locum please complete the form to be listed as a locum.
The cost to be listed in the register is free for members of the Royal Faculty and £95 + VAT for non-members (payable in advance of listing).
Locum Practitioners may be:
Solicitors with a full practising certificate
Solicitors without a current practising certificate 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-employment basis, working for a Scottish firm of solicitors (Professional Indemnity and Client Protection Fund paid by employer). Cost of the practising certificate is a matter for negotiation.
As consultants (employees for whom the Professional Indemnity and Client Protection Fund contributions as paid by the firm). Cost of the practising certificate is a matter for negotiation.
As self-employed 'career locums', effectively sole practitioners working on their own Professional Indemnity and Client Protection Fund contributions. Own practising certificate required and minimum three years post-qualification experience. This will be a necessary option where the employer is an organisation whose Professional Indemnity and Client Protection cover does not cover the solicitor.