The Law Society’s Locum Service is an online database of lawyers who are available to work as locums. The Service provides information about lawyers who act as locums, although all listed locums are required to certify the validity of information on their qualifications and experience.
A locum lawyer works for a short, usually fixed, term. Locums provide cover in situations such as the absence of staff or where the principal in a small or sole practice may need a break for recreational or health reasons.
The Law Society’s Locum Service provides contact details and information on the experience of lawyers who are available to be employed as locums. This information shows the following:
If you locate a suitable potential locum you may make contact directly, or contact the Law Society by emailing email@example.com. If you name the locum(s) you are interested in approaching, the LawSociety will provide you with a copy of the curriculum vitae(s) it has on file. This information is provided on a confidential basis and may not be disclosed to any other party. You may then make contact with the locum in whom you are interested.
The New Zealand Law Society Locum Service lists details of lawyers who are available to work as legal locums. The Law Society provides the listings in good faith and makes no representations as to the ability of the locums to perform to the requirements of their employer. However, the Law Society performs a preliminary screening function by requiring potential locums to provide the following information:
A declaration that all information provided is complete and correct.
The Law Society Locum Service is a referral service only, aimed at assisting lawyers who need locums to locate them. The parties are expected to make their own arrangements for remuneration, accommodation, office support, professional indemnity insurance, etc.
Remuneration rates will obviously vary, but most lawyers available to work as locums in New Zealand are very experienced practitioners. Many locums plan on working less than a full year, with breaks between jobs. To be viable, this means a good remuneration rate is expected.
If you are interested in being included in the Locum Service listings, you should complete the registration form which is available online at http://my.lawsociety.org.nz/in_practice/practicing_well/locums/registration_form.
Upon submission the form will be checked with the supplied referees. If everything is acceptable, your details will be listed.
Further information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Zealand Law Society Locum Service is one of the services offered in Practising Well, the Law Society’s resource to provide members of the legal profession with support and resources aimed at assisting their health and wellbeing.
Download the Locum Service factsheet (PDF, 64.6 KB).