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Duty Solicitors - Are the Streets of London Really Paved With Gold?

Question from Duty Solicitor: We have spoken and corresponded a number of times over the last 8 yrs or so and I wonder if you are able to help at this juncture of my career. I am interested in freelancing which would mean my duty slots to a large firm. In London I am informed a £1200 retainer is available plus an average of £50k pa working hard one week a month - sounds like a no brainer! The agency in London I have spoken to who are recruiting on behalf of 3 major London firms certainly talk the talk - but I am suspicious of how much rota work I would get given the volume of freelancers and employed solicitors on the rotas. I want some security of earnings before I commit myself. Answer from Jonathan Fagan, MD Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment Hello. If it assists, let me tell you about 2 candidates we placed last year in London as freelancers (both central London) - one with a 1 partner firm, the other with a 20 solicitor practice. The freelancer with the 1 partner firm earned about £25k