Information for Temporary Workers
We have plenty of temporary, interim and locum legal jobs available throughout the year, allowing you to work for the most competitive rates on a timescale that suits you.
Browse the currently available interim jobs in our Private Practice, In-House or Public Sector in our job search.
When you register with LAW Absolute as a candidate we will ask you to complete a Registration Form and a Diversity and Monitoring form. We will also provide you with our standard Terms of Engagement and direct you to the Key Information Documents on our website. We will also ask you to complete our compliance process which confirms your Right to Work status, your identity and references from previous employers.
How you work and get paid is determined by the hirer once they have assessed the role. This may mean the role is offered on an hourly or daily rate basis, typically with you working on a PAYE basis or through an Umbrella company, or you may be employed on a Fixed Term Contract basis where you work directly on the hirer’s payroll for a fixed period of time. Some hirers are open to you working on a PAYE, through an Umbrella or even your own Limited Company, but others restrict this and specify the basis on which you must be paid in line with their own policies or compliance.
Information for all workers
At the start of your interim legal job, before we can make payment for your services (and assuming all compliance is completed) we need you to return the following documents:
- Signed contract (the complete contract needs to be returned to us)
- Completed starter form
PAYE workers also need:
- P45/P46 (PAYE workers only, we must receive the original P45 but can accept fax/email versions of the P46)
Umbrella or Limited also need:
- Certificate of Incorporation
- VAT certificate
- Insurance documents
Each Umbrella company that we agree to work with must be FCSA compliant and be able to comply with LAW Absolute’s own compliance requirements.
Each week your timesheet needs to be approved by an authorised representative of the client. All timesheets need to be submitted electronically or scanned in and emailed to us. Timesheets need to be approved received by us by midday Tuesday, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you work through a managed vendor with their own online timesheet system, there is no need to send us a copy but approval must still happen by midday Tuesday.
If you are paid through a limited company we also need to receive a matching invoice by the same deadline. If you work through an umbrella company it is your responsibility to let them know how many hours you have worked in time for them to get an invoice to us.
Provided we have the documents we need, and your timesheet (and invoice, if applicable) has been received by the deadline we will make a BACS payment on Wednesday afternoon which will clear on Friday morning. Please remember that if you use an umbrella company that they will then have their own timetable for making payment to your personal account.
When there is a bank holiday we may need to revise our deadlines. If this happens we will give you as much notice as possible.
Holiday pay (PAYE only)
When you are paid through our own payroll you accrue holiday pay as you work. The rate that you accrue will be specified in your assignment schedule.
When you plan to take holiday you first need to clear it with the person who approves your timesheet and then complete a holiday form and send it to us email@example.com. Provided you have accrued sufficient holiday we will pay out the holiday in the pay run in the week after your holiday; holiday pay is calculated based on your average earnings over the last 12 weeks.
Provided that you have accrued sufficient holiday, bank holidays will automatically be paid out of your holiday accrual unless you tell us otherwise.
We can only pay holiday if you actually take the time off. The one exception is at the end of a temporary placement where we will pay out any holiday accrual for the current year not yet taken at the point of your final payroll run.
Your holiday year starts on the first day of your temporary legal job with LAW Absolute, and holiday cannot be carried forward from one year to another. If you move from one interim assignment to another your holiday year will remain unchanged.