Locum and Contractor Team

A deep understanding of your business

Our experienced team provide temporary solutions to sometimes challenging recruitment assignments, often with very short notice. Handling a variety of issues with a high success rate, the team services a wide range of clients and provides support to both law firms and In-house departments of all sizes.


We partner with both law firms and In-house legal teams to support specialist project recruitment and contract work. Our expert consultants have numerous years experience handling temporary and contract work for both Private Practice and In-house legal sector based clients. In addition to short term assignments they help manage seasonal demands as well as sourcing maternity/ paternity, notice period and garden leave cover.

Our team aim to respond to new assignment submissions in an efficient and time saving manner with an aim to get CVs across within a 1-hour time-frame. With a large and active database of fully pre-screened and reference-checked candidates from all levels, practice areas and sectors, the team are able to provide our clients cover when required the most.

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At Douglas Scott, innovation is at the forefront of our minds; we embrace new technology that is specifically designed to make our candidate's and client's lives easier. With a completely digitalised timesheet process, Clients can review and approve their temp worker's submissions with ease allowing them to focus their attention on the more important tasks at hand.


Our dedicated consultants offer wide-ranging coverage across all practice areas and levels; from legal support up to Partner level. Split with a respective focus on the Private Practice and In-house sectors, the team recruits on a national level and have connections with some of the best firms and In-house legal departments the country has to offer. We frequently deal with professional Contractors and Locums and are apt at securing recurring placements and repeat work for our candidates.

Our bespoke Locum portal was created to move the timesheet process online, revolutionising the way that candidates submit their weekly timesheets and making the laborious task of printing and faxing paper timesheets redundant. All our fully-fledged Locum candidates have access to use the portal as well as training and telephone walk-throughs on request.

Kathryn Riley

0161 233 6360


A legal recruitment specialist for over 15 years, Kathryn Riley launched Douglas Scott back in 2004 with the intention of doing things differently. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading legal recruitment specialists, the business goals are to continually provide an exceptional service to both candidates and clients, to recognise talent and reward it accordingly, and quite simply, work in a way that is respectful of principles and basic good manners. Kathryn’s role as CEO has allowed her to further her passion for innovation and technology within the recruitment sector and demonstrate her commitment to creating and supporting the growth of skills across the legal sector.  A highly respected thought leader within the legal recruitment industry and a regular speaker on the HR & Recruitment circuit, Kath is passionate about adding tangible value to stakeholder relationships and shaping the future of legal recruitment.

Lorraine Terry

Recruitment Consultant
0161 233 6360


Lorraine joined our Locum team as a Recruitment Consultant in 2019 and works with a large selection of clients, helping facilitate recruitment for temporary and contract positions across all practice areas of the legal sector and for specialist short-term projects. She predominantly focuses on the South London, and Midlands Interim Private Practice markets. Lorraine consistently delivers an excellent service for high ranking top 100 national and international firms national as well as smaller boutique and high street legal practices. She also has excellent relationships with well-established contract professionals and is on hand to provide her candidates with a a quick turnaround when finding them temporary placements. Lorraine’s previous experience was working as a Claims Handler for a large insurance company.

"Lorraine is an extraordinary Recruitment Consultant. She’s knowledgeable, caring, attentive to details, great expertise and is an approachable, courteous professional. I love her positivity and cheerfulness and that she’s tenacious. She’s great at negotiating and she sought the best for me and my prospective employers. Thank you for being so great and being a blessing. I wish you continued success and thank you for matching me up to my dream job!”

Family Solicitor | London


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