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.


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