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Assignments for Linklaters' Re:link lawyers typically fall into two main categories:
The assignments represent high profile, stimulating work that reflects Re:link's quality. We will match your skills, experience and current aspirations with the most appropriate assignments for you.
The rates paid to Re:link lawyers will vary across assignments and will take into account the market rates for similar work undertaken by legal consultants and the benchmark salaries and benefits available to Linklaters lawyers.
Re:link lawyers may be paid a daily, or hourly, rate, depending on the type of assignment. Under a FTC, this will usually be provided for as an annual salary, which is paid monthly and calculated on the basis of an hourly or daily rate and adjusted to take account of statutory leave. If engaging through a PSC, the PSC will submit invoices to Linklaters.
In line with what our lawyers told us was their priority, we have structured our FTC to focus on the day rate rather than additional benefits that would otherwise be offered to Linklaters employees. Work for Re:link lawyers is not guaranteed and our lawyers are not obliged to accept work offered to them through Re:link.
Re:link lawyer price bands are driven by the requirements of the assignment and not by the experience of the lawyer undertaking the placement. For example, an assignment may require a Re:link lawyer of 5PQE but may be delivered by someone who is more experienced. That person would undertake the assignment at the rate commensurate with someone at a 5PQE level. Re:link lawyers only command a rate equal to their seniority (and/or specialism) if the placement requires that level of seniority/specialism.
You will be covered by the professional indemnity insurance of Linklaters for assignments that you undertake through Re:link.
However, as a contract lawyer you should consider whether obtaining your own professional indemnity insurance is appropriate for any other work that you undertake outside the Re:link platform.
We offer two contractual models, the FTC model and the PSC model.
Under the FTC model, the Re:link lawyer signs a registration letter in order to onboard on to the Re:link platform. For each assignment, the Re:link lawyer will enter into a fixed term employment contract with Re:link which sets out the terms of that specific placement.
For the PSC model, the lawyer will need to sign up to a Master Services Agreement with Re:link, through their personal service company. The terms of each assignment undertaken through Re:link will then be set out in individual Assignment Schedules.
We aim to bring a prospective Re:link lawyer onto the platform as quickly as possible from the point of initial application. Each phase of the process has a target schedule and we will keep you updated throughout. Key factors that determine the time to complete the process are scheduling interviews, speed of background screening checks obtaining references. Once on the platform, you will be invited to join one of our induction sessions.
If a Re:link lawyer is available for a specific assignment then the timetable for them to join a team can be short and is determined by the speed of agreeing commercial terms, and any further training and engagement requirements set by the client or the Linklaters practice team.