How long does it take to recruit a permanent in-house lawyer?

We often get asked how long the permanent recruitment process takes.

Below is a table showing the typical time it takes to recruit a permanent in-house lawyer.

Why does it help to know?

If one of your team resigns with a 4 week notice period and it typically takes 14 weeks for the new lawyer to commence, you may want to consider covering the ten weeks in between with an interim lawyer.

As a lawyer looking for their next role this may assist you managing multiple job processes.


Time taken 

Sourcing the lawyers

Contacting suitable lawyers on our database and send the details of the position to the lawyers for their consideration.

Lawyers usually take a week to consider whether they would like to be considered for a role.

Details of the interested and suitable lawyers are provided to company including notice period, salary and expected salary.

1 to 3 weeks
Review of the applicants details by the company One week

First round interviews

Everyone is busy – scheduling interviews can take longer than expected. Although it’s easier during lockdown with vid-cons.

Two weeks
Second round interviews Two weeks


Allow up to a week for the offer to be considered by the lawyer.

One or two weeks

Notice Period being served  

Notice periods are usually one month but can be up to three months for more senior positions.

One to three months

Total time, including notice period

 14 weeks to 22 weeks


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