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Around the Web – Is Germany ready for temporary lawyers?

13 April 2012

An article in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung recently discussed why the legal sector in Germany was in need of “flexibilisation” that could lead to an opportunity for staffing firms to provide temporary lawyers.

Lawyer, Olaf Schmitt, said to the paper that the conservative legal sector was experiencing a significant change and argued that “The time is ripe for temp lawyers.” He said that the bad reputation temporary employment has was partly induced by the Schlecker scandal where Europe's largest drugstore sacked staff only to re-employ them as temps so they would receive lower pay. But this has nothing to do with the real word of temporary employment, Mr Schmitt said.

He and his partner at his law firm “lease” out temporary lawyers via an employment agency as demand from chambers has gone up since 2009, he claims. He said that this scheme has attracted a wide range of lawyers.

“We like to take lawyers who may not necessarily fill the high requirement of law firms but who are still brainy.” Temporary work could be a springboard for young lawyers especially but it remains to be seen whether the legal sector is really ready for “temp lawyers,” the article concludes.

The provision of temporary legal professionals is already very well-established in more developed staffing markets.

To read the article in German, click here


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