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Major clients have been accustomed to insisting on free secondees as part of the deal to get on a panel. Extracting a benefit in this way from a law firm can be tempting, but may be a poor option if there are other ways in which the client can benefit which do not cause as much of a headache to the firm.
No firm wants to send the best associates on secondment, but at the same time if someone is not a good ambassador for the firm the client will be dissatisfied. So many associates have been hired by clients, or associates have decided to move in-house, on the strength of secondments, that firms are being less accommodating.
Firms are likely to be more receptive if some payment is made and the secondment is not five days a week.
Consider what you are looking for in a secondee:
someone to cover for a gap in resources caused by resignation, sickness or leave
someone to help with a specific project or an accumulation of additional work
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