What does a legal recruitment consultant do?

A legal recruitment consultant helps law firms and in-house legal teams hire legal professionals.

Legal recruitment consultants operate by building relationships with clients and candidates. They use their extensive network and industry knowledge to connect candidates with potential employers.

Some legal recruiters focus on either private practice or in-house roles. For example, Found Legal is a recruitment agency dedicated to in-house legal roles in the technology sector.

Companies and law firms turn to legal recruitment consultants to help them fill positions that they may not have the time, resources, or expertise to fill on their own. 

A legal recruiter uses their specialist network and industry knowledge to identify potential candidates, assess their fit to the role, and conduct interviews. 

They work closely with the employer to understand their needs and requirements for each position and then introduce to them candidates that they believe would be a good fit for the role.  

Legal recruiters often work on a contingency fee basis, which means they are paid when a role is successfully filled. This model incentivises recruiters to find the best possible candidate for the job.

Legal recruitment consultants work closely with clients to understand their needs and requirements for each position. This includes understanding the skills and experience required for the role, the organizational culture, and any specific qualifications or certifications necessary. Legal recruiters also work with clients to develop a comprehensive job description to attract the right candidates.

Legal recruitment consultants use a variety of methods to identify potential candidates. This includes advertising job openings on job boards and professional social media, networking, and proactively reaching out to candidates who may be a good fit for a particular role.

Throughout the recruitment process the recruiter stays in touch with both the hiring team and the candidate. 

They make sure that the candidate’s experience is well presented for the position and that the candidate has full information about the role, the company, the legal team and the hiring process. 

As the individual meets team members for interviews, the recruiter helps to brief and debrief each party to address any questions that may come up in the process. 

Once interviewing is complete, the recruiter also assists with negotiating the offer, agreeing the starting date and supports with the beginning of the onboarding process.

Overall, legal recruitment consultants can play an important part in the career trajectory or a lawyer or legal counsel.

Legal recruiters have extensive knowledge of the legal industry that allows them to offer personalised career advice and guidance. They can help you explore different career paths, be a sounding board for your development ideas, help you identify your career goals and come up with a plan to achieve them, help you develop a strong CV and keep you informed of suitable career opportunities that meet your professional goals and personal preferences.