The Recruitment Process should be Simple and Effective.

CapeClarke strives to make the recruitment process as hassle-free as possible.

We are ex-lawyers and are able to offer an unbiased view point for you to bounce your career thoughts off. Whether you are aiming to move law firms in the immediate future or you just need the reassurance that your current firm is, indeed, the best place for you, then we will provide you with the most honest and constructive advice possible. We have been where you are, and realise that often the most simple queries are the ones that eat away at you. We are here to answer those queries, so you can concentrate on what actually requires your focus the law.


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"I have known Terry Cape for a number of years and was happy to engage him in my search for a suitable partnership position. I was impressed by his knowledge of the market and the contacts he has. He listened to what I wanted and, whilst covering the market, only suggested approaches to firms which actually matched what I was looking for. He offered sound advice on all aspects of the process with Freeths ? from application through to offer stage ? and I am delighted with the move. I would happily recommend Terry to anyone in a similar situation looking to make a partnership."

Dahren Naidoo, Corporate Partner, Freeths


"Terry isn’t like any other person I’ve worked with in the recruitment industry.

When I first contacted Terry I had one very specific role in mind, in one very specific firm – and there wasn’t even an open position there!

Terry was not only successful at getting me in front of the right people at the outset, but his support throughout the long recruitment process was second to none. I’m now pleased to say that I’ll be joining my dream firm at the end of the month.

Most recruiters I’ve worked with only care about getting you placed as quickly as possible – they try to ‘sell’ you any position that comes across their desk, regardless of whether it is a good fit for the person (or indeed, the firm). Terry really listened to what I wanted and encouraged me to not settle for anything less than the position I wanted. For that, I will be forever grateful and I would recommend Terry to anyone. "

Jodie Nevin, Privacy Associate, moving to DLA Piper


"Chris Clarke was fantastic in helping me find a new position. He was always available on the end of the phone to give advice and has excellent knowledge of the Yorkshire legal market. "

Commercial lawyer placed into Gordons, from Big 6 Leeds law firm


"I would highly recommend Terry to anyone seeking a role in the legal market in Leeds. Terry has fantastic knowledge of the market and a broad range of contacts. He is friendly, approachable and provides honest advice. Throughout the recruitment process he was always contactable and provided me with regular updates on progress. He differs from other recruiters because he listens to your preferences and acts on them in order to find a well matched firm, rather than suggesting “apply to all” in order to gain any role. As a result he was instrumental in helping me to secure the role that I wanted. Thanks Terry!"

Olivia Brown, Corporate Associate, moved to Freeths


"Chris Clarke is a reliable, trustworthy individual with a detailed knowledge of the legal market and its trends. I worked with Chris when he was a fellow lawyer and knowing his work ethic well, I subsequently requested his services as a recruiter. With the help of his great contact base and his extremely personable charm, I managed to secure two out of two job offers; a testament to Chris' ability to decipher the right firms for the right individual. Chris is a delight to work with and someone who will only grow from strength to strength - I cannot recommend CapeClarke highly enough for a truly professional and genuinely personal service."

Leeds based property litigator relocating to Taylor Wessing (London)


"The service that I received was superb. Terry Cape was attentive to my needs, kept in regular contact so that I was fully up to date on the progress being made in relation to my new job application and provided me with support throughout the application and interview process. I readily admit that I was a high maintenance client and yet Terry dealt with my queries patiently, returned calls promptly and was extremely supportive prior to my interviews when my nerves had started to kick in. I would definitely recommend Terry Cape and was extremely happy with the service, support and assistance that I received."

Real Estate lawyer, Big 6 Leeds firm to DWF


"Terry Cape was recommended to me by a friend and I found him instantly responsive and personable. He was incredibly discreet and highly efficient throughout the process. I particularly appreciated his considered and intelligent approach to the exercise; rather than trying to shoehorn me in to the vacancies he was aware of in the market, or send my CV out indiscriminately, he took my comments and preferences seriously to tailor the approach to my specifications. The recruitment process can leave you feeling precarious - I found that Terry's attitude and professionalism made him the ideal person in whom to place my trust at that time."

Employment Lawyer, moving to DLA Piper


"Having been a qualified solicitor now in Leeds for just short of three years, I have spoken to the majority of the main recruitment agents that cover the Yorkshire area. Of all the agents that I have spoken to I would thoroughly recommend Terry Cape. On my most recent move the service he provided was first class. He kept me fully in the picture as to appropriate jobs that were on the market, was successful in getting me interviews at firms I wanted to work for and I ended up in the enviable position of receiving job offers from two firms. I would not hesitate to use Terry again and have in fact recommended him to other friends within the legal profession."

Contentious lawyer, working in the middle-tier in Leeds


"I worked with Terry at Addleshaw Goddard until he left to work in legal recruitment. Having got to like and trust him over that period he was a natural choice when the time came for me to look at my own career options. Terry found me the perfect role through his extensive contacts and I would highly recommend him for his discretion and professionalism."

Real Estate lawyer, Big 6 Leeds firm to Nabarro (Sheffield)


"In my role as an Associate at Clyde and Co in London, I have used Chris to good effect on a number of different recruitment related issues. He has always been very personable and highly responsive to any of my queries. I would certainly recommend Chris to colleagues or other lawyers who are seeking to move roles or simply gauge the current market conditions."

Associate, Clyde & Co, London


"I was really impressed with Terry. He's a great guy who goes the extra mile and really works hard to find the right job for you, getting you interviews at firms who have yet to advertise for jobs. The level of service was excellent and knowing that I had Terry on my side, allowed me to concentrate on preparing for interviews rather than worrying about opportunities."

Corporate lawyer, London-based international law firm to Squire Patton Boggs


"I was introduced to Terry at CapeClarke at the beginning of 2012. I explained to Terry that I had rather unfortunate circumstances having been made redundant just before having my first child the previous year. This did not deter Terry and he explained how he would assist me and the types of contacts he had in mind to contact on my behalf. A very short time later (maybe a week or so) Terry called to explain he had secured an interview with a firm specialising in the area of law I practised in. Prior to the interview, Terry discussed interview preparation with me over the phone which was both reassuring and helpful. My interview was successful and I am extremely grateful to Terry for his professional, attentive and proactive approach to securing me the ideal job. Terry really did go the extra mile and CapeClarke does not compare to other legal recruitment agencies who I dealt with (and who have still not contacted me about any available jobs!)"

Construction Lawyer, placed into Systech Solicitors, Leeds


"I retained Terry when moving from Manchester to London and was extremely satisfied with the service that he and CapeClarke provided. Terry really listened to what type of firm I wanted to work at and what type of role I wanted to secure, he understood what I wanted and there were no speculative applications. At all stages of the recruitment process Terry kept me updated as to the progress that was being made and provided invaluable guidance on a number of issues and was willing to speak with me even outside of core hours. I have recommended Terry to a number of my friends and have no hesitation in continuing to do so."

Insolvency Solicitor, mid-tier firm in Manchester to Salans (London)


"I liaised with both Terry and Chris concerning my move and found both to be knowledgeable, proactive and supportive. The key differentiating factor was that I always felt that they were looking for the best move for me rather than trying to persuade me into making a move to a firm that wouldn't be the right fit. Such a focus on what is best for the person using their services is not something that I found to be particularly common among legal recruiters. I would not hesitate to recommend both Chris and Terry to anyone that is considering a move."

Corporate Solicitor, moving to Gordons


"Chris Clarke is a pro-active recruiter who boasts an impressive range of contacts within the legal profession in Leeds and beyond. His meticulous management of client relations often results in a successful outcome, and I would highly recommend Chris to any qualifying Trainee Solicitor looking to broaden their horizons."

NQ Employment Lawyer, moving to Irwin Mitchell (Leeds)


"I was really pleased with the high level of service I received from, specifically, Terry Cape and, generally, CapeClarke. Their knowledge of the market was impressive and they dealt with my move in an extremely efficient and professional manner. Their experience and guidance was particularly helpful in the interview process and when it came to negotiating my new salary and benefits. Ultimately, I trusted that I was getting sound advice when the time came to make a decision on whether or not to move."

Commercial Litigator, moving from the Big 6 to Stewarts Law


"I can't praise Terry enough for his legal recruitment expertise. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for employment in the legal sector.

Terry was invaluable in helping me secure the NQ role that I wanted. Not only was he understanding and supportive of what I was looking for, but he always provided open and honest advice and was available for last minute chats to ease my concerns. He completely understands the legal sector, and won't push you into anything you're not sure about.

He is a brilliant player to have in your corner and will always go the extra mile for you. I wouldn't hesitate in using his services again if I'm thinking about a move."

Leigh Jackson - Employment lawyer, moving to Addleshaw Goddard


"I found Chris Clarke at CapeClarke to be incredibly knowledgeable about the market and keen to identify what my career goals and aspirations were in order to find me a role that would match these. CapeClarke were excellent and I would recommend them to anyone looking to move jobs who is keen to use a recruiter who truly listens and is proactive in seeking out the right opportunities for you.?"

Commercial Litigator moving from Thomas Eggar LLP to Walker Morris


"I qualified as a Solicitor in November 2011 into a very tough market, especially for those at the Newly Qualified level. Having met Terry at a number of social and networking events, he was one of a few people I contacted to help me with my job search. Within a few days of me contacting CapeClarke, Terry had secured me an interview at my current firm and also made sure that I was fully prepared for it. I was lucky enough to secure the position, and in fact the whole process from being put forward for the role and being offered the job, was only 3 days! I would highly recommend Terry as a specialist legal recruiter and I wouldn't hesitate in using his services again."

NQ solicitor moving to Chadwick Lawrence


"Terry provided useful advice and insight throughout the recruitment process, and had excellent contacts at all of the firms I was interested in.

He knew I was particularly interested in a role at Addleshaw Goddard, and having worked there in the past, he was able to give me an in-depth and honest outline of the type of work they did, and also the culture and social side of the firm. He worked hard to secure me the role, and was always a friendly, genuine guy throughout the process. Highly recommended."

Real Estate NQ moving to Addleshaw Goddard


"Terry has a unique eye for the market in Leeds, through both industry knowledge and the contacts he maintains, each of which benefited when he was looking for a suitable position for me. I recommend Terry and his business partner Chris for their determined and proactive approach."

Commercial lawyer - mid-tier to DLA Piper


"Due to his unique sector knowledge and well established connections, Terry was able to help me find the right role in Leeds. Terry's perseverance, enthusiasm and support was above what was expected of him but very much an integral part in me securing my role."

Commercial lawyer moving to Addleshaw Goddard


"I would highly recommend Terry for his legal recruitment expertise. Terry was able to identify my career goals and tailor his advice to help me achieve those goals The advice provided by Terry was invaluable and helped me to achieve my objective of finding a Commercial Litigation role within a well respected firm."

Commercial Litigation NQ joining Gordons


"I would highly recommend Terry for anybody seeking legal recruitment advice. Terry fully understands and appreciates the position that trainee solicitors find themselves in approaching qualification and his advice is honest and helpful. Though I decided to qualify where I trained, Terry was fully supportive of this and I never experienced a hint of a pushy attitude in this respect. Whether you are looking to be placed or looking for legal recruitment advice generally, I would recommend Terry"

Real Estate Litigation Solicitor at Squire Patton Boggs


"Terry Cape offered support and assistance when I was looking for a newly qualified position. He offered invaluable advice in relation to my search and assisted with the drafting of my CV. His honesty in relation to DLA Piper in particular has led me to securing a role with them; Terry suggested I apply for an NQ real estate position with them directly as they weren't considering applicants put forward by recruiters at my level. I am truly thankful for Terry's assistance and would recommend him should you be looking for a new position."

Real Estate Solicitor at DLA Piper


"Terry put me forward for a role as a commercial property solicitor at a well-known North West law firm. Terry was very organised, well connected and professional in his approach and his excellent communication with me and with the firm in question meant the whole process worked very smoothly. As a final outcome I was extremely happy to be offered the role and look forward to starting soon."

Real Estate Solicitor, top 100 firm to Brabners


"Chris (and his business partner, Terry) is a trustworthy, honest and knowledgeable recruiter. In particular, Chris is pro-active and maintains an excellent range of contacts within the legal profession. I would highly recommend Chris to any qualifying Trainee Solicitor as he presented himself to be keen to identify what my career aspirations were and then strived to find me a role. CapeClarke were excellent and I would recommend them to anyone looking to move jobs. This is a recruiter who truly listens to what you want."

Wright Hassall trainee moving to Eversheds (Manchester)


"I couldn't recommend Nathan highly enough. He has completely changed my view of recruitment agents (for the better!). Totally professional, honest and easy to deal with. Listens and understands his client's needs and for that alone I would definitely recommend Nathan and CapeClarke."

Commercial Solicitor, moving to Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors


"An absolute pleasure to work with! Chris took the time to understand me, my requirements and my situation. Throughout an extremely stressful time up to qualification, Chris was always on hand to provide straight forward and honest advice. Supportive, knowledgeable and in my opinion, the cream of the legal recruitment market crop.I cannot recommend Chris and the CapeClarke team highly enough."

Alex Jones, Construction Lawyer


"I got in touch with Terry Cape after seeing a job advertised online. At the time I wasn't absolutely sure whether I wanted to move jobs but I was interested to find out more about the opportunities available in the marketplace. I am pleased to say that Terry?s approach was absolutely fantastic for someone in my position. He simply gave me honest and open information about the job and did not try to pressure me in any way. Throughout the whole process there was none of the 'hard sell' that some recruiters have become known for. When it came to the interview, Terry was extremely generous with his time and provided me with lots of advice about the sorts of questions that I might be asked. This was particularly helpful, as I hadn't had an interview for a number of years. Following the interview I was offered the job, but again Terry did not apply any pressure on me to accept. He helped me to weigh up the benefits of moving and made clear that I had to make to right decision for me. For anyone else looking for a new challenge in their career, I would highly recommend Terry and the rest of the team at CapeClarke. "

Contentious Private Client lawyer, moving to Clarion


"A huge thank you to CapeClarke for supporting me over the last six months in finding a NQ position. Their expertise is second to none and I cannot speak highly enough of them. If you're still looking for an NQ position or are thinking of making moves they would be my recommendation."

Kendel Shepherd - moving to Walker Morris

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