The Benefits of Using a Legal Recruiter

September 11, 2016

Ah, the age old idea of the recruiter being nothing more than a middleman!

Unfortunately, there are some rather mediocre legal recruiters out there who don’t really act for firms and do nothing other than cold call and try to entice a solicitor to move and then speculatively send their CVs around the market.  Those recruiters do nothing to contradict the first line of this blog.

However, if you pick the right legal recruiter, that relationship is worth its weight in gold.  A good legal recruiter knows the market, and the firms within it, inside out.  He or she will know the personalities or culture of the firm and be able to provide a honest appraisal of your options and where the best fit might be found.

We believe that a legal recruiter shouldn’t be too focused on simply trying to make the placement…the legal recruiter should act as a career advisor.  That is what we are at CapeClarke.  We believe that you should be given the best advice possible.  We are proud to have advised many solicitors, including hundreds of trainee solicitors and NQs, about how to navigate various stages of their legal careers.  In some cases, as can be attested to by our testimonials page, we have advised people to stay where they are if we genuinely believe that is the right option for them!

If moving is the right thing for you, we are perfectly placed to provide you with everything you need to make the move, including:

  • A detailed appraisal of the market;
  • An in-depth understanding of law firms within numerous locations;
  • Close relationships with partners and decision-makers, to assist your interview preparation; and
  • Invaluable experience understanding and negotiating salaries.

A good legal recruiter can sometimes be the difference between getting the job and not getting the job…or making the right decision and the wrong decision.


If you have been thinking about a move or would just like some general advice about options in the market, please feel free to contact one of our dedicated consultants on 0113 2385965.

CapeClarke is a leading niche legal recruitment consultancy operating across Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool and London. Please feel free to check out our priority legal vacancies by clicking here.  Please note these legal vacancies are only a small selection of those we have been instructed on, so please get in touch if you do not see a role which looks suitable.

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