Why should you use a legal recruiter?

John Macklin / April 8, 2015

Why should you use a legal recruiter?

Your choice of a recruiter — and the way you manage the process — will have a profound impact on your short-term and long-term opportunities. How well you work with your legal recruiter will directly influence how successful the legal recruiter is in working with you.

Here are some reasons why you should choose to use a legal recruiter:


First and foremost, because of the make-up of the legal landscape, whereby ‘everyone knows everyone’, many lawyers (in particular partners) are hesitant to send their details to another law firm directly. This results in specialist legal recruiters being able to call on a larger pool of candidates for a given job.



When it comes to negotiating salaries, if a lawyer is dealing directly with a firm or company, the discussion can often become contentious and can lead to a breakdown in process. The use of a legal recruiter as a mediator for this delicate stage in the recruitment process leads to a better chance of success.



Law firms are not experts at legal recruitment and do not have the same knowledge of the legal recruitment market as a specialist legal recruiter.


Selling Power

It is far more effective for a legal head-hunter / recruitment consultant to ‘sell’ a particular role or firm to a prospective candidate as their opinions and analysis are more objective.


Your Strategic Legal Partner

It is important to remember that when you are selecting a recruiter that they are in effect representing you, your firm or your company. The recruiter becomes the initial face of your firm / company in the eyes of any potential candidates. This image can be enhanced greatly by ensuring the legal recruitment consultant has a deep knowledge about your firm/company and the role in question.


John Macklin ( LL.B, LL.M, MBA, Attorney-at-Law) is Director of Lincoln Recruitments’ legal division. To discuss your Legal recruitment or to have confidential talk about the current legal opportunities that we have on offer, please contact John on jmacklin@lincoln.ie or on 01-6610444.  

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