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We identify, attract, assess and recruit the top legal candidates in the country.

And then we introduce them to you.

At Clayton Legal we understand that your recruitment issues are likely to be complex and most certainly unique to your law firm. That’s why our team of specialist consultants will create and build a recruitment strategy for your business that is tailored specifically to your requirements. We’ll start at the beginning – getting to know you, your law firm, your skills gaps, and your future plans. We’ll use our knowledge and expertise built over 30 years in the industry to guide and advise you on the best strategy for achieving the talent pipeline your law firm demands.

Tell us who it is you want to find. At Clayton Legal we provide a thorough and comprehensive recruitment service to every specialism within the legal sector, from full time Solicitor and fee-earner positions to Locums. Just let us know where your talent gaps lie and who it is you’re looking to find; our specialist team of expert consultants will take care of the rest.

Rely on us for advice, support and industry stats. Our recruitment capabilities stretch far beyond candidate searches – we’ll provide research and information on latest market trends from our own surveys and white papers to inform you at every stage of the recruitment process. We can provide a unique insight into renumeration package variations and how best to retain top talent in the wake of talent shortages. In fact, we’ll provide recruitment expertise wherever and whenever you may need it, whether that’s strategically dealing with counter offers, or developing and implementing the most effective interview process.

A personal service on a national scale. We provide legal recruitment solutions for every area of the UK from Inverness to Plymouth and all that’s in-between. Though the area we cover is broad, the service we provide for our clients is assuredly focussed. So whether you’re looking for a family solicitor in Leeds, a paralegal in southwest London, or an employment solicitor in Worcester, our team of consultants have the market insight and regional know-how to find you the right talent for the job.

You’ll gain a recruitment strategy that grows with your firm

It’s no secret that the current demand for legal professionals outstrips supply. To succeed within the competitive legal sector, you need a robust and effective talent pipeline that can cope with chronic shortages in the market, and a sector-wide demand for specialist talent.

At Clayton Legal we place importance on building trusting working relationships with our clients that last, and we’ll go above and beyond to invest in our partnerships. We won’t just work with you to solve your recruitment challenges now; we’ll be there to meet your demands for the future whether that’s finding a talented protégé, quickly filling an unexpected skills gap, or providing additional specialist support during busy periods. We’ll help you build your own long-term relationships with potential employees by strengthening your employer brand, identifying future talent gaps and developing a recruitment plan that works for your firm, for the long-term.

The best bit? You’ll be dealing with a team of consultants you can trust and rely on, who already understand your law firm and its own unique recruitment needs. So, for every future candidate search you embark on, you’ll always be one step ahead.

We specialise in all areas of Private Client and Commercial Law from Partner level, Associate, Solicitor and Unqualified fee earners to Paralegal in addition to specialist skills within a Legal Practice including:

  •    Property Law Residential, Commercial and Real Estate
  •    Litigation, Civil and commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  •    Company/Commercial
  •    Employment Law
  •    Personal Injury Including all areas of Negligence
  •    Private client including Family Law, Will Trust, Probate
  •    Compliance and Regulatory Law
  •    Banking
  •    Cost Lawyers
  •    Practice Management/Legal Cashiers
  •    Legal Secretarial
  •    Marketing
  •    Human resources
  •    Legal IT


Every recruitment agency will tell you they’re experts in their field. But the hiring process can be challenging, complex and often volatile, so it’s crucial you can trust in your recruitment consultants to deliver what they say they will.

At Clayton Legal we make a set of promises to every client we work with. It means you can be sure of what we can offer you and just as importantly, what we won’t; no hidden surprises, no false claims, no unrealistic expectations. We won’t waste your time with non-specific candidates, we’ll never breach your confidentiality, we won’t leave you waiting for feedback and we won’t let you down.

Our promises below outline what you CAN expect from us. So, if you like what you see, then get in touch to discuss how we can tailor a recruitment strategy to specifically meet the needs of your law firm. We’ll give you our all – it’s our promise to you.

Our promises to our clients

Our time – starting as we mean to go on you will deal with an expert in the field, we’ll take a full brief to fully understand your firm, the roles you need to fill, and the talent you want to find. We’ll give advice on remuneration and candidate availability as and when you need it, so that you’re always one step ahead.

We can fill skills gaps immediately – providing support however short the notice, we’ll deliver temporary and locum cover where needed.

We’ll screen, sift and shortlist CV’s quickly and efficiently – we produce a shortlist…with over 30 years of active and passive candidates on a database, and can give you access to a shortlist usually within 24 hours.

We’ll put your roles in front of the right candidates – we advertise on all leading jobs boards within the market.

We’ll give you access to our extensive candidate database – your gateway to our very own database of both passive and active candidates, all pre-screened.

You’ll benefit from our exclusive fostered relationships – you can capitalise on the positive working partnerships we’ve already built up with valuable contacts.

We’ll manage every stage of the process for you – from the search to the interview, the offer to the placement, we’ll guide you every step of the way.

Once your vacancy is filled, we’ll stick around – we provide a comprehensive aftercare service, keeping in touch long after the probation period ends.

We’ll use market leading software to aid your search – we have innovative, cutting-edge tools at our disposal to ensure we achieve the best results for you.

We’ll always be at the end of the line – we endeavour to be available whenever you need us, returning your calls and keeping you updated every step of the way.