Clayton Legal - services to clients


We have been recruiting for law firms across the UK for over 23 years, and act for a wide range of businesses including leading US firms, Magic and Silver Circle, Regionals, High-Street and Boutique establishments.

As a leading legal recruitment business, we have built up a vast network of connections throughout the legal sector, and understand the importance of having a team of consultants that understand their markets inside out.

We have specialist teams who focus on recruitment across:

  • The North West
  • Yorkshire / Humberside and Scotland
  • The West and East Midlands
  • London and The Home Counties
  • The South West

The services we offer very much start with you – your requirements, your own hiring strategy, your business and your budget. From our standard contingency service to our retained service offering, we work at all times with those in mind – to deliver you the people you need, swiftly, that are the right fit, first time.

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Contingency search is our entry level and standard service which allows law firms access to our extensive data base of already pre-screened candidates saving time allowing a shortlist to be drawn up together, quickly, in line with your instructions.

This service is most suitable for all areas of recruitment where there is availability of the required skills, and where time is of the essence. Fees are payable on completion.

After a full detailed instruction is taken you will benefit from:

  • Full access to a large data base of active candidates whose skills match your specific role requirements
  • Access to the passive market via advertising on market leading platforms and social networks.
  • A quick response time scale to provide you with a shortlist of suitably qualified candidates (typically within 48 hours)
  • Dedicated recruitment manager to manage the recruitment from end to end including offer management and post start date
  • Fees are paid on success backed by financial guarantees

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Our retained service is Clayton Legal’s ‘gold star’, fully-tailored recruitment service, typically suitable for more senior hires, where candidates aren’t on the active market, and typically more scarce. By retaining our services and expertise this allows our team to collaborate exclusively with you, allowing more time to execute the recruitment project covering all areas of the active and passive market in a wider more detailed search and thorough process map – and has an almost 100% success rate.

With our retained service there are three stages

  • Instruction Stage
  • Search Phase
  • Action Stage

We put together a tailored shortlist of candidates from the wider market using a plethora of tools and techniques to match precisely to your brief. The team will typically be made up of a dedicated account manager and a team of world class researchers. You will also have access to supplementary services including psychometric testing, benchmarking, and video platforms appropriate for your needs.

Our fees are paid in part upfront and the remainder on success at each stage of the process.

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With a record-breaking number of unfilled vacancies throughout the UK, businesses are placing a significant time and effort into attracting the ideal talent. Often, this means going beyond standard legal job boards and searching for passive candidates with specialist recruitment teams instead.

Developing a strong pipeline of potential employees is valuable. However, it’s important not to overlook an existing pool of talent that you already have access to -your current employees.

The people already in your team are eager for new opportunities and growth. Unfortunately, in the hunt for new talent, it’s easy to forget about what your existing staff members need. The last thing you want is to lose your key talent while you look to fill other gaps…

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    Permanent Recruitment

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    Retained Search

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    Contingency Search

Finding suitable legal candidates with enough experience can be very challenging in a Law Firm, most people will stay put. However, the team at Clayton Legal listened to what we wanted and only put forward legal professionals who met, and in many cases, exceeded those expectations. We have used the services of Clayton Legal in the past and wouldn’t hesitate to use them for future requirements, as well as recommend them to other businesses

Practice Manager, Derby

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If you’re looking for the next hire for your Firm, you’re in the right place.

Once we have reviewed your documentation and/or notes, one of our recruitment consultants who specialise in your practice area and region will be in touch to discuss your requirements in more detail, any legal professionals we already think would be a good fit, as well as those all important next steps and what you can expect from us.