The best lawyers are not generally the same people who are actively looking for jobs/responding to job advertisements.
Traditionally recruitment agencies would advertise job roles and gradually build up a database of contacts via networking and other methods. Whilst our agency used to do these things, in more recent times these activities (particularly advertising) have not been successful in yielding the high-quality lawyers our clients want. Coupled with that, our clients can and do advertise themselves, often in places where we would also advertise. We therefore do not think it is an efficient use of our time or resources to do something our clients can do better themselves.
We have therefore evolved into more of a search or headhunting firm, where we approach lawyers who are employed (usually in a competitor’s firm) on behalf of our clients. However, unlike a search firm, we don’t take money upfront for this service. Instead we do it on a contingent basis – i.e. we only get paid if a candidate introduced by us starts working with your firm.
We usually work in a very methodical way, e.g: