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Recruiting Legal Professionals

A sector like no other.  Demand for high calibre legal professionals have never been higher or more competitive than right now.  The global pandemic has brought about a fundamental change in the way law firms operate and the services they provide.. With many of the Optimal team having experience of working within Legal Services and Recruitment professionals with extensive experience of recruiting into law firms we have an excellent understanding of this market place.

Over 20 years experience

Providing high calibre legal professionals across the UK

At Optimal Recruitment, our Legal Services Recruitment team delivers on permanent, temporary and contract appointments from Graduate to Senior Partner level. Our unique, professional and client-focused approach allows us to build and maintain long-lasting and trusting relationships with employers from international Insurers to SME’s and respected niche / boutique law firms.

We specialise in both in-house and private practice appointments. Our aim is getting to know our clients’ businesses, their culture and how we can support them to reach their goals by providing the right candidates for their company.

Our Legal Services Recruitment team operate out of offices in West Yorkshire & Manchester and as of 2019 we opened our London branch giving us coverage for the major legal hubs across the UK.

We're here to help

If you would like to discuss a vacancy, or you’re exploring your recruitment options, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you and discuss how we can help. 

The Legal roles we recruit include

The process of buying or selling a property required the services of a Conveyancer and that conveyancer can be either a Solicitor, Licensed Conveyancer or Legal Executive. We assist firms across the country who through growth or staff turnover require additional support to complement their existing caseload. Buying a property can be an overwhelming experience without the help of an experienced property lawyer to guide you through the conveyancing process. Conveyancing is the legal transfer of a property from one owner to another. The process involves a conveyancing solicitor or licensed conveyancer who acts on behalf of the buyer to ensure their client receives the title deeds to the property and the land it sits on. Conveyancing encapsulates the entirety of the legal and administrative work required to ensure a house purchase is valid under law.

Employment lawyers deal with an employee and his/her rights and obligations. On the other hand, it deals with the employer’s rights, duties and obligations. Into this equation come matters of legislation, statutory authorities, regulations of conduct and the actual processes through which the law is administered and followed. If you’re thinking about entering this area of law, the first obvious step will be to identify the area in which you want to specialise, looking for firms and opportunities where this requirement can be fulfilled. Solicitors who represent individuals or a group of employees will work on collecting information and research, preparing documentation (e.g. contracts, claims and pleadings), providing advice to clients and conducting negotiations and settlements on their behalf. Employment lawyers representing employers will provide advice to companies and institutions on defence against claims, HR policies covering all aspects of employment, contractual content on remuneration, early and normal retirements, and negotiate with employees and/or their unions. By recruiting the perfect individual we are ensuring our clients are fully equipped to represent their clients which in turn ultimately assures as positive an outcome as possible.

Private client lawyers work with individuals and families, providing legal advice on a variety of matters such as investments, taxation, estate management, wills and testamentary issues. Private clients are usually very rich and high net worth individuals or landowners who hold massive amounts of properties and other assets. Private client lawyers also tend to deal with charities too. These might be small, not-for-profit associations or fully-fledged organisations that are run like a business and have immense budgets. The main objective of a private client lawyer is to provide advice which will help preserve, build and maintain wealth and establish trusts. They will also offer prudent guidance on matters, such as inheritance tax and capital gains tax. The recruitment of Private Client Solicitors is more than just about placing a candidate with a company. Where the Services of a Private Client is called upon it is often at a time where condolence and care is paramount. The person has to have the ability to show utmost dignity and not just fee earn.

Through our network of Professional platforms we have access to a large number of the top Clinical Negligence Lawyers in the UK ranging from Assistant Solicitors to Heads of Department. Clinical negligence lawyers are very specialist and practice legislation to protect both medical patients and providers. Clinical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider has done something wrong during the treatment of their patient. For example, a doctor may have misdiagnosed a patient or made a mistake when operating. Victims of negligent medical treatment can claim compensation in these kinds of circumstances.

 

As with all legal claims, some elements must be present for the claim to be successful. Suffering an injury because of medical treatment is not sufficient to take legal action. The claimant must establish two things:

 

  1. That, on the balance of probabilities, the treatment did not comply with medically acceptable standards
  2. That the treatment was a direct cause of the injury

 

If the claimant can establish these elements they can receive compensation. This includes payment for the pain they have suffered, for ongoing treatment needed and for psychological suffering, among others. For those lawyers acting for the defendants (the health care providers), the work can be just as rewarding. They protect hospitals from having to make payments to every patient that is unhappy about their treatment. Surely, this would put a huge strain on the NHS and the whole health care system.

A large portion of the Commercial Solicitors we have registered with us work for top 100 firms or inhouse at international companies, and several specialise in both commercial and corporate law so we are well equipped to cater for the recruitment needs of a Commercial department as and when required.

Our Commercial Law clients specialise in advising on and drafting a wide variety of agreements that businesses enter into on a daily basis.

This includes agreements for a wide range of industries and business types: from sole traders to SMEs; OMBs and large corporations, including PLCs.

Commercial Law experts can assist on a broad range of contracts and transactions such as agency and distribution agreements, joint venture agreements, commercial contracts and franchising. Whatever the agreement, proposal or issue Commercial Lawyers are well equipped to advise swiftly, pragmatically and with business needs in mind. Along with advising on commercial arrangements Corporate Lawyers can assist with business structure and governance.

If you would like us to support your Legal recruitment and any of the roles which fall within this function, you can contact us through our contact page, we’re open Monday to Friday, from 8am till 6pm.

What our clients say

Meet our Recruitment experts

Our team of experienced Recruitment professionals have worked across multiple sectors and have significant experience of supporting our clients with all their recruitment needs

Melanie Stead

Managing Director

Georgina Sowden

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Russell Tovey

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Shirley Stead

Recruitment Consultant

Sharna McWilliam

HR Administrator