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Problems we solve for candidates seeking legal counsel jobs

Florit Legal recruitment consultants have successfully filled in-house legal counsel jobs at all levels of seniority across the UK, in a variety of industry sectors, since 1998. In that time, we’ve engaged with thousands of lawyers looking to move in-house, or to develop their in-house legal careers further. Each and every one of them has encountered one or more of these 3 common problems – which you may now be facing.

Fulfilment and lifestyle

 

  • You’re ‘burning the candle’.
  • Long hours compromise your family time.
  • Rewards haven’t kept pace with the demands on you.
  • In legal practice, partnership might seem like a distant prospect, and you’ve started to question it. 
  • You’re have high levels of commitment, but the pressure to ‘fee-earn’ just doesn’t thrill you anymore.
  • You want to use your legal knowledge to make a tangible contribution to a business, feel valued, and have more fun.

Career progression

 

  • You feel your current role isn’t sustainable.
  • Relationships with colleagues and line managers aren’t what you expected.
  • Perhaps the role was over-sold to you.
  • The business isn’t making the best use of your skills.
  • You find yourself just crunching through contracts or deals, not getting any variety, or an opportunity to be strategic.
  • You may have started to feel that your skills won’t be developed further if you stay in your current role.

Some recruiters don’t listen!

 

  • Your legal skills are in short supply, but in high demand from law firms.
  • Practice roles just don’t excite you anymore.
  • You want something different and are prepared to wait for your ideal in-house legal role to come along.
  • The more the other recruiters encourage you to consider less desirable legal jobs, or those in a law firm, the less you’re inclined to trust them – their apparent  desire to make a fee just seems to eclipse any real drive to understand your needs.

We focus exclusively on legal counsel jobs

Legal counsel jobs are our passion. In-house legal recruitment is all we do. Legal counsel jobs are all you want to hear about, or you wouldn’t have come this far. So that’s all we will present you with. Florit Legal recruitment consultants will never contact you about roles in law firms. That’s a promise.

Many of our candidates became disillusioned with practising in a commercial law firm long ago. Over 95% of lawyers working in legal counsel jobs say they’d never go back to practice on job satisfaction alone. We respect that. We take time to listen to what you want to achieve.

Our recruitment methods don’t just focus on your CV and technical skills. If you’re not a corporate or commercial lawyer, we won’t write you off, based purely on your legal specialism. We do place lawyers from other specialisms; less frequently, but it does happen. Whatever your background, our mission is to place you in the right role for you, not just any in-house role.

Our ideal candidates

We’ve placed candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds into legal counsel jobs. Although there are no hard and fast rules on who we can or cannot help, there are some general trends to be aware of with in-house legal recruitment.

Our ideal candidate pool comprises lawyers from both in-house legal and private practice backgrounds.

In-House Lawyers

Our ideal candidates are usually corporate and commercial generalists from the in-house legal departments of FTSE or AIM-listed PLCs, large private equity backed businesses or overseas companies with a significant UK or European presence. We are always particularly interested in candidates who have held legal counsel jobs in:

  • Banking, Financial Services and FinTech
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Construction, Capital Projects, Energy and Utilities
  • Media, Entertainment and Sport
  • Retail and Travel
  • Manufacturing and Engineering

Private Practice Lawyers

Generally, the most marketable candidates come from a highly regarded UK or international commercial law firm in the ‘Magic Circle’, ‘Silver Circle’, City, West End, or major regional cities, and can balance technical legal skills with business acumen and good people skills with everyone from the boardroom to the shop floor. We are most frequently asked for:

  • Corporate Finance and M&A Lawyers
  • Commercial Contracts Lawyers
  • Technology Media and Telecoms (TMT) Lawyers
  • Financial Services Regulatory Lawyers
  • Data Protection Lawyers
  • Construction and Projects Lawyers

What our candidates say

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