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Top Legal Recruitment Agencies UK + Legal Recruitment Stats & Trends

Needing a legal recruitment agency in the UK to help find the right lawyer(s) for your law firm? Here are some of the top legal recruitment agencies that can help law firms in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland:-

JMC Legal Recruitment – “As a dedicated national legal recruitment company, we’re experts in our field – as attested by our growing roster of top-flight firms and exclusive roles.” Legal Jobs – Private Practice – In-House Legal Counsel Recruitment – London Legal Jobs – Partner moves

Robert Walters International Legal Recruitment – “Robert Walters’ Legal operates across 20 countries globally, offering unrivalled local market knowledge and global reach. Our local teams are committed to recruiting top quality legal talent for permanent, temporary, contract and interim opportunities across the world.”

Michael Page Legal – “As a flagship PageGroup business, Michael Page Legal has been at the forefront of legal recruitment for more than 32 years. Our size and capability means we are unique in our ability to specialise in every market we serve.”

Thomson Legal – “With 20+ years’ experience and knowledge of the legal sector behind us, we advise and place lawyers into new legal positions in private practice, in-house and the public sector. At Thomson Legal, we operate locally out of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, London and Dublin.”

BCL Legal – Legal Recruitment in Manchester, London & Birmingham – “The UK’s number one legal recruiter; People led and tech-driven, BCL Legal’s intelligent recruiting assures the highest quality legal professionals and job roles”; “90% of lawyers who move are registered with BCL”; “97% of BCL-placed lawyers stay with the business for over a year”; “Over 11,000 lawyers placed since 2003”.

Legal Recruitment Stats

The following are 4 key legal recruitment stats:-

  1. There are 210,152 solicitors in the UK (as at August 2021) (compared with 1.3 million lawyers in the US) and is rising consistently year on year as per this graph from the SRA’s website

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2. Yet the number of law firms in the UK appears to be decreasing, with 9,950 law firms (as at August 2021) compared with a recent peak number of 11,369 law firms in May 2012 (source: SRA official statistics on number and types of law firms)

3. The average salary for a solicitor in the UK in 2021 is £48,219 according to Reed and £49.378 according to Indeed.

4. London solicitor salaries are the highest in the UK, averaging £70,375 as at 2021 according to Glassdoor

Legal Recruitment Trends

Technology lawyer jobs are some of the fastest rising while corporate and M&A lawyer job opportunities and demand appear to be shrinking according to this graph from Chambers Associate (albeit a snapshot from the US legal market rather than UK).

 

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For Scottish legal aid solicitor recruitment see our article Mark Thorley on “The Future Of Legal Aid In Scotland”

More legal recruitment trends to follow.

Other Great Legal Recruitment Agencies?

If you are part of a leading provider of legal recruitment solutions for law firms and you would like to be considered to be listed above please contact us here.

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Gavin Ward is the founder of WardBlawg, Director of YouBlawg Limited and Director at Moore Legal Technology Limited, specialising in helping law firms, lawyers and businesses grow their businesses online and aiming to help get great legal content published and shared across the web. Gavin created this law blog or ‘blawg’ to aim to contribute useful updates, thoughts and advice to help law firms, businesses and the legal profession in the UK and across the world succeed both online and offline.
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