Commercial Team

A focus on our expertise within Private Practice.

Whether you are looking to hire your next commercial lawyer or looking for your next role, you’ll need a team that has a network. Here at Douglas Scott we have spent a decade building our knowledge of the commercial talent pool whilst servicing the full range of law firms from boutiques to international corporates.

This is a highly competitive space, and as the legal market continues to grow and diversify, our service, based on high levels of communication and discretion, is here to support you.


Whether it be construction or real estate, arbitration or insolvency, our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you attract the best talent for your firm. Whether it be individuals or teams, we have the expertise to negotiate bumps in the road whilst providing a service that is knowledgeable and professional.

We have invested a significant and varied amount of resources into building our network across the commercial market. We support junior lawyers in their journey from university to qualification and we have taken time to build long lasting relationships throughout the entirety of their careers. This human touch, coupled with our extensive market mapping technology, has enabled us to not only provide suitable candidates, but also market insight and management information.


We are fortunate at Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment to work with the vast majority of the market. This gives us a unique perspective of all the opportunities across the market – the innovators, the entrepreneurs, the traditionalists – each of whom offer the greatest reward, the most flexibility, the clearest career path. Having collaborated with such a variety of firms, this is what equips us for deciding which firm is most likely to be right for you or you and your team.

Jon-Paul Hanrahan

Head of Corporate & Commercial
0161 233 6360

Jon-Paul has been with Douglas Scott since its inception and has played a major role in the company's strategic direction, building the brand, and developing relationships with law firms across the world. With over 20 years’ experience working as a legal recruiter partnering with major international law firms and In-house departments at FTSE250 and Fortune500 companies.  Jon-Paul now leads the Corporate & Commercial team both nationally and internationally.

In recent years, Jon-Paul has advised on several senior lateral hires and team moves and has developed a deep understanding of the global flow of leading lawyers predominately across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Jon-Paul impressed me from our first meeting. He spent a lot of time working out what was best for me and then presented 2 excellent opportunities. I would definitely recommend him to senior lawyers. I trusted his advice and he came up with the goods. A pleasure to work with.

Legal500 Recommended Environment & Planning Partner  

Chris Mather

Senior Recruitment Consultant
0161 233 6360

Chris joined Douglas Scott in 2019 as a Senior Recruitment Consultant with experience in professional services and a strong background in senior appointments. He works with lawyers across all commercial disciplines for major City Centre and Regional Law Firms in the North West

Gabriella Smith

Recruitment Consultant
0121 272 7371

Gabriella joined our Corporate/Commercial desk in 2021, focussing on placing Paralegals and Solicitors across the Midlands. Prior to joining Douglas Scott, Gabriella specialised in event organising. She aims to keep her client service and dedication at the heart of everything she does throughout her career progression.


We partner the HR professionals, practice managers, partners and business leaders who are accountable for hiring talent into their business.


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