Commercial Team

A focus on our expertise within Private Practice.

Whether you are looking to hire your next Lawyer or are seeking your next role within one of the Commercial Practice areas, you will need an established team that deals with a strong and reliable network. Here at Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment, we have spent over a decade building on our knowledge of the sub-categories and ever-growing talent pools found within the commercial legal profession. This is, whilst having consistently serviced the full range of law firms, varying from boutiques to international corporates.

Commercial Law is a perpetually thriving sector due to its vital function within the economy and respectively within society as a whole. In line with this changing social landscape, the commercial law job market is a highly competitive space that requires services of the highest calibre. In effect, our passionate stance and well-informed perspective place us at the forefront of leading recruitment services associated with commercial law. And, as the legal market continues to grow and diversify, our approachable team are here to support you with their considerate approach towards methods of communication and discretion.


Whether it be construction or real estate, disputes or insolvency, our 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 significant and varied resources into building our network across the commercial market; whilst not only considering professional factors, but also personal and cultural values that play a role in effectively connecting clients with suitable candidates. On the one hand, we are equipped in supporting Partners with their professional strategies and decision-making. On the other hand, we are equally as prepared to support junior lawyers in their journey from university through to qualification, and we are as committed as ever to building on these relationships throughout the entirety of their careers. This human touch, coupled with our extensive market mapping technology and refined research skills, have enabled us to not only source the appropriate candidates, but to also market insight and management information. As demonstrated by our growing connections with top commercial law firms, we aim to ensure a clear, smooth, and concise recruitment process for all parties involved.


We are fortunate as a business to work with the vast majority of the Legal Market. Maintaining such hands-on engagement enables us to unlock a unique perspective of all the opportunities across the commercial law sector. From the innovators, the entrepreneurs, and the traditionalists – all of whom offer the greatest reward, the most flexibility, and the clearest career path. As a result, we thoroughly understand you and your journey within the legal profession. With this being said – we are not only here to assist you in the navigation of your next job move, but equally in helping you to shape the strongest, most suitable career path possible.

In order to obtain a secure grip on your prospects and present you to clients with the utmost confidence, our dedicated consultants offer advice ranging from organisational duties to client liaison and negotiation. This way we can meet your exact objectives and closely match you with a firm that aligns with your specification, whilst at the same time offering organisational, quality-assured coaching services on the market.

Jon-Paul Hanrahan

Associate Director and Head of 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  

Sam Green

Associate Recruitment Consultant
0161 233 6360

After securing a Geography degree at Leeds Uni, Sam joins Douglas Scott as a Recruitment Consultant as part of the Corporate/Commercial desk with a specific focus on placing Paralegals and Solicitors across the North West. 

Prior to Douglas Scott, Sam spent a year in Accountancy until he decided he wanted a career move into recruitment. In his spare time Sam enjoys socialising with friends and travelling around the world watching Man City play.

Abigail McGinty

Recruitment Consultant
0161 233 6360

1. What were you doing before you joined Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment?

I was a legal recruitment consultant at another agency.


2. What are you most looking forward to in your new role?

I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and network within the legal market, and working in a new environment with new people.


3. If you weren’t in recruitment what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t in recruitment I think I would be cabin crew as I love travel.


4. Tell us something that people might not know about you?

I’m half Irish.


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