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.

Clients

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.

Candidates

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

Head of Corporate & Commercial
0161 233 6360

jp@douglas-scott.co.uk

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.m@douglas-scott.co.uk

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@douglas-scott.co.uk

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.

Expertise

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

Newsletter

Sign up for Touchpoint, our monthly newsletter covering what’s happening in the legal sector plus the latest trends, case studies and not to be missed interviews.