A focus on our expertise within In-House recruitment.

Our In-house team supports businesses across the UK on the recruitment of legal talent, into their in-house departments. Regardless of the level of experience required, or the industry your business is in, we have a proven track record of finding the best lawyers for your respective teams.

By taking the time to get under a company’s skin we understand what makes it tick, helping us to match candidates based not only on skills and experience, but on cultural fit too. What’s more, our in depth understanding of organisations means we can stick around for the long term, offering specialist In-house services such as tailored advertising campaigns, internal newsletters and bespoke events.

Here's what our Head of In-House, Tom Bagley, had to say:

"I love recruiting in the in-house space. I really enjoy getting to understand each and every business we work with and what makes their legal team successful. I also enjoy helping lawyers make that correct next move, whether it's a first foray in-house or a further in-house move, it feels great to help people achieve their ambitions."


The team recruits nationally and has successfully supported hiring processes for all types of businesses (start up, SME, leading UK plc and Globally recognised brands) across various sectors including Tech/IT, Industrial, Construction, E-commerce, Manufacturing, FMCG, Retail, Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Sports. Anything from Paralegals, through to General Counsel/Head of Legal level, we can help your team to identify the right talent.


For interested candidates, we can promise that we’ll have the best handle on in-house opportunities in your area, ensuring you’re able to make your next move with confidence.

Tom Bagley

Head of In-House
0161 233 6360

Tom joined Douglas Scott in 2017 as part of the In-house team. He works with a range of top businesses across various sectors of the In-house market to place legal professionals, from paralegal through to General Counsel. Prior to Douglas Scott, Tom worked for 2 and a half years for a Financial Services sector based recruitment agency. During this period he specialised in the placement of interim risk and compliance contractors. Tom has a degree in Sports Injury Rehabilitation.

"Tom provided an exceptional service. He was very quick to respond to my queries and talked extensively about the role, so I felt prepared going into the interview. I will definitely recommend Douglas Scott in the future."

In-house Legal Counsel | Manchester

Nick Barrass

Managing Recruitment Consultant
0161 233 6360

Nick is part of our In-House team, operating across the North of England for all sizes of business across a variety of sectors. Nick handles candidates of all levels from Paralegals to General Counsel, ensuring they find the perfect fit for their next career move. He works with longstanding businesses which have established Legal teams, as well as those who are trying to build new Legal functions and make that important 1st In-House Legal Hire. Prior to Douglas Scott, he worked for 2 years at a Financial Services Recruiter and has 6 years’ experience in the Real Estate Finance sector. Nick studied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University. 

"I would like to thank you for all of your efforts in dealing with my recruitment. You and Lara have both been a pleasure to deal with. You are both a credit to your field and I would be sure to use your services again."

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