In-house Team

A focus on our expertise within In-house recruitment.

If you are looking to grow your In-house legal team or you are a legal professional looking for your next move in commerce and industry then our specialist In-house recruitment team are on hand to offer personal, bespoke recruitment solutions, tailored to your individual needs.

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. 


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. We can assist with requirements from Paralegal level through to General Counsel, such is the strength of our dedicated professional networks.


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.

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  

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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