Recruiting General Counsel

Building legal leadership

With vast experience and global reach, we help businesses across every sector to find the most outstanding senior legal talent, and General Counsel to help develop and progress their careers.

Strong legal leadership is the lynch pin to every successful business. General Counsel today are more than just lawyers. They are part of the strategy and businesses rely on their knowledge and commerciality. Therefore, finding the right talent is crucial. 

How we can help

Finding senior legal talent

Hiring at this very senior level is more than just a new hire, it is a new partnership for the business. As a business you will be looking for someone who can not only deal with the pure practical legal matters but someone who can align this to the business objectives in the most commercial way.

We have a proven track record of delivering results in high-profile, complex senior legal talent searches and accessing our strong relationships with the General Counsel community.

Building legal teams

Whether you are looking to build out your headquartered legal team or launch in-house legal resource around the world you will be looking to find the highest quality talent.

Many businesses in recent years have looked to decentralise their legal teams and it has become more important than ever to have legal expertise on the ground. These lawyers provide local knowledge around specific laws and regulations but also local language skills allowing for ease of access when it comes to complicated legal matters.

Hiring your first lawyer

Making this investment is a big step for businesses and there are lots of questions, from when is the right time to bring in this resource to what kind of background should the lawyer have.

As a business, you need to scope the role out and establish where this talent would sit within your business and what long-term benefits having this resource will mean.

Meet our global leadership in-house legal team

By choosing to work with us, you will benefit from: 

Genuine global reach

Our 13 global offices have completed projects in more than 55 locations.  Through our extensive network we can consistently deliver in your search for talent 

An unrivalled track record

We have been responsible for some of the highest profile moves in the legal profession. We know how to achieve your goals

Market longevity

We pioneered the first recruitment consultancies in numerous global locations. We offer local market knowledge on a global scale

Focused expertise

We are a legal specialist search and recruitment consultancy dedicated to the legal profession. We speak your language and understand your markets  

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  • Posted July 17, 2024
The importance of diversity and inclusion within legal teams cannot be overstated in today’s rapidly changing legal landscape. Building a diverse legal team not only aligns with principles of equality and fairness but also profoundly impacts an organisation’s success. Diversity and inclusion are often grouped together because they are interconnected, and it is only in […]
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Q2: What are the in-house legal recruitment market trends?

  • Posted July 9, 2024
What is happening in the in-house legal recruitment market across the UK? The interim legal recruitment market Despite a slower start in Q1, Q2 saw rapid growth of the interim market. With many General Counsel experiencing restrictions in growth of their permanent headcount, the interim and consulting market has seen a further rise in popularity […]
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  • Posted June 18, 2024
What is it like to work in tech? But more specifically what does it mean to be a woman and work in tech? Taylor Root Director, Asha Morzaria, recently discussed just this with Adam Baldwin and learnt more about his role as General Counsel at the not-for-profit organisation, Girls in Tech. Before we learn more […]
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Taylor Root UK Trustee Network: An interview with Nicholas Eldred

  • Posted June 14, 2024
As part of our interview series for our Trustee Network, Taylor Root Partner, Sarah Ingwersen, recently spoke to Nicholas Eldred, Director at NE Consulting Services and Trustee of Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust. What does your charity do? Friends of the Earth campaigns to reduce the effects of climate change at local, national and international […]
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General Counsel succession planning – Rules for building lasting leadership

  • Posted May 14, 2024
Succession planning is no longer limited to just CEO positions; it has become essential for key management positions across various functions within organisations. This broader approach to succession planning acknowledges the critical role that key management positions play in driving organisational performance and mitigates the risks associated with vacancies in these roles. Given the increased […]
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How to engage interim legal resource: Day rate vs fixed term contract

  • Posted May 2, 2024
What is the difference between day rate contractors and salaried fixed term contract (FTC) employees? What type of contract to choose has been an age long debate in the interim market and it can be confusing to know which route is best for your legal function. Taylor Root has been working closely with businesses for […]
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Are you a new General Counsel? Top goals to accomplish in your first year.

  • Posted April 3, 2024
The first months in any new role are a critical period for setting the stage for success and making a positive impact on an organisation. For a new General Counsel who reports to the CEO and the board of directors, this effect is amplified because of the high profile of the position. There are several […]
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Q1: What are the in-house legal recruitment market trends?

  • Posted March 25, 2024
What is happening in the legal recruitment market across corporate and commercial and banking and financial services sectors? Corporate and commercial While economic uncertainty and geopolitical tensions continue to impact businesses the outlook for the UK Legal In-House Market in 2024 is more positive for commerce and industry than the news would suggest.We have seen […]
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How to describe your company culture in a way that attracts top talent

  • Posted February 19, 2024
When you’re seeking to hire new employees for your company, you’ll need more than money to attract top talent. Some of the most highly qualified candidates for a role aren’t just looking for the best compensation plan. But how do you attract those candidates who will be a great cultural fit for your organisation? It […]
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GC Roundtable wrap-up: Managing high-performing legal teams.

  • Posted February 2, 2024
Taylor Root Singapore, with hosts Theresa Pang, and Cassandra Lim, recently held a General Counsel roundtable, where speakers Andrew Ong, Vice President Legal at Kone, and Kay Pang, Senior Director & Associate General Counsel at VMWare, spoke about managing high-performing legal teams. Thank you Andrew and Kay, you’ve been so generous with your time and […]
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Taylor Root UK Trustee Network: An interview with Nicola Lucas

  • Posted February 1, 2024
As part of our interview series for our Trustee Network, Taylor Root Partner, Georgia Morgan-Wynne recently spoke to Nicola Lucas, General Counsel and Company Secretary at New Look about being a Trustee for One YMCA. What Trustee opportunities have you undertaken? I became a Trustee of the One YMCA based in Herts, Beds and Bucks nearly 10 years ago […]
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Additional selection criteria when hiring In-house Counsel

  • Posted January 31, 2024
Hiring In-house Counsel is a critical decision for any organisation, and it’s important to carefully consider various factors to ensure you choose the right candidate. Whilst legal expertise, work experience, and great references are essential, additional thought should be given to the following selection criteria throughout the interview process. Cultural Fit: Once you have a […]

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