Our Service

“We build trusting partnerships to drive success”


Paul Reece
– GRL Director

Our Process

It’s really simple, we provide the highest levels of service through a friendly partnership-based approach designed to be positive and get results.  

By being able to identify exactly where we add value at each stage of the process, we continue to develop robust, inclusive and successful processes.

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1. Working in partnership

From the outset we work with clients and candidates in consultative and constructive processes designed to advise most effectively on rapidly changing sector requirements. We are open and not afraid to push back where required.

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2. Strategy Selection & Sourcing

We work hard to clearly define roles, future requirements, map out possibilities and understand the needs of both the business and the potential candidate so that we can always provide appropriate advice and guidance.

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3. Selection Process

We take the time to meet every long-listed candidate in person, why? Experience tells us that a candidate’s CV is only part of their story and the real value add to our clients is in providing insight gained through actually sitting down with people. This also ensures our shortlists are diverse and appropriate.

Our Services

Recruitment

Bar

Having played a significant role in the development of leading Chambers and the practices of some of the biggest names at the Bar, GRL’s consultants are perfectly placed to advise and support chambers seeking new members and individuals and teams testing the market or exploring their options.

Leadership

Through their hands-on experience in senior leadership roles in leading barristers’ chambers, law firms and the professional services sector, GRL’s consultants are uniquely placed to advise on and recruit to a full range of leadership roles at the Bar. We enjoy advising the Bar on newly created and existing roles and in attracting and securing the most talented individuals.

Management

Modern business practices require a more defined approach, including the management of defined elements of the business by professionals able to manage effectively and work collaboratively.

Business Development and Marketing

GRL understands the importance of effective business development and marketing for the Bar and works in partnership with clients to attract and recruit individuals capable of developing and improving works streams, maintaining and growing existing client relationships and building and improving the visibility of the business.

Business Support

GRL has an outstanding record of attracting and placing highly suitable individuals to all business support and administration roles at the Bar.  Our service is efficient and pro-active and we operate with the utmost discretion when dealing with clients and candidates alike.  We run open, robust and fair recruitment processes, placing client and candidate needs at the heart of everything we do.

Law Firms, Professional Services and Legal Innovators

We work with small, mid sized and boutique law firms, other professional services businesses and legal innovators (ABS and barrister led entities), providing a complete range of services and solutions as we do with the Bar.  Lawyers, leaders, business drivers and professional business support roles, all assignments are dealt with the same level of commitment to service and client care.

Consultancy

GRL has a proven track record of working in partnership with clients on small, medium and large scale single consultancy projects or on an on-going basis. We also understand the importance of impartiality, which allows us to operate most effectively.

Business Development

Legal Directory submissions – through our expert consultant Sheena Byrne, a qualified solicitor, business development professional and one of the original team of researchers and then editor of Chambers UK Guide, we advise and guide on specific elements or manage entire directory processes for the Bar and law firms.

Highlights

40 of the top 50 chambers have trusted us with their recruitment

92% of new business comes from repeat instruction and client referrals

We have placed more senior leadership roles at the bar than ALL of our competitors combined

Our Team

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Nick Rees

Managing Director

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David W Rees

Director

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Ann Langford

Senior Consultant

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Clare Longhurst

PR Consultant

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Paul Reece

Director of Business Development

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Patricia Rees

Director

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Will Taborn

Consultant

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Matt Curness

Director of Recruitment

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Ed Rees

Senior Researcher/Administration Manager

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Alan Longden

Senior Consultant

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Gudula Goscomb

Director of Operations and Finance

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Sheena Byrne

Senior Consultant

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Geraint John

Consultant

Our Culture

We feel our clients can explain better than we can:

“GRL are focused on the best outcome for both the individual and the organisation rather than the commercial advantage of placing a candidate….. GRL are astute, intelligent and honourable”CEO, leading Common Law Chambers

Our Vision

Is to be the ‘go to’ partner for our clients’ recruitment, staff training and business growth requirements.  To be referred by clients for having the experience and skills to provide significant value add and make the experience of recruiting and developing business a positive and a pleasant one!

In a time where the best business relationships are built on openness, trust, and integrity, we want to be leading this change.

Who we work with

Our client list is growing.  From our traditional market of the UK’s leading barristers’ chambers, we’ve continue to develop professional relationships with leading boutique law firms, small and medium sized law firms and professional services businesses.  We also work with legal innovators, ABS’s and new barrister led entities. Our professional services clients include the financial and property sectors.

Our clients treat us an equal partner and not a supplier.

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“GRL are proactive and often come to us with ideas that are beneficial to both parties”

Practice Director, leading Commercial Chambers

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“I have no doubt that without GRL's valuable input Chambers would not now be leading the way in our sectors as we presently are”

Head of Chambers, leading PI and Civil set

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"GRL confidently and seamlessly guided us through the crucial process of recruiting a new Chambers Director”

Head of Recruitment Committee, leading Commercial and Civil set

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“Great in providing advice when discussing future plans for individuals and chambers giving progression advice”

Senior Clerk, leading Property and Civil set

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“What sets GRL apart is their unique understanding of the Bar and the issues that both members and staff face, in their daily working lives”

Senior Clerk, leading Public Law, Employment and Commercial Chambers

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“I trust GRL's judgment and guidance on who might be suitable for the role”

Senior Practice Manager, leading Commercial Chambers

For more information, or to discuss your requirements, please contact our team on +44(0) 203 397 2959 or info@grllegal.com