Advice for lawyers
Our team of experts are here to help you at every stage of your career. We offer a personal service to all of our candidates at all levels of experience, focusing on your skills and career aspirations to ensure we place you in the right role.
Decisions you make now will have a huge effect on your future career. At no other stage will you have such a large number of options open to you. The early years are crucial; they shape your career, so as a newly qualified lawyer it is important you consider all of the realistic available options and seek advice from people who know the market well and who can provide sound career guidance.
It is our role at gmk to give you an honest appraisal of what is happening in the market. We will assist you through the process – from the practicalities of how to draft a CV and perform at interview, through to the choices of specialism and firm available to you.
As an associate it is often incorrectly thought that the only significant way in which you can change your career is by leaving private practice completely. However there are many ways of transforming your working environment, your remuneration and even the nature of your work without taking this step.
As private practice specialists we can outline the main options open to you whatever your reasons for making a move. We can run through the firms, their cultures, deals and salaries that can be expected, together with an indication of how your future career will be affected by the move.
If you are an equity or fixed share partner, and your current firm is no longer the best platform for you to operate from, there are an increasing number of firms to choose from.
Having placed partners in a broad cross section of UK and US firms since 1998, gmk has accumulated a large contact base which means we can ensure your CV is seen by the key decision makers in a firm. Our extensive market knowledge enables us to cover the entire market for you, because we know where the opportunities lie.
We can advise you on what is happening in the market, guiding you through the differences in culture and profitability between firms. Whether UK or US; top end, mid tier or smaller boutique; we are aware of the firms with strong management and a harmonious working environment. We can provide information on remuneration, profitability, team structures and firm client base.
We also help prepare your CV and Business Plan to ensure your key selling points are highlighted, managing the entire process for you from CV preparation to exit stage to ensure you secure the best position available.
gmk’s in-house team is headed up by Liam Taaffe who has an international focus, with operations in London and Dublin. gmk recruits for a full spectrum of clients ranging from SMEs through to multinational organisations, working closely with our clients’ global offices on roles in London, mainland Europe and the Middle East. Our expert knowledge and close client connections within the in-house market enables us to provide an efficient and transparent recruitment service for both candidates and clients throughout the entire process.
Additionally as an Irish native, Liam recruits into a number of highly regarded organisations in Ireland, and is always keen to discuss opportunities with Irish lawyers with international experience who are considering returning home.
As one of only a few agencies with a specialist Professional Support Lawyers Division, gmk provides PSL/KM lawyers to all major law firms and leading providers of legal know how.
With knowledge gleaned from years of experience placing PSLs at all levels – from entry level to “Head of Knowledge” roles – gmk can advise you on the options available to you and how this will impact on your salary, career prospects and work/life balance. For a confidential chat about PSL options, or a copy of our PSL brochure, please call Jon Garrett on 020 7269 9112 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to providing you with high calibre candidates for professional support roles, gmk can advise you on PSL/KM salaries, current market trends and recruitment strategies. Contact Jon Garrett on 020 7269 9112 for further information.
Risk Management has in the last few years increasingly become an essential stand alone function, as firms balance cross-jurisdictional compliance whilst also operating within their own country regulations. Law firms have had to respond to new SRA handbook requirements setting out the need for a compliance officer for legal practice (COLP), requiring firms, who have not already done so, to put in place independent, dedicated functions.
gmk places risk management candidates in junior, manager and “head of compliance” roles in City firms. For a confidential discussion about a career as a Risk Management Lawyer please call us on 020 7269 9110, and one of our consultants can advise you on roles, salaries and career prospects.