Finding Better Legal Talent for Firms Like Yours

In-House Counsel

Finding Legal Counsel for small to large organisations is our speciality. With proven experience finding businesses their first In-House Legal Counsel or building out In-House legal teams strategically, we’ve shown the ability to consistently find the best talent available.

Private Practice

If you’re looking to bolster your practice with a senior or experienced legal professional, start with 5 Legal. We’ve helped private practices all throughout UK’s North West find the partners, associates and experts they’ve been searching for.

Executive Roles

5 Legal specialises in legal recruitment. However, if you’re looking for an experienced professional to fill an executive or senior management position, we can help you attract, identify and hire the best talent in the market.

Retained Search

When you’re looking for the best In-House Legal Counsel or legal team for your business, you can’t afford to make a wrong hiring decision. With 5 Legal as your retained search specialist, you won’t.

Candidate, Operational Manager

5 Legal has been fantastic, when I started job hunting I contacted a number of high profile agencies, not one returned my contact request. Matthew was genuinely a pleasure to work with, he did what he said he was going to do and kept me up to date at all times even at weekends and out of office hours. He perfectly matched my skills with the vacancy and now I have a great new job with a great employer. I will definitely recommend their service and will use them when I recruit!

Client, Managing Director

Matthew has now secured two members of staff for us. He is very personable and goes the extra mile. We would definitely use his services again.

The 5 Legal Talent Fire™ System

To find the right professional for your In-House or Private Practice positions, 5 Legal uses Talent Fire™: a modern approach that combines legal expertise, recruitment know-how and automated technology systems.

Legal Expertise

With a managing director who was once a practicing solicitor, 5 Legal understands legal recruitment from both the client and candidate perspectives.

Recruitment Know-how

Knowing what a firm wants from its legal talent is only part of the equation. 5 Legal uses its understanding of the market and proven recruitment methodologies to find the right people quickly and efficiently.


We use technology to build and maintain a vast network of legal professionals across the UK’s North West. It also plays a vital role in identifying the top 15% of legal talent and pinpointing the perfect person for any job opening.

About Matthew

Our unique approach to recruitment comes from Managing Director, Matthew Leach. A former solicitor, he understands the ins and outs of law as well as the challenges firms face to attract and retain talent. Whilst training as a barrister and through working as a solicitor, Matthew developed a deep understanding of what was required to succeed in Private Practice or as an In-House legal professional.

After a successful career in law, Matthew set up 5 Legal to help NW businesses get better legal recruitment. Using his knowledge of the law, recruitment skills and technological know-how, he provides tailor-made solutions to firms and individuals that ensure a good fit is found every time.

Recruit the 5 Legal Way

Finding top legal professionals for organisations throughout the North West to hire and retain is our mission. If you’re looking for help to fill your senior legal positions, no matter how difficult they are, get in touch and let’s discuss what you need. If you’re an experienced legal professional planning your next career move, contact us and let’s talk about your first step.

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