Jacob celebrates 5 years at Interlink
Jacob Thomas, Managing Consultant14 October 2019
It’s hard to believe (especially for Jacob!), that he’s been with the business for 5 years! It’s gone so fast and so much has changed. After Louis and Adam, Jacob is the third longest serving staff member with the business and as Managing Consultant, he now heads up our North West Private Practice recruitment team.
While he’s recently been on a holiday, we managed to take some time to celebrate with him and of course, get a quick interview to find out more about his 5-year journey at Interlink. Here’s what he had to say…
You started with Interlink back in 2014 – what was your role back then and which areas of law did you recruit for?
I started working with legal professionals at junior level, recruiting legal graduates and paralegals across all practice areas, for our key clients. I was only 21 when I started and had come from a FMCG recruitment background. I knew what recruitment involved but of course I then had to get to grips with the legal sector. With the business being small at the time, I was able to benefit from first-hand mentoring. I then moved on to recruiting at solicitor level and now I am lucky enough to work with some excellent clients, from national to international firms. It’s been an exciting journey that’s gone very quickly!
Your early years with Interlink were spent back in the King Street office. What do you remember about working there, both good and bad?
I loved King Street – there were five of us in an open plan office and it was very tight knit. Working there had that early start-up feel where you just got stuck in. It was difficult from time to time with so few of us to manage everything. I was by far the youngest in the team, but I never felt overly daunted. We’d have regular football chat, but we also worked very hard. It was a great time and now we are here at The Bayley, Interlink has grown to develop a real culture and of course, I am amongst others around my age group now. We’ve never lost who we are though, which is great - we’re still selling the brand that was first developed at King Street.
How much of a difference has being based at The Bayley made to you and the business as a whole?
It’s made a huge difference when you consider growth in terms of headcount. We have so much more space which allows for a bigger team. And with that, we’re now able to offer a full recruitment service with consultants dedicated to different areas and regions. We have a far better client proposition now, as we can fulfil everything, be it temporary roles, locum support, partner moves. The fact we can do it all makes us very attractive to national firms, who need only one recruitment supplier. We don’t just say we can do it, the fact is we really can.
You became a Dad in 2018 – what was that like for you and has it influenced the way you work?
Becoming a Dad has been a fantastic experience, I love it. It’s funny, because when you look back at your early years in your career, before children come along, you remember thinking you were really career-focussed. But then you become responsible for another human being and it’s a whole different level. I am probably even more motivated now - becoming a father matures you, gives you a greater sense of purpose and more drive to succeed.
Of course, you’re now a Managing Consultant and look after the North West Private Practice team. What does that involve and what extra responsibility do you have?
It’s still early days with my new role and I’m taking it very much in my stride, but it’s going well. I now look after a team of seven other consultants who cover everything from Paralegal and Business Support opportunities, to NQ up to Partner roles across all private practice areas, covering the whole of the North West. It’s a great team of very dedicated and knowledgeable consultants – some with a legal background, some with a good few years recruitment experience under their belt. I shall be overseeing the team, doing everything from training and mentoring to managing performance and recruiting new members when needed. I am very motivated by a good team performance and naturally want my team to be successful. For me, it’s important to make sure I am there for them whenever they need help or assistance. I genuinely enjoy what I do and love working in legal recruitment, and I hope that rubs off on my team too!
In your opinion, how has the legal market in Manchester changed over the last 5 years?
It’s changing all the time to be honest but right now it’s fair to say transactional areas in the region are still busy, such as Property and Conveyancing. When I first started, there wasn’t much demand for Disputes lawyers but there’s definitely been growth in this area, especially Construction, Commercial Litigation and Insolvency. I think what’s important now is that Interlink is in a much stronger position to be able to respond to firms’ demands for staff based on a changing market. From short-term to long-term recruitment solutions, we’ve really got the North West covered.
If you are a law firm in the North West looking for help with your legal staffing, contact Jacob for an initial discussion. Alternatively, if you’re looking for professional advice and guidance with your own legal career across the North West, Jacob can advise. You can send him an email in the first instance to, email@example.com.