Leading the way in Yorkshire
Adam Salkie, Head of Private Practice, West Yorkshire18 March 2019
Adam’s been with Interlink for many years, pretty much since the start. After several years of heading up and looking after the operations side of the business, he’s recently moved back to his bread and butter on a full-time basis; legal recruitment. Here Adam talks more about his new role as Head of Private Practice for the growing West Yorkshire region, and the opportunities that lie ahead for legal professionals in the area.
You've been Operations Director at Interlink for some time. What made you take on a new role and why this one in particular?
My own background has been mostly tied to the North-west. I schooled in the area, went to Manchester University and qualified as a solicitor with Halliwells in Manchester, before making the move into legal recruitment back in 2007. I covered the West Yorkshire market for a few years during my time in a previous role with another recruiter, and whilst at Interlink I have also, over the years, met many clients and assisted colleagues in the West Yorkshire market.
My position as Operations Director was a varied role and one which saw me recruit mainly across the North West, but I’ve now been provided with a fresh opportunity to build upon our existing West Yorkshire offering. As our business has grown and changed over the years, this is a fantastic chance for me to take on a new challenge, in a very buoyant region. For me, life is always about testing oneself, and leaving the comfort zone. This is a chance to do both and at the same time, develop something. Making a foothold in the Yorkshire region is an exciting time for the business, and myself.
How does the market in West Yorkshire compare with Manchester? Is there more demand in one area over the other, or are the regions quite competitive?
All legal markets are different and offer different challenges. The West Yorkshire market is very positive right now, with a great mix of clients – local, national and international. Some of the firms I dealt with in Manchester have a Leeds presence, while some firms are more Yorkshire specific.
As the biggest county in England, there is a huge variety of law firms across some great cities. Leeds aside, you are likely to find fewer firms ranked in mainstream areas such as corporate or litigation as you would do in Manchester. Instead, there’s a wealth of firms offering the opportunity to practise in more niche areas of law.
Both areas, Manchester and Yorkshire have seen plenty of positive change over the last few years and there’s no sign of that slowing down.
Do you see much interest in legal professionals looking to relocate from Manchester or other areas to Yorkshire, or is most of the recruitment there done regionally?
I do see, and work with people who would happily relocate from Manchester to Yorkshire. With increased flexibility in working patterns, and the ability to work remotely, many of my candidates and clients can also comfortably work several days in Manchester and Leeds, should there be offices in both areas. The ability and increase in cross-office co-operation make such flexible working a viable option for lawyers. In addition, much recruitment is of course done regionally, and the plethora of different types and size of law firm offer different attractions for those working in law.
There's a growing number of firms opening new premises in the West Yorkshire region. What is the attraction for firms in this area?
There are huge benefits for firms to open new premises in West Yorkshire. The region has excellent transport links with 48 trains per day between Leeds and London, taking an average of 2 hours 12 minutes, plus an airport nearby. There’s substantial investment in cities like Leeds too, and commercial property continues to be in demand. The Leeds City Region has the highest concentration of higher education institutions in the UK outside of London and the sector growth, for example in construction, financial, professional services and manufacturing, amongst others, makes it an attractive proposition for business. Yorkshire is a desirable place to live overall and with all the excitement and buoyancy in the region, I can say it’s a pleasure to be able to help legal professionals here.
Whether you are looking to hire new staff for your firm in the West Yorkshire region or you are a legal professional keen to get help or advice on your next career move within private practice, Adam can help. Arrange an initial meeting with him by giving him a call on 0161 214 6118 or send him an email to, firstname.lastname@example.org.