Law Firm Partner Moves
For established Partners, and Senior Solicitors looking to take the step up to partnership, making the move to a new firm is a significant decision. It’s just as crucial for the firm making the hire too.
Will the new Partner be able to deliver what’s expected of them? Will their way of working fit with the culture of the firm? Will their arrival add value or cause tensions that distract? Will they have found their home?
At Interlink Recruitment, we work closely with our candidates and clients to really understand what each side wants and needs in order to form successful long-term relationships. For clients looking to recruit Partners, you will find more information on our Partner Recruitment page
If you’re a Partner looking to move firms, or you’re ready to grow your legal practice with the hire of new Partners then contact Louis Rosenthal the Managing Director of Interlink Recruitment on 07787 155588 for an initial confidential conversation about the options that might be open to you. Alternatively, contact Louis via the form on this page, it will be sent directly and confidentially to him alone.
Facilitating Your Move
A move to a new firm takes some planning if it's to be successful, you need to understand the value you bring and be able to position yourself and possibly your team so that the firm you're looking to join can appreciate the benefits you will bring.
At Interlink Recruitment we'll help you market yourself effectively to achieve all of your career goals.
Our partner representation services
We pride ourselves on our long-standing relationships and connections with legal professionals and law firms across the country. The candidates we place in Partner roles trust that we understand their career goals and the complicated process of moving a Partner and/or a team into a new firm.
We provide extensive support to our candidates, including:
An initial detailed discussion with you to understand your career goals and objectives
Lending our expertise to help prepare a robust business plan
Talking you through the best methods to present the business plan and the interview process
Tackling issues and discussing key points throughout the process, including offer negotiations, resignation planning, restrictive covenants and the transition to a new firm
If you’re not sure your salary is right, we can also provide market insight on salary averages and benefits packages, in addition to helping you negotiate the best terms in your new position.
Furthermore, if you’re looking to build a new team within your law firm, we can help form a strategy and introduce you to the right connections. We have ample experience working on large-scale, high-level recruitment projects where discretion and pin-precision talent spotting is key.
Why choose Interlink Recruitment for your move?
In London, Manchester, Dublin and Berlin, we are the legal recruitment agency of choice for so many Senior Lawyers and Partners at the top of their game because they know we can help them.
We are very well connected in the industry. We have excellent access to law firm decision makers - with our instructions coming directly from Managing Partners and Heads of Department - meaning we know of strategic vacancies and law firm growth strategies before others on the market, helping you keep one step ahead of the competition.
We understand, after doing some due diligence, that the right option might not be there for you and therefore a move may not materialise. However, we know that confidentiality throughout the process is critical to protect your current position.
We truly listen to our candidates. We want to know exactly what your motivations, ambitions and personal preferences are, so we can match you with the most suitable firm, in a working culture that will drive you to succeed. You tell us what you’re looking for and we will put you in the best possible position to achieve it.
We work with unrivalled drive, ambition and the utmost sincerity. Nothing is more important to us than finding the right Partner role for you, and you can be sure that we approach everything we do with positivity and professionalism.
Partner Move FAQs
If you are an aspiring Partner looking to change firms you will have many questions and concerns. Interlink Recruitment can help you find the right answers all in total confidence.
What do firms look for when taking on a new Partner?
Offering partnership to an outsider is a big step for many firms, they need to consider if such an appointment will add value and how it will impact others within the firm who might be looking for progression.
To give the best possible chance of acquiring a Partner position a person must be able to demonstrate that they will add value and be a good cultural fit for the firm.
A deliverable business plan is very important as is the ability to make a strong positive impression quickly.
Why should I use a recruiter for my Partner move?
While you can use your own contacts and relationships within the market to find your own partnership opportunities, using a recruiter that specialises in Partner hires can make a huge difference to your search.
Some of the benefits of using a recruiter to assist in your move include
In-depth knowledge of market developments in your practice area, as well as an understanding of the firms actively seeking a partner
Experience and ability to sell you as a candidate
Assistance in writing and structuring your business plan
Market salary insights and remuneration advice
Salary and terms negotiation
Can you assist me with my business plan?
Yes, we are skilled at helping Partners and Senior Lawyers create their business plans. Your following or potential following will have a significant impact on the partnership opportunities you have at your disposal. Therefore, one of the most important aspects of partner-level recruitment is the creation and pitch of your business plan in order to demonstrate your true and potential value to a firm.
Can I move my team with me?
Yes, we have many years of experience in assisting full team moves, ensuring successful and long-standing colleagues can transition into a new firm together.
What if I have a restrictive covenant?
If you are considering a Partner move, there is a good chance your contract with your existing employer contains a restrictive covenant, potentially with clauses relating to:
All of these clauses can serve to make Partner moves very challenging. However, our team can help you:
Check your existing contract and advise you on the recommended next steps
Help you plan your communication and exit strategy with your current employer
Advise you on how to avoid contentious departures
Do I need to worry about putting capital into a firm?
Investing in any business has potential risk associated with it so you need to be ready to make the decision if you are ready for that move. If you are concerned you should consider speaking to an accountant.
Many good firms have arrangements with their bankers that can help you raise any capital you might need.
You certainly should not let the issue of capital put you off a move, just be careful to properly understand any investment you will need to make should you be invited to join a firm.
Our consultants will help you fully understand and evaluate your options to help you negotiate a suitable reward package.