FOR LEGAL CLIENTS
The legal market is saturated with competition
For law firms and corporate legal team, successful business outcomes are closely tied to the calibre of their people. As your partner in uncovering and retaining that talent, Henley Reid takes pride in the integrated approach we take to deliver across Executive Search, Contingency Recruitment and Onboarding.
Firstly, our processes seek to match the strengths, attributes and ambitions of new team members with your corporate values and objectives. We can also then facilitate a plan for professional development, empowerment and retention through our tailored Onboarding and Coaching programs.
Henley Reid acts as your public relations partner in the legal marketplace. We build valuable bridges across businesses and with talented individuals who may not be aware of new opportunities within your firm, or the complexities of your team.
Leading law firms and in-house legal teams entrust Henley Reid exclusively with running executive searches because we deliver, time and time again.
The modern legal business is complex. Management models are diversifying and the best legal professionals excel at connecting business strategy with emerging opportunities. Henley Reid matches your stringent requirements with legal professionals who will thrive in your firm or team, and add long-term value.
Often, your brilliant next Senior Associate, Partner or General Counsel is not even seeking a new position. That’s why Henley Reid casts the net well beyond those who actively express an interest, introducing you to the most appropriate legal talent in the market.
Our strong representation of your law firm or legal team throughout this process is known to generate powerful ripple effects within the industry, often outlasting the duration of our project together.
The client, a well-regarded national law firm based in Sydney, required a strong banking Senior Associate for its team. But few such lawyers were available, with many having moved out of private practice or the law itself, or headed overseas. In addition, the firm had endured some high-profile departures at Partner and Senior Associate level, and its market reputation had suffered as a result.
After an unsuccessful attempt to fill the role themselves, using a number of recruitment agencies over several months, partners within the team were feeling the pressure and enlisted our help.
Henley Reid began by consulting with the partners to understand the team’s current successes and strengths, which had been overridden by more recent negative press. We then led an Executive Search to analyse the most suitable legal professionals across the market before proactively approaching them. Our insights around the client’s strengths were crucial to these many discussions.
After many high-level meetings, calls and coffee chats to convey the client’s recent successes and objectives, we proposed two excellent Senior Associates. The firm made an offer to one of these, who accepted the position and left a highly regarded Sydney practice to join the new team. The partners were delighted with the result, as was the new Senior Associate.
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When you draw on Henley Reid’s networks and expertise to uncover top legal talent for one-off and contingency projects, you benefit from high-level assurance in several ways.
Firstly, you gain access to Henley Reid’s valuable industry knowledge and screening techniques. We have significant networks across the legal sector, in Australia and abroad, and draw on a mix of diagnostic methods and open consultation to get the right team fit.
Clients also benefit from Henley Reid’s positive representation of their firm. Not all lawyers wish to move from their current roles, and a meaningful conversation with us will generate profound, positive impressions of your firm and legal team.
Finally, clients benefit from our industry-leading standards of confidentiality and professionalism in every contingency or executive search project.
A top-tier international law firm required a talented lawyer with strong project finance expertise and three to four years’ post-qualification experience. Problem was, legal professionals in that niche are highly in demand within Australia, and at a stage of their careers where an overseas move is much more attractive than local.
After combing the market, Henley Reid got creative and explored channels the client had not yet considered. We identified a lawyer with remarkable skills and a strong cultural fit, whose suitability to the role was indisputable after our rigorous assessment process. The tough part was then convincing one of the key Partners that this lawyer’s background would deliver the value they sought.
Several negotiations later, we achieved a win-win situation for all. The law firm was delighted to grow their team with such a talented and ambitious new member. Equally important, our lawyer had an exciting new career.
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Specialist recruitment shouldn’t conclude with the signing of an offer letter. Clients benefit from more productive workflows and lawyers deliver results better through thoughtful orientation processes, clarification of responsibilities, integration with the team, and other induction strategies.
Henley Reid has delivered clients immense benefit from its advanced onboarding support. As a result, we now offer this service for clients hiring any level of legal professional – from Partner or General Counsel to junior lawyer. The program includes:
. Executive coaching sessions with the new lawyer monthly, for the first three months
. Discussion around how the lawyer is settling into the firm
. Assessment of goals for their first 12 months
. Action plan supporting these goals.
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Coaching is sometimes confused with therapy – but it couldn’t be more different. Coaching stretches individual capabilities, assists with role transitions and uncovers potential roadblocks to progress, which is why it’s being embraced by some of the world’s most celebrated business leaders.
Henley Reid’s coaching program has achieved dramatic, lasting change among its legal client base. Focus areas are set individually, and include leadership, promotion, team building, personal brand and other skills. Firms are fast to see the improved productivity, progression, decision-making and business skills of their new team member, resulting in personal growth and wider business benefit.
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What our clients say
“Henley Reid’s team was immensely professional, offering a level of follow-up, insider tips and approachability I’d never experienced before.”Senior Associate, leading national firm
“Henley Reid understands the legal landscape deeply, and their advice on managing different challenges within the sector is powerful and empowering.”Senior private practice lawyer, top tier firm
“We’ve always felt that Henley Reid are much more invested than other recruiters. They go the extra mile to find people who genuinely want a particular role.”Top-tier international firm