Leading Legal Career Opportunities

Adamson & Partners has developed a strong track record in the search for the finest international legal and general counsel talent. Companies increasingly consider their legal departments to be business ‘enablers’, with the alignment of legal and corporate strategies fundamental to organisations’ overall growth objectives.

We partner with industry leaders and law firms across the UK, US and international markets to find highly qualified in-house legal and general counsel talent, lawyers, and solicitors who are the best fit for their teams. Our industry clients retain us for senior hires, complex cross-border roles, confidential searches, and in law firms for lateral hires, M&A transactions, and team moves. With over 35 years’ experience, we are trusted to assist clients and connect individual lawyers with legal career opportunities in an evolving and complex legal market.

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Our Clients

Legal Specialists

We assist global businesses with placing Legal Counsels, IP Counsels, Heads of Data Privacy and Compliance, Associate General Counsels, and General Counsels. We have experience working internationally and have an extensive network of contacts in multiple jurisdictions. Our track record covers all the key European jurisdictions, particularly the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Benelux, and Scandinavia, together with the US and Asia. With a unique understanding of the EMEA market, we provide high-end executive search focused solely on the legal market, combining local market and functional understanding with our global recruitment experience.



    Our in-house legal team assists clients with the recruitment of senior in-house Counsel up to and including General Counsel. We have a particularly strong track record in recruiting specialist IP Counsel, Data Privacy & Regulatory Lawyers, Heads of Compliance and Company Secretaries.
    Our Legal Department supports General Counsels across EMEA and we have extensive experience of setting up legal teams and hiring first General Counsels for smaller companies.
    We frequently move senior lawyers between markets and jurisdictions. Chris
    Adamson, Senior Partner, a bi-lingual French speaker with over 15 years’
    experience in the legal market also handles senior in-house appointments on an international basis.



    We are one of the few Legal Executive Search firms to offer specialist Partner, Counsel and Associate Searches. We work with a select number of national and international law firms to help grow their practices and teams. This practice is led by Chris Adamson, who has worked across various practice areas but has particular expertise in IP and Patents. We headhunt Partners and lawyers (Counsel / Associates) in all areas of law, working predominantly with UK, US and European firms to grow and establish both existing and new teams in key markets. We have an especially strong track record in the UK, France and Germany.

Why work with us

  • Knowledgeable

    We have over 35 years’ specialist Legal Executive Search experience, which means our knowledge of the market and network of contacts are second to none.

  • Track record of success

    As a result of our successful placements, we have a 90% repeat business rate.

  • Global network

    With unparalleled access to candidates in key markets across Europe, US and Asia, we work across 25 countries combining our local knowledge and global network to bring our clients the best candidates.

Exceptional results

Our clients work with us due to the depth of our experience, sector knowledge and professionalism. We provide our clients with the intelligence required to enter new markets, identify skill gaps and recruit outstanding lawyers who are both a professional and personal fit for their business. Each Assignment is led by a Partner or Director and supported by our dedicated in-house Research Team. Our professional and creative approach is highly-valued and we ensure that we act as a complement to our clients’ internal HR resources. Executive Search means that we pro-actively target, engage and network with only the best talent in the market on a client’s exclusive behalf, rather than touting lawyers and teams around the mass market. This ensures that you, the client, not only access the finest lawyers (the best candidates are rarely ‘on the market’) but that you are not vying with your competitors to secure this talent.



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