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I specialise in placing lawyers in permanent roles in private practice. I recruit specifically for firms in the London market focussing in on the specialist vertical markets Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Commercial TMT and Contracts Law and Family Law. I enjoy assisting firms of great repute including Boutiques, Legal 500 and Chambers ranked firms.

Currently working in the London market only, I focus particularly on partner level and team moves but I am happy to assist at all levels, from newly qualified and senior associate to both salaried and equity partnership.

​Since joining Search 9 years ago, I have built lasting relationships with clients and candidates alike, and every day brings with it a wealth of excitement and challenge.

Having come from a legal background, I feel I am well placed to assist in navigating the search for a new role in an ever increasingly demanding but rewarding professional sphere. I am always happy to talk to individuals about the market and what they may be looking for on a confidential basis.

Catherine Knowles

Catherine Knowles

  • Principal Consultant
  • Legal
  • London

Catherine's bio

I specialise in placing lawyers in permanent roles in private practice. I recruit specifically for firms in the London market focussing in on the specialist vertical markets of Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Commercial TMT and Contracts Law and Family Law. I enjoy assisting firms of great repute including Boutiques, Legal 500 and Chambers ranked firms.

Currently working in the London market only, I focus particularly on partner level and team moves but I am happy to assist at all levels, from newly qualified and senior associate to both salaried and equity partnership.

​Since joining Search 9 years ago, I have built lasting relationships with clients and candidates alike, and every day brings with it a wealth of excitement and challenge. Having come from a legal background, I feel I am well placed to assist in navigating the search for a new role in an ever increasingly demanding but rewarding professional sphere. I am always happy to talk to individuals about the market and what they may be looking for on a confidential basis.

What people say about us

Candidate

"Andrew's friendly approach and guidance made the process of looking for a job less daunting and far more manageable. He took the time to really understand what I was looking for both in terms of the role and firm.

He contacted me regarding an exciting role that I am delighted to now be in. I would certainly recommend Andrew to anyone looking for assistance."

Candidate

Solicitor

“Dave was brilliant to work with, particularly during the unique stress of a Covid-related redundancy. His communication was excellent, he kept me well informed at every stage of the recruitment process and his interview preparation was also very useful.

Things were also rather busy in my personal life during my interview process; Dave kindly and sensitively managed the interviews around a pretty significant life event.

Many thanks Dave for all your support.”

Solicitor

Legal 500 Legal Firm

Nick

​"Kate found me a superb role at a great firm. In getting me there, she was by absolute miles the standout recruiter I’d been in touch with.

I felt like Kate was on my side every step of the way, had properly listened to me, was honest, and very professional. I’d recommend her without hesitation."

Nick

Candidate

Dominic

​"As a result of COVID 19, a role in which I was due to start, disappeared over night, leaving me uncertain about the future. Thanks to Dave’s understanding of the legal sector, I was able to start a new chapter in my professional career within a matter of days.

Dave was brilliant throughout the whole recruitment process and I cannot thank him enough for his support."

Dominic

Candidate

Solicitor

“David has helped me on a couple of occasions now and it's been a pleasure working with him both times. He's been both friendly and professional throughout, putting me forward only when the role is suitable.”

Solicitor

Legal 500 Legal Firm

Client

“Lee has been really helpful in sourcing us some great candidates and placing people with us. He is responsive, proactive and realistic- all the qualities you need from a recruiter.”

Client

International Firm