promoting legal talent Birmingham

promoting legal talent Birmingham


recognising legal talent London

recognising legal talent London

developing legal talent  Bristol

developing legal talent Bristol


delivering legal talent

delivering legal talent

showcasing legal talent Leeds

showcasing legal talent Leeds

highlighting legal talent Manchester

highlighting legal talent Manchester

Recognised for knowledgeable, straight-forward and practical legal recruitment advice.

eNL's team of specialist and experienced consultants work closely with candidates and businesses to offer a personal and confidential legal recruitment service, our aim is to build lasting relationships.

Respected within the private practice, in-house and public sector markets, our approach is both commercial and timely. You will work with a dedicated permanent or temporary/contract legal recruitment consultant who will provide up to date, market sensitive solutions to meet your search requirements. Alongside partner, fee-earner, secretarial and team-move appointments, we also offer significant expertise in mergers and acquisitions.

Whatever your need within legal recruitment - we go the extra mile to ensure you achieve your goal!

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Private Client Senior Associate/Partner

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8+ years PQE

Salary:   £50,000 - £100,000

posted 11th April 2014


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Commercial Underwriter

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2 years' PQE

Circa £40,000

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Residential Conveyancer

3 years' + PQE

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Greater Manchester

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What people say about us

Corporate Partner - Midlands

Penny Trotman: "Until a few months ago I had never heard of Penny Trotman who contacted me on her own initiative to see if I was interested in returning to the law and if so whether she could help me secure a suitable role.  She has come up with some good ideas and has been a very good sounding board for ideas of my own. Penny realises that I may end up securing a role that she has not introduced me to but notwithstanding this she continues to offer help and support in the hope that her investment in me will pay off when I am up and running and recruiting again! I will certainly use Penny going forward should I need the services of a recruitment consultant. She is professional, client focused and very results orientated. She is highly regarded by a number of senior figures in the Birmingham legal profession. Based on my own experience of the legal recruitment world Penny is a "stand out" performer."

Private Client Solicitor

Cassie Bell was extremely helpful and friendly during our initial conversation and was quick to consider my needs and the best opportunities available for me. My aims, wishes and concerns were given the upmost importance and I felt I could always voice my opinion honestly. An excellent service overall.

Private Client Solicitor, Norfolk

Insolvency Solicitor - London

Gemma Jones: Gemma Jones (from ENL), was by some margin the most outstanding recruiter with whom I've dealt in the last few months. She was a pleasure to deal with and extremely efficient.

Rebecca Barry: HR Manager - Leading West London Firm

Rebecca Barry: "I am very pleased with the service I have received from Rebecca Barry at ENL. She has taken the time to really understand the business and our vacancy requirements. Rebecca has met our Managing Partner and some other senior partners and has asked the right questions which has inspired confidence and trust in the partners. We are confident that the candidates she puts forward are credible and at the interview they are always well prepared and have a good understanding of the business.  Rebecca’s curiosity to understand the business requirements makes her commercially aware and I always feel I am getting a personalised service which is a real positive. Unlike some other recruitment agents who are driven by KPIs, I feel that Rebecca works exceptionally hard to ensure there is real synergy and fit with the business and this is highly appreciated. Thanks for all your good work and I look forward to continue working with you!"

Head of Commercial - Leading Regional Law Firm

Penny Trotman: "I cannot think of another recruitment consultant who is so committed to working with the client to understand the firm, the department and the vacancy and then only put the most appropriate candidates in front of you.  I hate recruiters who pay scant attention to your needs and then send you every CV in their records!  I would certainly not have recruited my Senior Associate this year without your close support and advice throughout the process.  I do not think any of the other recruiters I dealt with were anywhere near as good hence going exclusive with you after the initial trawl.  I would not hesitate to use you again or recommend you to others and indeed have already done so."

Employment Partner - West End

"having worked with Martin over a number of years I have no hesitation in recommending him for his ability to find the right person for the job whilst operating with the utmost integrity"

Tax Solicitor - London

Rebecca Barry: Rebecca was a pleasure to work with and really helped secure the job for me by giving excellent advice on how to prepare, negotiate and follow up after the interview. My new employer and I both found Rebecca charming, professional and a pleasure to correspond with. You will not find a better representative who knows the business as well but who is also able to bring a smile and happiness to the process. Rebecca has a great deal of integrity and honesty and stands apart from others in the business in this regard. Rebecca is pragmatic and understanding in her approach and a great support throughout.

Shipping Litigation Lawyer - London

Rebecca Barry: I was a candidate working with Rebecca Barry (nee Mawdsley). Rebecca and I got on very well and were able to have very open and frank discussions. I felt that Rebecca was approachable, friendly and gave good constructive advice. Rebecca did a fantastic job and I feel like we developed a great relationship during what was, at times, quite a stressful time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rebecca to another candidate or, indeed to the firm that I now work for (that she secured)! I even recommended her to the firm I left. Rebecca was professional but thoroughly approachable at the same time.

Managing Partner - Cambridgeshire

We have always found the staff at enllegal to be friendly, efficient and helpful. We have found all the candidates recommended to us were of an extremely high calibre and we have recently employed a candidate introduced to us by enl. We have no hesitation recommending this company to anyone.

Commercial Litigation Partner - Midlands

Penny Trotman: "I have found Penny to be extremely knowledgeable about the role, the key players and the firm.  I have found this helpful in my preparation and frame of mind when attending interviews.  From the outset, Penny has been enthusiastic and motivated, but at the same time maintained a layer of professionalism.  Penny clearly is willing to pull out all the stops in arranging meetings that often impact on her weekends, which is appreciated if beyond call of duty." 
Placed at leading regional law firm

Regional Law Firm

“I have worked with Penny Trotman for a number of years and have used her services in the recruitment process for Keelys on a number of occasions.
She has brought to my attention a number of high calibre candidates, and demonstrated a clear understanding of the requirements of a firm of this type when looking to attract new talent.  I have always found her to be very professional in the way she deals with candidate selection and to be very “user friendly” in terms of her general manner and approach.”
Managing Partner
Regional law firm

Penny Trotman: Commercial Associate, Leading Regional Law Firm - Legal 500

Penny assisted me in obtaining the position of Senior Associate (IT and commercial) .  From the beginning of the process, Penny was extremely professional and had a great knowledge of the firm.  Penny always replied to messages promptly and she also took the time to come to Cheltenham to brief me on the position before arranging an interview for me with my new employers.  As part of the various briefings Penny gave me, she provided both general background and tips, as well as specific information on the interviewers.  Penny remained involved throughout the process and always called me after interviews to obtain my views, as well as to pass on feedback that she had also taken the time to gain from her client.

When it came to negotiating my package with the client, I must say that Penny did a sensational job and managed to meet all my expectations.  She did this by asking me early on in the process what I was after to ensure that neither me or the firm were under any illusions in terms of what I would accept and what the firm would be able to offer. 

It is this personal touch, and attention to detail, which sets Penny apart from the recruitment professionals I have dealt with in the past.


Freelance Duty Solicitor - London

Kaye Thumpston: Having previously been placed by ENL Legal, I was keen to approach them again when I started looking for a new position, and one night e-mailed them my updated CV. The very next morning, Kaye Thumpston called me. I was very relieved that she had very clearly spent the time having a good read through my CV before she called me - something which few other agents ever bother doing. Kaye is a delight to speak to - knowledgeable, a good listener, and very patient. She was happy to spend as much time as I needed, listening to my concerns and providing sound advice. Kaye kept me up to date with developments at every step, and eased the way when I had difficult choices to make.

Senior Private Client Lawyer - London

Gemma Jones: I have been involved with eNL both as a client and a candidate in the past. The service provided by them and Gemma Jones in particular is outstanding. eNL is a proactive yet realistic agency and is ethical in the professionalism that they exhibit to both clients and candidates. I would have no hesitation in using them or recommending them to my friends and colleagues.

Penny Trotman - Commercial Solicitor, West Midlands

I have been very impressed with Penny's responsiveness, tenacity and professionalism. As a solicitor who has changed specialism, taken a career break and has chosen to work part time, I appreciate that my CV is a little unconventional.  In the past, I have found some recruitment consultants to be less than sympathetic to my situation. 

However, Penny was positive about my skills and experience and respectful of my flexible working preferences from the outset and was proactive about passing my CV to potential employers.  She clearly has a strong relationship with her clients and cares about their needs and those of the candidates.  I would certainly approach Penny again in the future if necessary and we recommend her to friends and colleagues.

In-house Solicitor - East Midlands

Pasquale Agatiello: "Just a quick note to say thanks for arranging my current placement with Capital One and for all your help and assistance throughout the process. Capital One is proving to be a very good fit for me and I am very much enjoying my time there. Your assistance has been invaluable and I look forward to working with you in future."

Rebecca Lawrence

I was lucky to receive Rebecca's professional advice and guidance during the recruitment process and felt that she understood my concerns and needs when negotiating with a potential employer. After many discussions (and lots of patience!) she successfully helped me find a new job and so I was very grateful for her helpful and kind assistance.


Penny Trotman - Litigation Solicitor

I registered with ENL legal when seeking a new role and was contacted immediately by Penny who asked me what my exact requirements were, discussed my past experience and then advised me what the job market was like in terms of vacancies, salaries and locations.   Penny was one of the few agents that kept me in mind throughout my search for a job.  Many agencies contacted me once and then I never heard from them again, including after being sent to an interview.  Penny was helpful and available to return my calls at all times and never gave up looking for me like some agencies did.  Penny also remembered what I was looking for and never had to ask me several times, as did some agencies.   It was Penny that contacted me about the role I ended up securing at Kerwoods and she helped me with the whole process of interview, contract and start date.  I would definitely recommend Penny to anyone looking for a new position.

Rebecca Barry: Private Client Partner, South East

"I have always found Rebecca Barry to be professional, courteous and approachable. Messages are returned promptly, and I appreciate the debrief after interviews have taken place.  I have been informed of vacancies that are consistent with my requirements.   My experience with ENL has been a very positive one, with everybody that I have dealt with and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any colleagues that are looking for a career move." Private Client Partner, South East

Practice Manager - Somerset & Devon

Rebecca Lawrence: My firm have had a working relationship with Rebecca Lawrence for many years and I have personally been working with Rebecca for our Fee Earner recruiting needs for  the past three years.  I have dealings with many recruiting agents for the employment of secretarial and general support staff, however I will only use eNL and Rebecca specifically for sourcing Fee Earning Candidates for us as the service that Rebecca gives is absolutely “OUTSTANDING”. 
Rebecca is a fantastic ambassador for eNL Legal and the company I would hope appreciate having such a diligent, dedicated and professional individual representing them.

Rebecca Lawrence - Residential Conveyancer

Rebecca was a delight to work with!

Senior In-house Counsel - National Public Sector

Kaye Thumpston: "Kaye has always provided an excellent service. She is professional and understand the culture of the business and the quality and fit of candidates that we require. It has been a particularly busy year for us and she has helped us to maintain service to the business by her speed of response. I would have no hesitation in recommending Kaye to other employers seeking interim legal resource."

Penny Trotman: Head of Risk & Compliance, Legal 500 Law Firm

It has now been 3 months at my new law firm  - I'm eligible for their pension!!
Everything has worked out as I had hoped. The firm is certainly a more risk aware firm than I was used to which is fantastic. The travelling hasn't turned out too bad - they are sticking to the 2 days a week in Bristol which is good. There is still a lot to learn about how they operate, but I am getting there slowly.
Can I take this opportunity to thank you for your time and effort in securing me my new position. It was a pleasure working with you and I would not hesitate to either call you first if I ever needed to in the future (although hopefully not too soon!!) or to recommend you to others. Indeed I have already passed your details on to one former colleague.

Commercial Solicitor - West Midlands

Kaye Thumpston: Kaye Thumpston and ENL assisted me with my first transition from private practice to an in-house role. I have consistently found Kaye to be first rate in all my dealings her. She clearly knows the legal recruitment sector inside out and I have already recommended her to several of my peersfor the above reasons.

Managing Partner - Yorkshire

Melanie Daly: I have found you efficient, clear and helpful in all our dealings and would not hesitate you use you again – and indeed may well do so, should we opt to restart our use of recruitment companies. I was impressed by your enthusiasm and your quick understanding of our business and our needs, and would happily recommend you to others.


Head of Employment - Worcestershire

Penny Trotman: My experience of Penny as a candidate is that she is responsive, efficient, hard-working and innovative in her approach. She has made it her business to get to know me personally and professionally so as to be able to match me to the best fitted opportunities. Her tenacity and commitment in moving myself and my Team last year to a leading firm was exemplary and all the fee earners with whom she dealt in this Team spoke highly of her support towards them and her accessibility at what was quite a stressful time for all of us.
As a client, Penny works hard to identify the right opportunities for us and keeps up to date on our current thinking in relation to recruitment. She understands the firm and the ethos very well and champions our employer brand to candidates. She has found us some excellent candidates in recent months and we continue to rely on her as our primary contact for recruitment.

Corporate Tax Solicitor - Manchester

Melanie Daly: I want to thank you for all your help and patience.......I expect I will continue to refer colleagues to you - when it comes to legal recruitment you have been by far the best consultant I've dealt with.

Commercial Property Solicitor - Wiltshire

Rebecca Lawrence: During a difficult time for property lawyers to take the next step up the career ladder I was fortunate to have Rebecca in my camp. From the moment that we spoke on the phone in connection with an opportunity that had been advertised, to some days after my new job had actually started, I found Rebecca to be completely amenable and pleased to help. Before my first interview Rebecca had put together a helpful pack giving details not only about the firm but also about the interviewers. As time is precious this was very helpful indeed. Rebecca was also available for a conversation about the job offer that I had received on a Saturday afternoon and provided further advice. I am very grateful to Rebecca for all of the time that she put in to helping me secure my dream job.

Emma Clarke, Clinical Negligence Associate, Merseyside

“Emma has played a key role in my placement, and promotion to the position of Associate.

She has been readily available throughout the process, keeping me up to date and keeping herself appraised of all developments offering support, advice and assistance as and when it was required.

I have found her personable yet professional and would have no hesitation recommending her to friends and contacts.”

Associate, Merseyside


Practice Manager - Wiltshire

Rebecca Lawrence: Rebecca has provided a personal and very professional service to Awdry Bailey & Douglas over a number of years.  She has managed to provide some very good Fee Earners to the firm and we will continue to use her services for as long as she holds her current position.  Relationship with a recruiting consultant is paramount and Rebecca has worked hard to have a thorough understanding of our firms reputation and high standard requirements.  I have no hesitation in recommending Rebecca to other Law Firms or potential candidates looking for future positions.

Assistant Director - Regulatory Body (National)

Kaye Thurmpston: Kaye has worked with us on a number of exercises to recruit lawyers. She demonstrates a good understanding of our needs and has always provided a good range of candidates, including some of extremely high quality. Kaye has always been friendly, helpful and professional in her dealings with me. It has been a pleasure to work with her.

Senior In-House Counsel - East Anglia

Pasquale Agatiello: Since I first made contact with you (Pasquale Agatiello) regarding the role you have been informative, helpful and have guided me through every stage of the process. You clearly knew your client well and I felt encouraged that your were making sure they knew how keen I was and how relevant my experience was. I was particularly impressed with the ease and speed of communication. On the very rare occasion when you were not available to talk to me you returned my call as soon as possible and moreover your weekly updates were unprecedented in my dealings with other agents. Once again thanks for your help.

Head of Private Private Client - Gloucestershire

Penny Trotman: Penny is fantastic to work with. She understands our business model very well and the type of candidates that will thrive here. What is very good too is that she is not afraid to say that someone is just not my cup of tea........even when she stands to lose a fee. If that makes me difficult to place candidates with then she never says !

Practice/HR Manager - Hertfordshire/London

Gemma Jones: "I wanted to say that the work you have done re our London office is really appreciated and is now coming to fruition which is really exciting for us as a firm. You do understand where we are trying to go and to help us find the right staff for the right position. I look forward to working with you in the coming weeks and months and you are very much our preferred recruitment consultant."

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