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Realm Recruit

A Refreshing Approach to Legal Recruitment
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About us

Realm's vision is to become the leading specialist recruitment consultancy outside of London, whilst recognising that when it works to life-work balance, life is the more important of the two.

Unhappy with the scattergun approach of some recruiters, we set up Realm in 2015 to offer something different. 

On a day-to-day basis, we work hard to deliver a personal and tailored recruitment service. We’re truly passionate about the people we work with and are committed to developing long-term mutually beneficial relationships with both lawyers and law firms. 

In 2018, we decided to narrow our focus and hone our proposition. We now have specialists in all core legal practice areas, with each of our consultants working within a single legal niche. Their focused approach has enabled them to develop an unrivalled depth of market knowledge and build a solid reputation as an expert within their specialist area. 

Through our refreshing approach, underpinned by our five core values – to be refreshingly collaborative, consultative, dynamic, human, and niche – we help to develop careers and sustainably grow law firms.

Team Testimonials:   "When I joined Realm in September 2017 as a fresh out of uni graduate, I was scared to make a call with virtually zero experience in recruitment. Four years later, in 2022, I am a principal consultant, Family Team Lead and a twice award-winning family law recruiter. This organic self-development has been made entirely possible thanks to the meritocratic progression plan at Realm - it's entirely transparent and I know exactly what I need to do to get to where I want to be."
Paula Pawlowska, Family Team Lead

"Realm does not hold back when it comes to training and progression! The minute I became an employee of the business I was provided a clear training plan which meant I always knew what I was doing day to day. There are regular refresher sessions hosted by Duane and other senior members, which means that you can home in on areas that you feel you would benefit from further training on. All of this is underpinned by a transparent development framework which makes clear the path you need to take to progress within the business."
Adam Fawcett, Junior Consultant

"One of my favourite things about working at Realm is how much everyone cares about each other's wellbeing. The team always support and encourage each other if any of us have a bad day. Realm has great flexibility with working hours and working from home, which personally works really well for me. We also have a mental health first aider we can go to when needed and she is fantastic! We share wellbeing tips in Monday meetings, have the option to speak with a counsellor, and I loved the desk and laughing yoga we did for one of our wellbeing days. The laughing yoga was actually so much fun!”
Lucy WIckham, Associate Consultant

Recruitment focus

  • Legal

Perks and culture

  • Financial Benefits

  • Learning & Development

  • Health & Wellness

  • Business Support

  • Flexible Working

  • Time Off

  • Socials and Incentives

  • Management Style

  • Mental Health Support

Financial Benefits

A career with Realm puts pay and progression into your own hands. Our attractive commission structure and transparent, meritocratic progression framework mean you can progress at a much faster rate than you might do working within a law firm setting – in fact, you could be a Principal Consultant in just a few years. We implement realistic targets, tailored to your legal practice area – there are no arbitrary, one-size-fits-all KPIs here, and our supportive environment will help you be the best you can be.

  • Visible Commission Structure

    We operate a transparent and competitive commission structure that puts your pay and progression into your own hands. Plus, we implement realistic targets - there are no arbitrary, one-size-fits-all KPIs here.

  • Quarterly Bonus

    In addition to recruiter commission, if we hit target as a business, the whole team (including support staff) receives a quarterly bonus.

  • Pension Scheme

    We will enrol you onto the government's workplace pension scheme to help you look after your future.

    Our people

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    Duane Cormell
    Co-founder and Managing Director

    Duane set up Realm in 2015 with the aim of developing legal careers and sustainably growing law firms through a refreshing and values-driven approach. He won Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 at the MIMAs and was Highly Commended at the Recruiter: Investing in Talent Awards in the Most Inspiring Team Leader/Manager category.

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    Congratulations to Office Manager, Rebecca Hopwood  for taking this months Employee of the Month! ⭐️

Duane Cormell, Founder of Realm Recruit says:

"Her kind and friendly demeanour, coupled with her commerciality and big picture thinking, is a killer combination and makes her as good a Realmie as there could ever be. Our support team does a fantastic job, in no small part due to Becci's excellent skills as a manager. She’s also been at the forefront of our growth strategy and played a key role in attracting and onboarding new team members to drive forward our future plans."

#Employeeofthemonth #RealmRecruit #WeareRealm #EmployeeAppreciation #LegalRecruitmentMeet the team continues with one of our newest members of the team, Consultant, Ben. 🙌

Swipe to see what he had to say.

#MeetTheTeam #WeAreRealm #RealmRecruit #LegalRecruitmentOur 2022 annual research survey is now live!

Last year’s data, which was featured in publications such as Legal Futures and Legal Cheek, revealed that for the first time, flexibility had overtaken pay as the top priority for lawyers looking for a new role. This year, we want your views on the importance you place on factors such as diversity, social responsibility and doing good for the community when choosing an employer. 🔥

We’d love to hear your views - the link to the survey is in our bio👇

Every person who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five £100 vouchers for a retailer of your choice! What’s more, if you share the link to the survey on social media and tag @RealmRecruit, you will receive an extra entry, doubling your chances of winning! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

#RealmRecruit #AnnualSurvey #Legal #Solicitors #LawOur May Realmiversaries! ⭐️

Thank you to Joe & Katherine for all of your hard work.

#RealmRecruit #WeAreRealm #RealmiversaryLast month, Realm held a Charity Dares Day in support of Andy’s Man Club, which involved the team completing as many dares as we could within 2 hours across Manchester. 🏢

We were really pleased that we were able to raise £360 for such a good cause. 🌟

Andy’s Man Club is a charity that supports men struggling with mental health issues, lends a hand to suicide prevention and works to break down the stigmas surrounding men’s mental health. To learn more about their important work, you can visit their website. 👇

#RealmRecruit #itsokaytotalk #Manchester #LegalRecruitmentFor the latest litigation edition of Realm Talks To... Associate Consultant Rebecca spoke to Jeff Lewis, Partner and Head of Litigation at @brabnersllp 

During their conversation, Jeff shared Brabners’ exciting growth plans, his Supreme Court ambitions and his go-to karaoke song. 

To read the full interview, click the link below!

#RealmTalksTo #RealmRecruit #RealmPartners #LegalRecruitment #BrabnersAmazing feedback for Family Team Lead Paula Pawlowska. ⭐️

Are you looking for help from an expert family legal recruiter? 

To find out how we can help you and your business, get in touch with Realm today on 03300 245 606 or email 📞

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