Europe search

Our Europe team at MRA Search consists of eight dedicated consultants who place top legal professionals into private practice firms across Europe.

We provide full market coverage domestically and offer guidance for any lawyers who are looking to move across Europe. Our clients include leading US, magic and silver circle, international, Tier 1 domestic firms and boutiques.

Our aim is to provide an informative, supportive and transparent experience in any search we conduct. Our fundamental focus is on delivering you the best possible service. The volume of placements we have made over several years has given us an incomparable level of market insight and strengthened our relationships with law firms globally.

What we do

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We source positions for law firms in every practice area, placing junior associates through to partners. We also recruit for business service positions for law firms, including professional support lawyers, paralegals and compliance lawyers.

We mostly operate in the following jurisdictions, although we can (and do) fill legal roles in other countries across the region:

  • France – Paris
  • Germany – Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Berlin
  • Italy – Milan and Rome
  • Benelux – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

For clients

We are well-positioned to assist with partner and associate hiring, as well as advising on strategic growth, in specific jurisdictions.

Our objective is to efficiently source the best-qualified candidates for any practice area, across Europe.

We offer a quality-driven and reactive service, which is crucial to streamlining the recruitment process and ensuring that any candidates we place meet both parties’ long-term objectives.

As part of our consultative and tailored process, we also provide comprehensive market information, salary surveys and guidance, and knowledge on movements in the market. We ensure we always have a clear picture of the ever-changing market, offering the most up-to-date advice and guidance. Using our comprehensive database and strong network, we operate to the highest standards.

For candidates

If you are looking for a new challenge, we are here to help.

From understanding your motivations, needs and long-term career objectives in detail, we fully inform you of the range of opportunities available in the market. We will guide you every step of the way, from advising on tailoring your resume, preparing you for interview and guiding you through the full process.

We have strong relationships with a range of law firms, so we can present you with the most competitive and broad-ranging opportunities.  We will discuss this in detail, to help you compare each opportunity that we are working on, from salary and business development opportunities to progression. Even if you are not looking to make a move and simply want a preliminary discussion about the market, so that you are aware of what may be available for you in the future, we would be happy to advise you.

Our goal is to take a proactive approach in finding you the perfect role. We are driven by building meaningful and deep-rooted relationships, with both our clients and candidates. We do this by consistently offering the highest quality service to all our stakeholders.

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Who we are

Our consultants come from a variety of professional backgrounds. Together we have the experience and know-how to advise associates, partners and other legal professionals on your next move, and firms on their recruitment needs. 

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Virginie Baches

Virginie joined MRA Search from another leading recruitment company in February 2021.

She is a Senior Consultant in the French team and she works closely with elite Magic Circle, leading French and US law firms placing associates at all levels.

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Alessia De Simoni

Alessia is a Senior Consultant in the Italian Team.

She specialises in representing and recruiting lawyers, from newly qualified to mid and senior Associates, across Italy (mainly in Milan and Rome) and other European jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, Belgium and Luxemburg.

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Deborah Franchini

Deborah is a recruitment consultant in the Italian Team at MRA Search.

She works closely with elite Magic Circle, US, mid-market and Italian firms to recruit associates of all levels in the Italian market.

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Kay Khan

Kay is a Senior Consultant at MRA Search where she leads associate and senior recruitment across Europe and the Middle East. In particular, she focuses on recruitment in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

Having placed fee earners into leading firms across the globe, Kay offers candidates from all practice areas a unique insight into market trends and truly understands the motivations behind each lateral hire. With a deep understanding of the international legal market and a meticulous approach to recruitment, Kay has established a strong network across Europe and the Middle East.

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Marie Levrier
Marie joined MRA Search in 2022 as a Consultant for the French team.
She works closely with elite Magic Circle, leading French and US law firms to grow their teams at associate level.
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Richard Lehnis
Richard joined MRA Search in 2022 as a Senior Consultant in the European Team. He focuses on recruiting associates and partners with international and German law firms, across Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Dusseldorf on Associate, Partner, and non-fee earner hires.
He has experience working with firms across the legal landscape, ranging from Big Law to specialist boutiques over a diverse selection of practice areas.
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Hugo Priera
Hugo joined MRA Search in September 2021. He is a recruitment consultant in the French team and works closely with elite Magic Circle, leading French and US law firms to grow their teams at partner and associate levels.
Prior to joining MRA Search, Hugo started his career working as an in-house lawyer before making a move into legal recruitment in 2019.
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Angela Priolo

Angela is the Head of the Italian team at MRA Search. She recruits and has placed legal teams, partners and associates with leading international and Italian law firms.

She started her career in recruitment in 2015 at a leading international recruitment firm, after practising law in Italy.

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We have a dedicated team ready to work with you to find the best solution for your recruitment needs.

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