How we work

MRA Search’s Partner, Associate, International and In-house divisions boast a wealth of market knowledge, experience and high-level contacts. Alongside a superb research team and a comprehensive database, our dedicated teams work with major UK, international and US law firms, banks, financial institutions and corporations across the globe to build their teams.

We work to place some of the brightest individuals in the legal market at all levels of seniority, from newly qualified associates to equity and managing partners, in all practice areas.

We undertake both contingent and retained assignments and are happy to consult with and advise you on the most appropriate search model for your bespoke needs.

Types of search

Retained search

A retained search is seldom a quick and easy answer to a client's needs. The process has inevitably been brought about as an imperative strategic requirement in an area with few available resources. MRA Search is vigilant in explaining to the client the chances of success and the likely timeframe required to successfully fulfil the mandate. Once we have committed to the process we will work with the highest levels of diligence – often over an extended period – to bring the exercise to a successful conclusion.


MRA Search directors and consultants have successfully worked on a number of retained mandates for UK and US firms at both the top end and in the mid-market.

Specific practice areas we have worked in include but are not restricted to;

  • Corporate M&A
  • Private Equity
  • International Arbitration
  • Transactional Life Science
  • Energy
  • Funds
  • Regulatory
  • Employment
  • Outsourcing

The retained search process is briefly set out below:

  1. Once we have agreed on exactly your requirements, our research team will produce a long list of potential targets. In conjunction with you, we will review this list and agree on a shorter and highly targeted list of people to call.
  2. We call every target on the shortlist and arrange to meet them personally. This is an important part of the process as it allows us to screen the candidates to ensure that they are the right fit for the role. It also guarantees that the candidate is expertly briefed on the organisation and the opportunities the role offers.
  3. We will then work closely with both the client and candidates to manage needs and expectations to make any interview as productive as possible. Of course, a successful interview relies on chemistry, but it’s surprising how many fall apart because of poor planning or a miscommunication of information before the event itself.
  4. MRA Search can be as proactive or invisible as required in the closing stages of the search. We can assist with advice on compensation, market rates, and how to best distinguish the opportunity from any competition.
Contingent search

Drawing on our many years of experience in the City, we have an extensive network of contacts and the ability to source a large number of top-quality candidates. All of our directors and consultants have had significant success with Top 100 UK and US law firms on this basis.

We have built first-class reputations for our ability to source candidates and deliver them in a highly professional and efficient manner. Of equal importance is the fact that we are regularly consulted by top-level partners who have never before contemplated changing law firms.

We strive to know our clients in as much depth as possible and will ensure that we introduce partners whom we see as a fit with your culture and growth plans.

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I have worked closely with Jason for the past 6 years and he has always been an absolute pleasure to deal with. He is honest, reliable and thorough in his approach and has vast (some may say encyclopaedic) knowledge of the legal market. Jason is a trusted advisor of ours and I look forward to working with him for many years to come.

Nicola Thomas

Senior Recruitment Manager at Fladgate

Alexandra made my employment search and eventual acceptance of an offer a breeze. She has a wealth of knowledge in multiple jurisdictions and has a keen sense of the current market. I was supported completely throughout the whole process and any query I had was responded to almost immediately! Alexandra’s responsiveness and guidance helped me make a great decision and I am delighted to have had her in my corner. I would 100% recommend her to anyone considering changing their current role.

Sorcha O'Keefe

Aviation Finance Lawyer

How can we help ?

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

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