Partner search

The directors and senior consultants at MRA Search have a wealth of experience recruiting partners for top law firms in the UK, Hong Kong and the United States and draw upon their wide-reaching knowledge and networks in each jurisdiction.

Supported by a dedicated research team, we have developed and refined a targeted approach which ensures we get the right people to the right places.

Who we are

Whether you are a law firm looking to recruit or a partner looking to move, we are uniquely placed to provide a discreet service. Contact any of our Partner team consultants below:

Warren Lefton

Warren is a director at MRA Search.

Warren specialises in recruiting at partner level and has experience of team moves, heads of global practices and mergers.

During the course of his legal recruitment career to date, he has worked on successful assignments on behalf of city, US, leading boutique/niche and west end firms. Warren also provides advice to law firms on strategic hirers, the legal market and compensation.

Tom Allison

Tom is a Senior Consultant in the Partner team at MRA Search.

Previously, Tom was part of the Associate team where he worked across multiple practice areas and executed searches with elite US, magic and silver circle, and leading UK-based firms. He is also experienced in moving people internationally to London, particularly from Australia, New Zealand and Canada as well as relocating people to Hong Kong and New York.

Chris Miller

Chris joined MRA Search in June 2015 as a Senior Consultant. He undertakes partner-level searches for leading UK and US law firms in London.

Chris began his recruitment career in 2005 at another leading recruitment company, where he placed partners and teams across a range of practice areas.

What we do

The directors and consultants at MRA Search have built their careers advising numerous partners on the career options available and their respective merits. We provide real-time, impartial, and completely confidential advice to help you make the best move.

We have built first class reputations for our ability to source candidates and service our clients in a highly professional and efficient manner. 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 to ensure that we introduce partners who we consider a fit with a firm’s culture and growth plans.

As former practising lawyers, we have first-hand experience of the challenges of any recruitment process, and are well positioned to give useful input on where and why you should move (or not, as the case may be). A high proportion of the people who work with us have come from direct personal referrals.

We are committed to building long term relationships with law firm partners who may not be actively seeking to move right now. If you fit into this category and would like to have an exploratory conversation about the market and the options that may work best for you in the future, we would be pleased to hear from you.

We pride ourselves on understanding an individual’s short, medium and long-term career goals. We appreciate that moving jobs can be a stressful and time-consuming process which requires the utmost care and attention. We work in partnership with partners, providing support and advice from the very first call right up to the point of resignation.

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How we work


With decades of experience in the legal industry, our directors and consultants have successfully worked on a number of retained and contingent mandates for UK and US firms across all levels.

Our Partner team consultants broadly work on a 50/50 split of retained and contingent searches at any given time. Find out more about which model is best for you.

For many years I have worked closely with MRA and appreciate their proactive, straightforward, and honest approach both to us and the candidates. As a consequence, we enjoy a strong working relationship with MRA and their guidance and support is highly valued.

Graham Tyler

Partner at Pillsbury LLP

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

Tom helped place me following four years of keeping me updated on my options, checking in on me in general, and building my unconditional trust.

Tom is clearly very knowledgeable about the market and key players in restructuring. What I most admire about him, though, is his sincerity, discretion, and patience. He guided me through the process meticulously and as a friend, and I'm very grateful to him! You rock, Tom!


Financial Restructuring, US Law Firm

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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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