We are MacLean Legal Search

We are a niche high-end executive search and legal recruitment business. We focus primarily on the placement of senior legal professionals, both in-house and in private practice.

Our principal aim is to deliver the best candidates available within your timeframe. Our approach is focused and discrete, hands-on and proactive. We are able to draw upon a number of years of legal and commercial experience to ensure that we can provide the highest standards of professional coverage.

We are passionate about the businesses and individuals we represent. Our reputation for honesty, trust, integrity and discretion allows us to operate primarily on a referral network, as well as the continuation of valued relationships with established Clients. We remain intentionally small, focusing on a small number of assignments at any one time to ensure that those we represent get the best possible service.

Although we are boutique in size, we have a global reach, with established relationships in Asia, America and Europe, allowing us to handle international assignments.

What we do

Opportunity & Client Profiling

The better we understand our client, and the opportunity, the better the outcome. Finding the right character and personality to best fit the client is what we do best. We advise and assist in opportunity presentation, and to this end, we help craft the profile of the ideal candidate.
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Candidate Research & Refining

Utilising our extensive network, developed over almost two decades, we source and identify the most relevant candidates for the job. They may not be an obvious choice, but finding hidden talent is just one of our many skills.
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Acquisition & Audit

Once we source the ideal candidate for the ideal role, we diligently and proactively secure the relationship. We assist and advise on external and internal publicity to ensure a seamless transition. We build relationships, so we remain in contact to ensure each party is 100% satisfied.
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What our Clients Say

MacLean Legal Search have, over multiple searches, consistently sourced and delivered first rate candidates to us. They have a deep understanding of the profile we seek both in terms of technical skills and equally importantly cultural fit, and are able to successfully leverage their network to deliver the best results.- Brad Swann - Senior Vice President, Inmarsat
I found MacLean Legal Search approach to be refreshingly honest and considered, genuinely trying to match the right person to the post. They understand the client’s business and scope of the vacancy. There was no pressure to accept an offer and I found their advice genuine and valuable. - Christian Fahey, candidate.
I had the pleasure of working with MacLean Legal Search on several legal appointments at a Leading Private Equity House. Throughout the whole of the process, from discussing briefs and candidate profiles to negotiating offers and securing references, Mairi’s client and candidate management skills were exemplary. - Kevin Ringrose, Interim HR Director - Leading Private Equity House
I have known Mairi for over 12 years. She has a deep knowledge of the legal profession and its people. She provides a personal service and insight which is rare in the legal recruitment industry. I have always found her service and that of MacLean Legal Search to be excellent. For her it is about building long term relationships and she is always available to provide ad hoc support and mentoring for the Clients and candidates she represents.- COO - Leading Corporate Client