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Aims & Values

QED Legal is founded on three core values:

Integrity

Professionalism

Approachability

You have to be able to confide in the recruitment consultant you are working with, but you also have to find a connection with them so that they ‘get’ you and what you are looking for. You need to be able to trust your consultant and also feel comfortable discussing anything in your professional or personal life that you think is relevant without worrying if it is the right thing to do. You also want people to return your calls, be pleasant and non-pressurising at all times. QED Legal ticks all of these vital boxes.

An acronym of the latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum which translates as “thus it is demonstrated” or “that which was to be demonstrated”. It is most often used as an annotation at the end of a complex mathematical, scientific or philosophical argument to show that the author had proven what he had set out to prove. In recent times it has also been translated as “Quite Easily Done”.

As a legal recruitment agency you have to network and speak to large amounts of people and lots of law firms to really understand the market and have the connections to match people with opportunity quickly when the time arises. A good recruiter needs to be Quick, Excellent and Dynamic in everything that they do. Allow the team at QED to demonstrate what they can do for your firm or your career.

Meet the Team

Meet our team of professional legal recruitment experts.

Toby Williamson

Toby Williamson

Toby qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 after completing a training contract with leading Legal 500 regional practice KBL. In 1999 he made the step into legal recruitment as the founding Partner of G2 Legal, which he built into the largest regional legal recruitment business in the UK. After 13 years at the helm he decided to explore new horizons and set up QED Legal in summer 2012. Toby has extensive knowledge of the legal recruitment market at a local and national level. He has trained up over 100 legal recruitment consultants and has run and managed teams in multiple geographical locations. In addition to recruiting lawyers from partner level down Toby has taken the lead role in presentations and pitches to secure preferred supplier status for his company with law firms.
Contact: toby@qedlegal.com
Tel:  0161 961 9000

Jemma Williamson

Jemma Williamson

Jemma has extensive recruitment experience dating back to 2005. She is well known and respected across the Yorkshire, North East and Midlands regions where she has placed a significant amount of lawyers from Partner level down. Her extensive network of contacts and relationships with decision makers in all sizes of law firms, in house companies and ABS’s make her an ideal recruitment partner with a wealth of market knowledge.
Contact: jemma@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0113 310 0013

Lisa Hibbert

Lisa Hibbert

Lisa qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 after completing her training contract with a leading regional practice. She moved shortly after qualification to leading Legal 500 practice Stephensons where she specialised in family law. In 2006 Lisa moved to Legal 500 practice MLP as head of the family department and a Partner specialising in high net worth ancillary relief cases. She made the move into professional recruitment by establishing QED Legal in the summer of 2012.
Contact: lisa@qedlegal.com

Nick Skelly

Nick Skelly

Nick worked at Legal 500 firm Keoghs in Bolton for 4 years before making the move into legal recruitment. He works predominantly in the North West legal market and places lawyers ranging from Solicitors to Paralegals as well as support staff. 
Contact: nick@qedlegal.com
Tel:  0161 961 9000

Neil Campbell

Neil Campbell

Neil joined QED Legal in 2013 having spent a successful 6 years with a national legal recruitment company. He is very well known and respected in the Scottish market and also undertakes assignments for clients throughout the UK. His experience includes Partner and team moves, firm mergers and sales, Solicitor, fee earner and support staff recruitment at every level. 
Contact: neil@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0131 569 0606 

Greg Whittaker

Greg Whittaker

Greg graduated with a law degree from the University of Wales before completing his LPC with commendation in Manchester. He worked as a litigator for 5 years in private practice with national law firms and Legal 500 ranked regional practices before joining QED Legal in 2014. His experience as a lawyer is invaluable when assisting his candidates find their ideal role and giving him a clear insight into the culture of his law firm clients.
Contact: greg@qedlegal.com
Tel:  0161 961 9000

Garry Mewett

Garry Mewett

Garry is an experienced legal recruiter who has worked for 2 national recruitment firms before joining QED Legal. He has placed Partners and Heads of Department as well as Solicitors, Legal Executives, fee earners and paralegals at firms ranging from Legal 100 commercial firms through to regional and rural high street firms. He has extensive knowledge of the South West, West Country and South Coast legal markets but has also recruited in London.
Contact: garry@qedlegal.com
Tel: 01903 333 100

Graham Rawlinson

Graham Rawlinson

Graham’s legal career started in 2001 when he joined a Legal 500 firm initially as a clerk, a role which soon led to him being awarded a training contract. He worked as a fee earner within criminal law until 2015 when he decided to make the move into legal recruitment. His significant experience as a lawyer means he is well placed to understand the needs and support that legal professionals require when considering a career move.
Contact: graham@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0113 310 0013

Graham Jones

Graham Jones

Graham has worked within IT and technical recruitment since 1999 and has a wealth of experience in successfully delivering against niche specialist vacancies, managing client accounts, building and managing teams. He has joined QED Legal to establish and grow a specialist division dealing with the full range of Legal IT positions within law firms from developers and project managers right through to e-discovery, data protection and support roles. Graham also recruits for Patent and Trademark Attorney related roles and has an excellent insight into the technical and often niche nature of such positions.
Contact: graham.jones@qedlegal.com
Tel: 01903 333 100

Tom Cooke

Tom Cooke

Tom worked as a Barrister between 2007 and 2014 both in London and Sussex as a Tenant in well respected Chambers. He decided to explore a different career path and moved into recruitment in 2015. Tom joined QED Legal in 2017 to marry together his legal and recruitment backgrounds and assist all levels of fee earners, from Partner to Paralegal across Kent, Surrey and London with their career moves.
Contact: tom@qedlegal.com
Tel: 01903 333 100

Deborah Collier

Deborah Collier

Deborah has worked within Legal and Professional Services recruitment in Scotland since 2002. Her experience includes recruiting all levels of fee earners from Partners to Paralegals across the full range of legal disciplines as well as legal support services, such as law accountants, office and practice managers, legal cashiers and legal secretaries.
Contact: deborah@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0131 569 0606

Gary Longmate

Gary Longmate

Gary has worked within legal and professional services recruitment since 2014, working with clients across London and the South Coast of England. His focus will be on helping legal professionals at all levels from Partner to Paralegal with their career moves in the Sussex and Hampshire markets, as well as looking at compliance and Company Secretarial roles in London and further afield.
Contact: gary@qedlegal.com
Tel: 01903 333 100

Simon Campbell

Simon Campbell

Simon is an experienced professional recruiter with wide knowledge of recruiting specifically within the Legal Sector.
He specialises in legal recruitment across the UK, recruiting legal professionals into industry and in-house positions.
Simon strives to build long term relationships with clients, partner them so that they trust QED Legal to represent their brand accurately and effectively to prospective employees. He is happy to share his insights and knowledge with clients and help to solve their business problems.
Simon has experience in recruitment dating from the mid 90’s. and also has additional experience in sales and management roles and has presented at board level to various blue chip organisations.
Contact: simon.campbell@qedlegal.com
Tel:  0203 332 2990

Gemma Rush

Gemma Rush

Gemma has worked within Legal Recruitment since 2011. She has a particular focus on Business Support vacancies on a national basis. She partners with a wide range of Law Firms including Global, National, Regional and Specialist Practices, as well as some in house legal departments. Typically the positions she recruits for are Legal Secretaries, Administrators, Reception, Facilities Managers, Legal PA’s, Document Production, Legal Cashiers, Practice Managers, HR & Marketing professionals.
Contact: gemma@qedlegal.com
Tel:  0161 961 9000

Tom Brown

Tom Brown

Tom is a legal recruitment consultant who has worked within Legal Recruitment since February 2015. He joined QED Legal in October 2018, handling vacancies across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, helping all levels of lawyers from Partners to Paralegals and support related legal services professionals with their career moves.
Contact: tom.brown@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0161 961 9000

Nick Warren

Nick Warren

Nick is a law & business graduate who made the move into recruitment in 2019. He works alongside Simon Campbell specialising in the In House legal market, helping In House lawyers and solicitors with their next career move, assisting lawyers make the transition from private practice into an In House role and more senior lawyers looking for a GC or head of legal position.
Contact: nick.warren@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0161 961 9000

Connor Franks

Connor Franks

Connor has worked within legal recruitment since 2017 and joined the QED Legal team in Manchester to assist all levels of lawyers, from Partners and Solicitors to Legal Executives and Paralegals as well as Law Costs Draftsmen and Licenced Conveyancers with their career moves.
Contact: connor@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0161 961 9000

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor

Richard has worked in professional recruitment since 2001. He has considerable experience in assisting all levels of lawyers from Partner down with their career moves within the International Legal Recruitment sphere. He has placed lawyers and teams across the UAE, Far East, USA and Europe. Richard has also developed a specialism within Shipping, Aviation and Asset Finance on a global basis and has excellent connection, in particular within the London, Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE and Irish markets.
Contact: richard@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0161 961 9000

Claire Black

Claire Black

Claire has worked in legal recruitment since 2007 with major national legal recruitment agencies. She is part of the Yorkshire and North East team at QED Legal helping all levels of fee earners from Partners and Solicitors to Legal Executives and Paralegals with their career moves within leading Legal 500 practices, high street law firms and licenced conveyancing outfits.
Contact: claire.black@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0113 310 0013

Clare Smith

Clare Smith

Clare is a former solicitor and legal recruitment consultant who has worked within Legal Recruitment since 2015. She joined QED Legal in September 2019, joining the London team handling vacancies across Greater London, Central London and the West End, helping all levels of lawyers from Partners to Paralegals and support related legal services professionals with their career moves
Contact: clare.smith@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0203 3322990

David Burgess

David Burgess

David joined QED Legal in early 2020 having worked in professional recruitment since 2009 and focused the West Midlands legal recruitment market since 2012. He has experience of assisting all levels of fee earner from Partner to Paralegal with their career moves to firms ranging from large, international commercial practices to smaller high street firms.
Contact: david@qedlegal.com
Tel: 0121 469 0505

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