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An award-winning legal recruitment firm

Partnering with a wide range of clients, from Magic and Silver Circle to boutique law firms, and from FTSE 100 companies to major financial institutions, The SJP has one of the largest teams of specialist legal recruiters.

The trusted brand for the best legal professionals in the UK

The Stephen James Partnership is an award-winning legal recruitment firm with an established track record of connecting clients with outstanding and diverse candidates. Since its foundation in 2011, the firm has earned a reputation as the trusted brand for the best legal professionals in the UK. The SJP has built a strong track record of placing high calibre Lawyers and Paralegals in temporary, permanent and contract roles across a broad spectrum of practice areas.

Founded by a law school graduate, the firm’s team of consultants possess extensive knowledge and experience in the legal sector. When it comes to understanding a complex brief, discovering new talent, and assessing a candidate’s suitability for a particular role or organisation, SJP consultants harness their legal training and sector insight to provide superior value to clients and candidates.

As a specialist agency run by legal professionals for legal professionals, the SJP occupies a unique position in the market, distinguished by legal experience, diversity, and innovation.

Our Values

We are a team of driven individuals who respectfully work together to achieve a shared purpose, sharing aspirations and vision we will take responsibility for our own development and the success of SJP.

We will communicate honestly, listen often, innovate regularly and excel always.

We will deliver results efficiently and professionally, offering outstanding service to our clients.

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National Reach

The SJP is one of the country’s largest team of specialist legal recruiters, with a strong presence across the UK. We work with a wide range of clients, from Magic and Silver Circle to boutique law firms, and from FTSE 100 companies to major financial institutions.

Understanding Your Needs

We work with our clients to develop strong and long-lasting relationships, enabling us to gain an in-depth understanding of their businesses, corporate values, and recruitment needs.

These partnerships allow us to fill complex recruitment briefs, connecting our clients with outstanding candidates.

Working on a wide variety of assignments, from contingent to retained, and from exclusive headhunting projects to high volume temp recruitment briefs. An SJP Search is a comprehensive process involving the following stages:

An SJP Search is a comprehensive process involving the following stages:

  1. 1

    Consultation

  2. 2

    Search

  3. 3

    Candidate Assessment & Selection

  4. 4

    On Demand?

  1. 5

    Shortlist Presentation

  2. 6

    Interviews

  3. 7

    Offer Management

  4. 8

    Candidate Commencement

Our Awards

Meet the leadership team

  1. Samuel Clague
    Samuel ClagueCEO & Founder
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  2. David Thomas
    David ThomasManaging Director
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  3. Gary Elden
    Gary EldenChairperson
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  4. Morgan
    George DegenHead of Interim Lawyers and Paralegals
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  5. Edgar Munoz
    Edgar SalazarHead of Corporate and M&A
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We want to hear from you!

Get in touch to discuss your recruitment needs, and benefit from our specialist knowledge and understanding of the legal market.