Whether working with clients hiring first class solicitors or securing opportunities for candidates in leading firms, our commitment to excellence remains the same.
We Go The Extra Mile
We are passionate about finding the right candidate for the right position. We make an introduction only when we know it’s right, minimising stress and maximising success.
We Are Market Experts
We have in-depth experience across a range of practice areas and law firms so we are able to target opportunities which are tailored to your requirements.
We Are Tenacious & Proactive
Our proactive approach to networking gives our clients and candidates a head start and expedites the recruitment process.
We Are Discreet & Efficient
We appreciate that confidentiality is key. We work hard to provide a discreet and efficient service which fits around your schedule and produces results.
Catherine Carleton - Founding Director
A city lawyer turned legal recruiter, Catherine focuses on the appointment of high calibre lawyers across a range of practice areas into leading London law firms and beyond.
In her previous role, Catherine was a Senior Consultant at an independent recruitment boutique, recruiting for some of the biggest names in the City. She is proud to have worked with a range of law firms from UK Magic Circle and Silver Circle to West End, US and niche firms.
Prior to moving into the recruitment industry, Catherine trained and qualified as a lawyer at Manches before joining Taylor Wessing’s property litigation group.
Donna’s profile boasts almost 30 years’ experience in the secretarial profession with 21 years’ in the legal sphere. Donna is qualified as an executive assistant and in private secretarial practice and has attained ILEX Law Part 1, as well as holding several Pitman's examinations.
Donna’s experience prior to joining Carleton Legal includes: Personal Assistant to Partner and Head of Real Estate, Taylor Wessing LLP, covering all aspects of commercial property work specialising in property development, finance and investment; and Personal Assistant to In-House Lawyer and Managing Director of Darley Stud Management Company Limited, the racing and breeding entity of His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.
Donna is extremely organised, flexible and industrious; is able to interchange between secretarial, administrative and organisational roles with equal competence; has exceptional communication skills; has as an ample command of written English, thus producing articulate and professional work; provides invaluable support to Catherine working predominantly on her own initiative; possess excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrates a respect for formalities; and has an understanding of social etiquette.
I have worked with Catherine for a couple of years and was delighted to add her to our PSL when she set up her own company. Catherine recently placed a candidate in our Private Client department. She was very committed to finding the right person for us and was enthusiastic and professional throughout the process. She is very warm and great to work with.
Recruitment Executive, Winckworth Sherwood LLP
Catherine is a pleasure to work with. She is incredibly personable and very much has her finger on the pulse in understanding what our firm requires and being able to find a suitable candidate for the role. She appears to have an endless book of contacts containing high calibre candidates and makes a real effort to find the perfect match. Unlike many agents, Catherine made a concerted effort to visit our offices and meet with us to understand our practice so she was in a better position to appreciate the kind of candidate that would be a good fit. I have no hesitation in recommending Carleton Legal to others and using them ourselves in the future as and when the need arises.
Solomon Taylor & Shaw
Catherine is a pleasure to work with. She is honest, open, and has a strong grasp on the legal market. I trust her advice on candidate management and always receive quality rather than quantity from her.
Leading central London law firm
Catherine was central to the successful recruitment of a specialist associate into my team. Her excellent knowledge of the practice area, combined with a good understanding of the firm’s ethos and requirements enabled her to locate and introduce a number of excellent candidates.
Leading Property Litigation
Catherine Carleton is a pleasure to work with; focussed, thoughtful and incredibly knowledgeable of the industry. She had a keen appreciation both of my background and of the type of role I was interested in, and I felt I was in very safe hands. Catherine’s naturally friendly, assured and enthusiastic approach make her genuinely stand out from other recruiters in the market.
Property Litigation NQ
Leading London real estate firm