INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND TO LAW SUPPORT
Law Support was established in July 1997 to provide quality legal support staff.
Our primary aim is to deliver a quality service which will release clients from the burden of “pre-selection” and offer candidates a range of carefully chosen opportunities. Our philosophy is that we should listen to and look after all our clients and candidates alike, and offer a totally bespoke service tailored to individual needs.
Eight years on, Law Support has grown to eleven consultants, each providing expertise in one of the following areas: Secretarial, Human Resources, Facilities, Marketing, IT and Paralegal. Within these fields we offer a range of solutions to your recruitment needs from Permanent to Temporary and Contract, from junior to senior level.
The Benefits of Using Law Support
The three senior members of Law Support have between them 35 years of recruitment experience and each remain active recruiters. As a result, our consultants benefit from expert knowledge of the legal market. This together with our decision to take a more consultative stance has defined our code of practice, which over time has proven itself, as demonstrated by our consistent success and low fall-out ratio. This proven track record has in turn led to long-standing relationships with both clients and candidates and within our own workforce.
TEAM STRUCTURE AT LAW SUPPORT
Permanent & Temporary Divisions
Neil Robins – Senior Consultant
Professional Support Services including
HR / Marketing / Facilities / IT
Christian Ankjaer – Senior Consultant/Director
Oliver Wells – Senior Consultant
Sian Davies - Consultant
Temporary/Contract Division - all fields
Mark Lawrence – Senior Temporaries Consultant
Heather Cockbain - Senior Temporaries Consultant
Karen White - Senior Temporaries Consultant
Christian Ankjaer – Paralegals and Overseas Qualifieds
Permanent Secretarial Division
Neil Robins joined the Permanent Legal Secretarial team at Law Support in June 2002. Gaining his initial recruitment training at another recruitment consultancy, Neil has become a valued member of the team with very strong relationships and enjoyed great success with many of the Magic Circle and larger law firms in London. His sound knowledge of the legal professional and indepth understanding of the recruitment requirements of his clients, enable
him to deliver quality candidates.
Professional Support Services including IT / Facilities / Marketing / HR
Christian Ankjaer has over 17 years legal recruitment experience and whilst holding the post of Director, is still very hands on and involved in developing the business. He concentrates mainly on the introduction of HR and Paralegal candidates and predominantly those at the more senior end of the market.
Oliver Wells joined our support team in February 2003 to develop the professional support services team. Outside of work, Oliver is an Olympic standard sailor - he retired from full time competition in 1999 in order to commence a new career in Recruitment. Initially based in the North of England, he moved to London in 2000 and since then has been very successful in developing, servicing and maintaining clients within the Investment banking and City sector, recruiting support staff including HR, Marketing and administrative support. He also assists the paralegal team interviewing candidates.
Siân Davies is our most recent team member. She joined us in November 2004 to help Oliver in building the Support Services division. Siân has four years corporate recruitment experience, having previously worked in the motor trade and hotel industries. Her recruitment experience has included working with banks and financial institutions, public and government bodies. She has recruited across the board for Facilities, General Office, Marketing, HR support functions as well as non-legal Secretaries.
Temporary and Contracts Division
Mark Lawrence is Temporaries/Contracts Controller and has four years’ recruitment experience. He joined Law Support two years ago to run the Temporaries Desk, initially placing secretarial and other support staff. More recently Mark has expanded into the paralegal market and into banking and blue chip organisations, to add to our more traditional law firm client base.
Mark works closely with Christian Ankjaer who acts as an interface between Kellyfield and the foreign qualifieds who initially register as paralegals prior to completing the QLTT and requalifying in the UK.
Having graduated in Linguistics and in Drama from Surrey University in 1987, Heather Cockbain started her career in publishing at Haymarket in Teddington.
She moved into Commercial Recruitment in 1990, finally settling into the legal Temporary market in 1991. Since then she has built up a formidable Client and candidate base and has worked at three leading City recruitment firms over the past 12 years.
Heather particularly specialises in supplying Temporary legal secretarial and support staff to small and medium sized law firms. Her experience and attention to detail has meant that she is constantly in pursuit of excellence and offers a first class service within the legal recruitment business.
Karen White joined the Law Support temporaries team in May 2004 and brings with her 3 years London legal recruitment experience and a total of 9 years recruitment experience in Australia and the UK. With an impeccable reputation for being professional and ethical, Karen will be assisting Mark and Heather to expand the temporary and contracts business.
Jenny Barratt, a graduate with over 17 years’ recruitment experience, initially joined our sister company, “Kellyfield” in a support capacity when they were first established and was invited to assist Christian with the set up of Law Support. Jenny originally recruited Legal Secretaries but later concentrated on the IT, Facilities and Marketing fields. She has more recently taken responsibility for managing the office and our database, training new members of staff and acting as central point of contact for any queries within the office and for clients.
Amy Keeble joined us in June 2004 support the whole office and has primarily been involved in assisting the Temporaries Desk with payroll and administration. She joined us with six months recruitment administration experience and has been a welcome addition to the team.
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