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Register EXCLUSIVELY with us for 10 days and receive a £100 LOVE2SHOP Gift Card

Posted on October 18, 2017 by  Legal South West

We are currently running an offer whereby if you register exclusively with Legal Southwest for 10 days, when you are placed into a permanent position by us you will receive a £100 LOVE2SHOP Gift Card upon completion of your 12 weeks' probationary period!

To take advantage of this offer, please quote EXL2S!

We're happy to talk outside of office hours!

Posted on December 04, 2017 by  Legal Southwest

If you're thinking of looking for a new job soon but finding it hard to find the time through the day to make the call then why not book a time convenient to yourself to discuss your skills and experience and roles we have available and coming up. We are happy to book a telephone call out of hours or at weekends. Just send a message through LinkedIn or send an email to and she will be more than happy to get it booked in.

Please do follow our Legal Southwest company page for updates and information on legal recruitment.

We love receiving your Feedback!

Posted on March 05, 2018 by  Legal Southwest

We love receiving your feedback; it makes us feel so good about what we do when something lands in our inbox which improves our day beyond recognition, so please keep it coming!

Sarah and I never met, we communicated by telephone and email. But within a week of being introduced to Sarah and her team I was offered not only a great job, but one that matched my skill set and interests, and I am now finally in work with a great company that I enjoy to the full and am being paid well to do. It has led me to understand that we can have as many qualifications and past work relevant experiences as we can but these are irrelevant unless opportunity is there. For me at least Sarah and Legal Southwest offered that opportunity, in a professional and friendly way, no problems. As a client I would not only recommend Legal Southwest, but Sarah and her team with full confidence. If I were to find myself looking for employment and career prospects in the future (although I hope now I will never need to do) as a first port of call there would be no other contact I would look up straight away. I also got a parcel on my desk a couple of weeks later. Thanks Sarah, my kindest regards. 

Lee, Law Grad/Paralegal

"The service I received from Michala and Sarah at Legal Southwest was very friendly and professional at all times and resulted in a successful move! I would happily recommend them".

Lynne (Corporate Partner)

Michala worked around the clock to ensure an incredibly swift transfer between firms. It was a mere few days before I found my second training contract thanks to Michala and her team, they offer their service in a delightful, yet pragmatic way which enables not only a comfortable transition, but the right one too.

Daniel (Trainee Solicitor, Plymouth)

Afternoon ladies, how are you all?  

I'm settling in really well here, it really is a very friendly and professional firm and probably one of the best I've joined, if not the best.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for finding me this role and for your patience.  I knew it would take time but looking back now it's seemed to have flown by.  

Thank you for your help in getting here!

Best wishes


(Commercial Property Associate, relocated back from London to Devon)

"Please share my thanks with your team, they have been so helpful and have really had my back. I would recommend you every time!"
Private Client Solicitor, Truro

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for sticking with me, I know I haven't been the easiest candidate, but your helpful and no pressure approach allowed me to make the right decision in the end.  Your expert advice, guidance and support has been so appreciated and I will recommend you to anyone seeking a new job in the legal profession."
Best Wishes,
Claire (Paralegal, Exeter)

I have been meaning to email you all week just to say thank you again for finding the post for me.  I had my first appraisal and am relieved to say it was probably one of the best I have had. They are very happy with how I have picked up the cases, organised the department together with moving home to Exeter.  It has been challenging and a lot of hard work, but great. The staff are so supportive and have been welcoming and I have made some nice friends.  Thank you to everyone again at Legal SouthWest.

Best wishes and kind regards.
Donna (Legal Secretary, relocated to Exeter)

"I'd highly recommend Michala and Sarah at Legal Southwest. Both are extremely friendly and made me feel important to them rather than just another person through the door. They made applying for jobs easy and were full of great advice when an interview was lined up. Very supportive through the whole process and got me a job in the perfect role which is a perfect fit for me".

Nicola, Trainee Solicitor

"I had a call from Michala suggesting a job that I would not have considered before. Michala instantly said that it would suit my skill set and told me more. A few days later I was interviewed and offered and not only did it fit my skill set, I would say it was a perfect fit.

I am very excited to be joining my new company and it would not have happened without the support from Michala and her team (Sarah).

A big thank you and highly recommended!

I will be sure to use the Legal Southwest team for a
ny related recruitment I may need going forward!"

Matthew, Practice Manager

Example Interview Questions

Posted on October 18, 2017 by  Legal Southwest

The key to a good interview is be prepared, whether you are comfortable in interviews or have not sat across the desk from a potential employer for a while, have a think about answers to 'typical' questions you may be asked. Below are just a few frequently used interview questions.
  • - How much do you know about our business?
  • - Why are you leaving your current company?
  • - Why do you want this job?
  • - Where does it fit in with your career plans?
  • - What are your strengths?
  • - What are your weaknesses?
  • - What's been your biggest success at work?
  • - What is the biggest mistake you ever made?
  • - What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced?
  • - How do you cope with difficult colleagues?
  • - You've changed jobs three times in the past five years, why should I think you are more serious about this one?
  • - What do you do outside work?
  • - What's your current salary?

Above all try not to get nervous and Good Luck!

Recruitment for Legal Professionals!

Posted on October 18, 2017 by  Michala Willson, Director

We are really busy here at Legal Southwest!  We recruit for law firms across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and are finding the legal market to be buoyant.

Property Solicitors are always in demand together with Private Client Solicitors.  We are also finding Litigation roles becoming increasingly more available with a steady flow of Family, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury jobs available, so if you are looking for a move, please do get in touch.

Even if a specific role isn't advertised on our website, we often know of jobs that are due to come up or firms will often create a role for a really strong candidate so it's definitely worth contacting us for an informal and confidential chat.

We are legal recruitment experts and Southwest law firms trust us with their legal vacancies so you can contact us or apply for our roles with complete confidence.  We are also the only recruitment agency in the Southwest who deal exclusively with legal recruitment so we know the market extremely well so are best equipped to advise on legal roles.

Kind regards,


Director - Legal Southwest

Corporate Roles!

Posted on April 09, 2018 by 

We have found a large rise in Corporate roles we have available ranging from newly qualified positions to highly experienced Solicitors based in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset so if you are a  Corporate Solicitor potentially looking for a new job and would like to discuss your next move or the opportunities we have available please do get in touch.

We are always happy to take calls out of hours as we understand it can be tricky talking in work hours. Alternatively, if you know someone who could be looking for that next role please do pass on our details as we offer an amazing £500 Love 2 Shop Giftcard per successful referral.

Please do remember we have more roles available than are on our website so if the job you are looking for isn’t advertised it doesn’t mean we haven’t got the position available it may just mean our client doesn’t want it advertised just yet. Look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes, Michala