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Chris Mackinnon


Chris has over 15 years recruitment experience which has included working in a number of leadership roles for a FTSE global recruiter with extensive experience leading on senior appointments within the legal and finance sector.

He has an excellent knowledge of the legal market having worked with national and international law firms and numerous companies from FTSE 100 through to rapidly growing SMEs. He has extensive experience working on retained search campaigns, contingency search & selection and numerous advertised campaigns.

Tel: +44(0)7949 929 573
Claire Sharp

Claire Sharp


Claire has operated within professional services recruitment for over 20 years. Working for a global market leader across mid to senior level appointments, Claire brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Highly experienced across retained search, contingency and bespoke advertising campaigns. She has worked closely with global corporations through to SMEs to find the best legal talent in the market and has assisted many key players throughout their career and business through difficult and prosperous times.

Claire is passionate about people and business. She is focused on building long term effective relationships with both her clients and her candidates. With the mix of expertise in recruitment and her natural ambition and passion for her candidates and clients, Claire is able to add significant value and support that clients and candidates come back for time and again.

Tel: +44(0)7931 448 925


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Claire was fundamental to securing my in-house legal position and was open and honest from start to finish. Claire fully understood and took into consideration my reasons for applying, took the time to talk through my cv to identify my suitability for the role, provided regular updates and made herself available at all times. Claire is highly experienced and I would definitely recommend!

“Chris and his team take legal recruitment to the next level. From a pro-active and intuitive approach to excellent candidates and in-depth communication, Chris and Claire have been a pleasure to deal with. Look forward to working with them again.”

Gore Street Capital, Legal Director, February 2022


“Chris’ support during the interview process was invaluable and of the highest quality. Chris took the time to get to know me as well as to make sure the role was right for me. I felt that Chris was genuinely invested in me, taking the time to help me prepare for the interview process and keeping me up-to-date throughout the process. I would highly recommend Chris and Mack legal for all candidates in search of a new role.”

Legal Counsel – M&A, Renewables, February 2022

“Chris was so helpful throughout the whole process of me securing my new role. I had always been interested in working in-house but knew that deciding to make the move from private practice for the first time would always be quite daunting. Chris helped answer any questions that I had and to communicate with the potential employer – also suggesting and helping to arrange informal conversations with the team following the interview stage. Before the interview he assisted me with understanding more about my potential employer and helped with interview preparation which gave me more confidence.Thank you, Chris! I’m excited to start my new job.”

Legal Counsel, Renewables,  January 2023

“Claire at Mack Legal helped me navigate the recruitment and interview process, after not having had an interview for some time. Claire was really interested in making sure this was the right role for me, she helped me to work on my confidence in interviews and make sure I was prepared. She guided me through securing the role and worked hard to make sure I got the best terms. Claires support was extremely important and helped me find the confidence to push forward with this great opportunity.”

Senior Legal Counsel

October 2022

As a candidate I have never felt more informed and kept up to date by a recruiter. Mack Legal and Chris constantly and deeply informed me about the nature of the position and about developments in the recruitment process. Being from a Latam country, I was also quite impressed about his knowledge of the local market.

From my experience as a candidate, I would highly recommend Mack Legal for both companies looking for recruitment services (even worldwide) as well as for candidates in search of new challenges.”

Senior Legal Counsel – LATAM 

March 2021

“I found Chris to be a breath of fresh air in a very challenging market. He invested time in me, was very knowledgeable, kept me up to date throughout the process and went above and beyond so that I could put the best version of me forward.”

Head of Legal & Commercial- Middle East

January 2021

“I approached Mack Legal to help Affinity Water source a new Director for our Legal department.  They were one of 3 companies approached for the role and the eventual agency chosen to help us source this position.  From the outset, it was clear that Claire and the team had a solid understanding of the legal sector.  They were able to not only source great candidates but offer us advice on the organisational design for the position and team.  Our initial thought was to recruit a Legal Director but their advice amended that to a General Counsel and Company Secretary – which was more fitting to our requirements.

Mack legal were then very flexible with the payment structure for the retained assignment and agreed to the timescales we wished to work towards.  Claire and the team then delivered the longlist, shortlist, interviews and successful candidate very quickly end efficiently.

In addition, during this search we also asked Mack to source us a very specialist Regulatory Lawyer on a contingency basis.  Knowing this was a very specific skill, we expected the successful appointment to take some time but it was delivered at very quick turnaround with an extremely suitable candidate.

I am glad to have found Mack Legal and will happily use their services again, when required.”

Affinity Water, Head of Talent Acquisition, April 2020

“I called upon Mack legal again after working with them in my previous companies.  Once again it was good to work with Chris and his team to source our recent UK legal counsel.  Professional team who found some excellent candidates for us to interview and select from. Thank you one and all.”

Fasthosts Internet Ltd, HR Business Partner – May 2020

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Claire.  She is a trusted person in my network and she recently approached me about a unique General Counsel / Company Secretarial opportunity.  Having taken the time to get to know me, Claire understands my aspirations and motivations, and she has matched me up with a company where there is an excellent personal and cultural fit.  Claire is an absolute pleasure to work with, has provided excellent support throughout the hiring process and I particularly enjoy her great sense of humour. I would warmly recommend her to other General Counsel’s looking for support with their career.”

General Counsel / Company Secretary January 2020


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