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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


Mack Legal are proud sponsors of Deki. currently works in Ghana, Malawi, South Sudan, Uganda and South Africa. Deki is a microfinance charity that provides loans and business training to people in the developing world enabling them to work their way out of poverty. Individual lenders have the opportunity to lend from £10. 100% of all money lent goes directly to the chosen entrepreneur and lenders are paid back over the next 12 months. Even a small initial investment can help a number of people to raise themselves out of poverty.


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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


“Mack Legal approached me in June 2019 knowing that I was looking to develop a new global in-house legal team. Having engaged a national legal recruiter (who had relied on advertising and their database) who were not getting results, it has been very refreshing to work with Chris at Mack Legal. Mack Legal took a very different approach, fully mapping the market and headhunting to find us the best legal talent both in the UK and internationally.

Chris remained our one point of contact globally, helping us to select and appoint our first Head of Legal for APAC, Senior Legal Counsel Spain / LATAM and, in the UK, two senior EPC / Construction Lawyers and an experienced Commercial Lawyer. I have been thoroughly impressed with Chris’ proactive approach, the quality of the shortlist on all occasions and the depth of market penetration he has achieved. He has also advised on salaries across multi jurisdictions, ensuring that we are competitive.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris and the team at Mack Legal for their in-depth market knowledge of the global legal renewables market. As a testament to this, for the last four appointments we have worked exclusively with Mack Legal.”

Global General Counsel, January 2020

“We approached Mack Legal in July 2019 having noted their reputation in the Legal and Company Secretarial market. Following a very informative meeting we instructed Mack Legal exclusively to appoint our Interim Head of Governance / Company Secretarial and subsequently our first permanent General Counsel & Company Secretary.

On both occasions we have been very impressed with their consultative approach, in-depth market knowledge and the quality of the shortlist presented within a very tight timescale. Claire is very intuitive and really understood how important it was for us to find the right cultural fit, along with a candidate who would have the experience and gravitas to work in a rapidly growing international company, going through an IPO.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Mack Legal and very much look forward to working with them again in the future as we continue to expand our business.”

Top 10 fastest growth company 2019 – January 2020

“Chris contacted me for a very attractive Senior Legal position covering several countries as part of well reputed international renewable energy company (and legal team). He has been fully available during the whole process (even when already concluded), empathic and looking after candidate and company needs. Chris shows an impressive capacity to connect with you to prepare for interviews, Q&As to avoid misunderstanding and I strongly recommend his services for any firm or company requiring senior positions.”

Senior Legal Counsel, International Renewable Energy Company – October 2019

“The team at Mack Legal have been excellent at every stage of the process.  Claire’s in depth understanding of our business and the markets in which we operate meant that the candidates she put forward were all well suited, both technically and interpersonally.  The team’s depth within the in-house market specifically, has also meant that they have been able to source first class candidates that competitors were simply not able to.”

Head of Legal – Global Financial Services Business May 2019


‘We engaged with Chris when requiring support for a niche legal role.  Chris was responsive and quickly provided a selection of high calibre and appointable candidates, one of which was successfully appointed to the role.  I would have no hesitation engaging with Chris on any future legal requirements we have.’

Capita Plc, Head of Executive Interim, March 2019

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