Our in-house legal function is led by Chris Mackinnon and Claire Sharp, Director’s of Mack Legal. With over 40 years experience within in-house mid – senior level appointments, they bring a wealth of experience to their clients and candidates.
Offering permanent and interim business solutions to our range of clients, from multinational companies with extensive legal teams through to SMEs looking to appoint their first legal counsel. We pride ourselves on market and industry knowledge of the in-house legal market which includes Financial Services, Energy, Construction, Utilities, Telecoms, IT, Fintech, Retail, Pharmaceuticals and Media.
- Legal Counsel
- Sole Counsel
- Head of Legal
- General Counsel
- Global General Counsel
We work closely with candidates within Private Practice who have the commercial awareness and communication skills to make the transition into the in-house sector and in-house legal candidates wishing to find the next challenge.
Senior Legal Counsel 10+ PQERemote Working£70,000 - £100,000 + car allowance 10% + bonus (up to 20%)
In-house Paralegal / Solicitor NQ+Ethical PowerBristol or Exeter (mix of office / home working)£Competitive package
Legal CounselEthical PowerExeter or Bristol or London (mix of office / home working)£Competitive + bonus + pension
Senior Legal Counsel – SaaS/TechGlobal retail brandCheltenham, UKUp to £90,000 + car allowance + bonus + share scheme
Working with us as Candidates
We are dedicated to spending time to really get to know you and understand your requirements and ability. We offer CV advice, career advice and provide in-depth detail on present and forecasted opportunities without obligation.
We also offer a fully pro-active service ensuring that you are able to find the best opportunities suited to your needs.
Working with us as Clients
It is essential to fully understand your business, past present and future, and the key drivers and skills required for each position. Ideally we like to meet in person enabling us to gain a real feel for your business and culture fit.
“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
“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
“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
“Innogy recently instructed Mack Legal to appoint a Construction Lawyer. Chris and Claire ensured they had a detailed brief and an excellent understanding of our values and culture. They presented us with an exceptional shortlist of relevant and engaged candidates for us to successfully appoint and assisted us professionally throughout the whole process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mack Legal and I look forward to working with them again in the future now we have appointed them to our PSL.”
Innogy, February 2019
“Mack helped us recruit a Senior Legal Counsel. They were extremely responsive and resourceful in helping us identify some excellent candidates. They took time to get to know us and our business and it really showed in the quality of candidates they brought to us. I would not hesitate in recommending Mack to candidates or clients.”
MicroEnsure November 2018
“Claire at Mack Legal really listened to what I was looking for and has an extensive understanding of the local legal job market. I was returning to the workplace after maternity leave and I feel that Claire matched my requirements to a suitable opportunity and genuinely understood the importance of finding the right ‘fit’. Her support and guidance throughout the recruitment process was invaluable and I feel confident that I have made the right move.”
Legal Counsel, March 2019
“Mack Legal really know their clients. They care about placing you with an employer where you will fit within the culture and have a real future. They get to know you and your priorities and help you find your next role. They are proud of their work and this is reflected in the quality they deliver. Mack Legal are the recruiters you’ll go back to throughout your career.”
Candidate December 2019
“Pennon Group has worked very closely with Claire to deliver senior level recruitment into its legal team. Claire has an excellent understanding of the needs of the business and has provided strategic advice and support throughout the process. I have no hesitation in recommending her and the team at Mack Legal”
Pennon Group December 2017
“We have recently instructed Mack Legal on an interim Deputy Company Secretary appointment. As with previous instructions, I was impressed by the team approach and willingness to listen and ask probing questions about the culture and the detail of the job description, to really get to grips with the brief. The long-list of potential candidates was impressive and put together really promptly. The level of service on both occasions that we have instructed Mack Legal has been really impressive.”
General Counsel & Company Secretary, May 2018
“I would just like to say a big thank you for all of your help and assistance with our last two vacancies. The standard of applicants that you sent to me was fantastic and we are over the moon with the two that we have chosen. Your help and advice has made a huge difference to me, and I have no hesitation in recommending you to others.”
CFH Docmail, June 2018
“Chris was extremely helpful and proactive in both identifying a potential role for me and ensuring I was well prepared both in making an application and preparing for interview. Chris was proactive in following up and providing feedback. I have no doubt that Chris played a positive role in my securing a job”
Legal Counsel, FTSE 100 company, June 2018
“After contacting Mack Legal regarding a position I found advertised on their website, I was very impressed with the advice, support and guidance I received which eventually landed me the job that I thought was beyond my reach in such a competitive market. Chris was always available to help and gave me friendly and professional support throughout the recruitment process; I could not have asked for more from a recruiter. I would highly recommend using Mack Legal and should I need to find another position I would go back to them myself.”
Paralegal, Luxury International Fashion Brand September 2018
“We recently tasked Mack Legal with the challenge of finding two top lawyers who were ready to start with the business at very short notice. It wasn’t an easy challenge: the candidates needed to demonstrate excellent technical ability, strong commercial acumen and, most importantly, fit with the business culturally.
Mack Legal came up trumps. They put forward a concise list of excellent candidates at very short notice; ensuring that only those candidates who met all of our key requirements were put forward. As well as reactively sourcing very strong candidates who were all capable of undertaking the roles, they expertly navigated the offer process; supporting us to ensure that we got the right candidates on mutually acceptable terms.
We’ll definitely be using their services again in the future.”
Good Energy, October 2017
“Chris provided the service you want from a recruitment agent. Chris understood our needs, was honest in his candidates strengths and weaknesses, only recommended a small number of candidates and most importantly supplied us with the outstanding candidate who is now imbedded into our team.”
”Chris was incredibly professional and more than helpful in assisting me with my recent search for a new opportunity and indeed has secured me a fantastic and exciting new position. He provided an excellent service and understood my needs perfectly. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.”
“Claire is an inspirational recruiter. She really listens, and her placements meet the needs of the Employer, play to the recruits strengths and work towards the aspirations of both. Claire invests her time in getting to know what her client’s really want and helps them build on their experience to meet their long term goals. Claire encouraged me to leave a longstanding job for valuable locum assignments. With her help and encouragement I had the opportunities and confidence I needed to escalate my career. I cannot thank her enough or recommend her too highly.”
“I have been really impressed with Chris Mackinnon’s professionalism and friendly manner. I found his advice and assistance to be of a high standard at a time when you need a steady and supportive contact. Chris’ communication is thorough and helpful and he managed to arrange a new position for me within 2 weeks; I am very impressed and grateful. I would (and have already) highly recommend Chris to anyone looking for a new job or career move.“
“I would not hesitate for one moment to recommend Chris. His knowledge of the legal sector and in particular, his in depth knowledge of the local law firms and people within those firms is second to none. Chris offered me advice and guidance throughout the entire process and my new role is exactly what I was looking for.”
“In all my dealings with Mack Legal, I have found them to be knowledgeable, pragmatic and above all honest. I received great advice from Claire who was a pleasure to deal with, I certainly recommend them to anyone that requires assistance with recruitment, whether that be a business or an individual.”