We work in partnership with in-house and private practice clients nationwide, to recruit staff that will add value to their teams and achieve positive results. The service we provide to our clients and candidates is both personal and comprehensive, in order to find and place our candidates in suitable roles where they will achieve their potential. We work with candidates at all stages in their career, from those newly qualified to experienced General Counsel.

We offer both our clients and candidates a face-to-face consultation in order to gain an accurate understanding of the type of services you require. In addition, we consult on legal market updates, CV writing advice, hiring and retention solutions, interviewing techniques and career development advice.

Our Approach and Capabilities

Type of Search


We have developed a comprehensive database of quality candidates, which provides us with the ability to react quickly to urgent client requirements. We are able to search based on:

  • Skillset
  • Industry
  • Level of PQE
  • Location
  • Availability
  • References
  • Salary Expectations


We are able to operate on an exclusive basis, meaning that we will work closely with you and use an agreed methodology to find the best person for the role. The process is usually rigorous in order to create a shortlist of suitable candidates to present before interviews commence.

We also offer bespoke advertising campaigns, both to help raise your company profile and to improve your search prospects. Our retained search ensures peace of mind and quality control, especially in relation to confidential and/or senior hires.


Our high quality research team is able to research the availability of suitable candidates for your business, particularly those working for competitors or related businesses. We are able to act as an intermediary to investigate whether the individual candidate may be interested in moving to your business. We are able to to carry out initial screening of the candidate and negotiate on the employment contract and potential remuneration.


Candidate Sourcing & Attraction

Our database is continually being updated through client and candidate referrals, word of mouth, targeted searches and specific advertising campaigns. Our database is industry and skillset specific, enabling us to identify suitable candidates for you within record time. We invest in attracting talent to our business, which means we are able to confidently present you with a leading choice of high calibre candidates.

Quality Control

TAP Search takes pride in the quality of the candidate that we represent, conducting regular audits on all our registered candidates, including;

  • Reference checked for past 3 years’ experience
  • Practicing certificates checked
  • Confirmation of photographic ID
  • Fully interviewed by a TAP Search consultant, either by phone or in person

Our consultants take the time to build relationships with all our registered candidates, enabling us to better understand their needs and how they might match the needs of your business. All candidates’ CVs are formatted into TAP Search’s in-house style, which provides quality control, consistency and aims to make your review of CVs easier.

 Why hire an interim lawyer?

Temporary legal professionals play an important role in many organisations by:

  •  Enabling a legal team to adjust to workload fluctuations
  • Maintaining staffing flexibility and improves efficiency
  • Allowing a worker to be assessed without commitment
  • Saving a legal department time and money
  • Providing specialised skills to all types of industries

And finally…

  • Establishing a long-term positive relationship with TAP Search

When you find an agency that is experienced, accommodating and provides a timely and quality service you may want to work with exclusively. A good relationship with us will go a long way toward meeting your company needs.

Difference between Interim versus Fixed Term Contract*

Interim Fixed term contract
Frequency of Candidate payment Hourly or daily rate Monthly, based on a permanent equivalent basic salary
How is the candidate paid? Through the agency via a timesheet system Paid through client payroll
Length of assignment 1 to 5 months with likelihood of extension 6+ months
Notice Period 1 week 1 month
  • Project work
  • Headcount restrictions
  • Restructurings
  • Sabbaticals/Annual leave
  • Increase in work-flow
  • Permanent hiring periods
  • Sudden departure
  • Sick leave
  • Seasonal peaks
  • Staff shortage
  • Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Long term project work with a definite time period

* Please note that the table above is based on the industry standard, however some aspects may vary slightly, depending on circumstances or company policies.