ABOUT US

Canada’s most connected legal recruitment firm.

OUR PURPOSE

The Counsel Network is the most respected, connected and powerful lawyer recruitment firm in Canada. We specialize in providing the Canadian legal market with comprehensive, long-term talent management solutions. We are passionate about achieving the best results for our clients and candidates – results that build careers, firms, law departments, and that ultimately build success.

OUR TEAM

Our team is led by the most experienced legal recruiters in Canada, who, over the last 30 years, have advised the profession through economic cycles and unprecedented changes in the industry. We are the only legal recruitment firm with a national team-based approach – ensuring clients find the best talent for their teams and candidates find the best position for their next career move.

OUR SERVICE

We believe every client deserves more than a transactional experience with their recruiter.
Our passion to deliver the best experience to our clients is what drives us to be experts in our field, and is demonstrated by our efforts to continually develop our knowledge of the legal market, build strong relationships within the profession and our communities, and uphold our exceptional track record of successful, long-term placements.

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CORE VALUES

The Counsel Network is guided by a set of fundamental values. Each of these shapes our culture and defines the true character of our company and our people. Our core values are intrinsic to all aspects of our business.

We seek long-term, strategic relationships with our clients and candidates, who value not only the manner and approach to the services we provide but also value the people we help them recruit.

We are trusted advisors; we possess an unparalleled knowledge of the legal market and provide our clients and candidates with compelling thought leadership that empowers them to best match their objectives with their needs.

The Counsel Network conducts its business with the highest level of integrity and ethical standards, both internally and externally. We understand that integrity is more than just a word, it is a daily practice. We are not motivated by making the most placements but by making the best placements.

Our team-oriented, systematic, and targeted approach to recruitment ensures we meet client demand effectively and efficiently without sacrificing quality. We strive to create empowered team members who will be most capable of contributing to the success of our clients.

Excellent performance, the success that comes from it and participation in its rewards are at the heart of The Counsel Network. We deliver what we promise and add value beyond what is expected. We achieve excellence through knowledge, strategy, and experience.

TESTIMONIALS

BY THE NUMBERS

The Counsel Network prides itself on providing our clients with top-level service that leads to meaningful results. Below is a sample of the type of results we work hard to deliver and uphold on an ongoing basis.

 
PLACEMENT RETENTION
 
National Law Firms Worked With
 
TOTAL PLACEMENTS

OUR TEAM

Our team makes us different – we are passionate about delivering
lasting results to our clients and candidates through our unique approach and culture. We dedicate time to developing forward-thinking, strategic insights by studying markets, trends, and emerging best practice in the legal industry.

LATEST POSTS FROM OUR BLOG

We are committed to being experts in our field and for this reason we study markets, trends and emerging best practices in the legal industry. Our team dedicates their time and expertise to develop these insights and publish our findings.

November 21, 2017

10 tips for writing the perfect resume

On average, it takes a recruiter about six seconds to determine if a candidate makes the initial cut for a role.  As a legal recruiting services firm, we know competition is fierce, especially in this market, so you want to ensure your …

November 16, 2017

Reducing reality shock for your new employee

It all begins with the job posting.  The job posting is the first opportunity you have as an employer to attract a strong, qualified candidate. As a result, it can …

November 15, 2017

The compounding effect of successful recruitment

When it comes to legal recruiting services, I often discuss with our clients that an effective recruitment strategy, particularly when it comes to students and associates, can yield significant long-term …

November 9, 2017

Rise of the C-Suite in law firms and increased profitability 

Over the years, we’ve seen the rise of the C-Suite in law firms. While many law firms still prefer their own lawyers to manage the business of the firm, an …

November 7, 2017

Weighing opportunity v. risk

Why you should be prepared to take the risk for the right opportunity. As a legal recruiting services provider, we are blessed with clients who are extremely intelligent, articulate individuals, …

November 6, 2017

FACL Western Dim Sum Series (November 17)

Join the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) Western for their popular Dim Sum Series on November 17, 2017 at Regency Palace (Dragon City) in Calgary. Lunch begins at 12pm. …

November 6, 2017

Implications of the recent salary jump for Toronto law firm associates

Toronto firms have spoken and the result is associates at many of the larger firms are likely getting a raise this year. Recently, you may have heard the slight buzz …

November 2, 2017

2017 Vancouver Bar Association AGM and Gala

This year’s AGM and Gala will be held on November 23, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. In addition to the presentation of the Peter S. Hyndman Mentorship Award, the event will …

November 2, 2017

The multi-tiered law firm partnership system: pros and cons

The structure of partnerships and the style of associate progression are key indicators of the culture of a law firm. Deciding whether one approach is better than another is an …

November 1, 2017

2017 SABA Toronto Gala

The 2017 SABA Gala takes place Tuesday, November 14 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. The annual gala celebrates the winners of the SABA Legal Awards. The awards are presented …

October 31, 2017

Getting the most out of your interview

While the idea of a job interview, for most, is nerve racking and intimidating, it can be a great learning opportunity for both the interviewer and the candidate. Not only …

October 30, 2017

RODA-OBA’s 3rd Annual Diversity Conference: Where we are and where we are heading

The RODA-OBA Annual Diversity Conference returns on November 27 to provide thought-provoking and practical discussions on current issues for diverse lawyers and allies. Join us to debate some of the …

October 26, 2017

Tips for achieving work-life balance

In today’s age, we are a constantly “on”. Whether it’s text message, phone, email, facetime or skype, we can (and often do) find any pocket of the day to conduct …

October 24, 2017

Meet & greet the women running for Bencher (Edmonton and Northern Alberta)

Join us at Mercer Tavern in Edmonton on October 30 for a meet and greet with the women running for Bencher in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. The Law Society of …

October 24, 2017

In-house lawyers must define and pursue own career vision

For in house lawyers, it is arguably more critical to have a clear vision of your career path and goals than in the private practice environment. In private practice, at …

October 18, 2017

CBA West 2017 Conference

The CBA West 2017 Conference takes place November 17-19 at the Wynn Las Vegas. This is an opportunity to gather, network, socialize and re-connect with colleagues, leaders in the legal …

October 17, 2017

7th Annual Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Awards

The 2017 WILL Awards Dinner will be held on November 9 at the Westin Calgary. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and keynote speaker is The Honourable Madam Justice Patricia …

October 17, 2017

Call for nominations for the 2017 SABA Awards

The annual SABA Awards (being held on November 14, 2017) are one of the most prestigious legal awards in Toronto, celebrating the achievements of South Asian lawyers and their contribution …

October 13, 2017

FACL BC 6th Annual Gala

The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) BC’s 6th Annual Gala takes place Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the spectacular Vancouver Convention Centre (West). This year’s keynote speaker is Jim Chu. Jim …

October 6, 2017

In-House Counsel Compensation and Career Survey – Complete the survey by November 15

To ensure you have access to current Canadian compensation data, The Counsel Network is partnering with the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) and Bramm Research to conduct our fifth In-House …

October 2, 2017

2017 Canadian Lawyer Readers’ Choice Awards – Thank you!

The Counsel Network is thrilled to announce we have been named a preferred service provider for the 2017 Canadian Lawyer Readers’ Choice Awards in the Legal Recruiter category, for the …

October 2, 2017

2017 CBA Leadership Conference for Professional Women

The 2017 CBA Leadership Conference will bring together women to discuss the challenges and opportunities we face as the legal industry continues on a path of unprecedented change. Join Sameera Sereda, …

September 12, 2017

How to spot an emotionally intelligent leader in the workplace

If you have ever come across a manager with great technical skills, but who also treated their staff poorly, you probably have an understanding of what Emotional intelligence is all …

August 19, 2017

How emotional intelligence influences success at work

Emotional intelligence (EI) at the top can be contagious. Team leaders with high EI are most likely to achieve the most collaborative and productive results. By inspiring others, they can …

August 10, 2017

Legal recruitment agencies Canada market update – Summer 2017

Legal Recruitment Agencies Vancouver Update With the new NDP/Green Party coalition forming government in BC, we’ve noted some hesitation in the business and legal community, as we anticipate some businesses …

August 9, 2017

Upward mobility for in-house counsel

We, as in-house legal recruitment specialists, are often asked by in-house counsel whether positions have any potential of upward mobility or how to achieve upward mobility within their existing legal …

August 3, 2017

The shifting track to law firm partnership

Is the law firm partnership track as appealing today as it was 10 or even 20 years ago? From our perch in the legal professionals’ recruitment space, we are finding …

August 1, 2017

What does emotional intelligence mean in the legal world?

Many managers still downplay emotional intelligence (EI) as a “touchy-feely”, soft skill and in the legal industry it is no different. Lawyers have been taught to orient to fact, not …

July 28, 2017

Employers: How to choose a legal recruitment provider

The process of choosing a legal recruiting services provider has many similarities to retaining a lawyer. It can hinge on the circumstances, your particular issue, and budget, but here are …

July 28, 2017

Finding the right fit – it’s not all about a big name

Transitioning from a university Recruitment Officer to a legal recruitment consultant, I have noticed one common trend – the appeal of a big name. While the idea of attending a …

July 26, 2017

Critical questions to ask before joining a partnership

It may be obvious to most lawyers when advising their clients who seek to enter a partnership that basic questions must be asked. What continues to amaze me is that …

July 25, 2017

Tips for building your career portfolio

Tips, from a legal recruitment consultant, on how to utilize your existing career portfolio to build your career in the future. Patience and flexibility. These are two of the most …

July 20, 2017

Know your worth: Getting the right job for the right value

As a specialist legal recruitment firm, we are often approached by candidates with questions concerning compensation and, particularly, around how to negotiate compensation or start the conversation with a potential …

July 19, 2017

The importance of candid conversations

One of the common laments I hear, as a legal recruitment consultant, from partners following the departure of a star associate is, “if they had only talked to me about …

July 14, 2017

How to work with the millennial lawyer

Gen Y, or more commonly referred to as “millennials”, make up the largest generation of the workforce and are often misunderstood by employers. Most millennials are working for law firms …

July 14, 2017

Are you a giver or a taker?

By the numbers, apparently only about a quarter of us are truly, by default, givers. As a legal recruitment consultant, I was intrigued by this statement. Professor Adam Grant, the …

July 11, 2017

M&A activity remains strong in legal

M&A activity continues to remain strong for law firms, which means for those of us in legal professionals’ recruitment, keeping track of an ever-changing legal market landscape has increasingly become …

July 6, 2017

Developing your kitchen cabinet

A kitchen cabinet is an age old political term that refers to a group of unofficial advisers to the holder of an elected office who are considered to be unduly …

July 5, 2017

Should I stay or should I go: Conscious career planning

You may have heard this from legal recruitment agencies before but it’s importance cannot be undermined: your legal career is one of the most important relationships in your life. And, …

June 27, 2017

Diversity in the legal profession: Are we there yet?

As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the advancement of diversity in the legal profession. I am also proud to be celebrating …