About Us

The Journey

With over 15 years of experience in the recruitment and legal publishing sectors in major EU cities, Liam identified a niche in the market for a specialist in-house legal recruitment consultancy.
In 2020, Liam Taaffe founded EMEA Legal – a bespoke in-house legal search and recruitment consultancy focusing on privacy and commercial IT lawyers for the technology and fintech sectors. His aim was that of creating a holistic service that not only identifies the optimal legal talent but also provides candidates with the opportunity to relocate to other countries and working remotely.

Our Services

Executive Search

EMEA Legal provides a range of search and selection solutions for global organisations seeking to recruit in-house legal professionals with niche specialisms or to source a candidate which also requires relocation. At EMEA Legal, we have over 15yrs experience in searching and mapping legal talent, we strive in offering exceptional quality of service by the agility and efficiency of our results, and our successful track history in sourcing relevant candidates. Multinationals in multiple global cities rely on EMEA Legal’s network and reputation to secure their in-house legal talent.

EMEA Legal has achieved a strong track history by the implementation of multiple recruitment techniques with a personal touch to ensure every candidate search is completed to our client’s satisfaction.

What we do: 

Candidate Mapping

Candidate Mapping or Talent Mapping is a very useful method to source the best legal talent for our clients. Our mapping ​expertise offers ​precise insights and market intelligence into the overall team structure of in-house legal team​s​ and a detailed breakdown on compensation. All this data is achieved from 15+yrs of senior-level legal recruitment, networking at multiple legal events and the use of innovative recruitment technology software.

Targeted Candidate Search

On completion of our mapping exercise, the next stage involves the delivery of a candidate target shortlists process which details a maximum of 6 candidates. The completed shortlist of candidates will all be scrutinised on their genuine interest in the opportunity, ability to do the job, and cultural fit. While some candidates may seem keen, deal-breakers and signs of uncertainty can start to emerge further into the recruitment process and we are fully obliged to update our clients on any possible issues and concerns we may have on a candidate’s change of behaviour. In most cases, these concerns will be highlighted​ ​to the hiring manager​ ​resulting​ in applicants being excluded from the candidate shortlist.​ ​

For further details on ​EMEA Legal’s Search & Selection ​service ​please contact us via search@emea.legal OR Book an Appointment via Calendly

Find Talent

Whether you are a start-up business or a large multinational corporation, EMEA Legal are here to provide you with a personalised candidate search experience. For over 15 years, we’ve been connecting businesses with highly skilled legal talent across the Globe. Our approach is straightforward – we combine our global legal network, recruitment expertise, and market knowledge which creates the best possible legal recruitment and candidate search capabilities to assist with the growth of your legal team.

Founded by Liam Taaffe, EMEA Legal’s network and experience covers the entire In-House Legal Sector and covers positions ranging from Legal Counsel to General Counsel.

For further information on EMEA Legal’s recruitment services, please contact us via talent@emea.legal or +44 (0)207 183 9122 alternatively link on EMEA Search for further details.

Our Candidates

Candidate Interview Coaching

EMEA Legal has over 15yrs experience of advising and career mentoring in-house lawyers from Junior Counsel to General Counsel for in-house roles with many of the Fortune 100 and FTSE 100’s most admired companies. We thoroughly understand our client’s interview processes and many of their questioning techniques. In addition, we understand our client’s cultural fit and company ethics where we can best advise candidates on how to best prepare for each stage of the interview process. This method creates a positive 2-fold outcome where we can enhance the candidate’s interview performance and in turn assist our clients in efficiently and successfully finding the perfect legal professional.

Candidate Career Search

In many cases, we understand that your dream in-house role never seems to exist however, at EMEA Legal our attitude is that “Every Candidate is Placeable”. With the growing migration of lawyers moving from traditional Private Practice to In-House we’re finding that legal teams are now operating on a fully self-sufficient basis, operating like mini law firms. With this in mind, not only general commercial and IP roles arise in Tech but many niche specialisms (see examples below) which enables EMEA Legal to source the right in-house role for you. In many cases, our clients are always keen to hear about talented lawyers who are seeking their first in-house career move and we can create a mapping exercise to approach a selection of your preferred employers to present your profile on a completely anonymous and confidential basis. To avail of this offering candidates can book an appointment via the Calendly link below.

**In order to be considered, candidates must meet our clients expectations which comprise of strong academics from a leading university, training from an international law firm and ideally current in-house or secondment experience**

“Book a 40-minute in-house legal career consultation via Calendly”

Example of niche in-house roles we sourced for our candidates:

  • Trade Counsel (Import/Export) – US Cloud/SaaS Tech leader – mainland EU
  • Health & Safety Counsel – Fortune 100 Tech Giant – London
  • Global Head of Privacy (Dual Arabic & German Speaker) NASDAQ-100 SaaS Business – Germany
  • Head of Corporate (Technology Company M&A) – FTSE 100 SaaS leader – London
  • Payments Legal Operational Manager – Fintech/Card Reader Start-up – Dublin

For a complimentary copy of our In-house 2019/2020 Salary Survey and Market Review, please contact Liam Taaffe at liam@emea.legal