About Realm Recruit

At Realm, we are driven by our core values, which underpin our refreshing and personalised recruitment service to the region’s lawyers and law firms. On a day-to-day basis, we work hard to deliver a personal and tailored recruitment service. We’re truly passionate about the people we work with and are committed to developing long-term mutually beneficial relationships with both lawyers and law firms.


Providing a personal touch to your legal recruitment needs

At Realm, we pride ourselves on our personal approach. We are passionate about developing long-term relationships with our clients and candidates to help both careers and businesses flourish.

You’ll never be left unsure about where you stand and will be guided through the recruitment process.

Our friendly consultants are efficient, attentive and will explain everything to you in plain English. If you ever have any questions or queries, they are easily contactable and will keep you in the loop at all times.

We're trusted by wonderful companies

Meet the Realm team

We have specialists in all core legal practice areas, with each of our consultants working within a single legal niche.

Duane Cormell

Managing Director and Co-founder

He set up Realm in 2015 with the aim of helping law firms improve their productivity and profitability through a refreshing, values-driven approach to legal recruitment. 

Kelly Reid

Associate Director and Head of the Recruiter Division

Specialist for private client, Court of Protection and contentious probate in the North West.

Paula Pawlowska

Associate Director and Head of Recruiter Division

Head of our team of specialist recruiters.

Proud to be award-winning

At Realm, our team have won and been shortlisted for several prestigious regional business awards over the last few years, including the Made in Manchester Awards (MIMAs) and the Manchester Young Talent Awards (MYTAs).

2022 MIMA: Business Owner/Entrepreneur of the Year

Duane Cormell

2021 Greater Manchester Business Awards: Wellbeing in the Workplace

Realm Recruit

2021 MIMA: Recruitment Professional of the Year

Paula Pawlowska


Explore our frequently asked questions

Find out more about working with Realm and get your questions answered.

How are you helping clients combat the current talent-short legal market?

Unlike most recruitment agencies, who will only be investing in marketing to a shrinking pool of active jobseekers, we are investing in developing relationships with lawyers earlier on in their decision-making process, so that when they are ready to explore opportunities, they will come to us.

We have vast audiences across email marketing, social media and our video channels, and keep our talent pools highly engaged with content to help them with skill development and career progression. This includes events, written and filmed interviews, informative blog content, our podcast series, regular newsletters.

How can you help our firm raise its profile in a competitive employer market?

When our clients choose us as a legal recruitment partner, we help them create clever content plans to drip-feed their employer brand to our audience of over 10,000 lawyers – or, in other words, their next potential hire. This can be in support of an open vacancy or as part of a longer-term employer brand-building campaign to support continued growth and cut down on time-to-hire.

To do this, Realm has consciously invested in building one of the largest and most skilled marketing teams in the legal recruitment space, led by a former in-house legal marketer.

We offer this as a completely free, added-value service when working with firms on an exclusive or semi-exclusive basis, or on a paid basis for other firms.

How do you market my vacancy?

When you choose Realm as your recruitment partner, you gain access to one of most extensive vacancy marketing strategies in the legal recruitment space. We continually review the marketing channels we invest in on behalf of our clients to ensure you get the best value for money. When you work with us on a vacancy, you extend your reach to:

- Our established talent pools – we speak to over 275 lawyers every day
- Several carefully selected premium job boards, where the cost to you to advertise the role directly would be up to £2500
- Several premium CV databases
- Thousands of followers across our social media platforms
- Our highly-engaged email database of almost 10,000 lawyers
- Paid advertising campaigns across Google Ads and social media

Our best-in-class marketing strategy ensures that your vacancies are easily found by active candidates searching for opportunities in your region, and those who aren’t actively looking to move but could be persuaded for the right opportunity.

If I agree to work with you, where will you send my CV?

Unlike some recruitment agencies, we believe in a completely ethical approach and would never send your CV to a law firm(s) without your permission. We'll work closely with you to identify the firms that are best suited to your experience and ambitions, and then represent you in the best way possible.

What are your fees and do you offer discounts?

Our clients find our fees to be competitive in the current market conditions. As the data from our annual research shows, a very small percentage of lawyers are actively looking to move jobs and the likelihood is that the sort of person you’re looking for is not going to fall into that category, but rather is going to be quite comfortable in their current role.

Delivering quality candidates to you in the current market conditions means additional investment in our marketing channels and the nurturement of our talent pools. Our clients reap the benefits of this approach, making our fees the best value in the market. Contact us to find out more.

Will our conversation be confidential?

100%. We will never disclose to your employer that we've ever had a conversation with you and we will always ask you before putting your CV forward to any specific firms. We deal with these situations all the time, so don't let that put you off speaking to us about your career.


Start your journey with Realm

With each of our consultants covering just one practice area in a focused region, we know pretty much every lawyer you might want to recruit and every law firm you might want to join. We build close, long-term relationships with our engaged communities of lawyers and are therefore better able to connect the right people to the right firms. Through our refreshing approach to legal recruitment, underpinned by our three core values – to be refreshingly collaborative, human and dynamic – we help to develop legal careers and sustainably grow law firms.