Meet your team

Our vision is for all lawyers to be matched with the right law firms. Whether you are a lawyer looking for your next opportunity or simply some career advice, or a law firm seeking to attract, recruit and retain the best legal talent, speak to our team today.

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 Private Client Team Lead

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

Paula Pawlowska

Associate Director and Family Team Lead

Specialist for family and care lawyers in the North West.

Joseph Shenton

Principal Consultant, PI & Clin Neg, North West

Specialist for clinical negligence and personal injury lawyers in the North West.

Rebecca Blundell

Senior Consultant - Litigation, North West

Specialist for litigation lawyers in the North West and West Midlands.

Lucy Wickham

Senior Consultant - Family, Yorkshire

Specialist for family and care lawyers in Yorkshire.

Jenny Vickerstaff

Senior Consultant - Legal Support, North West

Specialist for Legal Support professionals across the North West.

Michaela Baddeley

Associate Consultant - Family, North West

Specialist for family and care lawyers in the North West.

Laura McColl Wilson

Associate Consultant - Commercial Insurance

Specialist for commercial insurance lawyers across the North West, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

Bill Szajna-Hopgood

Consultant - Private Client, Yorkshire

Specialist for private client, Court of Protection and contentious probate lawyers in Yorkshire.

Jen Crowther

Consultant - Private Client, West Midlands

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

Patrick Hackett

Consultant - Family, West Midlands

Specialist for family lawyers in the West Midlands.

Rebecca Hopwood

Associate Director and Head of Support

Rebecca does a little bit of everything here at Realm, but mainly works to put strategies and processes in place that make sure our employees feel that their career aspirations are achievable, that they are engaged in their work and that their wellbeing is supported.

Bridget Lavery

Junior Administrator

Bridget is responsible for a plethora of tasks to keep things moving along behind the scenes, ranging from formatting CVs to organising social events for the team.

Chloe Whittaker

Associate PA and Administrator

Chloe splits her time between being a PA for our Managing Director Duane, administration and HR.

Sarah Glynn

Associate Director and Head of Marketing and Client Experience

Sarah is responsible for steering our marketing and business development strategy and bringing our best-in-class services to new practice areas and regions.

Katherine Memery

Principal Marketing and PR Executive

Katherine oversees the business’s content strategy, helping to grow the Realm brand through PR, online and offline content and email marketing.  

Lucy Cade

Senior Marketing Executive

Lucy is responsible for managing our campaigns and our social media content. She also helps our recruitment team to build and cultivate successful personal brands online.

Eloise Turner

Apprentice Marketing Executive

Paula Tanner

Head of Finance

Paula is our Head of Finance and is responsible for all financial processing and management.


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.