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 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.

Joseph Shenton

Principal Consultant, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, North West

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

Lucy Wickham

Principal Consultant - Family, Yorkshire

Specialist for family and care lawyers in Yorkshire.

Rebecca Blundell

Senior Consultant - Litigation, North West

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

Amanda Bower

Senior Consultant - Family, Manchester & East Cheshire

Specialist for family and care lawyers in Manchester and East Cheshire.

Layla Jackson

Senior Consultant - Corporate, Commercial, Employment & Real Estate, North West

Specialist for corporate, commercial, employment and real estate lawyers in the North West.

Michaela Baddeley

Associate Consultant - Family, Merseyside, Lancashire & West Cheshire

Specialist for family and care lawyers in Merseyside, Lancashire and West Cheshire.

Bill Szajna-Hopgood

Associate 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.

Urooj Ahmedi

Consultant - Family, West Midlands

Specialist for family and care 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.

Chloe Whittaker

Office Manager

Chloe splits her time between being our Office Manager and PA for our Managing Director Duane.

Katherine Memery

Principal Marketing Executive & Technical Lead for Community Engagement

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

Lucy Cade

Principal Marketing Executive & Marketing Team Lead

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.

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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.