My name is Andrew Gray and I am the owner of Truth Legal Solicitors and also the inventor of Truth Recruit which I think is the only regulated recruiters in the UK.
Let me tell you how I came up with this idea of Truth Recruit and, in part, it is down to my very first experience with a recruiter. I’m not going to name the recruiter because that would be unfair, and I think said person is still practising but they work and worked many years ago for a large recruiter. I was a trainee solicitor and I was qualifying. My law firm was keeping me on, but I was desperate to move to Yorkshire. I wanted to live in York but never managed to – that’s a different story. I contacted recruiters, as you did back in 2007, wanting any job and I saw all the adverts for jobs which may or may not have existed. I spoke to a recruiter who used to be a solicitor and I said I wanted to move out to Yorkshire, maybe to do personal injury or commercial litigation. I spent hours putting my CV together, only to give it to a recruiter. They asked me if I had heard of a firm called Ford and Warren in Leeds, which I hadn’t, and he said they were a brilliant commercial litigation firm and they pay well. I went for the interview with a partner and an associate which was going averagely until I said, “if I get this job in this commercial litigation team…”. The partner slammed his hands down on the table and said, “this isn’t a commercial litigation job!”. It was a commercial property litigation job. I had no experience in it and I didn’t like it. When asked why I was there, I said my recruiter told me it was a commercial litigation job.
That was my first experience in dealing with recruiters and I don’t think the recruiter knew he was sending me to the wrong job interview but that they didn’t understand the nuances between the two fields. This lesson, in part, helped me to set up Truth Recruit because I think that for us highly regulated solicitors, recruitment should be open, clear and transparent. Recruiters should act in the best interest of their candidates, not their employers. The fees are fantastically high and the whole industry is more or less unregulated.
Hopefully, Truth Recruit will take the legal market by storm and that we are the first of many regulated recruitment companies in the UK or even in the world. All lawyers should have their own lawyer acting in their best interest. I hope that in a few years, lawyers are able to move jobs faster. We should use settlement agreements so that lawyers know what they can and can’t do when they move jobs. What to do if a former client calls and if strategic covenants are in the contact; are they enforceable?
Truth Recruit are offering to move our clients to employers for 15% fees, not like some of those 33% fees. Our fees will be sensible, transparent, and paid for by the employer.
If you are interested, please get in touch with me, Andrew Gray, or my colleague, Carl Waring, who is also a solicitor.