Private practice

Private Practice and working with law firms has been at the heart of what we do since we started.

With experience working as lawyers as well as long-standing involvement in our local legal markets, we believe we are well placed to support you as you build your business.


Who we are

We have three consultants working across our private practice division, covering the regional recruitment market with particular emphasis on Manchester, Liverpool, the wider North West as well as Leeds and Yorkshire.

We are priveleged to have a large number of PSL relationships across a broad range of firms. We are confident in the service we can deliver, which is underpinned by open and honest advice. We will seek to add value wherever we can. If you are thinking of working with us, we encourage you to ask around the market and if you like what you hear, get in touch. 

How we work

We will use our knowledge to inform, support and guide you through the hiring process. We will provide honest advice and seek to work in partnership with you at all times.

We know that earning and retaining your trust is key to ensuring our partnership with you is mutually beneficial and successful.


Types of recruitment processes

Recruitment processes come in all shapes and sizes. Below are just some examples of where we can support you. 

Contingent Recruitment

Our expertise is primarily in contingent legal recruitment at all levels from paralegal through to Partner. In general, we focus on fee earning positions but we are always happy to provide advice and support on non-fee earner vacancies. Our experience will allow us to give you the right advice and tap into a network of legal talent matching both experience and personality.

Retained Recruitment

We have experience of working as exclusive provider to law firms on discrete recruitment assignments. This arrangement is often beneficial for a niche, sensitive or confidential role and allows us to invest more time and resource into achieving the best available fit.


We have experience of targeting specific individuals as instructed by you where you require an 'arms length' approach. Alternatively we can provide a comprehensive overview of the market and available candidates at the level you require. This can be particularly effective for senior level vacancies and hard to fill roles.

Clients we have worked with

Leading International firm

Senior Talent Manager

Think Legal offers a very personable service and invests the time to understand the specifics of our recruitment requirements. They are a good brand ambassador for our legal business, are very easy to work with and have provided some great intel and feedback on the wider market.

Legal Director, International Firm


In my view Gish & Think Legal are unrivalled for local market knowledge and insight. Gish is my go-to recommendation for anyone either looking to move themselves or looking to hire the right person. What sets them apart is the time and energy they invest in nurturing long term trusted relationships.

Partner, Head of Planning

Claire Petricca-Riding

Having worked with Joe Gregory for a number of years – there is no one better in the North West market.  He knows the legal sector incredibly well and above all he has integrity.  He is very trustworthy and this is vitally important in dealing with these sensitive matters.

Real Estate Partner

International Firm

Joe and his team will always be my first port of call for any recruitment needs. They take a real pride in the placement of “success stories” and I truly believe their approach to be unique. 

Corporate Partner

David Easdown

We see them as trusted advisers alongside our other professionals and always feel their service is closely tailored to our requirements. Some of our best hires have been individuals that weren’t necessarily looking to move Firms but whom Joe or Paul thought would be a great cultural fit for our team.

Senior Real Estate - International firm

I've worked with Joe and Adam to both find a new role for me and to hire into my team in a previous role. Think goes against my preconceptions of recruiters - I couldn't recommend them enough

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