I was approached by Graham at the request of one firm and whilst I was not looking for a move, through Graham’s sound advice and counsel I quickly realised that my needs could be better met by making a move. Graham guided me through the whole process from the interview preparation where he provided me with easy to read research papers that meant I was fully prepared despite a full time commitment to my existing role. He also helped with the tedious task of preparing my business case so that no one element became overwhelming.

Throughout the process Graham was an invaluable mentor, confidante, guide and support. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him. His knowledge of the legal market and the individuals in it is second to none.

Senior Real Estate Partner - Leeds

“If you want to entrust your future career to someone who has one of the most extensive legal contact networks in the North of England then Graham Manley is your man. He is utterly trustworthy, thoroughly professional and when he promises to do something he always delivers. There is absolutely no hype or hard sell with Graham and he will always tell it like it is even if it isn’t what you want to hear! I have always been a little sceptical of using recruiters but he was recommended to me by someone whose judgement I trust implicitly. I was not disappointed and the service I received was first class. I hope that I will now not be looking for a new position for some time but if and when I do Graham will be my first port of call”

Senior Commercial Partner - Manchester

I have worked with Graham in relation to two of my three moves over a 30 year career. I have found him to be pragmatic, straightforward, trustworthy and open. I value his wise counsel which has been built up over his many years of experience in the market. In addition, when a good friend needed to find another home in quite difficult circumstances I had no hesitation in recommending that he use Graham and as I anticipated he was extremely well looked after.

Senior Corporate Partner - Manchester

“Having never used any form of recruitment agency before, I found Graham’s website via an internet search and contacted him just to dip a toe in the water and see what opportunities there might be. I was immediately impressed by his professional but friendly manner, and saw no need to contact anyone else. He spent time getting to know me and to understand my priorities before suggesting a couple of options, one of which turned out, to my surprise, to be a good fit. Throughout the process I really felt able to be honest with Graham and that he was honest with me; he was thorough, attentive, and easy to talk to, and he would certainly be my first port of call if I was looking for another move.”

Private Client - Head of Department - Leeds

“Graham Manley is the best recruitment consultant I’ve worked with. Most tick boxes but Graham actually cares about his candidates. Without his encouragement, guidance and support, I don’t know whether I would have been able to take the step up to partner. He identified the right opportunity for me, worked with me through the process and has been a constant support, both before and after my appointment.”

Commercial Litigation Partner - Yorkshire

“Not one to over play opportunities or to write off possibilities without good reason, Graham Manley provides a balanced view of the market for senior lawyers and law firms across the North of England. He is genuinely well connected at a senior level and takes real care to match potential candidates and firms. He understands that not all discussions will progress, he consistently suggests other options, but also briefs both parties with realistic information so that dialogue can progress if possible. Above all he demonstrates sound judgment as to what is worthwhile pursuing, and in my view provides a distinct bespoke service to senior lawyer candidates and law firms alike.”

Finance Litigation Partner - Yorkshire

“Graham provided me with great support whilst I was going through the stressful process of seeking another senior position.Graham has first class contacts and is well-respected by the firms that he spoke to on my behalf which helped in my discussions with them. I cannot recommend Graham highly enough.”

Banking Equity Partner - Leeds

“Graham has been tremendously helpful in achieving the target of a relocation. To say “ I couldn’t have done it without him “ is a real understatement of his value. He has an innate understanding of the pressures around the relocation of a senior practitioner, and is a calming influence. That said when he kicks into action, his work rate is anything but calm. Assured and reassuring, Graham is a great man to have on your side.”

Commercial Property Partner - Yorkshire

Many of us are slightly discontented at firms where we have perhaps become institutionalised, but we don’t move because the process of finding out what is out there is daunting (and potentially damaging to our prospects if it gets out that we are looking).

That was me 12 months ago but I was persuaded by a friend to contact Graham, just to test the water. Graham understood my position completely and was very careful not to hawk my CV around town. He was so knowledgeable about the other firms that he was able to narrow the possibilities to just one and he handled the whole process with great discretion and professionalism, never pushing me to make a decision and definitely not chasing a fee. As a result, I am now at another firm and have a new lease of professional life. I could not recommend him more highly.

Real Estate Senior Equity Partner - Leeds

“I found Graham to be thoroughly professional, insightful and measured in his approach. He managed, within a relatively short space of time, to introduce me to a firm that for me was an extremely good fit for what we are both able to offer the other. His high level of experience and unswerving support was invaluable when advising me during that potentially difficult transfer situation, enabling me to make the transition relatively smoothly”

Senior Litigation Partner - Leeds

“First class in all respects. Graham Manley is very knowledgeable, plainly well connected, thoroughly professional, always supportive and genuinely cares about getting the right results for his clients. Undoubtedly the best choice you could make in your quest to find the right place. Graham sets the standards that others will have to work hard to match.”

Real Estate Equity Partner - Leeds

Having called upon Grahams services a number of times in my career, as both a client and a candidate I have never failed to be impressed by his knowledge of the legal market in the North and by his sheer professionalism. When I instructed Graham as a client he was always able to locate that elusive candidate that we were never able to source from elsewhere. More recently as a candidate he was able to assist me in making a highly rewarding (and highly remunerative!) career move in Manchester city centre. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending him.

Commercial Real Estate Partner - Manchester

“Graham Manley is undoubtedly well connected and knows his market in fine detail. Having found me my new position as Head of Real Estate he led me through negotiations with my new firm and guided me through the potentially problematical process of resigning from my previous practice. His market knowledge proved to be an invaluable asset throughout the negotiation process and he was always available (even whilst holidaying abroad!) to deal with any queries or concerns that I wanted to raise. He kept me appraised at all times of any new developments and I found his advice to be objective and pragmatic throughout. In short I felt he had my best interests at heart from start to finish.”

Partner & Head of Real Estate - Yorkshire

“Graham’s knowledge of the market is second to none, and when added to his proactive approach and pragmatic commercial advice, this in my view makes him the obvious choice to deal with senior career moves”

Commercial Litigation Partner - Leeds

“I have found Senior Legal to offer a discreet and highly professional service. They make you feel that their primary concern is getting the right fit for you as much as for the firm and they took immense care to understand exactly what I was looking for – and was able to offer.”

Real Estate Partner - Top 30 International Corporate Practice

“Graham gave me sound, practical, expert advice and provided clarity and perspective at point in my career where things were a little topsy turvy. Thanks to his experience combined with his firm (but friendly) approach, I was able to see “the wood for the trees” and avoid making what would have been costly mistakes. I would have no hesitation in recommending Senior Legal.”

Commercial Partner Designate - Leeds

“Graham stood out from all the other recruitment professionals that I encountered during my search for a move at partner level. His knowledge of the Yorkshire market meant that he was able to come up with several opportunities all of which were a very good fit for what I was looking for in a firm in terms of ambition and personalities. When I was fortunate enough to be holding competing offers (not all of which Graham had introduced) his advice was solid, insightful and even handed and was much appreciated. A pleasure to work with”

Head of Dispute Resolution - Yorkshire