Daniel Griffin is an In-House Legal Recruitment Consultant for UK and Ireland. Having spent his early career working as an Executive at a number of different London law firms, he made the decision to become a legal recruiter at Hydrogen nearly three and a half years ago. We interviewed him to find out a bit more about what the move to recruitment was like, and why more lawyers should consider it.
You've been at Hydrogen almost three and a half years now! What's the biggest thing you've learnt so far?
Since moving over to recruitment, I’ve learnt a lot more about the legal sector as a whole. When working in Corporate Real Estate I didn’t know much more than the transactions directly in front of me. Now I’ve had exposure to working with people from a range of different technical backgrounds (corporate, banking, litigation, employment law, structured finance, funds etc). I’ve learnt the specific demands and pressures of each area at a range of different firms and in-house legal teams and I enjoy being able to give lawyers a little more information about what to expect when they’re on the move.
What’s great about working in recruitment?
Being in control of your own destiny. The expression ‘what you put in, you get out’ is incredibly true in recruitment; the number of clients you onboard, candidate relationships you create and ultimately positions you fill, is dependent on the work you put in and opportunities you create. Often whilst working in law you are quite distanced from the client and the business development/client relationship piece is the remit of more senior team members. I appreciate this changes with experience but it can feel quite far away when you’re a junior or mid-level associate. The opposite is true at Hydrogen - the exposure to senior decision makers is great!
Has there been anything that's surprised you?
Being actively encouraged to be yourself is something I hadn't experienced before I joined Hydrogen. Some legal cultures can be quite corporate and it can be difficult if you’re a naturally social or talkative personality. Recruitment is about communication, speaking to candidates and clients alike, developing long term relationships, learning about your market through high level conversations and being a credible and trusted advisor to lawyers at all seniorities. This can only be achieved if you play to your strengths and be yourself.
Why should more lawyers consider a career in recruitment?
More lawyers should consider recruitment as it presents an opportunity to move away from legal practice without turning away completely from what you’ve learnt during your career so far. Having spent a lot of time, effort and money qualifying, many people I’ve spoken with don’t enjoy the day to day job but don’t feel they have any other choice. Recruitment presents an opportunity to work hard and be successful whilst still remaining a core part of the legal sector.