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Aims & Values

QED Legal is founded on three core values:




You have to be able to confide in the recruitment consultant you are working with, but you also have to find a connection with them so that they ‘get’ you and what you are looking for. You need to be able to trust your consultant and also feel comfortable discussing anything in your professional or personal life that you think is relevant without worrying if it is the right thing to do. You also want people to return your calls, be pleasant and non-pressurising at all times. QED Legal ticks all of these vital boxes.

An acronym of the latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum which translates as “thus it is demonstrated” or “that which was to be demonstrated”. It is most often used as an annotation at the end of a complex mathematical, scientific or philosophical argument to show that the author had proven what he had set out to prove. In recent times it has also been translated as “Quite Easily Done”.

As a legal recruitment agency you have to network and speak to large amounts of people and lots of law firms to really understand the market and have the connections to match people with opportunity quickly when the time arises. A good recruiter needs to be Quick, Excellent and Dynamic in everything that they do. Allow the team at QED to demonstrate what they can do for your firm or your career.

Meet the Team

Meet our team of professional legal recruitment experts.


Toby Williamson

Toby qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 after completing a training contract with leading Legal 500 regional practice KBL. In 1999 he made the step into legal recruitment as the founding Partner of G2 Legal, which he built into the largest regional legal recruitment business in the UK. After 13 years at the helm he decided to explore new horizons and set up QED Legal in summer 2012. Toby has extensive knowledge of the legal recruitment market at a local and national level. He has trained up over 100 legal recruitment consultants and has run and managed teams in multiple geographical locations. In addition to recruiting lawyers from partner level down Toby has taken the lead role in presentations and pitches to secure preferred supplier status for his company with law firms.
Tel:  0161 961 9000


Jemma Carter

Jemma has extensive recruitment experience dating back to 2005. She is well known and respected across the London, Yorkshire, North East and Midlands regions where she has placed a significant amount of lawyers from Partner level down. Her extensive network of contacts and relationships with decision makers in all sizes of law firms, in house companies and ABS’s make her an ideal recruitment partner with a wealth of market knowledge.
Tel: 0203 332 2990


Lisa Hibbert

Lisa qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 after completing her training contract with a leading regional practice. She moved shortly after qualification to leading Legal 500 practice Stephensons where she specialised in family law. In 2006 Lisa moved to Legal 500 practice MLP as head of the family department and a Partner specialising in high net worth ancillary relief cases. She made the move into professional recruitment by establishing QED Legal in the summer of 2012.


Nick Skelly

Nick worked at Legal 500 firm Keoghs in Bolton for 4 years before making the move into legal recruitment. He works predominantly in the North West legal market and places lawyers ranging from Solicitors to Paralegals as well as support staff. 
Tel:  0161 961 9000


Neil Campbell

Neil joined QED Legal in 2013 having spent a successful 6 years with a national legal recruitment company. He is very well known and respected in the Scottish market and also undertakes assignments for clients throughout the UK. His experience includes Partner and team moves, firm mergers and sales, Solicitor, fee earner and support staff recruitment at every level. 
Tel: 0131 569 0606 


Greg Whittaker

Greg graduated with a law degree from the University of Wales before completing his LPC with commendation in Manchester. He worked as a litigator for 5 years in private practice with national law firms and Legal 500 ranked regional practices before joining QED Legal in 2014. His experience as a lawyer is invaluable when assisting his candidates find their ideal role and giving him a clear insight into the culture of his law firm clients.
Tel:  0161 961 9000


Graham Rawlinson

Graham’s legal career started in 2001 when he joined a Legal 500 firm initially as a clerk, a role which soon led to him being awarded a training contract. He worked as a fee earner within criminal law until 2015 when he decided to make the move into legal recruitment. His significant experience as a lawyer means he is well placed to understand the needs and support that legal professionals require when considering a career move.
Tel: 0113 310 0013


Graham Jones

Graham has worked within Technical and Scientific recruitment since 1999 and has a wealth of experience in successfully delivering against niche specialist vacancies, managing client accounts and building and managing teams. He joined QED Legal in 2016 to build a specialist market delivery practice, forging relationships with both clients and candidates throughout Europe. Graham specifically recruits in the Intellectual Property marketplace, where he supports career moves for IP Solicitors and support staff and Patent and Trademark Attorneys, throughout both the UK and Europe. He has an excellent insight into the technical and often niche nature of such positions to understand the requirements and needs.
Tel: 07971 022136


Deborah Collier

Deborah has worked within Legal and Professional Services recruitment in Scotland since 2002. Her experience includes recruiting all levels of fee earners from Partners to Paralegals across the full range of legal disciplines as well as legal support services, such as law accountants, office and practice managers, legal cashiers and legal secretaries.
Tel: 0131 569 0606


Gary Longmate

Gary has worked within legal and professional services recruitment since 2014, working with clients across London and the South Coast of England. His focus will be on helping legal professionals at all levels from Partner to Paralegal with their career moves in the Sussex and Hampshire markets, as well as looking at compliance and Company Secretarial roles in London and further afield.
Tel: 01903 333 100


Simon Campbell

Simon is an experienced professional recruiter with wide knowledge of recruiting specifically within the Legal Sector.
He specialises in legal recruitment across the UK, recruiting legal professionals into industry and in-house positions.
Simon strives to build long term relationships with clients, partner them so that they trust QED Legal to represent their brand accurately and effectively to prospective employees. He is happy to share his insights and knowledge with clients and help to solve their business problems.
Simon has experience in recruitment dating from the mid 90’s. and also has additional experience in sales and management roles and has presented at board level to various blue chip organisations.
Tel:  0203 332 2990


Gemma Rush

Gemma has worked within Legal Recruitment since 2011. She has a particular focus on Business Support vacancies on a national basis. She partners with a wide range of Law Firms including Global, National, Regional and Specialist Practices, as well as some in house legal departments. Typically the positions she recruits for are Legal Secretaries, Administrators, Reception, Facilities Managers, Legal PA’s, Document Production, Legal Cashiers, Practice Managers, HR & Marketing professionals.
Tel:  0161 961 9000


Beth Livings

Beth is a law graduate, who worked as a residential property lawyer before joining QED Legal in 2022. She assists all levels of fee earner and support staff with their career moves in Newcastle and across the North East.
Tel: 0191 467 0003


Dominic Roberts

Dominic qualified as a Solicitor with a leading L500 firm and practiced in Corporate and Commercial Law. He then moved into an In House legal role with a household name drinks company in Scotland. He joined QED in 2022 and is focusing on the recruitment of Corporate and Commercial lawyers in London.
Tel: 0203 332 2979


Jodie McCarron

Jodie is a law graduate from the University of Sussex who made the move into recruitment in 2022. She assists fee earners from Partner to paralegal with their career moves and is also happy to speak with law costs draftsmen and legal support candidates looking for a new opportunity. She concentrates on the Surrey and Kent markets.
Tel: 01273 655200


Amy Spark

Amy has worked in recruitment since 2011 and joined QED Legal in 2022 to expand our legal support division. Amy assists legal secretaries, document production, billing assistants, PA’s, marketing, finance, legal cashiers, office and practice managers with their career moves.
Tel: 0191 467 0004


Alex Morrison

Alex is a law graduate who, after gaining paralegal experience within property and criminal law, made the move into recruitment with QED Legal in 2022. He assists solicitors, legal executives, paralegals, law costs draftsmen and legal support professionals with their career moves in the East Midlands.
Tel: 0161 961 9000


Paulina Anna

Paulina is a law and LPC graduate who gained experience as a fee earner with two Legal 500 ranked practices before making the move into legal recruitment in 2022. She has joined the North West team where she assists fee earners across the spectrum of Solicitors, Legal Executives and Paralegals, as well as Law Costs Draftsmen with their career moves.
Tel: 0161 961 9000


Noah Parkinson

Noah studied in the UK and then moved to the United States of America before starting his recruitment career back in England. He is focused on assisting legal counsel, solicitors and attorneys with their career moves, primarily in the US, but also facilitating moves for lawyers between the Far East, Middle East and US.
Tel: +44 7771 074437


Leah Roberts

Leah has worked in legal recruitment since 2021 and joined QED Legal in 2023. She helps all levels of fee earner from Partners and Solicitor to Legal Executives and Paralegals as well as Law Costs Draftsmen and Legal support professionals with their career moves across the Northern Home Counties.
Tel: 07514 477 427


Matt Dewsnap

Matt has worked within legal recruitment since 2018 and joined QED to look after the M4 corridor area. He has experience of placing Partners, Associates, Solicitors, Costs Professionals, Paralegals and Support Staff across commercial and non-commercial legal disciplines.
Tel: 07890 438 489

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