Client Testimonials

Laura-Kate has worked on a number of roles for me from Junior Legal Secretaries to Senior Solicitors. Laura understands what we look for in a candidate and as such the candidates she puts forward are often offered the role. Laura is always professional, approachable and goes out of her way to make sure that, we as her client, receive an effective and efficient service. I would not hesitate to recommend Laura for any legal recruitment.
HR Manager

We used Nick recently to help us with a difficult piece of recruitment. He took the time to come to meet me and took on board exactly what we were looking for. As a firm we rarely use recruiters so the process itself was new to me. Nick was helpful throughout and managed to find us somebody who we simply would not have found without his efforts. I would definitely recommend him to any law firm looking to recruit in the future.
Managing Director

I've worked with Joe Rees for several years at two different firms and I've always thought highly of him and the recruitment service he provides. He doesn't pester me with phone calls and he doesn't send information not relevant to our firm meaning that when Joe does get in touch it's always worth listening. He will be a keen recruitment contact of mine for years to come. 
Practice Manager  

People are our most important asset. Getting the right fit in recruitment is essential. Joe recognises this and, uniquely, has invested time in getting to really know us. With Joe’s help we have been able to make some very positive appointments for the firm
Managing Partner

I have recently recruited a Dispute Resolution Solicitor through Thornton Legal and I’ve been very impressed with my dealings with Joe and the team. Joe came out to meet me at the office and only put one CV forward that was spot on for what I was looking for. Lots of time and effort saved! Thornton Legal is my go to legal recruitment agency. Keep up the good work!
Head of Commercial

When recruiting we use a recruitment agency that understands our needs, doesn’t send us non relevant cv’s and find us the right people to join us.  Within 12 months Thornton Legal have done that twice and we will certainly be instructing them with any future requirements.
Practice Manager

I’ve been aware of Joe Rees and Nick Tappin since they started Thornton Legal a couple of years ago, and I have been impressed with the quality of candidates they represent and the way they go about their business. When I was recruiting a Private Client Solicitor earlier this year, I was confident they wouldn’t let me down and they didn’t. I have an excellent solicitor joining us in April and I’m delighted! Highly recommended.
Private Client Associate 

Thornton Legal consistently provide a professional and quality focussed recruitment service, ensuring candidates are suitable for Brabners from a technical and cultural perspective. We will continue turning to Joe and Nick as trusted recruitment partners in the future. They are not pushy recruiters, but are consultative and have been fantastic to work with.
HR Manager

RMNJ have successfully used Thornton Legal to help us recruit over the past 12 months. They have taken the time to meet us in person and get to know the firm. They have a good understanding of what we are looking for and are a key component of our recruitment strategy going forward.
Property Partner

I have worked with Joe for a number of years and have always been impressed with his knowledge of the legal market and with the quality of candidates put forward. I know when I receive a cv from Thornton Legal it will be someone who closely fits our requirements. Thornton Legal will continue to be a trusted recruitment partner to Hibberts and come highly recommended.
Managing Partner

Thornton Legal give us the right amount of contact and we know that when we receive a cv it will be worth consideration. They understand the way we work and have done a great job building a long-term relationship with Aaron and Partners.
Finance & Operations Director

I have used the recruitment services of Thornton Legal a number of times over the past 18 months and have been suitably impressed with the calibre of their candidates. The cv’s received closely matched our requirements and it was obvious that they understood Goodman Grant from a cultural perspective. I am very happy with the candidates successfully placed to date and Thornton Legal will continue to be the first point of call when we are looking to recruit fee earners.
Practice Manager

Weightmans have been supported with our recruitment by Thornton Legal since 2016, but have been supported by Joe and Nick individually for many years via their previous consultancies. I have always found Joe and Nick to be a pleasure to deal with – not only are they pleasant and professional, but they also have an excellent insight into the legal recruitment market and manage to find and engage with candidates that match our requirements. We will continue to call upon Thornton Legal to support us with our campaigns.
HR Manager

I must admit that it was with some trepidation that I decided to use the services of a legal recruiter to help us find a Care Solicitor for the firm. Any such fears evaporated quickly as I found Nick Tappin from Thornton Legal to be very helpful indeed. He was able to find exactly what we were looking for and made the whole process an easy one. He was communicative and straight forward and I will certainly use him again in the future when we come to recruit.
Family Partner

Joe and Nick are two people that I would happily recommend to anybody interested in getting a genuine insight into the legal jobs market. They are knowledgeable and most importantly personable recruiters whose business I know well. It comes as no surprise that they have been nominated for the Merseyside Independent Business Awards Best Start Up Business.
Employment Partner

Thornton legal is a recruitment agency that I'm happy to recommend. Joe Rees is very knowledgeable about the legal market and provides a quietly efficient service. I was particularly impressed that Joe took the time to come and meet with me in Chester. I felt this was important as it enabled him to properly understand the job specification, our requirements and crucially the cultural fit with Ellis Whittam. This resulted in us recruiting an excellent senior lawyer into our business.
Head of Legal Services

Thornton Legal were fantastic from start to finish. They dealt with matters in a professional way and listened to my requirements meaning they hit the mark right away. I would not hesitate to use Thornton Legal again or recommend them to others. They were a pleasure to deal with.
Head of Private Client

I have enjoyed working with Joe at Thornton Legal for a number of years. He has provided good quality candidates who have met this Practice’s needs. I have no hesitation in recommending Thornton Legal going forwards.
Managing Partner

I have worked with Thornton Legal since I moved to Watson Ramsbottom in the Spring and I have found them to be both professional and polished in the manner in which they deal with their clients and their needs in terms of candidate profiles. I look forward to working with Thornton Legal again in the future.
HR Manager

Joe is an experienced and knowledgeable legal recruiter who has his finger on the pulse of the Chester market. What I need is a recruiter to come to me with solicitors who are not just strong technically and commercially, but with those who are the right ‘fit’ for SAS Daniels. This is what Joe is particularly good at. When I receive a cv from him I know that it will be worth looking at. I get just the right amount of contact and a common-sense approach from Joe and I can highly recommend him and the team at Thornton Legal.
Head of Office

I have worked with Joe to recruit for various positions and on all occasions I have found him efficient, easy to deal with and always feel he has an understanding of the requirements for each specific candidate. I would recommend him and his team at Thornton Legal.
Private Client Partner

Joe quickly provided us with a high-quality short-list of candidates, and we were able to offer the role to an excellent solicitor who is proving to be asset to the firm. Although there is a cost involved in engaging a recruiter, I believe the time saved and the quality of candidates made the process a positive and worthwhile experience.
Managing Partner

Having rarely used agencies in the past to assist with recruitment, it was refreshing to come across Thornton Legal who exceeded expectations. I dealt with both Joe and Nick throughout the process. They understood exactly what we were looking for in the ideal candidate and I was impressed with the calibre of CVs that I received.
Managing Director

I have used Joe on two separate occasions to hire qualified lawyers to add to my team. He was one of several agents we used, but both times we hired the candidates he recommended, which so far have proved to be excellent in all respects. I would not hesitate in using Joe again.
Residential Property Partner

The team at Thornton Legal quickly grasped the skills and experience I was looking for and only put forward suitable candidates for interview. I was very satisfied with the outcome.
Head of Private Client

We recently used the services of Joe and Thornton Legal for the recruitment of a qualified solicitor and we have been very impressed. He took the time to meet us, and it was clear that understood type of candidate we needed. He only put forward suitable cvs and we were pleased with how smooth the process was from start to finish and, of course, the successful outcome.
Property Partner

Jackson Lees have worked with Nick and Thornton Legal since they launched their business. We have always been happy with the service that they have provided for us and their help in growing our business is hugely appreciated.
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