We listen, advise & deliver.

We are private practice experts. Our consultants have years of experience at the heart of the UK legal search and recruitment market. We have extensive experience of Partner and Associate recruitment for US, Magic Circle, Global, National, Boutique and Specialist law firms.

We provide a transparent, trustworthy and efficient legal recruitment service to our clients and candidates.

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We work across the UK Legal market with a focus on London. We place Associates, Senior Associates, Counsel, Legal Directors, Professional Support Lawyers, first-step Partners, lateral Partners and Teams. Our highly experienced team have longstanding relationships with US, Magic Circle, Global, National as well as Boutique and Specialist law firms.

We understand that law firms have different cultures, Lawyers and Partners have different priorities and that working in one practice area may be very different from working in another. We listen, advise and deliver.

Making a move, at any stage in your career, can be overwhelming and daunting. We help and support our candidates in making successful and long-lasting career moves.

Partners & Team Moves

We have years of experience helping Partners and teams move across a range of practice areas and sectors. We understand the loyalties and the sensitivities associated with moving as a Partner and how moving to a new firm is about your clients’ requirements as well as your own. We know that it is a commercial decision as much as a career decision.

We will discuss your requirements and advise you on the options whilst considering the type of culture you are looking for, the type and value of practice you have, and the potential to develop your practice at a new firm. We will manage the process all the way, answer your questions and take the strain. We’ll help you with your business plan, your remuneration negotiations and with moving your team.

Associates & First-Step Partners

We provide market-leading advice, relevant to your practice area and level, to ensure that you are equipped to make an informed choice about which firms will provide you with the best platform. We offer practical support throughout the process, including salary negotiations and managing resignations.

For those moving into Legal Director, Counsel or first time Partner roles, we will work with you to develop your business plan and help you identify firms that will provide the right platform for your longer-term development and your clients’ needs.

We take a long-term view and want to be your trusted advisor throughout your career. Our many longstanding relationships are testament to the service we provide to the Lawyers that work with us.

Newly Qualified Solicitors

As you approach qualification there are many important decisions to make, most importantly, which area you should qualify into and is now a sensible time to move to a different firm? If you are interested in considering a move we will offer comprehensive advice and information about relevant opportunities and practical support. We will help you create a CV and prepare for interviews, to ensure that you are in the best possible position to start your career as a Newly Qualified Associate.

Professional Support Lawyers

The scope of the Professional Support Lawyer (PSL) and Knowledge Manager role in private practice has developed and grown over recent years. As the scale and importance of the role has grown, so has the number of available opportunities, from junior to counsel level PSL and Knowledge Management roles.

We are well placed to help existing PSLs and Knowledge Mangers who are looking for a change in role or step up to a more senior position, as well as Lawyers who are interested in making a first move into a non-fee earning role.

We will work with you to ensure you have a good understanding of the role, and the skills required to make a successful move into a PSL/Knowledge Manager position and ensure the move is the right one for your career and long term development.

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News and Insights

News & Insights

Ardent News

Reflecting on Four Years at Ardent: Phil Kennedy

Phil Kennedy shared his thoughts on an eventful period in legal recruitment and what he’s learnt about good practice in the industry.
Posted on 17/05/2022

Ardent Talks

Legal Trailblazers: Kaleem Kham, The Legally Blind Guy

As part of our series talking to lawyers who are pushing boundaries in the profession, we interviewed Kaleem Khan, a Senior Tax Associate at Travers Smith.
Posted on 14/02/2023

Market Update

Market update: Steady and Strategic in 2023

Ardent Director Jane Gaunt reflects on the recent ups and downs of the legal recruitment market and makes predictions on recruitment volume, hybrid working and salaries in 2023.   What
Posted on 05/03/2023




Ardent supports a range of causes important to us and our local communities by donating a proportion of our annual profits to charity.

One of the causes we are particularly proud of is our involvement with the Charity Building Malawi, a small UK based charity committed to improving opportunities for children in Malawi. We are also delighted to support community clubs and projects. We sponsored youth football teams for a number of years and make annual contributions to the Trussell Trust, a charity supporting food banks across the UK to provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. In a personal capacity, members of our team also volunteer in the community helping schools, athletics clubs and refugee charities.

You can read more about the causes and charities we support in our news section.

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