With over 3,000 placements made since SSQ’s inception in 2003, our consultants are the most knowledgeable in the market.

GCs placed

We have been responsible for some of the highest profile general counsel and senior level moves across the in-house legal market.


We have placed lawyers into over 1,000 in-house clients, across 25 countries, and provided hiring and strategic advice to many others.


Our consultants are sector specialists, giving them a real understanding of the environment in which our clients and candidates operate.

Our In-House team is a leader in the in-house legal search and recruitment market


Since 2003, SSQ’s In-House team has worked with many of the most recognised global businesses within commerce and industry, financial services and the not-for-profit sectors. Our clients range from pioneering start-ups and SMEs through to listed companies, and we have helped establish and build their legal teams at all levels up to general counsel, as well as assisting with company secretarial roles, paralegals and compliance professionals. We are valued for our expertise, insight and honest advice.

We have a truly international reach, with consultants who are specialists in their sectors, and a track record of running searches for our clients in jurisdictions where we do not yet have a physical presence. We offer a one-stop shop for organisations looking to establish or grow their legal function, connecting them to the strongest local talent within the industry.

Meet the team

“Most of the talent we move are known to us through long established relationships, mutual connections, or as a result of our proactive headhunting.”

Managing Director

Permanent in-house

Our In-House team is a leader in the in-house legal search and recruitment market, dedicated to solving hiring needs and fostering long-term partnerships.

We work with our clients to understand their exact requirements and apply a bespoke strategy to suit each search. We collaborate closely with our Law Firm team to access the widest range of talent available.

Our consultants have built an extensive track record delivering on searches for clients across multiple sectors including professional services, financial services, insurance, life sciences, TMT, sport, retail, FMCG, energy, manufacturing, not-for-profit, real estate and construction.

SSQ’s In-House team offers:

  • Market expertise. Our consultants are sector specialists
  • A track record of success in all industry sectors
  • Collaboration with our Law Firm team to access a broad range of talent
  • Application of recruitment tools and innovative assessment techniques
  • Salary benchmarking
  • A commitment to supporting Diversity and Inclusion

Interim in-house

In recent years, the in-house market in the UK has fully embraced the use of interim lawyers. By providing our clients with the lawyers they need to meet the changing demands of their businesses, from interim general counsels to paralegals, we have helped in-house legal teams increase flexibility, reduce costs and meet deadlines. We are trusted by some of the world’s leading brands, and have a vast network of interim legal professionals to call on.

We support clients across all levels including:

  • Junior to senior qualified lawyers
  • Paralegals
  • Company secretarial
  • ISDA negotiators
  • Document review specialists
  • Regulatory project specialists


An integral part of any in-house legal function is to ensure compliance with existing or upcoming regulatory reforms, whilst balancing the commercial needs of the business. The compliance and company secretarial candidates we work with are experts in their field, with experience across a wide range of sectors within law firms, commerce, industry and financial services.

Our specialist consultants provide bespoke solutions to fit the level of the role and regulatory expertise required. Recent positions we have filled range from compliance analyst, data privacy counsel and data protection officer to chief compliance officer.

We help with hires in relation to:

  • Company secretarial
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Data privacy and GDPR
  • Corporate governance
  • ESG and climate change

Meet our In-House team



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