David took the time to understand exactly what I was looking for in a role and ensured that the recruitment process was completely stress free. I would recommend David to anyone thinking about a new role.

Kay McIntyre, Solicitor, Weightmans LLP

I worked with David last year to move from one in-house role to another. From the outset, David took the time to get to know me personally before recommending roles which were suited to the next challenge I was looking for. David is incredibly knowledgeable, supportive and personable, and he is only ever a phone call away whenever you need him. He made the process of moving roles seamless. I would highly recommend David to anyone looking for a new opportunity in the profession – he is a one-of-a-kind recruiter!

Stephanie MacFarlane, Legal Counsel, Adarma Security

David was extremely helpful in helping me secure a Legal Counsel role at M Squared and always kept me in the loop. David was professional and made sure I was well equipped for the role. Thanks again, David!

Beth Alexander, Legal Counsel, M Squared

I would always recommend David to lawyers at any level and to law firms looking g to recruit. I’ve known and worked with David for over 20 years and his knowledge of the legal recruitment market in the UK and Ireland is second to none. He listens carefully to what you need, he is respectful and discreet and for law firms looking for candidates he has a wide net as people trust him. Highly recommended.

Cassy Auld, Legal Director, TLT LLP

I would thoroughly recommend David whether you are looking for a new role or looking to fill a vacant position. David is focused, communicative and a pleasure to deal with.

Keith Anderson, Sole Legal Counsel, Johnston Carmichael
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Can’t recommend David enough. Easy to deal with, gives honest advice, provides helpful tips and insights and is efficient in resolving queries. He made sure everything ran smoothly every step of the way.

Ruth Boutell, Counsel, Ashurst
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David worked with me recently to secure an exciting in-house role with Thermo Fisher. I was impressed with the variety of legal roles Thomson Legal had on offer and was very grateful for David’s assistance in selecting a role that would be a good fit for my experience, skills and ambitions. Throughout the application and interview process David’s market awareness and guidance were of great reassurance. I can’t recommend Thomson Legal highly enough.

Gerard GardinerAssociate Corporate Counsel, Thermo Fisher
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I can’t recommend David highly enough. He’s without doubt the most thorough, approachable, sensible and helpful recruitment specialist I have worked with. David supported me throughout the entire recruitment process and checked in at every stage. His support was helpful, strategic and incredibly encouraging. He has a real sense of what both the employer and employee are looking for and works hard to make the match. I’m absolutely delighted to have worked with David. He’s a true professional, and a star to boot.

Jennifer WestallGeneral Counsel, Offshore Renewable Catapult

I would highly recommend David. He made the process of taking the leap somewhere new far less daunting. David has excellent market knowledge and connections. What really stood out for me though was the time he took to really understand what I was looking for and help find the right culture and fit for me personally and for my practice. He made sure at all times that everything progressed at a pace I was comfortable with. An absolute pleasure to work with and he is a very trusted advisor!

Joanne Hennessy, Partner, TLT LLP
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David is a consummate professional. I would recommend him to anyone, client or candidate. He’s thorough, affable, realistic, personable and helpful with a market knowledge and “black book” second to none. David supported me as a client and candidate over the last 5 years. His support is strategic and incredibly encouraging. He has a real sense of how best to match firms with people, understands the soft criteria for success for everyone involved and works hard to make the match. It is a pleasure to work with him.

Scott Moncur, Legal Director, Vialex

David has been brilliant in helping with my international move. He has been phenomenal at making introductions, coordinating interviews and providing advice and guidance, giving me the best opportunity to achieve my goal to live and work in the UK. Highly recommend!

James Ferguson, Senior Associate, Dentons LLP
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Working with David was a real pleasure. His knowledge of the market and the clients requirements were essential in finding a role that worked for me, my skills and experience. David is diligent, provides real time support and updates and provides great guidance throughout the interview process.

Kye PearsonCompany Secretary, Virgin Money Investments
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David was very supportive throughout my recruitment process. He is proactive, conscientious and easy to deal with. Highly recommended.

Joshua Hale, Legal Counsel, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

I would highly recommend David. He was a fantastic support, gave great advice and communicated extremely well. David goes the extra mile when it comes to helping with interview preparation, dealing with prospective employers and keeping in touch after a role has been secured to ensure that the joining process runs smoothly.

Isabella Van Green, Senior SolicitorBrodies LLP

I cannot recommend David enough. In addition to be proactive and easy to deal with, I found him to be very knowledgeable about the industry, especially for solicitors around my level of PQE. I was especially grateful to him for the support that he showed when the team that I was meant to join moved to a new firm during the hiring process. I do not think I would have been able to manage this without David’s regular communication and reassurances.

Chris Barnes, Solicitor, Horwich Farrelly

David was a brilliant support throughout the recruitment process. He listened to my priorities and values and suggested opportunities that were tailored to my search. He took time to regularly check in with me all the way through, and I would highly recommend him.

Louise KeenanLegal Adviser, Vialex

David was a great help to me in securing my current role. He provided excellent support throughout the interview process and understood what was important to me. His regular updates were really helpful and took a lot of the stress and worry out of the job searching process.

Grace SmithAssociate, PGMBM

David was a brilliant support and always on hand with helpful and professional advice and guidance. Highly recommended.

Elouisa CrichtonCounsel- Employment & EqualityDentons

David was nothing short of brilliant. The current climate is an unsettling time for everyone and when you are looking for your next role, even more so. It was great to have someone that was so switched-on and able to think outside of the box. Communication is key for me and I really found that David kept me in the loop and had a real knack for matching candidate with client. I was looking for a move away from my current practice area and secured my first in-house role. Great result David!

Eloise RobbContracts Manager, Business Transformation- LegalUniversity of Dundee
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I’ve known David for a relatively long time now. He helped me out when I was first thinking about working in Dubai in 2013 and since then we have spoken on and off whenever I’ve been looking for a new challenge. David is friendly and approachable and always provides the advice which is right for the candidate – even if that is to his detriment. The long term relationship with his clients is important to him and I think that is rare in the recruitment industry. He’s always at the end of the phone if you need him and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

Elaine SinclairLegal Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Ashurst

David is an extremely diligent and approachable recruiter, who has a reputation for working on the most interesting roles that come on to the market. David goes over an above to ensure that the role is the right fit for both employer and candidate. I would work with David again without question, if I wasn’t already so happy with the role he has placed me in!

Craig McIntyreSenior Legal CounselM Squared

David is a bit of a recruiter superstar. Approachable, affable and very experienced. I’ll happily recommend him to any and all who will hear me.

Lucie BarnesSenior AssociateBrodies LLP

David was an excellent recruiter. He listened to my requirements and compiled a list of potential employers based on that. He kept me up-to-date throughout the entire process and ultimately helped me secure my ideal job. David was was upfront and honest about everything and ultimately delivered on what he promised I would thoroughly recommend David to anyone.

Daniel BrownAssociate- Construction, Dentons UK & Middle East LLP

Deciding to move from London to Edinburgh was initially quite stressful. But from the start David’s guidance and availability considerably eased the all process. David is very knowledgable about the industry and his advice and feedbacks were extremely helpful. I felt very supported throughout and I definitely recommend his services. He is by far the best recruiter I ever dealt with.

Caroline MarchandSenior AssociateDentons UK & Middle East LLP

David is supportive without being pushy and provides truly superior knowledge of the industries which he supports. You can tell that he genuinely cares about his clients and candidates, which means that he is always conscious that he will find the right ‘fit’. I was on maternity leave when I applied for my new role and David gave me the confidence to go through the interview process despite being in the midst of new motherhood. Thank you David for helping me to secure such an exciting opportunity.

Laura Limpus, Legal CounselBAE Systems

David was supportive and helpful throughout the recruitment process. Communication was noticeably good – I was kept up-to-do date with developments throughout the process, right up to the point of beginning my new role. He set expectations appropriately, and provided good insight into the organisation.

Suzanne HogganLegal CounselOffshore Renewable Energy Catapult
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Moving firm was a daunting prospect, but with David’s help the process was smooth and effortless. David took almost all of the administrative burden on his shoulders and was excellent in providing help for interviews, and importantly feedback following the interviews. David is highly responsive and clearly understands the market that he is operating in. From a personal point of view I cannot speak highly enough of David and the service he provides.

Patrick FultonAssociateDLA Piper

David’s expertise was clear from our first conversation and he smoothly guided me through the interview process and provided great support at each stage. David is friendly, approachable and an excellent negotiator resulting in good outcomes for all parties involved. I would recommend David to anyone looking for opportunities in the legal market.

Diana MennieSenior AssociateDentons

Couldn’t recommend David Thomson highly enough. He was extremely helpful and had a good knowledge of recruitment in the legal sector.

Alasdair FraserSolicitorGilson Gray

The job application process during lockdown wasn’t without its complications but David’s expertise really helped get it over the line.

Lewis RitchieSenior AssociateShoosmiths

David was very helpful and knowledgeable from beginning to end. I am grateful for all the guidance and support he provided during the entire process and would recommend him to others.

Kirsty DarkoEmployment LawyerFreeths LLP

David’s guidance and support during a recent recruitment process were invaluable. I found David to be very knowledgeable, approachable and patient! He was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend David to anyone seeking a new legal role.. I found David to be very knowledgeable, approachable and patient! He was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend David to anyone seeking a new legal role.

Nick McLuskeySolicitorClydesdale & Yorkshire Bank

I was extremely impressed with the professional nature of David’s advice, support and encouragement. I found David an excellent, down to earth communicator who always kept me informed of the full picture with invaluable knowledge and advice in relation to the role pursued. David was always on hand to listen to and address any queries I had throughout the recruitment process and was quick to follow up following interview. The service David provided was a breath of fresh air in what can sometimes be a stressful process. I would definitely recommend David and Thomson Legal to my friends and colleagues in the sector.

Louise McKeanSolicitor & Contracts ManagerUniversity of Strathclyde

David was a tremendous help throughout the recruitment process. On a practical level he provided relevant, market focused advice to assist in the application and interview processes. His approachability, from start to finish, is something I am particularly keen to recognise. I would certainly recommend his services to someone looking to make a move or, perhaps more importantly, decide whether they want to.

Gerard GardinerSenior Associate, CompetitionDentons UK & Middle East LLP
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I have dealt with many recruiters before and can confirm David has been the best one – by far. He is attentive, always available for a chat, has an extensive knowledge on legal placements and goes above and beyond to make you feel safe and confident when making a move to a different firm. I highly recommend David and would not consider a move without having a chat with him first.

LiviaZiegelmeyerMacRoberts LLP

If you use David and his firm you will be using an incredibly helpful and professional service provider. With unique ahead of the curve access to roles and people you will find I have no hesitation recommending him and his team.

Scott MoncurDirectorMedici Legal Advisors Ltd

David helped me to secure a new position. His advice was invaluable throughout the process. He kept me updated over the course, including out of hours, which I really appreciated. Thanks David!

Michael BryneIn-House LawyerLife Technologies

David is a great listener, is really well-connected, and offers great options. David’s communication is also absolutely excellent. He even followed up to ask about the birth of my son, which was really appreciated.

John D. McGonagleSenior AssociateDentons

I have used David consistently for a number of years and recruited to a variety of roles in diverse sectors. I have been pleased every time with the result and would have no hesitation in recommending him for specialist recruitment of this sort. David has an inherent understanding of the mix of skills required in house, being both technical and interpersonal.

Shareen GaultGeneral CounselJohnston Carmichael

David assisted me re-locate from Sydney to Glasgow and secure a role in a firm I was really keen to work for (having previously worked for them in Sydney).  Not only is David a nice guy that is easy to deal with, he is incredibly effective at getting things done.  He has a real enthusiasm to get the best outcome for you and his communication is fantastic.  Having worked in a different jurisdiction, David’s knowledge of the Scottish legal market was invaluable to me.  I have recommended David to friends and will continue to do so.

Bruce HaleSenior AssociateDentons

It was great working with David! He listens to what you want and need in a role. He makes time for you and really seeks out the perfect match!

Caroline SullivanIn-House LawyerInstitute & Faculty of Actuaries

I found David Thomson at Thomson Legal a pleasure to deal with from the first phone call with him until finding a suitable position. He took the time to understand the type of role that I was looking for and the drivers behind that. As well as providing invaluable career advice, he then presented me with realistic options based on my experience and goals. Throughout this whole process, he kept me updated on the progress of any outstanding applications. However, David also kept presenting me with new roles that might have been of interest during the process, showing his proactive approach to searching for a new position on my behalf. I would highly recommend that anyone seeking a new role uses the services of David Thomson at Thomson Legal.

Stewart GordonSolicitorBrodies LLP

David was incredibly helpful and professional from the initial phone call all the way to my first day in the new job and beyond. He provided useful insight and support throughout what could have been a very stressful time changing roles and relocating to a different jurisdiction. I would highly recommend him.

Kathryn HendryAssociateDentons

David was a great support in helping me secure a new role. He provided sound advice and guided me through the recruitment process. I found David to be very responsive to any questions that I had and appreciated him keeping in touch with me right up until my start date. Would highly recommend.

Rachel McNeillSenior AssociateDentons

I went to David with a clear idea of the kind of role I wanted. Within weeks I had a job offer. If you’re looking for a change, I recommend contacting him.

Ben WhiteIn-House LawyerInstitute & Faculty of Actuaries

I was lucky enough to be contacted by David in relation to a new opportunity that he felt suited my expertise. He was an immense help throughout the recruitment process and I can not recommend him highly enough. From the provision of bespoke profiles on each member of the interview panel to actively chasing up outcomes on my behalf and keeping me updated throughout, I always felt like my success was David’s priority. David also took time to provide detail on the company, together with various articles detailing their recent news. Working with David on interview prep, I felt thoroughly well prepared. I have been approached before about recruitment opportunities by others and felt that they hadn’t really considered my cv in any great detail. From day one it was clear that David had done a lot of work in matching the role so that it was a clear fit. If David approaches you about an opportunity, I would recommend you trust his judgement. I would be delighted to work with David again if the need arose. He has even offered to be a sounding board in future for opportunities outside his scope of work. He’s also a thoroughly nice guy!

Andrew JonesLegal AdvisorOfgem
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David was recommended to me by a colleague. He took the time to listen carefully to what I was interested in, and my motivation for looking to change practice area – Corporate Tax to Private Client. He was very efficient and always kept me appraised of any and all developments. With the benefit of his experience and contacts, I was able to secure a Private Client position. I would highly recommend David to others looking for assistance with legal recruitment.

Kevin WintersSolicitorBrodies LLP

David is a very professional and friendly person to deal with; persuasive, supportive and plain speaking. It’s been a pleasure to work with him.

Katie CorriganHead of Real EstateVialex

I found David Thomson to be excellent during my search for a role upon qualification. I would highly recommend David to anybody seeking further opportunities. Particularly Irish lawyers based abroad seeking a return to home shores.  David’s market knowledge and ability to offer practical and reliable advice was highly helpful during what can be a stressful time. Furthermore, David really goes the extra mile by staying in touch at the conclusion of the process ensuring that the move and the new role are both working out. Great to deal with.

Brian GillespieSolicitorMatheson, Dublin
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David Thomson was a pleasure to deal with throughout the recruitment process. He has excellent market knowledge and provides first rate advice and coaching. I would recommend him to anyone looking to change roles in the legal sector.

Luke HazeldenLegal CounselTesco Bank

I recently used David to secure a move from private practice to in-house. From start to finish, I could not recommend him highly enough. David went above and beyond at all stages of the recruitment process to help me secure the role I wanted, and provided straight talking advice which is difficult to find in many recruitment situations.  If you are thinking about a change of role, David should be the first phone call you make.

JP ComerfordLegal CounselMercer Ireland

I have found that David is an excellent recruitment professional.  He is responsive, manages expectations well and obviously understands the value of really knowing his clients.  He made a significant effort to understand me, my skills and motivations and was a brilliant sounding board on testing these against the position I had applied for.

Scott McLarenIn-House Legal Supplier ManagerHymans Robertson

David has “been there” since my time in Biggart Baillie (now DWF LLP). David understands the ethos of his industry and what makes lawyers, client/ candidate or client/ recruiter, satisfied. Simply put: a leader.

Bhalindra BathLegal CounselTelehouse Europe

I contacted David when I was back in the UK after a years career break. I was a bit out of touch with the market and keen to make the move in-house. David provided me with excellent advice on the job market, the role of an in-house lawyer, and interviews. As I had been away from the corporate environment for a year, his balanced advice and encouragement was invaluable to me. David found me some excellent options, and ultimately the job I was looking for. I would recommend David to anyone who is looking for a career move.

Rachael CookeLegal CounselHymans Robertson

I cannot recommend David highly enough for legal recruitment. He immediately understood the type of role I was looking for and made the whole process easy from start to finish.

Lorna HendersonSenior AssociateDentons UK & Middle East LLP

I would highly recommend David to any potential candidate. His market knowledge is excellent and he was helpful, supportive and reassuring throughout the process. His advice and candour was appreciated through what can be a very stressful and anxious time.

Leanne DolanAssociate, Litigation & Dispute ResolutionArthur CoxDublin
Tesco Bank

David was very helpful, responsive and professional. He answered all of my questions and was a pleasure to deal with. He very quickly found me a new role which suited all of my needs.

Kay RamachandranLegal CounselTesco Bank

David was a pure gem throughout this process. As a candidate, I found David extremely helpful and cannot recommend him enough. From first contact to the end of the process, David was always available to speak to me and was very responsive. David walked me through the interview process, gave me great pointers and of course, it worked as I got the job! 

Jaymini CorkImmigration Counsel, Granite Services Inc
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David is very approachable and has a good knowledge of the Scottish legal market. He provided thoughtful advice in respect of in-house financial services positions and excellent support throughout. I have no hesitation in recommending his services.

Alastair MoodyLegal Counsel, General Counsel’s Office, Standard Life

I was impressed by David’s knowledge of the legal market, particularly in terms of in house opportunities. David always responded quickly and gave useful advice throughout the interview and job acceptance process. I felt that David was keen to find the right person for the right role.

Claire HillLegal Counsel, Hymans Robertson

I can’t recommend David highly enough. He has excellent knowledge of the legal industry and provided me with invaluable support prior to both of my interviews. David was very proactive and kept me fully updated throughout the process, in addition to ensuring I had settled in well once I had secured the position which I really appreciated.

Leanne HammellCommercial Solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP

David was incredibly helpful with every aspect of my job search. He is personable, well-connected and clearly has a strong understanding of the legal market. He works above and beyond for his candidates, I cannot recommend him more highly.

Julia BellIn-House Legal Advisor, Serco Caledonian Sleeper Limited
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David was a pleasure to deal with. He has valuable in-depth knowledge of the legal market and provides insightful advice throughout the process.

Barry ConnollySolicitor, William Fry

David was excellent to deal with and took all the stress out of the process; from the point of application right through to day one in the new role. He was in regular communication, was knowledgeable and proactive and did everything with speed and ease.

Ruth BouttellIn-House Legal Counsel, Caledonian Sleeper

David is easy to deal with, proactive and has a good knowledge of the legal market. He provided me with insightful advice and assistance, which was of significant help to me in securing a new role.

Louise CentIP & Technology Lawyer, Dentons LLP

David has a first class knowledge and understanding of the legal market and is a pleasure to work with. He is both highly engaged and extremely easy to deal with. A great professional and a leader in his field.

Andrew HendersonDirector of Public Policy, Pinsent Masons LLP

I cannot recommend David highly enough. His knowledge and understanding of the legal market was invaluable. He took the time to understand my career ambitions and only suggested a role that was genuinely of interest to me. David was excellent to work with and I was very impressed by his willingness to go the extra mile for me throughout the process. . In addition, he showed a genuine interest in ensuring that I was settling in, once I had started my new role.

Nicholas HowieDirector, Corporate, Anderson Strathern LLP

I can strongly recommend David for his knowledge of the legal market and his ability to match opportunities with candidates. He’s a really good guy to get on with and takes time to listen to his candidates and clients so that he is putting the most suitable people forward for roles. I would definitely use David to source legal candidates for me in the future.

Ricky McCrackenCommercial & Legal Director, Pulsant

David provided an invaluable service during my recent job hunt and was instrumental in helping me secure a move to progress my career. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a change of job.

Jennifer WrightSolicitor, DWF LLP

David was really good to work with and very helpful throughout the whole recruitment process. He kept in touch regularly and was very knowledgeable about the legal market. I would highly recommend David to any candidate seeking a career move.

Kate PrimroseSolicitor, Burness Paull LLP

David recently helped me secure a permanent Corporate Paralegal role in Glasgow. David kept in regular contact throughout the whole process and even went so far as to answer my queries in relation to moving to Glasgow for the role. He was extremely informative and helpful throughout the process.I would highly recommend David and Thomson Legal.

Daisy ArnoldCorporate Paralegal, Granite Services Inc

David provided excellent insight into the Dublin market, quickly organised meetings with top Irish law firms and responded to all of my queries at all hours of the day. An excellent recruiter to work with.

Patrick KaneSolicitor, DWF LLP

David is a committed and enthusiastic legal recruiter. He takes pride in ensuring that the people he represents are well briefed in advance of interviews and kept up to date throughout the selection process. David’s friendly and professional manner made it a pleasure to work with him.

Sabrina JenquinIn-House Solicitor, The University of Edinburgh

We have recently worked with David on a Solicitor hire in Scotland. David proved to be responsive and approachable, he kept in touch on a regular basis during the recruitment journey and identified solid and credible candidates. David is also generous in sharing his market knowledge and recruitment insights which adds value to our working relationship. I would certainly recommend David.

Florence Van Schependom-BrownResourcing & Talent Acquisition Manager, DWF LLP

Excellent service from David throughout, from initial discussion of options to interview advice. I’d definitely recommend David to anyone and if I’m looking for another move in future he’d be the first person I’d speak to.

Euan McDougallSolicitor, Addleshaw Goddard

I would recommend David to any solicitor or legal professional for a number of reasons but the excellent support he provides throughout the application process is by far the best reason for me. Although I was looking for quite a specific role, I found David to be very helpful, informative and above all available when it came to the job market at any given time in multiple jurisdictions. I have only used Thomson Legal for a few months however, I have been successful in obtaining my ideal position and its is down to David’s knowledge of the Scottish (and international) legal markets that I am in the position I am today. I have thanked him personally for all of his help and I would recommend any to legal professional, the services on offer at Thomson Legal.

Graham GibsonData Protection ManagerClydesdale & Yorkshire Bank

David has helped place a number of great candidates with us. He is easy to deal with, listens to what we are looking for and makes the recruitment process as straightforward as possible.

Natalie WallacePartner, General Counsel and Director of Risk & Compliance at Hymans Robertson LLP

I recently worked with David on a Partner hire for the team. Not only did David find us an excellent candidate, he worked closely with everyone throughout to ensure the best outcome was reached for both the candidate and us. I would definitely recommend David.

Stuart JonesPartner & Head of Employment LawWeightmans LLP

David was fantastic while assisting me with my unique circumstances in relation to my recent job hunt. I made a difficult decision career wise and he was fully supportive and encouraging in that respect as well as working hard to (successfully) find me a role which fulfilled my new goals.

Rachel StewartIn-House SolicitorHymans Robertson LLP

I found David great to work with and was impressed at his willingness and ability to go the extra mile throughout the recruitment process. His contacts and general insight into the market are valuable assets and he is very effective in identifying suitable positions. In addition, David is very responsive (regardless of time-zone differences), which gives a candidate the best opportunity to be as prepared as possible once contact with a potential employer is initiated.

Finnbahr BoyleNew Zealand Qualified SolicitorMathesonDublin
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David was the definition of a professional. He made the whole process (which can be daunting to say the least) completely seamless. He was available whenever I had a thought/question and was able to resolve any query I had, almost immediately. His experience of the market was evident from the word go. He knew exactly how to handle the situation I was in and gave me brilliant advice throughout. I cannot recommend him enough!

Sitara KauserSolicitorKerr Brown

I had the opportunity to work with David whilst making a recent career move from trainee solicitor into a newly qualified position. David understood immediately what both my short term and long term objectives were and gave incredibly useful advice on the direction I should take to achieve those aims. David never tried to advocate positions out of convenience, and didn’t force me to pursue or consider roles that I wasn’t genuinely interested in.

Aimee DoranSolicitor, Dentons LLP
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David has excellent contacts at the top tier firms and ultimately managed to place me at Brodies LLP. He made himself available around the clock, even whilst on holiday, and constantly keeps in touch. Highly recommended!

Azeem ArshadSolicitorBrodies LLP

David is a fantastic professional. Kept me always updated, provided me with all the necessary information and gave very useful guidance through all the process, as well as a very useful preparation for all interviews.

Klaus-Peter WehmeierCompliance Officer/ Legal CounselLacerBarcelona

As a candidate, I found David a pleasure to deal with and very professional, and always communicative. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his services.

Anna HickeyLegal CounselMercerDublin
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David is a tireless advocate who presents his candidates with every available opportunity, and speaking from experience, when an opportunity does not exist, he helps create one. Highly recommended.

Benjamin BrustIn-House Legal CounselStandard Life Aberdeen

David provided an excellent service during my recent job search. He listened to my objectives and kept in regular contact throughout the process. He really went the extra mile and I would highly recommend him.

Ferga McKayAssociateDWF LLP

I worked with David on finding my last role and found him to be responsive, personable, and upfront in his dealings with me. David is clearly excellent at his job and dealing with him was a pleasure. I would recommend any prospective job seeker to contact David to discuss options.

Eoin KealySenior AssociateMathesonDublin

David recently helped me to secure a permanent role with an excellent organisation. He was brilliant to work with and was much more attentive than any other recruiters I have worked with in the past, returning calls and answering queries very quickly. He made the recruitment process simple and straightforward. I would not hesitate to recommend David.

Elena McLachlanIn-House SolicitorThe Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

David Thomson provides high quality and reliable recruitment solutions for lawyers and allows him to fully understand the legal sector and the associated challenges the industry faces. David spends valuable time with candidates to fully appreciate the content of their CV to ensure only the most relevant legal roles are presented for consideration.

Hayley GibsonLegal CounselHymans Robertson
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David is an excellent recruiter, most responsive and dedicated to fulfilling candidate’s requirements. He has a detailed knowledge of the legal profession and was a pleasure to deal with.

Sorcha RooneyIn-House Real Estate SolicitorDunnes Stores

From start to finish David was fantastic, he kept me fully up to date along every step of the recruitment process which ensured I was relaxed throughout. I would highly recommend David and Thomson Legal.

Chloe McIntoshIn-House Contracts ManagerThermo Fisher

I’ve worked with David for a number of years both as a recruiting employer and as a successful candidate and can highly recommend Thomson Legal. David has a great network, has strong relationships with major employers and has a refreshing straightforward, open approach which sets him apart from other agencies.

Karen GilchristHead of LegalHymans Robertson LLP

Excellent service and well chosen, well matched candidates. Highly recommended.

Lucie GrantDirector & Regional Senior Corporate CounselThermo FisherUK, Ireland & Middle East

Having worked with David when recruiting a Legal & Commercial Director position, I would not hesitate to recommend David and would be keen to work with him on any future vacancies. David ensured all candidates presented were of a high calibre and was extremely professional, knowledgeable, friendly and kept me fully informed throughout.

April ClarkHR DirectorPulsant

I have worked with David Thomson for a number of years. I am consistently impressed by his knowledge and understanding of our business along with the quality of candidates he provides. I look forward to continuing to work with David Thomson in the future.

Attia JawedLateral Recruitment ManagerPinsent Masons LLP

If you are considering looking for a new position in law, I would highly recommend David. His exceptional industry knowledge and genuine partner-level contacts were certainly a huge plus when looking for a new role for me. David is a fantastic interview coach, and his proactive approach to communication meant I never felt in the dark at any stage of the recruitment process.

Thomas MurdockLawyer, Musician and Non-Executive DirectorMicrosoft

I have worked with David for a number of years. David is a trustworthy, consistent and reliable consultant. He has excellent expert knowledge in his field. His professionalism and ability to build and maintain relationships are standout qualities. I would highly recommend him for search assignments.

Gillian WeirHR Manager for the Middle EastClifford Chance LLP

David is a friendly, professional and very helpful person to deal with. He gets things done very efficiently, but with no fuss.

Rory FitzgeraldLawyer, journalist and editorMatheson

I had the chance to know David during a selection process. He has proved himself a valuable supporter: very proactive and helpful, he has been reliable presence during the whole procedure. As a candidate, I felt reassured and personally backed (he answered my doubts and questions even during the weekend). Working with him was a successful experience.

Rachele MaterassiEU LawyerW.L. Gore
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David assisted me in securing a role with Pinsent Masons having spent a couple of years at a smaller practice in South East England. David was extremely professional and a pleasure to deal with. Unlike a lot of recruitment consultants David took the time to evaluate my individual experience and personal qualities rather than benchmark against standard rigid criteria

Graeme BarronSenior Legal CounselSkyscanner

David did a great job and kept me well informed at all times during the process. He was both friendly and professional.

Brendan HanveySenior Foreign Legal AssociateDLA Piper, Australia

David recently helped me to secure a fantastic new role, and his advice and support were invaluable throughout the recruitment process. He has a thorough knowledge of the legal recruitment market, and I felt that he really made the effort to keep me up to date on progress. On a personal level, he put me at ease from our first meeting.

Lauren StewartAssociatePinsent Masons

I would not hesitate to deal with David in the future should I require to look for other employment. His professional approach and friendly manner made him an excellent person to work with in what can be a daunting time. Thanks to David, I have now secured a role that I am enjoying and is well suited to my skills and personality.

Claire CampbellLegal CounselHymans Robertson

David was very approachable, informative and helpful at all stages of the recruitment process. I would definitely use his services again.

Lynsey AlexanderProject ConsultantILI Renewable Energy

We were pretty exacting with the qualities we were looking for in candidates for our corporate finance team. David took the time to understand what these were and brought forward only excellent candidates that fitted the bill, with great results

Chris GottsPartner, Corporate Finance Burness Paull LLP

David was involved in recruiting for the Assistant Company Secretary at Tesco Bank when I was recruited for the position. David was very supportive during the recruitment process and always responded very promptly to any queries I had. Very pleasant and professional to deal with.

Jenny DavisAML/CFT and FATCA Compliance & Awareness Manager at Westpac New Zealand Limited

The world of legal recruiters can be a bit of a lottery. I despair when the headhunters call and have not even bothered to look at your CV. This is not David’s style. He takes the time to get to know his client and will not post your CV for the sake of it.

Claire BratteyAssociate DirectorPeople + Culture Strategies

David helped me make my first move overseas and into Islamic Finance. I have always found him to be hard working and extremely reliable with an excellent knowledge of the Scottish legal market, as well as the market in London and overseas. I highly recommend him.

Colin CoxExperienced lawyer specialising in Shariah compliant and conventional investment banking

David has excellent interpersonal skills and is well connected within the legal profession to ensure the best outcome for his candidates. I have worked with David on several occasions and recommend him as one of the top recruiters for his extensive experience and expertise.

Jana Rybarova KisselLegal Consultant
state street

Firstly, David is highly personable. He can quickly grasp the type of individual suited to a particular business and role, and will only put forward reasonably suitable candidates. I would not hesitate to recommend David.

Gerry PatersonSenior Legal Counsel at State Street Trustees Limited

David is a standout recruiter who did an exceptionally good job of working with me to find the reasonably specific role I was looking for. His expertise was particularly valuable for someone moving to Ireland from New Zealand with a limited understanding of the Irish market. His insight was very useful and the personal touch to his regular communication was greatly appreciated.

Giancarlo Salizzo,SolicitorMathesonDublin

David has worked very hard (over a significant period of time) to identify and put me forward for my preferred role and has provided excellent advice and support throughout this process to assist me in securing that position. I would highly recommend David to any candidate seeking a new legal role.

Victoria AllisonIn-House SolicitorClydesdale Bank

David was a great help throughout the process, from first approach to making the decision to accept the job. He was always in easy reach and willing to offer advice, insight and reassurance. That support continued through my notice period and starting my new role, which was much appreciated.

Laura BloxhamManaging AssociateWomble Bond Dickinson LLP

David is very responsive and has an excellent network of contacts. He also doesn’t overcomplicate in terms of interview preparation and gives good, sensible advice.

James ToddIn-House SolicitorOffshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Bond Dickinson has worked in partnership with David and Thomson Legal this year on a strategically important project to open our new Edinburgh office. David worked closely with a number of Bond Dickinson Partners and myself to research the various markets, identify individuals, and make approaches in order to facilitate conversations with interested parties. With David’s help we have been able to hire four fantastic new lawyer recruits and we are extremely pleased with the quality of the candidate that David was able to introduce us to.

Sarah RogersRecruitment ManagerWomble Bond Dickinson LLP

I would highly recommend David to anyone in the legal profession who is either looking to make a move or add to their team. David provided an excellent, professional & friendly service and always kept me in the loop throughout the recruitment process. David also provided sound, unbiased advice based on his market knowledge & genuine desire to ensure the right fit for both the recruiter and the candidate. Thanks again David.

Sarah DippenaarSenior Practice Development LawyerPinsent Masons LLP

I have with dealt with David on a number of occasions. I found his knowledge and contacts in the legal job markets in Dublin and London extremely helpful. From a candidates perspective, I particularly appreciated his honest and discrete management of the recruitment process. I would not hesitate to recommend him to others.

James MurphySolicitorDentons, London

I’ve always found David very responsive and insightful on the market in Scotland and a pleasure to work with.

Stephen MillarIn-House Lawyer

David was a pleasure to deal with when considering options upon qualification. Responsive and pragmatic with excellent market knowledge. Highly recommend.

Kate LongmuirCommercial SolicitorMcKinnons

As a lawyer from and qualified in New Zealand who was looking for a vacancy in Edinburgh, I would happily recommend David as a recruiter. I was unfamiliar with the processes and David was very communicative and guided me through the process. He secured several interviews for me and placed me in a job within days. Most importantly, David was very pleasant to deal with.

Letitia StenbergSolicitorGreenwood RocheNew Zealand

“David was key in moving into my new role as a qualified solicitor. His kind words and sage advice assured me that I was making the right move. Now that I’ve started I know that he was right and would be happy to recommend David to anyone else who was thinking of making that next step in their career.”

Dan Wilkie-Kane, Solicitor, Ali & Co Solicitors