Securing The Very Best In Legal

Partner and General Counsel Search Specialists In the City of London


Established in 2011 Inception Legal is a boutique legal recruitment consultancy, based in the heart of the City of London, specialising in bespoke Partner (both individuals and teams) and General Counsel searches acting for global law firms and FTSE 500 Companies.

Our experienced consultants offer a proactive, friendly and consultative approach to recruitment both to our candidates and our clients.

If you are an employer and would like our assistance recruiting for a vacancy or if you are looking for a new position and would like to discuss your next career move, please contact our consultants for confidential discussion.


We take a consultative approach to understand what you are looking for. Professional as well as personal fit is key for us when we undertake a Search.


We aim to build long standing and trusted relationships with both our Clients and Candidates


We ensure that each process moves as smoothly as possible acting as a confidante for all parties concerned.

“As your recruitment partner we ensure the focus is on people not process.”

Our Senior Team.

Lee Bladon

Lee is a founding Director of Inception Legal Recruitment Limited. Having trained as a lawyer in his native Manchester, Lee has spent the last 15 years in the Legal Recruitment world working for a large global Consultancy as well as a leading City Boutique Consultancy.

Since establishing Inception Legal in 2011, he has built up a strong, close and varied network of clients and candidates and has worked off a strong base of personal referrals for a number of years gaining an excellent reputation in the market place.

Lee is known for offering a friendly and pro-active approach to recruitment and making the process as straight forward as possible. He has worked on a number of high profile Partner and Team moves in recent years as well as also acting for a small number of Global Organisations.

Outside of the office, Lee’s life is taken over by his young family and beloved Manchester United. He is also a keen runner and has completed a number of half marathons.


We can provide our services on an individual basis or as an all-inclusive package according to your requirements.


Finding the right position can be a stressful and daunting time for many candidates. At Inception Legal we aim to provide a positive, friendly and open approach making the recruitment process as straight forward as possible. As with our clients, we recognise that every candidate has different needs and our first job is to find out as much as possible about you and what you are looking for. From there, we advise you on current market trends and expectations, help to ease the interview process and secure you the job that you want.


Since its establishment, Inception Legal has built up close relationships with a range of Global Law Firms and Multi-National Organisations in a range of sectors. We offer each client an individually tailored Search offering. We ask to be judged by our results.

These are just some of the ways we can help:

  • Market Mapping the relevant Practice areas
  • Bespoke Search and Headhunting
  • Consultative approach in a discrete and professional manner

Diversity & Inclusion.

At Inception Legal we embrace diversity and are deeply committed to inclusion for both ourselves and for our clients. Diversity is a top priority for us and central to the recruitment consultancy that we endeavour to be. 

While the advantages of a diverse workforce are increasingly recognised, developing and implementing strategies to build one remains a challenge. At Inception Legal, we support our clients to achieve an inclusive and diverse workforce. 

Securing the most talented professionals in the legal sector requires an innovative approach to access more diverse talent pools. That is why diversity and inclusion is one of our strategic business priorities.


We have a growing talent pipeline which is inclusive of professionals from all backgrounds.


We aim to support our clients increase diversity and inclusion at every step of the recruitment process


Our flexible working and Family Policy actively promotes a healthy work-life balance and removes a culture of presenteeism

“By recruiting from a range of backgrounds, our clients gain access to a wide variety of viewpoints, experiences and perspectives.”

What Our Customers Think.

I highly recommend Inception Legal as an agency that can fulfil your legal hiring requirements. I have worked closely with Lee now for a number of years and he has always delivered on the brief no matter how challenging it is. Aside from the delivery side they provide excellent customer service with a good honest approach to recruitment and candidate management. Lee is always contactable and stays in touch regularly throughout the process. I much prefer to use Inception legal over a large corporate legal recruitment firm.
Naomi Wilson
Talent Acquisition Manager, Allegis Group
I’ve been working with Lee and his team for a number of years now. They have the knack of finding really great candidates. The personable nature of the team makes the whole recruitment process so smooth.
Partner, Head of Environment/Utilities, National Law Firm
I have worked with Inception Legal (and particularly with Lee) now for many years and would highly recommend them to any legal resourcing professional looking for a consistent, reliable and service-orientated recruitment consultancy. Lee is that unicorn recruiter who always presents candidates that are worthy of serious consideration, and who I know will be the right cultural fit for my organization.
Caroline Stevens
Director, International Law Firm

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