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Why work with us?

  • Progress Legal (originally CGW Legal) are a specialist legal recruitment agency located in London and Manchester, however we cover the whole of the UK market.
  • Our consultants are former lawyers who genuinely understand what it's like to be in your shoes. We cover the full range of practice areas and work with lawyers from NQ to Partner level, so whatever your specialism, we can offer expert market knowledge and advice.
  • We believe in a friendly and consultative approach rather than the pressured and forceful methods used by many of our competitors.
  • We have excellent long-term relationships with our clients and work on the latest private practice and in-house opportunities.
  • We're very happy to keep you updated on the market when you aren't looking and then help you to find your ideal role when you are.
  • We focus on building long-term relationships and are always happy to have a friendly chat about the market and help in any way we can.
  • We also offer a more bespoke and tailored service compared to the larger agencies so we can focus on finding the perfect role for you.

The right approach to legal recruitment

Recruitment should never be complicated so we aim to keep things simple. We want to provide a highly professional yet straightforward approach to the recruitment process and we aim to be one of the most respected and trusted agencies in the market.

Our Services

Our expertise

Progress Legal is a specialist legal recruitment agency. We focus on private practice and in-house opportunities in both the UK and overseas.

We work closely with an extensive range of companies and leading law firms including West End, Mid-Tier, UK International, US, Magic and Silver Circle. We assist lawyers from NQ up to Partner level.

Our consultants have previously worked as lawyers in reputable firms or in market leading agencies which means we know our market inside out and can add real value to the recruitment process.

Chris took the time to get to know me and understand what I was looking for from my next position. He thought outside box and came up with ideas that I had not previously considered. His commitment is as impressive as his integrity is refreshing.

Senior Disputes Lawyer, International Firm, London

Chris helped me to secure an excellent role at a highly regarded firm which was just what I wanted. His approach is to focus on your individual objectives and use his industry knowledge to try and achieve these. I was very impressed with Chris's professionalism and use of contacts to help me get shortlisted and an interview. His responsiveness and commitment is very refreshing.

Construction Lawyer, Silver Circle Firm, London

Chris helped me find my current role and was well informed, friendly and supportive throughout the recruitment process. I found him to be far less pushy than many other recruiters I have spoken to and he was genuinely concerned about finding the right role for me.

Real Estate Lawyer, Global Firm, London

I would definitely recommend Chris. He understood exactly what I was looking for, I completely trusted him and he took time to ensure that the firms he approached were the right fit/culture for me. I am very happy with the firm he placed me in and it is clear that he has a thorough knowledge of the legal market. He was also a pleasure to deal with.

Senior Real Estate Lawyer, City Firm

Chris is a truly excellent recruiter, diligent and attentive, but never pushy. He was always approachable, and spent the time to get to know me, tailoring his job searches to make sure I got the best service possible. I could not recommend Chris enough.

IP Lawyer, Boutique Firm, London

Chris recently helped me secure a new legal position at an excellent firm. Chris was knowledgeable about the role and the legal industry. He was able to promptly respond to my messages, and kept me updated throughout the whole process. I would definitely recommend Chris and I am thankful for all his help!

Development Lawyer, National Firm, London

Chris was a great help in finding a job in Edinburgh. He was regularly in contact with updates and feedback from a number of firms he contacted was very helpful liaising with firms to arrange interviews. He was very engaged and willing throughout the process and was generally a great person to work with. I couldn't recommend Chris (and CGW Legal) enough.

Planning Lawyer, Top Tier Firm, Scotland

​Chris is a very diligent and attentive recruiter who takes the time to find out what kind of role each individual client is looking for, rather than trying to push unsuitable positions like some in his field. He is excellent at recommending firms which suit clients' individual requirements and proactive in approaching them on clients' behalf. I'd highly recommend Chris to anyone seeking a move in the London Legal market.​

Disputes Lawyer, National Firm, London

Chris was a pleasure to work with: dedicated, responsive, supportive, down to earth and friendly. He helped me through every step of recruitment process, answering all of my questions and providing invaluable information about interview preparation.

Corporate Lawyer, US Firm, London

​Chris has a very thorough understanding of the legal market. He takes the time to get to really know candidates and find the vacancies that are right for you. I would highly recommend Chris.

Disputes Lawyer, International Firm, London

​I found it great working with Chris - he understood exactly what I was looking for, knew the market and was focused on establishing a long-term relationship. I would certainly recommend him to others.

Construction Lawyer, Mid-Tier Firm, London

​Chris is a very diligent and attentive recruiter who takes the time to find out what kind of role each individual client is looking for, rather than trying to push unsuitable positions like some in his field. He is excellent at recommending firms which suit clients' individual requirements and proactive in approaching them on clients' behalf. I'd highly recommend Chris to anyone seeking a move in the London Legal market.

Disputes Lawyer, Leading National Firm, London

​Chris is well regarded by all who work with him. He is extremely pro-active and innovative in his approach. He was very friendly and supportive. I would recommend him without hesitation.

Construction Lawyer, US Firm, Dubai

​I had an excellent experience with CGW legal; Chris helped me to find to secure a newly qualified role in a great firm within the space of a few weeks. From the outset Chris was approachable, helpful and responsive. He consistently kept me up to date with roles that would be of interest to me, and provided me with really useful guidance before my interviews. The experience was heads above the service you receive at some larger recruitment firms and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chris to others.

Real Estate Lawyer, UK International Firm, London

​Chris is by far the most effective recruiter I have worked with in London. Chris helped me get a number of interviews with highly regarded firms within a couple of weeks of working together, and I went on to secure an excellent role with a highly regarded US firm. Chris uses his industry knowledge and contacts to get the best results. Before meeting Chris, I had worked with a number of recruiters in the City, but Chris was the most effective and really focussed on finding roles that matched my objectives. Chris always provides great feedback and his responsiveness and integrity are second to none. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris.

TMT Lawyer, US Firm, London

​Chris is a highly effective recruitment consultant. He assisted me with securing an excellent role within the space of only a few weeks of us working together. I was very impressed with his down to earth approach and personal integrity. He has a professional approach without being pushy and is happy to spend the time to understand what is best for you.

Insurance Lawyer, UK International Firm, London

​There can be very little doubt that I am unlikely to ever again come across a recruiter as dedicated, hard-working, personable and tenacious as Chris. It was nothing short of an absolute pleasure to work with him and his extensive contacts list of high profile firms speaks for itself. I have recommended Chris to several friends in recent months and will continue to do so, with the utmost confidence in his abilities.

Silver Circle Firm, London, Insurance Disputes Lawyer

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I would definitely recommend Chris. He understood exactly what I was looking for, I completely trusted him and he took time to ensure that the firms he approached were the right fit/culture for me. I am very happy with the firm he placed me in and it is clear that he has a thorough knowledge of the legal market. He was also a pleasure to deal with.

Senior Real Estate Lawyer, City Firm

​Chris is a highly effective recruitment consultant. He assisted me with securing an excellent role within the space of only a few weeks of us working together. I was very impressed with his down to earth approach and personal integrity. He has a professional approach without being pushy and is happy to spend the time to understand what is best for you.

Insurance Lawyer, UK International Firm, London

Chris is a truly excellent recruiter, diligent and attentive, but never pushy. He was always approachable, and spent the time to get to know me, tailoring his job searches to make sure I got the best service possible. I could not recommend Chris enough.

IP Lawyer, Boutique Firm, London

Chris was a great help in finding a job in Edinburgh. He was regularly in contact with updates and feedback from a number of firms he contacted was very helpful liaising with firms to arrange interviews. He was very engaged and willing throughout the process and was generally a great person to work with. I couldn't recommend Chris (and CGW Legal) enough.

Planning Lawyer, Top Tier Firm, Scotland

​There can be very little doubt that I am unlikely to ever again come across a recruiter as dedicated, hard-working, personable and tenacious as Chris. It was nothing short of an absolute pleasure to work with him and his extensive contacts list of high profile firms speaks for itself. I have recommended Chris to several friends in recent months and will continue to do so, with the utmost confidence in his abilities.

Silver Circle Firm, London, Insurance Disputes Lawyer

​Chris is a very diligent and attentive recruiter who takes the time to find out what kind of role each individual client is looking for, rather than trying to push unsuitable positions like some in his field. He is excellent at recommending firms which suit clients' individual requirements and proactive in approaching them on clients' behalf. I'd highly recommend Chris to anyone seeking a move in the London Legal market.

Disputes Lawyer, Leading National Firm, London

Chris was a pleasure to work with: dedicated, responsive, supportive, down to earth and friendly. He helped me through every step of recruitment process, answering all of my questions and providing invaluable information about interview preparation.

Corporate Lawyer, US Firm, London

Chris took the time to get to know me and understand what I was looking for from my next position. He thought outside box and came up with ideas that I had not previously considered. His commitment is as impressive as his integrity is refreshing.

Senior Disputes Lawyer, International Firm, London

​Chris is a very diligent and attentive recruiter who takes the time to find out what kind of role each individual client is looking for, rather than trying to push unsuitable positions like some in his field. He is excellent at recommending firms which suit clients' individual requirements and proactive in approaching them on clients' behalf. I'd highly recommend Chris to anyone seeking a move in the London Legal market.​

Disputes Lawyer, National Firm, London

Chris helped me to secure an excellent role at a highly regarded firm which was just what I wanted. His approach is to focus on your individual objectives and use his industry knowledge to try and achieve these. I was very impressed with Chris's professionalism and use of contacts to help me get shortlisted and an interview. His responsiveness and commitment is very refreshing.

Construction Lawyer, Silver Circle Firm, London

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