Our Story

Sophia, Russell
& Mark

Avocet Legal Careers was proudly established in mid-2023

…born from a shared vision between Russell Gale, Mark Sommerville and Sophia Damshenas. Russell and Mark, both Co-founders of Avocet Construction Careers, sought to expand into the professional services sector. This ambition led them to meet Sophia, a seasoned expert with over a decade of experience in legal recruitment. Recognising Sophia’s extensive knowledge on the South West recruitment scene and passion for the legal industry, they joined forces, and Avocet Legal Careers came to life, with Sophia as the Director.

Find out what roles Sophia recruits for

Our Mission

Connecting Legal Talent in the South West

At Avocet Legal Careers, our mission is simple: to connect talented legal professionals with the right opportunities across the South West of England. We are committed to providing a personalised, bespoke service that stands in stark contrast to the impersonal, corporate approach. Our local expertise and independence allow us to offer tailored recruitment solutions that meet the unique needs of our clients and candidates.

Our Expansion

Growing to Serve More Sectors

In January 2024, our journey of growth continued with the establishment of Avocet Commercial Careers. Led by Dani Osborne as Associate Director, this new branch benefits from Dani’s impressive 20+ years of experience in the recruitment industry. With the addition of Avocet Commercial Careers, we now operate three distinct businesses under the Avocet umbrella, each dedicated to serving different sectors with the same commitment to excellence and personal touch.

Find out what roles Dani recruits for

Our Values

What Sets Us Apart

We pride ourselves on being a local, independent recruitment agency that truly understands the South West’s legal market. Unlike the faceless corporate giants, we offer a more intimate and attentive approach, ensuring that every client and candidate feels valued and understood. Our core values include:

Why Choose Us?

Choosing Avocet Legal Careers means opting for a recruitment partner that genuinely cares about your success.
Whether you are a legal professional seeking your next career move or a firm looking for top talent, our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way.
We combine our in-depth industry knowledge with a personal touch, making the recruitment process seamless and effective.

Join us at Avocet Legal Careers, where your career goals and recruitment needs are our top priority.
Discover the difference that a local, independent, and experienced team can make


Contact Us

Send your CV to enquiries@avocetlegal.co.uk
or call us on 01392 642518


Contact Us

Send your vacancy enquiry to enquiries@avocetlegal.co.uk or call us on 01392 642518