Permanent legal recruitment in the public sector

The public sector provides its own unique set of challenges and opportunities for anyone who wants to follow this kind of career path. We at eNL have been in operation since 1999, and this has allowed us to build up a deep understanding of the public sector over many years. Public sector organisations typically have differing budget constraints, time frames and, of course, aims, then private sector organisations, which is why we have a dedicated team to handle all permanent legal jobs and recruitment in the public sector.

We have established ourselves as one of the country’s leading recruitment agencies for finding the perfect law staff for the perfect legal positions, ranging from solicitors and lawyers right up to legal directors. At any given time, we have over a thousand vacancies and jobs available, with a huge portion of these being in the public sector. We’ve explained more on the roles and organisations that we work on and with below.

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What organisations do eNL work with?

Over our long history, we have developed relationships with almost all of the public sector organisations and departments throughout the country. This ranges from central government itself, down to local authorities, organisations like the NHS, and crucial not-for-profit organisations and charities.

This sees us working across some of the following industries and sectors:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Childcare
  • Adult Social Services
  • Education
  • Commercial
  • Property
  • Regulatory
  • Licensing
  • Healthcare
  • Housing

For more information on the full range of the industries that we recruit for and the departments that we work with, please find our contact details listed below, or reach us here.

What roles do we recruit for?

There is a need for many different types of legal professionals within the public sector which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Barrister
  • Company Secretary
  • Lawyer
  • Head of Legal
  • Legal Clerk
  • Paralegal
  • Partner
  • Solicitor

Find out more information

For more information on the roles that we can recruit for in the public sector, be sure to sign up for job alerts to receive personalised offers. We can also help you find private sector and in-house legal jobs too. We have worked hard to establish ourselves as the go-to agency for public sector law recruitment throughout the UK.

Please get in touch with your nearest eNL agency office here:

  • Birmingham - 0121 454 1004
  • Leeds - 0113 320 0575
  • London - 0207 183 8586
  • Manchester - 0161 850 0745

Alternatively, you can reach us via email at

What people say about us...

  • I have not worked as a locum before and Kaye was a tremendous help in not only sourcing a role for me but in also guiding me through the process. I always found her approachable and excellent in keeping me updated. My experience has been very positive and I would have no hesitation in recommending Kaye and eNL to anyone considering locum work.

  • 'Kaye helped me to secure a position which I had previously applied for unsuccessfully, and negotiated with my employer to achieve the highest possible salary for the pay band.  I felt she was there with me at each stage of the recruitment process, offering a high degree of support, as well as responsiveness to my questions and requests. Throughout the process she was highly professional, as well as being extremely personable. Thanks Kaye!'

  • I have known Kaye for many years in the public sector legal market and the one thing I can say with absolute confidence is that Kaye is consistent, Consistently good, consistently professional and consistently reliable. Over the last decade I have worked with many agencies and recruiters but can say that working with Kaye (and indeed the whole ENL team) is an extremely positive and rewarding experience. Kaye is always extremely helpful and goes the "extra mile" to ensure you are suited to roles and achieve your career aims . Kaye is a very experienced recruiter and knows her market. That makes a big difference and clients also take you more seriously as a candidate as they know that Kaye has put in the effort to match their requirements and add value to the recruitment process. Not losing sight of the personal touch even sending a text wishing me luck before my interview recently was a really nice touch!. Makes you feel valued and not just "another candidate". I highly recommend Kaye - and ENL Legal- and I very much look forward to working with Kaye in 2018

  • "Over the years, I have worked with several agencies but have never been looked after in such a pleasant, professional and efficient manner until I joined ENL. Kaye, my consultant, was very helpful and ensured that I was briefed fully on the role to enable me to make an informed decision on whether I should apply. She secured me a position with a lovely firm and regularly checked in with me to ensure that I was being treated well. Thank you so much Kaye for all your help and I highly recommend ENL for their excellent service!"

  • Kaye is a highly professional and knowledgeable recruiter. Her help has been of great value. She has done her best to find the right company for me and has supported me throughout the recruitment process (which ended successfully) with her honest advice and useful information. I have not met any other recruiters as dedicated to the candidate’s success as she is. Kaye is not only driven by the business necessities but she is also an empathic individual and she genuinely cares about the candidate’s satisfaction as well as their personal situation. She is definitely one of the best recruiters I have been in touch with and I would highly recommend her.

  • Kaye was able to find me a role in regulation within a few weeks of making contact with her. When she first made contact she had a list prepared of roles to put me forward for that matched my experience. Her strong relationships with employers makes her a great recruitment agent and she was very professional throughout the whole process. On top of that she is lovely to deal with and not pushy like other agents you can encounter. Foreign Qualified Solicitor, London  

  • "Kaye provided a great service for me when I was looking for a change of direction, She identified an opportunity for me and helped me with my application and interview. I am now where I want to be, and it is due in no small part to the support Kaye and ENL gave me."  

  • Thank you very much. I also hope that I will not be requiring your services again! I have had a great break over the past couple of weeks. You have done an incredible job. I have been in contact with a considerable number of other recruitment agents whose services I can compare your own with. The difference is that you actually listen to what I want out of a job and what a firm wants from an employee. You don't just put me forward for anything (which ends up in a series of unsuccessful interviews and decreased confidence on my part). I think that is why I was able to secure my current role by attending only one interview. You also have confidence in people with different types of work experience.  Funnily enough, I even think you did a very good job last year with the firm in Reading which offered me the job which I refused due to the location.      

  • When I called ENL it was in relation to fitting my broad experience into a new role and looking for a new challenge. I gave Kaye the basics of what I required. Kaye managed to find roles, which I would perhaps otherwise not have considered. I am an 8 years pqe solicitor, who is now working in a compliance and risk role, but loving it. The organisation and people are great and throughout the whole recruitment process, Kaye kept me at ease and any concerns I had she raised with the employers straight away. Kaye was fast and efficient from the day I first made contact until the day I started the role. There is a positive attitude and Kaye's ethos is definitely client comes first. Kaye has looked after my interests and I would recommend her to others in the future. ‎Edit

  • “Kaye and Katie come across as very professional consultants. When working on our vacancies, it is great to have a dedicated lead consultant working for our role/s, but at the same time I know I can rely on ‘team ENL’ if I need to, and so – from a client perspective – it makes me feel re-assured that I can rely on a team effort with the added value of an individual service.  Both Kaye and Katie are extremely personable and knowledgeable consultants and – speaking from a more public sector type of client – I quite like that they never come across as very ‘sales/pushy’, something that cannot be said for quite a lot of consultants in the recruitment industry. We do regard ENL as one of our recruitment partners for vacancies in the legal sphere and I look forward to continue working with them for the duration of our PSL agreement.”  

Contact Kaye Thumpston

Kaye is Divisional Manager within eNL’s interim / locum division and has responsibility for the temporary legal recruitment team nationally 454 1004