Mark Brandon
Mark Brandon

Current experience

I am managing director of Motive Legal Consulting, which I founded in May 2010.

I’d been a legal journalist and a legal recruiter in my previous lives – see below for more details – but I set up Motive to try to help answer what I saw as a number of profound questions facing the legal profession.

Since 2010 I’ve been privileged to work with a number of the top UK and US law firms on a wide range of issues from ‘grand strategy’ – what do we do now? – to more localised issues involving recruitment support and service design.

I’ve also coached managing partners, heads of department and COOs, and produced advisory papers on mergers, undertaken a feasibility study for the opening of an international office, and provided crisis management advice.

I’ve produced original research – into the success of lateral partner hiring in the London market – which gained international recognition, write regularly for The Lawyer magazine (among others), have spoken at a variety of conferences and authored ‘Lateral Partner Hiring and Integration for Law Firms’, a 40,000 word special report from Ark Publishing in 2010 (second edition 2013).

Previous careers

I was formerly a senior recruiter at niche legal recruitment consultancy First Counsel specialising in placing partners and teams into top US and UK firms in the City of London.

Prior to that, I spent ten years as a legal journalist and editor. Experience there included two years as editor of The Legal 500, editor of In-House Lawyer magazine, editor of Law Firms In Europe, series editor of the Insider’s Guide to Legal Services (editor of the Insider’s Guides to Commercial Property; Brands; Digital Media & E-Commerce; IT & Telecoms), editor of Legal Times (weekly publication), editor of Square Foot magazine and features editor of The Lawyer magazine.


I am privileged to live and work in Shoreditch, hub of London’s ‘Tech City’ revolution, and a stone’s throw from most of the clients I work with, so am super-accessible to them if needed.

In what spare time I have, I walk the dog, lift big bits of metal up and down and write fiction and non-fiction – am currently ghost-writing an autobiography, and am an accredited movie reviewer for an animation website.

I’m also an avid gamer – tabletop RPGs, board games and strategy games for the iPad – and I love music; I used to DJ, and had a monthly residency at a London dance club for eight years.

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