Legal recruitment Consultants

Karen Martell

Karen Martell

Consultant - In-House Financial Services

​Karen is a qualified employment lawyer, having trained and practised at leading City firm Olswang, until moving into legal recruitment in 2005.

Since then, she has developed extensive legal recruitment experience, both in the private practice and in-house markets, advising lawyers at all levels and has played a key role in guiding and developing their careers. After 10 years at EJ Legal she took a few years’ break to focus on her young family and filled in any spare time by working as an employment lawyer developing her settlement agreement practice.

Karen now specialises in recruiting lawyers, from NQ to General Counsel roles, into the Financial Services and Banking market, including banks, asset managers, hedge funds, private equity firms, insurance/reinsurers, brokers, payment companies, professional services firms, fintechs, clearing houses, exchanges, and trading platforms.

Her extensive experience both as a lawyer and recruiter means she fully understands the needs of her clients and candidates and can add value at each stage of the process. Many of her clients and candidates have become friends and the majority of her work comes from repeat instructions and referrals.

In her spare time she is a running obsessive and a baking enthusiast which works well at (almost) cancelling each other out!