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Ably's Legal Division

Ably Professional Services is home to our Legal Division which is headed up by Lara Paterson.

Having qualified LLB (Hons), Lara has been specialising in the legal recruitment market for over 20 years. Her experience and in-depth knowledge of the UK legal market well places Lara to provide advice and assistance to clients and candidates across the Scottish legal market, as well as providing opportunities to candidates further afield.

We deal with a varied client base from large and global private legal practices to smaller sized practices, as well as supporting in-house organisations across a variety of sectors and local authority & governmental organisations. Whilst we predominantly deal with roles in the Scottish market, we also cover London, the Channel Islands, British Overseas Territories, Offshore Havens and Capital Cities across the globe.

Lara particularly specialises in assisting Scottish qualified solicitors and paralegals, advising them throughout their career. She is passionate and enthusiastic about the Scottish legal market and is committed to finding candidates the right job and clients the right candidate.

We offer career advice tailored specifically to you whilst working in partnership with you to achieve your career goals. We work with clients as a business partner to provide not only suitable candidates, but also to provide planning solutions, forecasting in recruitment and market & salary information. We provide a personal, tailored, friendly service with many candidates (and clients) using our services multiple times as they progress and develop their careers.

For details relating to vacancies, career prospects or to use our expertise to find your organisation the perfect candidate, please call our Legal team on 00 44 (0) 141 271 6011 or email


I have worked with Lara for a number of years on legal recruitment and have always found her approach to dealing with me and potential candidates to be professional, honest and trustworthy. She knows the legal market well and provides an excellent service.

Linda Adams, HR Manager, Anderson Strathern

I have a long standing working relationship with Lara and would have no hesitation in recommending her to others; excellent to work with, does what she says and provides high quality candidates for roles. She doesn't bombard me with e-mails and phone calls but keeps in touch enough to know what's happening with the firm.

Angie D'Andrea, Practice Manager, TC Young

Lara is very knowledgeable about the legal market, our business and has a good understanding of our requirements. Working with Lara is easy, she makes the process seamless, is friendly and professional and puts forward a small number of relevant candidates, making my job easier. She is on hand to provide guidance in relation to the market.

Gaye Simpson, Director of HR, Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie

I have worked with Lara as my recruitment partner for a number of years. I 've always trusted that Lara has my best interests at heart. She knows the legal market well, in Scotland and beyond, and took the time to understand what I was looking for and advised me accordingly. If you are thinking about using a recruitment agent for career advice or your next move, I would have no hesitation in recommending that you speak to Lara.

Louise Hamilton, Associate, Mourant Ozannes

I have worked with Lara over the past 16 years. Her approach is always professional and enthusiastic. This, coupled with a sound knowledge of the legal industry, and more specifically the needs of our business mean that I would highly recommend her to assist with any recruitment needs.

Lucy Cochrane, Senior HR Business Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

I have known Lara for 3 years and used her services during this period. Recently Lara sourced candidates for a legal counsel role I was hiring for. She knows the legal market very well and quickly recommended relevant candidates. Lara is a very diligent individual who was proactive throughout the entire recruitment process and was great to work with. I would highly recommend Laras services.

Oksana Orlova-Farrelly, Head of Legal, JFD

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