Ex in-house lawyer starts recruitment firm

A FORMER head of legal at a nuclear generating company has set up her own recruitment business.

Elizabeth Warner-Smith is launching legal recruitment consultancy Summit Legal after taking a seven-month career break to look after her baby son.

Warner-Smith was formally head of legal services at Magnox Electric.

She says: “I didn't go back to work [at Magnox] because I fancied a new challenge, something totally different, but at the same time, dealing with the legal profession.

“Having dealt with all sorts of lawyers in all sorts of positions, I think I know what makes a good lawyer.”

A solicitor with five years' post-qualification experience, Warner-Smith is targeting the West Country and the M4 corridor. She says she has already used her legal contacts to secure contracts with some of the top commercial firms in the South West.

“There are a lot of jobs around at the moment, more than I thought there were. The South West is booming at the moment with lots of industry relocating. Therefore there are more commercial lawyers needed,” she adds.

Warner-Smith describes her new business as “an exciting challenge” but says she misses giving advice and her management role she had two fee earners and four support staff under her at Magnox.