Our team of specialists from across our practice areas provide commercially sound, pro active and practical advice which enables our recruitment clients to focus on running their recruitment business.


Where do you see your business in five years time? Are your key players incentivised? Are your restrictive covenants enforceable? Are your terms and conditions up to date? Whatever the circumstances of your recruitment business our team of specialists have extensive knowledge and experience in advising on the challenges faced by recruitment businesses operating in various disciplines.

Buying a recruitment business

If the growth strategy for your recruitment business is by way of acquisition (of either competitors to grow your market share or of agencies to supplement the sectors you cover), then we’ve got the experience to negotiate a successful outcome for you. We will work closely with you to understand what you want to achieve from the acquisition and you can rest assured that although the process might seem confusing, we’ve been there before and we speak the language of warranties, indemnities and tax covenants.

Selling a recruitment business

You’ve worked hard to grow the value of your recruitment business and the time has come to sell up, buy a yacht and sale around the Mediterranean drinking sangria (or some alternative pipe dream!). We have a wealth of experience in drafting and negotiating the legals associated with the sale of a recruitment business to both UK and overseas buyers and, by working with you to uncover your goals, we will aim to get your sale proceeds to you as soon as possible with as little risk attached as possible. Selling your recruitment business is likely to be a once in a lifetime event, so you can be sure that we will aim to make the process as painless as possible by having fun along the way.

Owning a recruitment business

Do you own your recruitment business with other shareholders? If you do, we think it is a very good idea to agree and formalise the terms upon which you own and run your business together. Spending a bit of time and money planning for situations before they occur can help to save a lot of time and money further down the line if things do not go to plan. We can do this for you by putting in place shareholders’ agreements and articles of association which deal with the needs of your recruitment business.


If your growth strategy has resulted in a business built up by a number of acquisitions you might find that you need to undertake a group restructure to streamline processes and make tax and accountancy savings. We will work closely with your professional advisors to understand the new structure so that you don’t need to worry about the process and whether the restructure is done by asset transfer, hive up, share capital reduction or demerger; just be assured that the desired outcome is achieved.

Location, Location, Location

Location can be everything and once you have settled on the best place to locate your recruitment business, we can see you through the process of securing your occupation of the property. 

GDPR and recruitment

Recruitment is all about data and our data protection specialists can guide you through the biggest change to data protection law in a generation and what it means for recruitment businesses. We have a specialist team of data protection lawyers who are recognised as leading experts in this complex and fast moving area of law and when it comes to it we can talk your language to make sure your recruitment business is compliant.

Your people

Whether you are looking to incentivise your key players to put in place that next level of management to facilitate your exit or to ensure that the restrictive covenants in your contracts of employment are effective to protect the clients of your business when an employee leaves, we can help you. We know that your people are key to your business, so let us guide you through the legals that affect your people so that you don’t need to worry about it leaving you to focus on what you do best, running your recruitment business.

What we've been up to

  • The EMW Recruitment Sector team acted for a recruitment agency faced with the departure of over 20 employees who set up a start-up in competition, taking with them a database of the original agency’s confidential client and candidate details. We advised the agency on commencing court proceedings against its former employees and the new company for:
    • breach of the express and implied terms of their employment contracts (including breach of restrictive covenants requiring the protection of confidential information and preventing the employees from competing with the company or soliciting its clients and candidates),
    • breach of fiduciary duties by directors; and
    • conspiracy and inducement to breach contract.
  • We successfully obtained an injunction on behalf of our client, prohibiting the defendants from contacting or soliciting an extensive list of clients and candidates that the agency was entitled to protect as well as a costs order which required the defendants to pay a substantial proportion of our client’s costs. We also subsequently assisted the agency in connection with its negotiations with all defendants and in achieving settlement of the case to our client’s satisfaction.

  •  We successfully represented a recruitment agency in the recovery of an introduction fee which had not been paid by a client.

  • On behalf of a recruitment client, we obtained the removal of inaccurate statements from

  • We recently advised a recruitment agency faced with allegations of misuse of confidential information by a large corporate retail client.

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