About Us


Route1 is an online marketplace connecting lawyers and legal employers for both permanent and contract roles. We represent over 200 legal employers, including six of the top ten leading law firms. Over 9000 users have downloaded our app. We match candidates with live job vacancies based on their specialisms, seniority, location and other preferences, including salary.

The only legal hiring marketplace platform 

Route1 is a marketplace, not an agency. Regulation and technology is changing recruitment and Route1 makes the legal recruitment process easier, faster, cheaper and more transparent.  We cut out intermediaries and enable employers to engage our candidates directly, using existing content, in real time.  This enables us to measure response rates, engage matched candidates and use our engagement team to hire much faster than traditional methods.

A unique way to use content 

Our platform architecture enables us, and our clients, to direct specific legal content to candidates based on their specialty and/or region, both as general updates and as part of targeted job profiles.  We do this either directly using client marketing and/or recruitment content, or indirectly using Lexology, with whom we have a dynamic content sharing interface.

The only fully GDPR compliant legal hiring solution

Removing recruitment agents from the hiring process means we present zero GDPR risk to our clients. Our candidates always control their own personal data, so an employer knows there is no potential intermediary supply chain compliance risk when they source candidates from us.

Strict quality control by an experienced team

Being run by a team including recruiters and senior lawyers, we ensure strict quality control is managed across the platform.  Once our technology has identified and matched candidates for roles, they and our clients elect how and when to use our recruitment team to manage screening, interviews and negotiate packages, using secure cloud-based documentary back up.

No conflicts

Because we never headhunt or solicit our candidates for specific roles, we don’t use information our clients give us to subsequently hire from them.  We are candidate driven, meaning clients can partner with us knowing that we will never headhunt from them. 

Charitable giving from every hire

We want to replace referral fees with charitable giving, and pass on cost savings that our platform solution affords.  We build charitable giving into the recruitment process.   For every associate hire we make, £1000 goes to charity, including to a charity of the hiring firm’s choice. We believe this ensures alignment of values between the candidate and the employer.


We have big ambitions to permanently change the way people hire and get hired, both in the legal and other white collar sectors, using GDPR compliant, content-rich, value-added recruitment techniques.

Route1 was founded in the UK in 2015 and is headquartered in London. Our founders and investors include experienced lawyers, digital entrepreneurs, recruitment consultants and HR professionals, as well as our law firm, Ashfords.


James Cole | Founder, Director & CEO   James has worked as a lawyer in London and New York, covering corporate transactions most recently as a partner with Weil and Paul Hastings. James focuses on employer engagement, content management and third-party collaborations for Route1.

Kiran Chauhan | Director & CTO/COO  Kiran has an MSc in Computer Science. He has worked across several technology businesses, specialising in the creation and operation of marketplace platforms. Kiran is the key product designer for Route1 and heads our digital media strategy.

Henry Whittaker | Director & CFO  Henry has a degree in Engineering from the University of Oxford, has experience in management consulting and hedge funds (on the investment side) and has been working in startups for seven years. He is currently a founder and CFO of Octer, a retail data platform.

Ben Daniels | Head of Engagement   Ben has a degree in English & History from the University of Leeds and has seven years of experience in Legal Recruitment. Ben leads our Engagement Team, ensuring Route1 provides the best level of service for our Clients and Candidates.

Tom Fielden | Operations Manager   Tom studied Archaeology and History at the University of Southampton and has ten years experience within Operations, most recently at an international awarding body. Tom is focused on delivery across all Route1 platforms.

Claire Coleman | NED  Claire is a lawyer specialising in data privacy, commercial technology transactions and digital transformation.  Previously a partner with Bond Dickenson she now works as an independent consultant, most recently on the GDPR compliance programme of a global payments and technology company. Claire advises Route1 on data privacy compliance and strategy.  

Nick Kaufmann | NED   Nick studied Politics at the LSE and started his career at HM Treasury before leaving to work as a corporate financier, specialising in Equity Capital Markets.  He had spells with Schroders and Citigroup. Nick is on the board of a fintech startup and advised TomTom on its IPO.

Melinda Rishkovski | Advisory Board Member  Melinda has worked as a corporate lawyer in the US, UK, and Russia. She has worked in Moscow as General Counsel for Baring Vostok Capital Partners and more recently was a partner with Baker Botts.  Melinda advises Route1 on fundraising and its international development.

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