Route1 announces charity partnership with War Child UK, launching with exclusive Ed Sheeran gig invitation

23 January 2018

Route1 is an online marketplace for legal talent that was set up to effect positive change in hiring practices for lawyers: to introduce transparency, integrity and efficiency to the recruitment process. We are the fastest growing legal recruitment platform in the UK, representing over 200 legal employers, including six of the top ten leading law firms and over 8500 legally qualified candidates. We put employers and candidates directly in touch, based on job criteria set by candidates to enable more control of the hiring process for both parties. We also effect “blind hiring” techniques to avoid unfair bias in candidate selection. We are now proud to announce that we have adopted a charitable donation component to our hiring fee structure.

From today, we are going to donate £1,000 to charity for every candidate who is referred onto the platform and is successfully placed. Traditional recruiters reward lawyers in cash for referring their friends and colleagues for jobs, using money garnered from fees paid by their employers!  We want to change this referral dynamic – and the efficiency savings delivered by our platform mean we can afford to do this. Not only will we pass on some of our cost savings for charitable purposes – but we will also challenge the assumption that people will “trade” their friends and colleagues for monetary gain.  Successful employers hiring through the Route1 platform can also elect to split this donation with a charity of their choice – which could be a pro bono client of theirs.

Our charity partner is War Child UK, a specialist charity supporting children to recover from the trauma of conflict. As an introduction to our new charity partnership, War Child UK have offered us and our clients VIP invitations to an intimate Ed Sheeran concert that War Child UK have organized together with O2 on 19 February 2018. Ticket sales launched today and will sell out! All proceeds will go directly to War Child UK’s work providing protection and education to vulnerable children caught in war.

For more information or to buy VIP and other tickets please contact Louise James at War Child UK on 0207 112 2543. We look forward to seeing you there!

James Cole
Route1 Founder

Route1 is an award winning marketplace for legal talent. For any questions, please contact our Engagement Team or visit our Contact Us page for more information.


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. We place transparency, charity, and candidate control at the heart of our model.

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.

Route1 is an award winning marketplace for legal talent. For any questions, please contact our Engagement Team or visit our Contact Us page for more information.

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