James Wheelhouse

James has over 18 years experience in placing qualified Solicitors from Newly Qualified to Partner level and Legal Executives, both in-house and in private practice.

A business graduate with a strong client-facing background. James withdrew from the stress of the City trading floors in 1999 and entered the legal recruitment industry. His approach is friendly, personalised & transparent, with a view to building long term relationships. As one of the founding members, he joined Origin in April 2005 having spent the previous five years with another national legal recruitment practice. He brought to the team a wealth of knowledge of the legal market in the south of the country and primarily focuses on Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Avon but also handles London based requirements for his national and regional heavyweight clients.

When away from the office he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and pursuing his passions of DIY, cooking, football, surfing, skiing and anything outdoors.


NQ to Partner level Solicitor recruitment on behalf of Private Practice and In house companies – principally in Avon, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and London.

James Wheelhouse
Managing Consultant

What is James' favourite drink?


As a gin fanatic that would have to be Brockmans with Fevertree tonic

What is James' favourite quote?


“Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day” – Withnail and I 1987

What is James' favourite holiday/travel destination?


Muoni, Finland, Mont Blanc, France and Fistral Beach, Cornwall


Jenny C

"Having dealt with legal recruiters over the years, to say I was sceptical when I was recommended James was an understatement! However, James has completely changed my view and I would recommend him to anyone. He has genuine insight into the different firms locally and how they tick, legitimate contacts at the right level and an enviable reputation for being able to get the right people in the right roles. Whether you’re recruiting for your firm or looking to make a change in your own career, I highly recommend that you speak to James. He took the time to listen to me and what I was looking for, which felt like an impossible task, and found me a job in a firm in which I’ve excelled over the last 3 years, somewhere I wouldn’t have ended up without his encouragement. Thank you James"

Christopher P

"James is an absolutely fantastic legal recruiter with a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the legal industry. Honest and pragmatic, he would always recommend appropriate roles for me whilst also being rational; especially when discussing roles that he knew would not suit my personality or career goals. I had some of my best interview opportunities with James (in one instance an interview within an hour of applying!), which ultimately led me to a new career with a different firm that I am excited to start shortly. I am exceptionally grateful for James' assistance and would highly recommend him."

3 items James would grab before being ship-wrecked


Matches, a Large Book and fishing tackle