The Team


Jan Colligan


Divisional Director - Legal Practice




After completing his Law degree, Jan began his career as a researcher with a boutique Executive Search firm, before joining global recruitment business Hudson to focus specifically on legal appointments across the UK regions.

Jan spent over 17 years with the business, leading specialist teams across the UK and has built strong market knowledge and an impressive network across the UK legal market. He has placed lawyers at all levels across private practice, the public sector and commerce & industry, including partner hires, general counsel, heads of legal and team moves. Jan has a track record of advising organisations who are looking to build their first dedicated in-house legal function, and he has also successfully partnered with international law firms opening regional UK offices.

Combining his market experience with a personal, tailored approach, Jan can manage your legal hiring needs, deep diving for talent whilst ensuring the very best culture fit for both parties.

When not working, Jan’s hands are pretty full entertaining his 3 children.
However, when time permits, he enjoys running, playing 5-aside football, a pint of real ale and helping to coach his daughter’s football team.


I have known and worked with the GRG Executive Search team for almost ten years and without exception they are the first people I pick up the phone to when I have a recruitment need. The focus they place on relationships and understanding your business goes well beyond the normal ‘get your assignment, fill it, move on’ mentality that so many other firms operate. Their ethos is about the long term, building confidence and trust and delivering the goods time and time again so that you don’t need to use anyone else. I value that approach – I only ever need to make one call and I can be sure that things are being taken care of. They are an excellent team, always on hand and always willing to provide support and advice even when there is no benefit to them, that’s what I respect and that’s why I enjoy working with them. I would not hesitate for one moment in recommending them, they genuinely are ‘best in class’.

Oliver Templar-Coates, UK CFO

Placement Track Record

Head of Legal – UK healthcare business

UK Legal Manager – International Manufacturing business

Deputy General Counsel – FMCG and major UK brand

Senior Legal Counsel – International security company

Legal Manager – West Midlands financial services company

Employment Partner – UK Top 100 law firm

Birmingham office launch – Top 10 international law