Our People

Here at PC Legal Talent, we’re career recruiters. Unlike many of our contemporaries in the market, we’re not former lawyers who have ‘jumped the divide’ into recruitment. We therefore won’t try and ‘out lawyer’ you or try to make assumptions about your circumstances based on our time in the law (or at law school).

Rather, we bring a combined 25 years’ experience recruiting white-collar professionals within key pillars of the Australian business landscape – construction, engineering, resources, property and professional services. Leveraging this unique background experience and the lessons learned from the ups and downs in each, allows us focus on what we do best; consulting with you to get a holistic understanding of your circumstances, career motivators and personal drivers to marry them up with the right opportunity. It can often be the case that the right role isn’t an immediate role, so we maintain a relationship to keep you informed when that right option does arise.

Put simply, our service is rooted in authentic and genuine career consulting. We now aim to offer more than that at this time where there is real change in the industry. Different organisations offer different solutions. We offer the choice, without obligation, to survey those different options according to your specific timelines. We apply our deep knowledge of the nuisances of the market to offer invaluable insights into the firms and sector lines before any approach is made. If we do not have the answer readily at hand, we will find it and deliver it confidentially.

Our key people;

Felicity McManus

I consult on the basis of best practice. I believe that in every relationship that I foster both client and candidate, that if I focus on the best outcome for both parties, the result and success will come. Having mentored a lot of budding and senior consultants over the years, I am convinced that as consultants if we remain client and candidate focused instead of transaction orientated, we ultimately achieve the successes we need as well as a loyal set of friends in the legal industry. So this is the main focus of our service.

I work with our Partners and Executive Leadership recruitment. Time in my profession has afforded me the knowledge to be able to best advise in this category. I would say coming from the same ‘vintage’ as many of the partners in my network is also helpful in understanding their specific motivators. I very oddly fit into the small category of people that is passionate about being a career recruitment specialist and enjoy building long term relationships. Overall I like to work with what directs candidates in their careers individually by building trust through genuine conversation. I must admit I enjoy a bit of banter, so this getting to know you phase is never a form filling exercise or Spanish inquisition. However it will allow me the space to ask the right questions that can lead to the most accurate recommendations in the market

It is fair to say that I learnt how to recruit effectively from the bottom up. Which is a polite way to say that I started by answering the phones (often incorrectly) and cleaning the coffee machine in the evenings! However, today I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have moved through my paces as a white collar recruiter and search specialist across various professional fields over the course of 18 years. Since those early years, I have particularly enjoyed expanding my reach as a team leader and manager however mostly still enjoy the frontline work with my valued clients and candidates.

Daniel Lyon

I know it is an age old phrase in a bio but I genuinely enjoy working with people and find I am at ease getting to the core of their motivators and finding the right solution for people. It’s my thing. I spent the early part of my career in Real Estate where I honed my negotiation skills and this foundation has been invaluable in senior professional recruitment leagues.

I have worked extensively with public practice accountants drawing in a particular network at the manager to Partner levels. This gave me the foundation to join Colin and Felicity in the legal sphere. I find the depth and breadth of the industry and the various motivators of my clients and candidates incredibly stimulating in the law and enjoy the team banter via VC with my colleagues even if I feel a bit superior as a proud Victorian.

The part I most enjoy in any role has been the people I work with and the people I meet. Having conversations with people you haven’t met or spoken with before is a great way to learn about differing perspectives and mindsets. I understand the challenges balancing family and a demanding role myself but more than anything my approach is to find you what you need. I am a big believer in proper research, if I don’t have the answer I will seek it out for you confidentially until we nail it together.

Mari Arcila

I enjoy the challenge of finding the right targets even if the field is narrow or highly specialised in the law. Since joining PC Legal Talent I have learnt a variety of sourcing strategies, both digital and networking based. I find that the hip hop classics gets me through a challenging day as a resourcer on a particularly niche search for a client!

I graduated from Curtin University in August 2019 with a double degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations with distinction. I went on to join PC Legal Talent team as a graduate and instantly began to work closely with both Felicity and Colin across all of their research and search needs. In this role, and with the help of both my colleagues I have gained an excellent exposure in how to find top quality candidates in various sub sectors across the Australian and New Zealand legal markets.

I find it both rewarding and imperative in seeing my work ultimately lead to the growth and advancement of the careers of our top quality candidates.