At Francis James Executive Recruitment our purpose is to truly partner with you to achieve the right long-term fit for both our clients and candidates alike. You can rely on us to provide a confidential, specialised and personable service. We understand that timing is crucial and we seek to ensure that we offer the right advice at the right time.
Brisbane based, we are also positioned to recruit across Australia and international markets, with both Australian and global alliances. This means opening a world of opportunity to find the right legal jobs for you.

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Meet Katie and Nina

Katie Francis (Director)

Katie Francis


With over 15 years professional legal recruitment experience in Brisbane, Katie is highly sought after by both candidates and clients alike. Having completed a Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Human Resource Management in 2004, Katie commenced her career working in a HR capacity within the legal sector, working for various top-tier and mid-tier law firms. From 2005, she has worked exclusively in the legal recruitment market in Brisbane, working for major agencies. The firms Katie partners with include global law firms, top-tier law firms, mid-tier national and boutique firms.

Nina Held (Director)

Nina Held


Nina graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University College London, before undertaking her Master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College London. She then went on to complete her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law. Nina started her career in legal search and recruitment in London, where she specialized in the in-house legal space. She went on to join an international legal search firm where she focused solely on executive partner search in both the London and European markets for top US and UK law firms. Nina specializes in the recruitment and executive search of lawyers of all levels, both in private practice and in-house.

Our Services

Whether you’re looking for the perfect job opportunities or a business looking for the a legal professional, FrancisJames are here to help.

What We Do


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“Katie is well known and well respected by senior partners and decision makers in most law firms across Brisbane. Katie’s relaxed, practical and open style takes the edge off the inevitably stressful task of securing a new role.”