PLR partner launches recruitment site


Aditya Prakash Rao, a partner at PLR Chambers, and Dhruv Paul, a senior associate at English firm Watson Farley & Williams, have joined hands to develop the legal recruitment startup RecruVia. RecruVia is currently in beta mode and plans to initiate an early stage funding round soon.

The unique feature of the platform is that it only shows applicants jobs they are suited for. Prospective applicants are invisible to fellow applicants and employers until they make an application.

Paul told India Business Law Journal he identified an opportunity by observing the behaviour of other legal recruitment consultants. “The recruiter cold calls you at an unsuitable time. They ask for your salary and notice period, but don’t tell you what the job is. Once you send a headhunter your résumé, they start spraying it around the market.”

Aditya Prakash Rao  Dhruv Paul

This could put associates in an unpleasant situation if their partner receives the résumé and thinks you are job hunting. “That can have a detrimental impact on your career and your relationship,” Paul said.

Recruiters similarly inundated human resources (HR) staff with résumés believing it would lead to a higher success rate, according to Paul. “There are a number of inefficiencies in the process. The HR departments of law firms are smaller than companies.”

Rao and Paul, who is based in Dubai, work part time on RecruVia. The full-time members are chief operating officer Sachin Sukumar and Riti Tyagi, who handles candidate outreach.

RecruVia has nine law firms on board and 400 users. The company aims to have a stable and feasible product by December 2018.