Aurelius Legal Recruitment

Meet the Team 🤝

Robert Foster 

Managing Director

Contact details
M: 07758 785 107

I started out as a trainee solicitor at a Top 20 UK law firm before embarking on a career in legal recruitment.
Initially, I joined a legal recruitment specialist focusing purely on solicitor-level recruitment across the North West legal market before joining a leading Private Equity-backed Professional services Recruitment Group where I launched & led their legal recruitment offering. I then exited the Group to pursue my long term ambition of running an independently-owned recruitment consultancy; Aurelius legal.



Qualified as a solicitor having trained at a Top 20 UK law firm.


Made the move into legal recruitment and joined a legal recruitment specialist focusing on solicitor level recruitment.

Launched & led the legal recruitment arm of a Private Equity-backed professional services recruitment group with three sub-divisions focusing on (Legal support roles, Residential Conveyancing & Private Client/Commercial solicitor-level recruitment); and
Exited the group to launch an independently owned legal recruitment consultancy, Aurelius legal.

Legal recruitment focus

Solicitors of all levels into commercial and private client legal disciplines (contentious and non-contentious).


Rugby union/general fitness, stoicism, good restaurants/whisky and horology (just looking sadly!)

Favourite book

(If audiobooks can count) Relentless by Tim Grover, if not, then ‘Ego is the Enemy’ by Ryan Holiday.

Vivek Panchmatia 


Contact details
M: 07704 130 142

Born and raised in sunny Manchester, I studied at the Manchester Grammar School and graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 2.1 BSc (Hons) in Economics. I was on the graduate scheme at Rolls-Royce Plc, prior to entering the recruitment world.

I’m also a 6’3″ vegetarian, who doesn’t like vegetables.

I typically work with candidates on an exclusive basis, with an emphasis on face to face meetings and quality of recruitment consultancy, over quantity of candidates.

Happy to speak/meet at convenient hours: before 8am and after 6.30pm



Studied at the Manchester Grammar School


Graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 2.1 BSc (Hons) in Economics.

On graduation, I secured the only graduate position within the Commercial Purchasing department at Rolls-Royce Plc. This was my first exposure to the world of Commercial Contracts & IP law!


Whilst reading about James Caan’s ventures in the recruitment field, I came to realise that I enjoyed interacting with the in-house lawyers more than drafting and reviewing extensive supply agreements…


Having built up a strong referral network and client-base through successfully assisting candidates, from NQ, through to Associate and Partner-level, we decided the time was right to launch Aurelius Legal; a wholly independently-owned recruitment consultancy.

Legal recruitment focus

Solicitors of all levels into commercial and private client legal disciplines (contentious and non-contentious)

We would rather find the right firm for one candidate and guide them through the process from 1st interview, through to salary-negotiation, handing in their notice and aftercare… As opposed to “spraying and praying” with multiple CVs and playing the recruitment lottery to see what lands.

This ensures a consistent level of quality is maintained, having met the candidate in person to understand their needs, experience and disposition; whilst minimising duplication of CVs sent to firms = win/win.


  • Travelling to and (barely) surviving in remote locations, including:
    – Sahara Desert (14 nights sleeping under the stars)
    – ‎Amazon Rainforest
    – ‎Galapagos Islands
    – ‎Belizean Jungle
  • Calisthenics (still trying to convince Rob that it’s a sensible idea to fit a pull-up bar in the office)
  • Music composition/production
  • Blending magical green concoctions to consume the vegetables I refuse to eat.

Favourite book

  • Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
  • Man’s Search for Meaning | Victor Frankl
  • As a Man Thinketh (Essay) | James Allen

(Yes, I cheated, couldn’t narrow it down to one.)

Independent. Experienced.

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53 Barnett House, Fountain Street, Manchester, M2 2AN