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Private Equity Associate

Ropes & Gray

James has a fantastic understanding of the London legal recruitment market and especially of candidates moving from mid-sized U.K. firms to US firms. James takes the time to understand the type of firm you are looking for and then actively seeks out these roles and provides a very personalised service. James has a very good understanding of the whole recruitment process and really adds value when helping you prepare for interviews. James is very responsive, dedicated and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Leveraged Finance Associate

Goodwin Procter

James has an impeccable knowledge of the legal recruitment market in London. He is also extremely dedicated, responsive and genuinely cares for his candidates – he takes the time to listen to what you are looking for, seeks out roles tailored to you and guides you thoroughly through the interview process. You can rest assured that you are in safe hands with him

M&A Associate

Latham & Watkins

Structured Finance Associate 

Ropes & Gray

“James is professional, highly knowledgeable and a strong communicator. When working with James, he provided unique tailored advice, leveraging his extensive experience of candidates and the legal market. Willing to go the extra mile for candidates, he is extremely responsive and dedicated. In particular, not only does he provide carefully considered and strategic advice, you can rely on him to be consistently respectful of your decisions along the way.”

Leveraged Finance Associate 

Latham & Watkins

“James is a brilliant recruiter. His knowledge of the London legal market is second to none and he is incredibly responsive. It was a pleasure to work with James and I cannot recommend him enough for both international (like myself) and domestic candidates.”

Leveraged Finance Associate 

Latham & Watkins

“James is a superb recruiter and has an unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the London legal market at all levels. He is open and responsive, and takes on the role of an adviser to his candidates. He puts a lots of time and effort into strategic thinking, preparing candidates, and has a transparent approach. It was a pleasure to work with James and I wholeheartedly recommend him.”

Leveraged Finance Associate

Kirkland & Ellis

“James is a consummate professional, adept at navigating the world of legal recruitment. I first worked with James some 4 years ago when he helped me secure an NQ role at Kirkland & Ellis International, LLP. It is a testament to James and the relationship he nurtures with his clients that I still value and seek James’ opinion on the market and opportunities to this day. You can rely on him for candid and honest advice and to put your interests first. His priority at all times is finding the right role for his candidates and helping them to secure that role. I have absolute confidence in James and have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking for their next move.”

Leveraged Finance Associate

Latham & Watkins

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to James for helping me a secure a dream role at Latham & Watkins. My initial search for a new role was met with disappointment with a number of recruiters unable to make the necessary inroads. However, James’ approach was brilliant from start to finish. He had invaluable knowledge of the legal market and was able to offer me unique advice tailored to my goals and ambitions.

“In addition, he provided me with extensive interview preparation and most importantly, he backed my abilities and secured me a role with a firm which I ordinarily would not have targeted had it not been for him. I unreservedly recommend James to any person looking for a new position!”

Funds Associate

Kirkland & Ellis

“I have had the pleasure of working with James and cannot stress enough what a first-class recruiter he is. James has an excellent in-depth knowledge of the US market which provides very valuable insights that you would not get elsewhere. He goes out of his way to make himself available to chat/meet. Ultimately, I think what sets him apart is his candidate-centric approach.

“He is always upfront with his advice, providing his honest appraisal and always puts the candidate first. In today’s market this is an invaluable (and increasingly hard to find) attribute for a recruiter to possess. I haven’t the slightest hesitation in putting my trust and confidence in James and would recommend anyone contemplating the services of a recruiter to do the same.”

About Ajax Legal

Ajax has over 10 years industry experience providing high level search and recruitment services for major US, International and UK law firms in London.

Funds Associate

Proskauer Rose

“James is a fantastic recruiter – he takes a proactive, consultative approach and always prioritises the candidate’s interests over a hard-sell. James has an excellent knowledge of the US firm market in London which has been developed through a focus on such firms and their key practice areas – this means that as well as being honest and frank, his advice is always tailored and well-informed.”

Private Equity Associate

Kirkland & Ellis

“James is an outstanding recruiter. His desire to secure the right move (not any move) is truly refreshing and inspires confidence. I had no doubt he was acting in my best interests at all times – a rare find in a recruiter. He shows a great deal of empathy to candidates, gives excellent advice and possesses astute knowledge of the PE market. James has been a pleasure to deal with and I thoroughly encourage anyone who is looking to move to make him their first port of call – James will not let you down.”

M&A Associate

White & Case

“I worked with James when looking to move from a top tier firm in Scotland to London. I found James had an extensive knowledge of the market and what top tier firms were looking for. Similarly, James had good connections with a lot of the firms I was looking at and this instilled me with confidence to work with James and his team. The whole team was extremely friendly, approachable and always contactable. I’d recommend James and his team to anyone looking to make a move to or within London.”

Funds Associate

Schulte Roth & Zabel

“James is exceptionally diligent and displays an astute knowledge of firms, the market and the overall recruitment process, which enables him to provide sound and honest advice from start to finish. In particular, James listens to your specific requirements and takes the time to understand your career aspirations, to ensure he delivers the right opportunities. James is professional, personable and a pleasure to work with; an exceptional recruiter.”

M&A Associate

Ashurst

“James has great insight into the industry and a genuine understanding of the candidates and clients he represents. James provided me with excellent support, advice and guidance throughout the process – he is personable and professional, with a tailored and dedicated approach to securing the right role. I am very grateful for all of James’ efforts and continue to recommend him to personal contacts.”

Structured Finance Associate

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

“James’ knowledge of the legal market, combined with his utter honesty about firms, roles and people, made him the perfect person to work with when I was looking for a new opportunity. He took the time to truly gauge what I was looking for from my career and ensured that he referred only realistic and suitable opportunities to me. I have been sure to recommend James to friends of mine who have also found success with him.”

Leveraged Finance Associate

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

“James is an excellent recruiter. He has a professional manner, yet he is very personable and he listened to my ambitions carefully, helping me select the roles that were right for me. I would highly recommend James to anyone in the legal profession who is looking to move on to the next challenge in their career.”

M&A Associate

Latham & Watkins

“James did a great job of helping me to find the right role. He clearly understood my objectives and provided excellent guidance and support throughout the process. He was knowledgeable about the culture of the firms he represented and his personal recommendation clearly carried weight with his contacts.”

Derivatives Associate

Latham & Watkins

“I have worked with James on a number of occasions. He is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him for his dedicated and tailored approach in particular clients value him taking time to listen and really understand motivations and objectives. He is incredibly diligent, discrete, honest and demonstrates unassailable integrity, a quality which is perhaps lacking in his competitors.”

Private Equity Associate

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

“I cannot recommend James highly enough. His knowledge of firms, open roles and key players within the market place is second to none. James listens carefully to what a candidate (or firm) is looking for and is careful to make recommendations that match those requirements. As a candidate, I trust James implicitly to give me an honest view of a firm and its ‘fit’ for me, and generally to act with my best interests at heart. I suspect that isn’t something most candidates could say about their recruiter. James is not one for the “hard sell” and will move at the desired pace of the applicant.

“Let’s face it – moving jobs is stressful enough without being pressured into a rash decision by an overzealous recruiter, hell bent on collecting his commission! Thankfully, James could not be further from that stereotype – in fact, I knew him for over five years before I finally instructed him and decided to move firms. James goes above and beyond for his candidates, delivering an exceptional level of service throughout the process. He is extremely hard working and clearly cares a lot about his work, the firms he acts for and his candidates. I can honestly say that if I were to move firms again, James would be the first – and only – recruiter I would call. He’s an absolute star.”

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