Meet the Team

Dan Wilkins

Managing Director

Dan graduated from Cambridge University (Pembroke College) in 1993 with a 2.1 degree in History, before attending the College of Law, Chester. He trained at Ashurst, and qualified as a litigation lawyer in 1998, before moving into law firm recruitment with ZMB (now Hays Legal) in 1999.

Dan stayed at ZMB/Hays Legal for eight and a half years recruiting at partner, partner-designate and associate levels for City, US and leading West End law firms. He became a director in 2005 and managed one of the most successful law firm recruitment teams in London until he joined Deacon Search in July 2008. Together with Paul Deacon, Dan runs the business whilst also remaining actively involved in placing partners at leading UK and US firms. He also helped broker one of the largest international law firm mergers in recent times. Dan has worked closely with many law firms on recruitment strategy. He has also written articles and hosted seminars on legal recruitment.

Interests: Mountains: climbing up, skiing down. Football: playing, watching, trying to keep the faith in Manchester United.

Surprising fact about Dan: Dan is directly descended from Abraham Zakuto, the Royal Astronomer to King John II of Portugal (1455-1495). Zakuto created the astronomical tables which both Vasco da Gama and Christopher Columbus used to navigate the globe. Dan struggles to find his way to Tesco.