Deacon Legal

Legal recruitment with a conscience. Since 1999.

Deacon Search was established in 1999 as an independent boutique specialising in legal partner appointments. Deacon Associates followed in 2007 specifically to focus on associate/partner-designate hires.

Comprised of ex-lawyers and seasoned recruiters, we boast one of the most experienced teams in the City of London. Honesty and transparency are at the heart of our ethos.

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  • Meet the Team

    Gideon Krotosky

    Gideon works with all level of associates from newly qualified through to senior level assisting them in their job search.

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    Paul Deacon

    Paul has conducted and completed a variety of partner assignments for a wide range of firms.

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    Effy Robinson

    Effy specialises in permanent private practice recruitment in the London legal market and works with lawyers of all levels of seniority from newly qualified solicitors upwards, across a full spectrum of practice areas for UK, US and international law firms.

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    Scott Lesner

    Scott specialises in recruiting at partner and partner-designate level and also has experience of team moves and mergers.

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    Dan Wilkins

    Together with Paul Deacon, Dan runs the business while also remaining actively involved in placing partners at leading firms.

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    Henna Khatri

    Henna has experience in sourcing lawyers from newly qualified to senior levels across a variety of practice areas.

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    Norah Durrant

    Norah has conducted and completed a wide variety of partner assignments for both US and UK law firms.

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    Gemma Deacon

    Gemma established Deacon Associates as a sister business to Deacon Search in 2007.

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    Jo Pacifico

    Jo specialises in partner recruitment in the London legal market.

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    Gita Odedra

    Gita has undertaken contingent and retained search assignments for partner level roles. She focusses on recruiting partners across all disciplines for the London market.

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    Hugo Tang

    Hugo has successfully recruited lawyers for leading UK, US and boutique firms in London

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Market Report

Three times a year we produce a report on the legal market, giving an insight into recent lateral hires in London, with commentary and analysis on the key trends.

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  • We like the way that they work – they listen, they challenge and they personally deliver and advise every step of the way.

    Ian Martin, Head of M&A, Macfarlanes

  • Thanks for your help. You have rekindled my faith in recruiters.

    John B. Quinn, Founding Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

  • Easy to deal with, responsive, understanding of our needs and capable of finding candidates with the right expertise, experience and cultural fit.

    Simon Beswick, International CEO, Osborne Clarke

  • I would happily recommend Deacon Associates. I found them to be professional, commercial, focused and driven in securing the right and best candidates.

    Daniel Levy, Mishcon de Reya

  • I have enjoyed building my relationship with Deacon Associates. They are a pleasure to deal with and they have presented us with some really interesting candidates.

    Solomon Wifa, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Move of the Week

James Taylor has joined the Finance practice of Simmons & Simmons in London. He joins from Paul Hastings.

Over the last two years
Deacon Search and Deacon Associates
have placed partners and associates at
different law firms in London.

Please hover over the logos below to see our track record with some of our key clients.

Financial services partner and one of the leading names in oil & gas law placed.

Corporate real estate partner and capital markets partners placed.

5 partners and over 20 associates introduced in the last 4 years.

2 partners placed in the last 12 months.

Leading venture capital partner placed.

3 partners placed into the London office.

Derivatives partner and 5 associates placed in the last 2 years.

Pensions partner and 2 partner litigation team placed.

8 partners successfully introduced since 2011.

14 partners placed in the last decade.