Meet the Team

Paul Deacon


Having trained and qualified in the City as a litigator, Paul discovered his true professional passion of legal recruitment in 1997. Two years later, he established Deacon Search. For more than 20 years he has focused on moving partners and teams to leading US and UK firms. Many of these moves make headlines in the legal press.

He also gives regular seminars and writes articles on the legal recruitment industry including the respected bi-annual Deacon Headline Partner Moves report.

Hard work, kindness and charity are the three fundamental values which Paul tries to adhere to. In this respect he is proud to have always donated 10% of his net annual profits to charitable causes.

Interests: Paul enjoys spending time with his friends and family, in particular his wife and four children; self improvement; and most sports, in particular, football and his beloved Liverpool FC.

Surprising fact about Paul: Paul managed to get into the elite University Air Squadron, without having any knowledge of planes or how to fly them!


  • Paul Deacon is simply superb! Deacon Search provides a first-rate service which has been invaluable to building our restructuring and special situations practice in London.

    Mark Fennessy, co-head of the London Finance, Restructuring and Special Situations Group, McDermott Will & Emery

  • I have known Paul since we were lawyers together many moons ago at Simpson Curtis. I always thought that he would make a better recruiter than a lawyer (that was not hard!) I am pleased to say that he and his team at Deacon have become a key provider of quality partners for our London office and I very much enjoy dealing with the team.

    Jonathan Jones, European Managing Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

  • I can recommend Deacon to others who are seeking a move from their current position in the legal sector. The team at Deacon understand the market and they understand what makes it tick both from the candidate's perspective and from the perspective of the acquiring law firm.

    Nick Goldstone, Partner, Child & Child

  • I wanted to say a big thank you for your expert handling of this recruitment. Great teamwork and I am really delighted to have reached this point.

    Jonathan Kropman, Partner, Trowers & Hamlin LLP