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Our retained executive search service is the recommended solution for appointments that are senior, business-critical, sensitive or require a particularly niche skillset.
Engaging Lawson Chase on a retained mandate guarantees a strategic search, executed with precision and founded on razor-sharp research.
Recruiting on a retained search basis secures a full partnership with Lawson Chase with a full commitment of our resource, time and delivery to a strict timeframe. We have never failed to deliver a successful hire on a retained search assignment, so you can count on us for outstanding results.
When accepting a contingency search, we’ll ask you for a full briefing with either the hiring manager, the HR team or a combination of the two. This will be an opportunity for us to set the parameters of the search, devise our strategy and understand the soft & hard skills that your business is seeking to acquire through this hire. We’ll run you through our approach, any market insight we can share and cover the questions we have about your organisation, the team, the role and how best to take your hiring message to market.
Candidate shortlisting & approaches
We’ll harness the full strength of both traditional & modern recruitment techniques, as well as cutting edge technologies to build a shortlist of candidates for your hire. This will include a search through our already-registered candidate database, advertising across multiple digital platforms, proactive approaches to prospective candidates and harnessing social media networks. Where we have deep rooted relationships, we’ll call on trusted contacts in the pursuit of referrals and recommendations.
We’ll work with our briefing notes to whittle down a longlist of viable professionals to a shortlist of preferred candidates, who we’ll then approach on your behalf. We’ll pre-screen candidates for you, ensuring that we are delivering the profiles of only those who we believe meet the parameters of the brief you’ve provided.
Interview process & feedback
Shortlisted candidates will commence interviewing with you, following the interview process and any assessment tests you’ve set. At each stage, we encourage open and comprehensive feedback from all parties, helping to ensure that expectations are managed and that preferred candidates continue to remain engaged throughout.
Offer and Appointment
When the preferred candidate has been identified, we’ll work closely with you to both develop and present the offer that we feel confident will be able to conclude your process with a successful hire. The offer process can require negotiation and we’ll mediate between both you and the candidate to try to draw things to a positive conclusion. We’ll also help the candidate with the preparation to resign and help them to navigate any counteroffer situation that may develop, if they are currently employed elsewhere.
Frank Lazarra - Managing Director Placed at: Duff & Phelps
"Chantalle is top-notch professional; it was a pleasure to work with her and Lawson Chase, both of whom, set the gold standard for the professional recruiting profession. I have not hesitated and will continue to refer colleagues, co-workers and employers into her skillful counsel; oh, and THANKS to Chantalle for assisting with my current position!"
Steven Parker - Head of Financial Investigations Placed at: Berkeley Research Group
“Ben is an excellent partner. He communicates clearly, sets expectations and follows up on the critical actions required led by both clients and customers.”
Manish Bali - Performance & Risk Business Analyst Placed at: BMO Global Asset Management
“I definitely recommend Ben Kinley and Lawson Chase as thorough professionals. I had the opportunity of securing a contract role via Ben, and the whole process, end to end, was dealt with speed, reliability and continued prompt service/response throughout the contract duration, whenever required.”
Franklin Okonkwo - Compliance Consultant Placed at: CDC Group
“Ben helped me secure a good role. Very professional, patient and reliable. Would highly recommend getting in touch with Lawson Chase.”
Beatriz Lockhart - Africa Risk Specialist Placed at: Risk Advisory Group
“Ben is without doubt the best headhunter I have come across as a candidate. He has been astonishingly quick to respond, honest and professional, as well as very knowledgeable about the intelligence industry. He is genuinely committed to find the right match for each role and making it a ‘win-win’ for all parties. I would not hesitate in recommending him if you're looking for someone who always goes the extra mile."
Nik Tavridis - Investment Risk Model Oversight Manager Placed at: Aberdeen Standard Investments
“Ben is very professional, flexible and approachable at all times. Ben clearly understands the various segments of the industry, enabling him to select the right candidates for the right jobs. In my case, we had a great result in a complicated situation, so I would comfortably recommend Ben and his services.”
Ellen Ogbodo - Compliance Consultant Placed at: CDC Group
“I’d like to recommend Ben and the entire team at Lawson Chase for being the best recruitment team! Ben is very professional, supportive and he goes to extra mile to ensuring that he matches you to the right role! I’d also like to commend Ben for being very swift in following up post interview and handling the on-boarding process in very coherent manner. I’d recommend Lawson Chase to both candidates and clients wishing to deal with an unsurpassed recruitment firm!”
Stephen Majors - Director, Healthcare Practice Placed at: DuckerFrontier
“Ben was extremely professional and responsive in his work with me. He also made the search process much more manageable by providing an extra set of eyes, identifying potential fits, and opening doors that otherwise may have been difficult to open.”
Pedro Suppo - Risk Manager Placed at: Rathbones
“I have known Ben since 2009 and over this period he has helped me with a key career move and has recommended various other relevant roles. I definitely recommend Ben and Lawson Chase for both employers and candidates.”
Yuliya Cooper - Director of Investigations & Litigation Placed at: G3
“Ben is the go-to person if you are looking for top quality opportunities/ candidates in the corporate investigations field. Ben and his team advised me through an incredibly important career transition and carefully sourced roles that matched my aspirations and experience. I was particularly impressed by Ben’s responsiveness, availability and consistency of his feedback. He’s been very generous with his time and provided detailed briefings and thoughtful advice throughout the process. He did not seem baffled even after I suddenly changed trajectory and helped me navigate into suitable opportunities. Ben is a thorough professional who I wholeheartedly recommend to recruiters and job seekers alike.”
Stephen Awoyemi - Risk Manager Placed at: EY
“My experience of working with Ben, while searching for a new job, is very good. He was very professional, always supportive and accessible and I knew he was working hard to get me the right role; he did. He has kept in touch ever since, to be sure I am happy with the role etc I heartily recommend him & I now readily refer friends and colleagues to him because he provides such a fantastic service”
Julia Zhu - Investigator Placed at: Morgan Stanley
“Ben has been extremely helpful in securing my new role. He is an excellent communicator and is always prompt in providing updates, ensuring a smooth hiring process. Definitely enjoyed working with Ben!”
Sarah Tolley - VP of CASS Placed at Northern Trust
“Ben was a very helpful and engaging person and kept great levels of communication throughout the process which I appreciated greatly.”
Siddharth Shah - Performance Specialist Placed at: Invesco
“Ben is one of the most genuine recruiters I've worked with in my career so far. Very quick to respond to any queries and offered candid replies rather than beating around the bush! Where he didn't have an answer, Ben would happily get in touch with the employer and come back with a detailed response. He also provided a lot of support and advice throughout my entire search process. I would not have found my upcoming position without him.”
Zin Bo - Senior Associate Placed at: BlackPeak Group
“Ben helped me with finding a new job and he was very helpful throughout the entire recruitment process. A professional recruiter which I would highly recommend to any potential employers and jobseekers”
Shujing Zhang - Enhanced Due Diligence Specialist Placed at: Morgan Stanley
“Ben is a true professional who is well connected in this industry. He was recommended to me by a former colleague and introduced to me a few exciting opportunities while I was looking for a job. Ben was supportive and professional throughout the whole process and helped me secure a good job offer. He is great to work with throughout the process which I appreciated greatly."
Elizabeth Levendeli - Forensics & Investigations Placed at: EY
“Ben approached me earlier this year. It was instantly clear that he had done his research and knew the industry and my experience very well. He was immediately able to present four suitable roles to me and managed to secure three interviews, which shows that he knew exactly what I and his client were looking for. Ben took care of everything, leaving very little for me to do, short of turning up to the interviews – one of which has turned out to be the best opportunity that has ever been presented to me and now my dream job. I highly recommend him to any jobseekers or company.”
Marie Hodgson - Investment Performance GIPS Consultant Placed at: Barings
“Ben is a great recruiter. He has excellent communication skills and kept me informed throughout the entire recruitment process. I can highly recommend Ben and look forward to working with him again in the future.”
Rebecca Liang - Senior Investment Risk & Performance Analyst Placed at: Alliance Trust
“Ben helped me all the way through to find a role I love. He is extremely supportive, knowledgeable and effective consultant. Ben has supported me at every single stage of the whole process. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a opportunity in risk and performance field.t me informed throughout the entire recruitment process. I can highly recommend Ben and look forward to working with him again in the future.”
Chris Briggs - Head of International Security Operations & Analysis NBCUniversal
“Ben helped me to secure a role in the intelligence and security sector. He was extremely professional and supportive throughout the entire process, keeping me in the loop as things progressed. His insights and expertise in the industry coupled with his outgoing personality made him a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Ben to anyone in the risk industry.”
Avish Singh - Manager: Investment Risk & Compliance Placed at: Northern Trust
“Ben assisted me with finding a role and I found him extremely helpful, patient and supportive throughout the process. He is one of the most professional and effective Recruitment Consultants that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have no hesitation in recommending Ben.”
Scott Whittlesea - Senior Associate Placed at: Oman State General Reserve Fund (SGRF)
"I have recently started a role overseas which was sourced by Lawson Chase. Mark was always very professional, positive and friendly throughout what was a very long recruitment process. He was always contactable and helpful, even out of office hours on occasion. His efforts made the whole process as seamless and as stress free as possible. I would happily recommend him to others."
Claudia Diyani - Compliance Consultant Placed at: CDC Group
"Mark probably beat a record when he placed me for a contract within 24 hours. Very professional, reliable, always reachable and calls back and emails back very promptly.
Miles Zarantonello - Market Abuse Specialist Placed at: Vanguard
"Professional and courteous at all times, Mark is extremely knowledgeable about the market and has a good grip of the various specialisms in the compliance sector. Highly recommended."
Kunbi Olubiyi - Compliance Officer Placed at: Quilter Investors
"From initial contact, through to the contract offer and acceptance stages, Mark was both professional and personable. Hence the entire recruitment process flowed with an ease that was reassuring. I’m more than happy to recommend him to any candidate or firm!"
Regina Gaffney - Head of Compliance & Risk, Ireland Placed at: Muzinich & Co
"An absolute pleasure to deal with. Professional, personable, responsive and efficient. I could not recommend Mark more."
Zakir Uddin - Trade Surveillance Specialist Placed at: Janus Henderson
"Mark has been great when assisting me in my job search and keeping me up to date of the current environment. He was able to get me a role that wasn't initially available and made it happen. Due to Mark I would happily use Lawson Chase again. Friendly and easy to get along with. Even if you need a quick chat he is always willing to take time out to discuss. What stands out is his willingness to make sure it's the right fit."
Amruta Patel - Compliance Monitoring Manager Placed at: SYZ Asset Management
"Mark has helped me to join an asset management firm. He really know his job. He is highly professional consultant. He truly understands candidates potentials and matches them to the right job. Mark communicated with me all the times from the very first interview and all the way until the settling period at my new job. He is very friendly person and worth taking his help when you are looking for new opportunities or right candidate"
Nkechi Stella - Compliance Consultant Placed at: Genesis Investment Management
"Mark is an absolute pleasure to deal with; he really stands out as being responsive and communicative, and has great positive energy. I would recommend him to anyone looking for their next move in asset management."
Dimitrios Tsamis - Regulatory Advisory Manager Placed at: Northern Trust
"Mark is a truly professional recruiter. He placed me into a senior compliance role with a global financial services firm and was very considerate throughout the process. Mark was extremely competent in terms of organising interviews, acquiring feedback and negotiating terms. I would recommend Mark highly to any compliance professional who wants an honest and pro-active recruiter on his/her side"
Carolina Siles - Senior Vice President of Business Development Placed at: Lucid Management & Capital Partners
"Max was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable during the interview/hiring process. He takes pride in supporting and preparing the candidates he works with and is a true team player. I believe Max also makes a conscious effort to make sure that the professionals he works with find a good cultural fit. Thank you for your wonderful work Max! I am incredibly happy at my new position and know I wouldn't have found this opportunity without you. Great professionalism! Keep it up!"
Madina Rashid - Financial Crime Compliance Officer Placed at: BNP Paribas Securities Services
"Mark is a terrific person to work with. He is brilliant at what he does and has such a contagious positive energy! His enthusiasm, patience, camaraderie, professionalism, attention to detail and dedication is unlike no other. Mark clearly understood exactly what I wanted in my next career move. Mark is a true asset to the Compliance recruitment industry and I cannot be more thankful that our paths crossed! Thank you"
James Briliant - Partner: Chief Legal & Compliance Officer Placed at: SPX Capital
"It was a pleasure from start to finish working with Mark on a recent buy-side compliance placement. He has impeccable knowledge about the industry and is highly responsive and proactive, and I have no hesitation in recommending him."
Sean Connor - Compliance Officer Placed at: Fisher Investments
"I am very happy to recommend Mark's services. I have personally found Mark to be friendly, approachable, and highly professional. Whatever I asked of Mark he did for me - he returned calls, contacted me to discuss progress, all the things a lot of other recruiters seem to have lost the art of..."
Mohammad Wasi - Compliance Consultant Placed at: Sanlam Wealth & Investments
"Mark placed me at Sanlam, and I have known him for a few years now! He is committed to placing his clients with the best fit - and I would recommend him to anyone looking for their next role!"
Latoya McKenzie - Compliance Associate Placed at: Lazard
"Mark recruited me into a position and was on hand at every step of the interview process. He was very friendly, encouraging and quick at contacting my current employer to gain feedback and set up interviews. He was always contactable and very professional. I would definitely recommend him."
Simon Fryer - Compliance Manager Placed at: Northern Trust
"Mark is an excellent recruiter, I've been very impressed by the service he has demonstrated to me. From the outset he provided me with detailed information about both the role I was applying for and company I was applying to, and advised on additional research I should conduct myself in order to perform strongly at interview stage. The application process involved three interviews, and Mark ensured to call after each to both gather feedback from me but also provide any updates he had from the client. A refreshing change to some other consultants that I've dealt with who display poor communication skills and a pushy persona."
Alex Ratcliffe - Guideline Monitoring Manager Placed at: Artermis Investments
"I have been in contact with Mark for over a year now and from the very offset he has strived to find roles that suit me, rather than using a surely ineffective approach which i have seen with other recruiters whereby they contact me about roles not suitable in an attempt to find any old candidate for a position. He has clearly been successful with many previous candidates as he knew the process very well and was able to provide support at all stages of the recruitment process, even offering help with accommodation ideas and so on which is above and beyond his remit of a recruitment consultant. With the help of Mark i have landed the perfect role for me"
Thomas Herdman - Compliance Analyst Placed at: Morgan Stanley Investment Management
"With Mark's fast pace, quick turnaround and professionalism I was lead to a hassle free and positive career move in a very short time. I would have not hesitation in recommending Mark to people who are serious in looking for new opportunities."
Paul Adair - Guideline Monitoring Specialist Placed at: Insight Investment
"Mark was very professional and offered sound advice throughout the whole interview process. I would recommend him to anyone seeking work in Compliance."
Amy Tussler - Compliance Manager Placed at: Miton Group
"Mark is a highly professional and enjoyable character to work with. Mark knows his candidates and his clients and proactively works well to match the needs of both. Mark works practically and hard to ensure great results. I secured my new role within 2 weeks of looking! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend friends or colleagues in the industry to work with Mark, and neither will I next time I am seeking a new role!"
Veronique Foulon - Director: Compliance Placed at: Kroll
"Nathan was well informed, reactive and professional at every step of my recent professional endeavours. He maintained excellent relationships with numerous high-level industry professionals until he identified a relevant, bespoke opportunity matching my career and experience to the needs of a major professional firm in our industry. His support and guidance were extremely helpful. I warmly recommend Nathan for his successful management, entrepreneurial and research abilities."
Michael Swaine - Head of Asia Placed at: G3
"Nathan provided diligent and professional support throughout the recruitment process. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a role within the industry."
Anna Schmitt - Senior Intelligence Analyst Placed at: Schillings
"Nathan was very professional and extremely supportive throughout the whole recruitment process. He took great care in indentifying opportunities that matched my skills and career path and always made sure that I was kept up-to-date about feedback and the next steps in the process. I can highly recommend Nathan to anyone looking for new opportunities in the industry."
Lorenz Cohen - Investigator Placed at: Mintz Group
"Nathan took the time to understand and "assess" me, and my interests. I was interested in precisely his specialties of Investigations and Intelligence. He mentored me through the process of finding firms, arranging interviews, and ultimately led me to my current position. Nathan was thorough and professional and such a pleasure to work with. I feel lucky to have have had the opportunity to work with him."
Michael Smith - Corporate Investigator Placed at: Nardello & Co
"Nathan is a top-notch recruiter. In helping me land a great role at a well-respected due diligence firm, he was professional, attentive and friendly. Nathan knew the intricacies involved in placing candidates with companies. I would highly recommend Nathan to any professional working or hoping to work in the due diligence and investigations industry."
Crimson Chan - Investigations & Security Placed at: Morgan Stanley
"Nathan approached me with a wonderful professional opportunity and helped me landed a great position. He was highly responsive and extremely supportive during the recruitment process, he even took time to respond to my inquiries during his vacation. I really appreciate Nathan for the help he provided and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for new job opportunities."
Eugene Krasiuk - Head of Europe Placed at: G3
"Nathan is a very professional headhunter. He provided guidance throughout the recruitment process; I found his feedback very helpful. Highly recommended."