Large UK Corporate


  • We were approached by a client, a Global HR Director who had previously mandated us on a General Counsel search.
  • The client was now seeking a General Counsel with a strong transactional M&A background for a company that was recently acquired by a major US private equity firm.
  • We started the search in early June, focusing on lawyers with extensive international M&A transactional experience.


  • Using a combination of our own network of contacts in the in-house market and in law firms, as well as web and phone based research, we produced a long list of suitable candidates within 2 weeks for discussion with the client and a Director from the private equity firm.


  • This search was undertaken during lockdown so all meetings with the client and candidates were via Zoom.
  • The team was small and the location was outside London so a lot of the work would be undertaken remotely, with some travel to the company’s offices outside London.
  • Not all target candidates wanted to work in such a small team and with a high degree of remote working.


  • Having presented a short-list of six candidates from both law firms and in-house, the preferred candidate accepted an offer seven weeks after the search commenced.

What we received from the client that contributed to the success of the search?

  • We worked closely with the client from the outset and maintained a tight timetable as time was of the essence.
  • A clear brief and close team working between Fox Rodney, the HR Director and one of the Board Directors was key to the success of the search.

Contact us today to see how Fox Rodney can support you with your legal recruitment needs