Human Capital Specialists

Legal, compliance and corporate governance


Our Purpose

Simmons & Hanbury is a specialist executive search firm that sources and secures the best human capital and future leaders for our clients. We provide an integrated international service to support our clients across the globe. From our group headquarters based in the heart of the City of London. We support some of the most prestigious organisations in the world, across financial services, commerce & industry, and professional services.

Our services include executive search and market intelligence within the Legal, Compliance and Corporate Governance practice areas. Our Legal Interim Solutions division, provides flexible consultancy arrangements. We facilitate secondments for senior lawyers into in-house legal departments and law firms and source specialist lawyers for bespoke projects.

We strive to provide long-term value for our clients and repeat business is at the heart of what we do. We have a longstanding and successful track record of supporting the same clients on multiple occasions and across geographies.


of business is repeat business

We strive to build close relationships with our clients and to become trusted partners for their businesses.


of business is international

Our clients trust us to support them internationally on multiple searches in multiple countries.


completion record of retained search assignments

Due to our extensive networks and sector focus, our modern approach to Executive Search is efficient and ensures continual success in retained search.


projects completed

Our practice leaders have a considerable amount of experience in their specialist sectors. Over time we have completed hundreds of mandates across a diverse range of clients.

Professionalism, integrity and trust are integral to the Simmons & Hanbury offering which are important, but often overlooked, delineations for me when selecting Matt and his team for hiring projects across the full spectrum of roles. This coupled with their in depth understanding of our business needs and alongside the breadth and depth of their market knowledge makes them hard to ignore.

$20 billion AUM Asset Manager, Global Head of Compliance

I have used Jonathan successfully over a number of years for several legal searches, both permanent and interim hires. He has consistently introduced and placed top tier candidates and has contributed significantly to the growth and strength of my legal team as it stands now. Jonathan truly ‘gets’ our corporate culture and filters candidates appropriately to fit our business needs.

Head of Legal, Telecommunications Business

I have used Simmons & Hanbury for a number of legal searches within the European Legal Team, ranging from fixed income for buy side to consultants on reform projects such as MIFID II & GDPR. I have been constantly impressed with their level of professionalism, responsiveness and in-depth knowledge of the market. All the hires we have made have been excellent additions to the team.

$170 billion AUM Asset Manager, European General Counsel

Highly recommend Jonathan who has helped me build out my legal and compliance teams at numerous finance and tech companies. What sets Simmons and Hanbury apart from the crowd is their ability to understand the values and DNA of our company and find candidates from around the globe that "feel at home" from the get go. On a personal level, Jonathan is a longtime confidant that has helped me navigate my career path to date.

Global General Counsel, Technology Venture Capital Firm

I have used Simmons & Hanbury for some time as both a candidate and a client. On the client side, they have always found good candidates for any role I have hired for and they manage the recruitment process extremely well. On the candidate side, they worked with me to secure a senior role. I was very impressed with their knowledge, diligence and professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend Simmons & Hanbury to anyone looking to change jobs or to hire for new roles in the legal/compliance sector.

Tier 1 Investment Bank, Managing Director, General Counsel Division

I have used Simmons & Hanbury for several legal searches and have been consistently impressed with their professionalism, expertise and knowledge of the market. They are always willing to go the extra mile. Every candidate we have hired through them has been exceptional and I would - and have - recommended them to other firms for their legal searches.

Proprietary Trading Business, Head of Legal

I have worked with Simmons & Hanbury for two senior hires into my team. We offer a range of products and they were brilliant at identifying candidates with the correct breadth of experience. I found Simmons & Hanbury to have a great network with excellent sector knowledge and would definitely use the firm again.

$97 billion debt fund, European General Counsel

Jonathan has kept in touch with me for years without ever giving me the ‘hard-sell’. When the right role did come along, he was instrumental in helping me to get it. Highly recommended.

Head of Digital and Technology Law, major Retail Bank

Market Insights

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