Legal Commerce & Industry

We support a wide range of clients including multinational corporations, major international law firms, fortune 500, and UK headquartered companies to meet their legal human capital requirements. Our coverage spans the UK, Europe and Asia, where we have access to an extensive international network of senior talent.

We specialise in senior-level appointments from general counsel and their senior leaders, to law firm partners, senior associates and team moves. We cover all legal practice areas and have a particularly strong track record within data protection, IP/technology and corporate.

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General Counsel

Head of Legal/Departmental Heads of Legal/Legal Director

Regional Heads of Legal

Senior Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel



Senior Associate

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Jonathan Cartwright

Director, Legal

Jonathan Cartwright

Director, Legal

Jonathan joined Simmons & Hanbury in 2021 to lead and grow the commerce and industry practice. He has specialised within in-house legal search for several years, completing numerous retained search assignments for global multinationals, SMEs and UK based businesses. He works with some of the most well-known and recognised brands in the world. Jonathan has also successfully worked with law firms and consultancies in relevant areas such as IP, Technology and Data Protection.

Jonathan is adept at assisting private equity portfolio companies with the placement of their first In-house Counsel, as well as functional Heads of Legal and General Counsel appointments. Jonathan leads General Counsel networking events, partnering with top tier law firms to deliver industry leading content for a variety of in-house legal disciplines. 

Prior to joining Simmons & Hanbury Jonathan was Head of Commerce & Industry for a leading governance search firm and studied English at the University of Birmingham.

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

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

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