August 16, 2016 – Shilton Sharpe Quarry (SSQ), an international legal search consultancy, has added Nick Shillinglaw as a new consultant in its London office to provide a dedicated service to mid-tier, boutique / niche, regional law firms.
Mr. Shillinglaw began his career as a litigation lawyer at some of the leading regional U.K. law firms. He then worked for recruitment consultancy Michael Page International and gained a number of years of experience recruiting for law firms within the mid-market and regionally around the U.K.
SSQ has worked with these types of law firms for some time, however this new hire will allow the business to focus more comprehensively on these clients and give them access to expertise specific to their market.
“In the current market it is important to be able to offer clients a specialist service. The law firms that Nick works with are all specialist, whether it be because they are niche or because they serve a specific sector, client base or region; from a recruitment strategy point of view they need to work with a search consultant who genuinely understands them and this is what Nick is able to offer,” said Nick Shilton, SSQ chief executive officer. “He trained and practiced in leading regional firms and has an in-depth understanding of the way these firms work and the kinds of lawyers they are looking for to take them into the future.”
SSQ is well-established as a leader in legal search in London, particularly with the top tier U.K. and U.S. practices. “I am very excited about my new role to better establish our capabilities and track record with the mid-tier, West End, regional and leading niche law firms,” said Mr. Shillinglaw.
SSQ has a team of global consultants with experience in providing legal search and recruitment services for a broad range of international and domestic law firms, as well as companies and banks in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Asia, Australia, the U.S., New Zealand, the Middle East, South Africa, Switzerland, Russia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Outside the U.K., SSQ continues to expand its footprint globally. The firm recently joined forces with Vienna-based executive search firm lawyers & more [L&M]. SSQ has worked in Austria and the wider Central and Eastern European region for some time but through this formal relationship the business is looking to increase its activity by working with lawyers & more to place internationally qualified lawyers in Austria. The relationship covers the private practice market, recruiting for law firms, as well as recruiting lawyers for leading corporates across commerce and industry and financial services on the in-house side.
SSQ also just recently opened an office in Dubai. Senior manager Matthew Bold is responsible for the new location. Mr. Bold has over eight years of legal search and recruitment experience in the Middle East and has been with SSQ since 2013. He previously served as managing consultant, legal search, with Stanford Resourcing Limited. He is joined in Dubai by SSQ manager Jeremey Mead.
SSQ also expanded its search staff in Europe recently with the additions of Anne Pichon in Paris and lawyer Filippo Mazzotti in Milan. Ms. Pichon, who joined the firm as an associate, recruits in-house lawyers and legal professionals at all levels of seniority and for all industries. She focuses on growing the firm’s presence across the in-house legal recruitment market in France. Mr. Mazzotti is a consultant in the private practice and in-house teams at SSQ, recruiting lawyers on behalf of a broad range of international and domestic law firms in Italy.
SSQ has locations in London, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Rome, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore, with additional coverage in the MENA and CIS/CEE regions, as well as the U.S., Australasia, South Africa, Switzerland and Austria.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media