Stanford is the market-leading financial services-focused legal and compliance search firm.

Our Unique Structure

Stanford’s practice-specific business model and international platform ensure our consultants deliver trusted advice and best in class candidates to our clients.

Practice Area Focused Model

Our consultants are experts in niche fields of expertise, working with both law firm and in-house clients. This enables them to advise in the truest sense.

Highest Search Success Rates

Whether retained law firm partner search, or in-house instruction; we have the highest search success rates in the industry

Market Knowledge

The legal market is a moving feast, but with an international perspective and a strategic mindset, Stanford is the go-to search firm for a long-term strategic partnership.

Client-led search.

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Candidate-led expertise.

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Global Footprint


“On meeting Stanford, who had been recommended to me, they had individual specialists who clearly work together across both in-house and private practice. I found them to be genuinely focused on giving long term advice and I can't recommend them highly enough.”

DirectorInvestment Bank

“They're well respected, we wouldn't use someone who wasn't. It's important to use someone who our clients see as credible.”

Head of BankingLeading UK Firm

“I found Stanford very knowledgeable about the market and particularly interested that I made the right choice of firm as they recognised that my move wasn’t just another job but a hugely important step in my career.”

PartnerUK Firm

“Stanford are my go-to people for recruiting for capital markets and M&A transactional lawyers when you need a name that is known by the banks; Stanford has extensive knowledge of both private practice practitioners in this area as well as the in-house lawyers at the leading investment banks so is able to provide high quality advice and candidates to both client types.”

PartnerLeading UK Law Firm