Aquis Search Further Expands its Team in the UK Market

Aquis Search Further Expands its Team in the UK Market

about 1 year ago by Amanda Ansell

Aquis Search is coming up to its 10th anniversary, and in that time has established itself as a market leading, award-winning executive search firm. With a network of offices across Asia, we are able to provide clients and candidates with a breadth and depth of service that we are proud of. Early last year we moved into the London market with a small team of consultants initially concentrating on building networks and serving our existing Asian clients looking for UK based talent. 

We are now pleased to announce that we have entered the next phase of our growth in the market, with the promotion and relocation from Hong Kong of Gareth Rees to UK Managing Director, and the appointment of London based Associate Director James Kent and Robert Joyce and Senior Consultant Dan Lloyd . They have extensive experience of the London market and are in an excellent position to continue supporting our Asian based clients as well as providing an outstanding service offer to local, regional and global businesses with talent requirements in the UK. 

Gareth joined Aquis Search in Hong Kong when it was a relatively small boutique firm that had focused on private practice and in-house legal recruitment. Tasked with expanding into finance & accounting, he has successfully built up a team that is one of the largest in Hong Kong. He works with large multinational financial institutions and leading commercial organisations across multiple industry sectors and regions. 

“Having started my recruitment career in the UK many years ago, I am very excited to be returning to lead Aquis Search’s operations here. A lot has changed whilst I have been away, I am pleased to report that despite some negative press about the fallout in the recruitment market from uncertainty surrounding Brexit, we have already seen the emergence of new roles that will help firms navigate the next few years. It is an exciting time, and we are well placed to offer our clients and candidates real value. Whether that’s local market intel in the UK or support in helping firms grow their talent in emerging and growth markets in Asia”.

James Kent, one of the two newly joined Associate Directors for Aquis Search London, has over 10 years bank and non-bank recruitment experience with a wide array of clients from fin-tech start-ups to fortune 500 organisations. Over the last 5 years James has developed a specialist knowledge of the FX and payments markets working on roles predominantly within the front and middle office functions. James has worked for several successful start-up organisations over the years so the opportunity to work for an established business with ambitious growth plans is a natural move.  

“The support team and infrastructure Aquis Search is some of the best I have seen within the London market and we are only just starting, so some very exciting times lie ahead”

Robert Joyce, who also joined as an Associate Director has over fifteen years of experience working within the legal sector and joined Aquis Search to build and expand the legal recruitment offering across EMEA. Robert worked for a number of years as a highly successful Barrister’s Clerk before moving into recruitment. He joins Aquis Search after successfully starting up a solutions practice group for a leading international legal recruiter. 

“I have always prided myself on helping lawyers excel in their careers and being a trusted consultant to individual lawyers, law firms and in-house legal teams alike. Moving to Aquis Search was an easy decision to make for me. It is one of the top legal recruiters in Asia with an unrivalled global support network and an entrepreneurial spirit that will help the business here in London become a market leader” 

Senior Consultant Daniel Lloyd is an experienced legal recruiter with a portfolio of clients in private practice and in-house teams. He has a very strong track record and a number of years of experience recruiting IP and patent lawyers, and has also studied law himself. 

“Aquis Search has a rich heritage in legal recruitment so it was a natural move for me to join a firm that offers all of the entrepreneurial opportunities that come with being relatively new to the market, and I am looking forward to helping shape the team and grow the business. We already have an amazing support network of experienced and established researchers and colleagues which means we can offer a premium service immediately, without any of the teething problems some growing firms face. The legal recruitment market is relatively resilient to many of the challenges other sectors face, so the focus for us is to provide market leading firms with best in class talent; regardless of how specialist the requirements are.”

Aquis Search London has ambitious growth plans and is on the look-out for exceptionally talented consultants to join its team. 

Market Analysis 

In January 2019 we will launch our inaugural UK Salary Survey & Guide. The UK is a thriving market with unemployment at its lowest level and high demand for skilled professionals in a range of Industries. We have seen aggressive hiring within the legal fee earner sector as well as digital & data and our traditional corporate governance & control areas within the financial services clients that we serve.  Aquis Search is well placed to captialise on this demand with extensive networks and robust recruitment delivery capabilities regionally and globally.

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