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  • Cogence Search is a trusted legal search provider to much of London's legal profession. We have a reputation for delivering a discreet and highly effective service to our clients.

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  • Cogence Search have been working in Singapore for many years. We are based in One Raffles Quay in the heart of the CBD and have been responsible for many landmark hires in the city. We work on a retained and highly confidential basis.

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  • We have long established relationships with international and local firms in Paris working on a retained search, contingent and candidate led basis.

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Our Approach

We begin every engagement with a defined view of what success looks like. We work to measurable, agreed outcomes. This is built into our work from day one. Success may mean:

  • A team move is completed
  • A key partner identified and secured
  • A new practice group is developed
  • A strategic acquisition or merger is achieved
  • A lateral partner is welcomed into a new firm

These kinds of client assignment define Cogence Search. Working on specific projects, or longer-term engagements, we stand by our clients until the results we agree to deliver are achieved.

Legal Recruitment and Legal Search are all that we do: our consultants specialise in tightly defined vertical areas of legal practice which provides them with a depth of understanding and ability to deliver that generalists simply cannot replicate.

our service delivery

We understand the markets we work in,  the cultures of the firms we work with and the nature of the work they do. We use this knowledge to guide clients and lateral candidates alike to solutions which will meet their needs.

As all in professional services we are best judged by those we work with: the majority of our work comes by referral and some of our clients and candidates have been kind enough to comment on the service they have received here: testimonials.

We treat every career and every instruction as an opportunity to impress and extend our referal network. Whether you are a client or a candidate we will ensure that you feel valued when working with us.

As a specialist legal recruitment and legal executive search provider we dedicate all of our time to understanding the markets we work in and ensuring that we know and are known by the leading individuals in each area of private practice.

We place huge importance on conducting ourselves and the processes we manage so as to ensure that both our client and candidates are satisfied in all respects.

Nothing we can ever say about ourselves will carry the weight and importance of the opinion of those that we have worked with.

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  • "From the outset it was clear that Cogence knew the market inside out. They are commercial and very useful to bounce ideas around with. Cogence was very diligent throughout, nothing seemed too much trouble, and they moved things along very quickly. As I said to during the process, "if Carlsberg was a recruitment agency…”. I would have no hesitation in recommending Cogence. December 10, 2013 "

    Mark Lewis,Partner

  • "Cogence is great to work with - they understand their clients and targets well and are genuinely a different breed of Search Company. On a number of occasions they went beyond the call of duty and at all times provided a great service."

    Tim Pullan,Partner

  • "I had the pleasure of dealing with Cogence on my move to Stewarts Law. Cogence had a thorough grasp of my practice area and the nature of what is a fairly nascent legal market. They were able effectively to understand my particular goals and how best to achieve them. I have recommended Cogence to a number of friends already and will happily continue to do so. I firmly believe that their service is head and shoulders above all others in the market."

    Scott Campbell,Partner

  • "I have used Cogence to recruit legal technology specialists on many occasions. They produces a good range of candidates that meet the brief and listen carefully to feedback. I would have no hesitation in using them again."

    Ian Lauwerys,Head of Security & Business Systems at Clyde & Co LLP

  • "Cogence have always provided excellent candidates as a result of their great understanding of our business needs."

    Jonathan Gledhill,Senior Project Manager at Thomson Reuters Elite

  • "“I have retained Bruno on multiple occasions and he has placed numerous lawyers within my department at Mayer Brown. I value his extensive knowledge of the legal market, the effective service he provides and will certainly look to retain his services again.” Bruce Bloomingdale, Head of Finance, Mayer Brown "

    Bruce Bloomingdale,Head of Finance, Mayer Brown

  • "Mark was pro-active from the outset and was almost immediately in tune with my objectives. As an ex-litigator he has a real understanding of the market in my practice area. Most of his competitors had a rather more superficial knowledge of what actually makes a litigator tick. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to individuals and firms alike and fuly intend to use him for my recruiting needs going forward"

    Paul Brehony,Partner

  • "Mark gets the job done. He is a likeable, cheerful, tenacious and adaptable high level recruitment operator with sound values and worthy ambitions."

    David Pritchard,Partner

  • "In contrast to other legal recruitment firms I have come across, I felt Mark was always acting in my best interests rather than focusing on his bottom line. Whilst doing so, as well as being excellent company, he was always diligent, professional and courteous. I have no hesitation in recommending him very highly."

    Adrian Rainey,Partner

  • "Hussein Haeri recommended Mark Husband: Mark is an outstanding legal recruitment professional. His deep knowledge of the legal profession is borne out of significant experience and is matched by Mark's sound judgment, great acumen and genuine collegiallity."

    Hussein Haeri,Partner, International Arbitration, Withers

  • "Anouska was essential to finding the right job in London. She was responsive, understanding and took the time to understand what I wanted. She was diligent in finding the right positions and did not waste time with positions that were not right for me. I have dealt with many recruiters and Anouska is hands down the best with whom I have worked. Contact her as soon as you can if you are looking for new job in the London legal market."

    Jim McInerney,U.S. Senior Associate at Simmons & Simmons

  • "I really recommend Anouska. She understands the needs of her clients and helped me secure my current role. She was very helpful, patient and offered excellent advice and perspective."

    Andrew King,Associate at Clyde & Co LLP

  • "I found Anouska to be a very helpful and professional consultant who takes the time to fully understand the needs of individuals, thereby offering a highly bespoke service. She is patient, personable and a pleasure to deal with."

    Jack Tsang,Associate at King & Wood Mallesons

  • "Anouska is an open, honest and positive Consultant who, most importantly, gets great results. She was keen to understand my long term goals for my career and helped secure the perfect role for me at Hill Dickinson."

    Darren Wall,Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP

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