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 jobs are more than just jobs; we recognise the importance of cultural fit which means that the candidates we place are more likely to succeed. 

London 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 lateral candidates to the legal jobs which will meet their personal aims for their legal career and clients to the partners and associate who will add value to the firm.

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 legal 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 London 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 Mark knew the market inside out. He is commercial and very useful to bounce ideas around with. Mark was very diligent throughout, nothing seemed too much trouble, and he 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 Mark and Cogence. December 10, 2013 "

    Mark Lewis,Partner, Pennington Manches

  • "Mark is great to work with - He understands his clients and targets well and is genuinely a different breed of Search Consultant. On a number of occasions he went beyond the call of duty and at all times provided a great service."

    Tim Pullan,Partner

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

    Scott Campbell,Partner, Stewarts Law

  • "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

  • "Nigel has always provided excellent candidates as a result of his great understanding of our business needs."

    Jonathan Gledhill,Senior Project Manager at Thomson Reuters Elite

  • "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, Stewarts Law

  • "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

  • "I would highly recommend Manisha as a recruiter. She listens carefully, is attentive, accommodating, considerate and personable. She is always available, reverts quickly and is extremely reliable. She doesn't just help to look for a job - she listens carefully to feedback and makes sure she finds the firm that is the right fit for you. Very knowledgeable and professional , she is a pleasure to work with! "

    Magda Miecznikowska,Associate at White & Case LLP, London

  • "I highly recommend Manisha as a recruiter. I was referred to her by my former colleague. She was immediately available and dedicated lots of her time to helping me. She is excellent at assessing your skills and finding the perfect fit for you. Her communication was always timely and informative. Her advice was extremely valuable and I could always count on her to follow-up on the interviews. Overall, I found Manisha’s service to be extremely helpful, well-rounded and personal. "

    Ekaterina Harrison,Associate at Dentons

  • "Manisha assisted me with my recent job search and helped me find my current position at Bond Dickinson. Manisha was very helpful throughout the process, taking the time to understand exactly what I was looking for and only presenting me with suitable opportunities. I was briefed thoroughly before interviews and she always got back to me quickly with any queries that I had - certainly not what I have experienced with other recruiters. I would recommend Manisha highly to anyone looking for a legal position"

    Zaheed Patel,Commercial Solicitor at Bond Dickinson LLP

  • "Manisha was quick, highly efficient and knowledgeable. She provided sensible advice and was quick to follow up. She understood my specific market and worked within her team to find me the best possible position I cannot recommend her too highly and anyone looking to move should have a chat with her."

    Brian Taylor,Solicitor at Gateley Plc

  • "Manisha helped in me in my recent lateral move. I was very impressed with Manisha's professionalism and excellent management skills throughout the process. Manisha has a flexible and pragmatic approach which allows her to adjust her style as the situation demands. I think this is a great asset for her. She is also tenacious, has excellent client care skills and above all understands what is needed to make any lateral move work. She is also just a great person to work with. I would recommend Manisha to anyone exploring new opportunities"

    Indradeep Bhattacharya,Associate at JONES DAY

  • "Cogence know the market and are politely persistent. September 17, 2015 "

    Andrew Newbery,Director, VN Consulting Ltd

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