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THE TEAM

  • Mark Husband

    Managing Director

    Mark Husband is Managing Director of Cogence Search and Head of Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration. He leads all of our legal recruitment services with particular responsibility for our formal lateral partner search work. He has led successful national and international partner and team searches in all areas of dispute resolution for firms ranging from boutique litigation and/or arbitration specialists to Global UK and US Law firms. As a former litigator he has a deep understanding of the mechanisms of the markets he works in and takes pride in delivering on every search he accepts.

    Mark is responsible for the day to day management of Cogence Search Ltd and Singapore-based Cogence Search Pte Ltd.

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    T: 0207 2644909
    M: 079 20402530
    E: mhusband@cogencesearch.com
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  • Manisha Vegad

    Senior Legal Recruitment Consultant

    Manisha is an experienced legal recruitment consultant specialising in competition, pensions, tax, derivatives, securitisation and restructuring. Having spent a number of years supporting US, Global and UK law firms with their legal recruitment needs in these areas, Manisha joined Cogence in 2015. Clients and candidates describe her as highly efficient, knowledgeable, helpful, considerate and personable. She supports our clients on both a retained search and contingency search basis and is trusted to deliver on highly sensitive and challenging projects. Manisha has a first class degree in Law.

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    T: 0207 2644929
    M: 07881 248745
    E: mvegad@cogencesearch.com
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  • Michael Madigan

    Senior Legal Recruitment Consultant

    Michael is a senior legal recruitment consultant specialising in commercial litigation, dispute resolution and international arbitration roles. He joined Cogence Search in 2015. Michael’s prior experience includes a year in legal recruitment working with a range of UK, US and international law firms, and completing a training contract with Addleshaw Goddard LLP. Candidates have described him as knowledgeable, transparent and an invaluable source of information throughout their respective recruitment processes. His practical experience of working in a legal environment enables him to advise clients and candidates on a number of recruitment aspects with both knowledge and understanding. Michael holds a degree in Law from King’s College London.

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    T: 0207 2644913
    E: MMadigan@cogencesearch.com
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  • Stephen Benwell

    Legal Recruitment Consultant

    Stephen is an experienced legal recruitment consultant. He specialises in marine, white collar, regulatory and private client positions and works with national, international and global law firms. Before embarking upon a career in legal recruitment, Stephen obtained a 2:1 in Law from Newcastle University.

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    T: 0207 264 4924
    E: sbenwell@cogencesearch.com
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  • Ahmed Shahin

    Head of Research

    Ahmed has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the legal market. He is responsible for the management and maintenance of Cogence Search’s bespoke market mapping database. He also provides invaluable direct support to the recruitment team through his ability to write precise, informative and eye-catching advertising copy. Ahmed is fluent in Arabic and Swedish and in his spare time, he is involved in a range of volunteer and charity projects. As a huge fan of Barcelona Football Club, he also writes a very popular blog for Barca Blaugranes. Ahmed has a 2.1 in Law from the University of Westminster, where he represented the University in the ESU (Essex Court Chambers) National Mooting Competition; and a Masters in International Commercial Law from UCL.

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    T: 0207 2644910
    E: ashahin@cogencesearch.com
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  • Antti Tuhkio

    Legal Recruitment Resourcer

    Antti is a data management specialist focussed on the legal recruitment market. He supports, and in many respects, guides the work of the business' bespoke search programme.

    Antti holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in International Politics. Having worked in business data roles for more than ten years in Finland, he has developed an ability to provide strategic insight to developing organisational support processes. Before moving to London he was responsible for developing the information management process for the City of Tampere Employment services.

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    T: 0207 2644931
    E: atuhkio@cogencesearch.com
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  • Elizabeth Clayden

    Legal Recruitment Administrator

    Elizabeth is a Legal Recruitment Administrator – she is heavily involved in mapping candidates to support our consultants and clients in achieving their objectives. She is a whizz with Excel and so provides clear and easily comprehensible reports on a moment’s notice. She is creative by nature and enjoys acting, music and design. 

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    T: 0207 2644928
    E: eclayden@cogencesearch.com
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  • Eric Assamoah

    Process Manager

    Eric works closely with Ahmed Shahin to maintain Cogence Search’s bespoke market mapping database and is responsible for managing our data and systems procedures, providing a solid foundation for delivery of a first-rate service to our clients and candidates. He has more than 15 years’ experience of CRM and data management, gained across a wide range of business sectors. Eric joined Cogence Search from the multinational insurance corporation Aon where he oversaw and administered Salesforce in the UK. Previously, he was a data manager at recruitment firm Red Commerce.

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    T: 0207 2644920
    E: eric@cogencesearch.com
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  • LĂ©onie Hilsdon

    Marketing Manager

    Léonie has over 20 years of business marketing experience, the last 7 of which she has spent providing marketing services to the legal sector. She is responsible for ensuring brand equity and assisting Cogence Search in achieving outstanding credentials through an innovative content strategy. She is delighted to be working for such a progressive company whose marketing emphasis is on sound business strategy, creativity, innovation and a digital agenda. In her spare time, she indulges in equestrian-related activities and assists start-up equestrian businesses with developing their marketing and PR strategies. Leonie holds an MBA (Marketing) in which she gained a Distinction as well as an undergraduate degree in Zoology.

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    T: 01833 630 433
    M: 07407 301 036
    E: lhilsdon@cogencesearch.com
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  • Anna Wojcik

    Office Manager

    Anna Wojkik is responsible for the smooth running of Cogence Search and is involved in the daily accounts, systems maintenance, reception, continuity programmes, HR administration and advice, and executive co-ordination. She has worked with Cogence since its inception over 8 years ago and is vital to day to day operations in all respects. She is multi-lingual and multi-talented, and her photographic skills are often put to good use for Cogence marketing purposes.

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    T: 0207 2644920
    E: anna@cogencesearch.com
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  • Daniel Langham

    Office Administrator

    Daniel joined Cogence Search and sister company AER International in 2016. He is responsible for managing and maintaining the administration systems and to provide administrative support to all facets of the business.

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    T: 0207 264 4920
    E: dlangham@aerinternational.com

  • Chris Hume

    Director

    Chris spent the early years of his career at Midland Bank International Division in London, and WestLB in Paris and Brussels. On moving back to London Chris began a successful career in Executive Search specializing in personnel in the FX and Interest Rate Markets. Chris was one of the founders of BlueGroup International and a member of its Main Board. The business was sold in 2006 for a cash consideration of £16m. Chris is responsible for the Corporate Social Responsibilities, Data Protection and Equal Opportunity policies and standards of the legal recruitment business as well as providing significant support to our executive search teams.

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    T: 0207 72644902
    M: 079 74978718
    E: chume@cogencesearch.com
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A Trusted Search Partner

We are a leading London legal recruitment agency specialising in lateral moves for UK, multi-national and global private practice firms. Trusted by employers and candidates to create successful partnerships between both, our approach is founded upon three cornerstones:

Every engagement is unique. Whether you are:

  • Completing a team move
  • Identifying and securing a key partner
  • Developing a new practice group
  • Achieving a strategic acquisition or merger; or
  • Welcoming a lateral partner into a new firm

you will have a clear vision of success. We ensure we absolutely understand this vision and deliver on measurable, agreed outcomes throughout the engagement process.

Cultural fit is as important as academics and ability. We work with our clients and candidates to understand their needs, their ethos, their environment, and the factors that drive a successful, long-term relationship.

Knowledge is key. As well as working hard to grow and sustain long-term relationships, we keep our fingers firmly on the pulse of the legal market. Our consultants specialise in specific practice areas to ensure that they are able to meet or exceed your expectations.