What our clients say


“As managing partner at Speechly Bircham, I worked closely with JDP for many years as we implemented a growth strategy based partly on successful lateral hires. JDP’s intimate knowledge of the legal services market and their attention to detail, professionalism and tenacity made for a fruitful and enduring relationship.”

Michael Lingens, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

“I have enjoyed working with John Grimwade and JDP Limited for over 20 years on a number of significant lateral hire projects.

JDP entered the market at a time when there were few, if any, executive search firms dedicated to the legal profession. In my view, it still has few genuine competitors.

With his in-depth knowledge and experience, particularly in the financial sector, John consistently provides a service of the highest quality; this is coupled with complete integrity and absolute discretion. He has invariably helped my management team to identify and to secure the lateral partner and teams we have needed in the continued growth of our business. As importantly, those lateral hires have invariably remained with us for many years.”

Tim Maloney, London Office Head, Dorsey & Whitney

“We have had a 15 year association with John and his team. They have placed 19 partners with us in that time and it is a tribute to them that 17 remain with us – of the other two one retired! A retention record like that shows they understand us and our needs which is absolutely key for any Recruitment Consultant. They are discreet, professional and know the market. We look forward to the next 15 years.”

Richard Crump, Global Senior Partner, HFW LLP

“JDP’s ability to find the right candidates is second to none. Selective lateral hires are key to our growth and we trust and value their integrity, market understanding and experience.”

Richard Hierons, Partner & Founder, Hierons LLP

“We have used JDP for at least 15 years. The depth of market knowledge, the great ‘tell it as it is’ manner and the sheer professionalism with which the firm operates are the reasons we keep coming back to JDP.”

Hugh Maule, Partner, Gowling WLG

“In moving as part of a team, our individual needs and concerns were addressed professionally and attentively by John and his team at JDP, who offered wise counsel at all stages of what was inevitably a complex and demanding process. While great market knowledge and a highly professional approach are a powerful combination, they never lost sight of the fact that moving firms can be emotionally fraught.

John was highly adept at understanding and managing us as people, as much as the mechanics and strategy of the move itself”.

Mark Waghorn, Partner, Head of Real Estate Finance, Simmons & Simmons LLP

C.M.C Tax Law
“I was approached by JDP for a very important move; they conducted and managed the whole process with the greatest professionalism and sensitivity but also with an intense commerciality and focus on making the project stable and successful. 8 years on I am still very happy with what we have achieved together and continue to benefit from their insights, positive vision and ability to tell it like it is. An unconditional recommendation.”

Chris Watson, Partner, Global Head of TMC, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP