The Search Process



Whatever the nature of the assignment, JDP approaches each instruction with the same degree of commitment and integrity. Each assignment is led by a director, who will supervise a team and ensure adherence to the following process:


Introductory consultation
In this preliminary meeting, an evaluation of the client’s specific requirements is carried out. We will advise as to whether search is the most appropriate way forward in a given instance and on the feasibility of the proposed assignment.

Preparation of assignment brief
In consultation with client management, partners or other key executives, an assignment brief is prepared to define the parameters of the appointment. This will denote scope and responsibilities, the remuneration package as well as the background and experience of the ideal candidate. Once the brief has been approved by the client, it may be shared with the candidate.

In each assignment undertaken, at least one director and several researchers will work as part of a team to ensure the best possible result for the client.

Our endeavours are aimed at identification of the candidates whose qualifications, experience and track record most closely match the assignment brief. We draw upon knowledge gleaned from previous projects, research and contacts, together with sources in the appropriate sector. This information is collated in report format for presentation to the client.

Approaches and screening of prospective candidates
Following consultation with the client, a director will make the initial approach to the candidates on the agreed shortlist and arrange meetings where appropriate. The objective of this stage of the process is an appraisal of each candidate and the preparation of a career profile of those lawyers whom the client will be advised to meet.

Candidate introduction and assignment closure
Meetings will be arranged between the client and the candidate. JDP will liaise with all parties at every stage from introduction through to negotiation and acceptance of the offer.

It is our policy to maintain close and ongoing contact with both clients and candidates.

"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