Why Executive Search



Executive search is a specialist and proactive recruitment method, ideally suited to competitive markets such as the legal profession. There are a number of features which distinguish executive search from the selection process:

Client driven service
In contrast to the approach adopted by recruitment agencies, Executive Search Consultants are client rather than candidate driven. By responding to the requirements outlined by a client, only specific individuals are targeted, thus ensuring that the candidates introduced have the requisite experience, profile and personal attributes.
Close working relationship
In view of the sensitivity attached to recruiting at a senior and high profile level, it is essential that the Executive Search firm develops a close working relationship with the client. This facilitates a clearer understanding of the culture and strategic objectives of the business, which is invaluable when presenting the opportunity to and screening prospective candidates.
Comprehensive search
By restricting the recruitment exercise to an agency approach, the client will only meet with those individuals who are “on the market”. When retaining a firm of Executive Search Consultants a client ensures that all suitable potential candidates will be identified then discreetly and professionally approached.
Ambassador role
The role of the search consultant is not restricted to recruiting the best possible individual or team but also to ensuring that the “right message” is being taken to the market. Regardless of whether or not the candidates approached pursue the opportunity, they will be made aware of the client’s true position which may be at variance with the general perception of the market.
"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