I have many years’ experience of headhunting lawyers at a variety of levels and have advised on all legal disciplines over the years. I have developed a reputation for my work in the insurance sector where I have built strong relationships throughout the UK and Internationally.
I formed Auston Legal in January 2013 after previously building and managing dedicated legal teams at Hanover Search & Selection and Quantica Legal. Before 'going it alone' I spent several years at Glass Consultancy where I focused on partner level search for annually retained clients.
I have thorough knowledge of all types of assignments so can hand-hold candidates through all aspects of the interview process, alongside advising clients on how to source the best candidates for any role. I have historically focused on managing search assignments to secure partners and teams; however over recent years I have worked hard to get to know fee earners at all levels across many locations. Recent successes include Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Ireland.
I am annually retained by one of the leading insurance firms in the UK, am regularly called upon to complete detailed research into specialist sectors and advise firms in the formulation of their development strategy.
Finally, I am proud of my reputation and enjoy my role in each and every process. I strive to be consultative, impartial and objective and do not create undue pressure to either individuals or clients that I assist.
RECENT INSURANCE SUCCESSES
Adam is now in his sixth year of being annually retained by a leading UK insurance
firm. This relationship has resulted in multiple placements across the insurance
Successfully placed two senior FI specialists into globally renowned insurance
practices to take lead roles in developing their firm’s domestic and international
Financial Services practice.
Successfully placed a senior D&O specialist into a recognised National insurance
practice to be a senior figure in developing the groups’ specialist offering.
Successfully placed a senior Lender Services Associate into a leading City firm
to both develop their practice and diversify the client portfolio.
Successfully placed several Construction Insurance specialists (Partners &
Associates) into leading insurance practices.
Successfully placed a senior Solicitors Indemnity specialist into a leading
insurance team as part of the firm’s strategy to develop a key client.
Successfully secured a subsidence specialist for a leading insurance practice.
Successfully placed a recognised Partner from a National practice to establish and
lead a new Professional Indemnity practice. (Equity Partner)
Successfully placed a recognised Professional Indemnity & Financial Services
partner into a National insurance practice to take a lead role in developing the
London office. We also took a lead role in formulating the firm’s London strategy.
(Fixed Share Partner)
Successfully placed the Chairman (and team) from a national insurance firm into
a leading City firm to establish and develop a Lender Services practice. (Equity
Completed a detailed search report into a specific target firm as part of our
clients’ feasibility study into targeting prospective key clients.
Completed retained assignments:
To secure a two partner insurance team into the City office of a recognised
National firm. (both joined as Junior Equity Partners)
For a boutique insurance practice to recruit a senior insurance partner to
diversify their client offering. (Equity Partner)
For a National practice to build their London offering at both Partner and
INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE SUCCESSES (HIGHLIGHTS)
Relocated associate from London to a leading insurance practice in Sydney,
Relocated senior Insurance associate from London to a leading practice in
Auckland, New Zealand.
Relocated associate from London to a leading insurance practice in Belfast,
Successfully placed a foreign qualified lawyer from Australia into the personal
injury team of a leading City practice.
NON-INSURANCE SUCCESSES (HIGHLIGHTS)
Managed retained assignment to secure a new Head of Construction for a
leading City practice. (Fixed Share partner)
Managed retained assignment to secure an Insolvency & Restructuring partner
for a leading City practice. (Senior Equity partner)
Managed retained assignment for a City firm to recruit a Tax partner to lead the
UK tax practice spanning the global network of offices. (Senior Equity partner)
Managed retained assignment to secure a Tax Partner to head the Real Estate
Tax division for a leading City practice. (Fixed Share partner)
Successfully placed the Head of European Tax from a Magic Circle firm into a
leading White Shoe firm. (Fixed Share Partner)
Successfully placed a Tax partner to establish & lead a new Tax practice at a
leading boutique technology firm. (Fixed Share partner)
Successfully placed a Tax partner from a leading US firm to establish and lead
the UK tax practice for another leading US firm. (Fixed Share partner)