Adam Houghton 

I have managed all types of recruitment processes in a range of legal disciplines over the years. I am known for my 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 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. 
Contact: Direct: +44 20 3129 1143 Mobile: +44 7968 007 197 E-mail: 

Laila Caruso 

Laila has been working in the recruitment industry since 2005. She has experience working across a variety of legal sectors and has worked on search assignments both in private practice and in-house. She also has experience of compiling due diligence reports on candidates and team hires for law firms in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 
Laila has successfully worked on litigation and specialist insurance searches and joined Auston Legal to further strengthen our presence in the sector and offering across the market. She takes a lead on insurance recruitment in the regions in addition to assisting on specialist searches and partner level mandates. 
Laila read law and history and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and completed her LLM with SOAS and King’s College London in 2004. 
Direct: +44 20 3129 8821 Mobile: +44 7974 820298 E-mail: 
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 
Non-Partner levels. 
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. 
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) 
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