We are proactive and responsive. Throughout every stage of a search assignment we keep our clients updated. The strategic thinking and speed with which we approach our searches gives our clients a competitive edge in the market. Our pro-activeness often means we engage candidates well before they are committed to pursuing other opportunities.
Our candidates are often high profile and extremely well regarded in their practice sectors. We understand what it takes to engage candidates of this calibre to commit to opportunities and always adopt a hassle free yet vigorous approach.
At a senior level, we ensure we conduct insightful and extensive due diligence especially at the early market mapping stage. Our expansive networks enable us to do this reliably and discreetly.
We take time to build a meaningful rapport between our clients and candidates and our culture advisory expertise play an integral role in getting the candidate-team ‘fit’ right. We spend a considerable amount of time working with our candidates on their business plans to ensure that the information our clients receive is credible and viable.
We limit the number of retainers we take on to ensure that every assignment is given the full attention it requires and we never take on a retained search if there is the potential of a conflict. We also offer our clients culture advisory services, succession planning, diversity and inclusion planning and extensive salary survey advice.
of our work is retained
of our retained projects are successfully concluded
of our candidates would recommend us
of the work we do is within our sector specialism
Somaya is really everything you want in a headhunter, particularly if you are not very used to the process. She demonstrates a startling knowledge of the markets in which she operates; her ear is clearly very close to the ground and because she is self-evidently trustworthy, so personable , and remains friends with those she has placed, she gets to know things which many others will not. As a former lawyer she knows the world. She takes great trouble to find out about the practice she is working for, its recent history, its personalities and its culture, and this serves the client well, informing as it does the careful selection of possible targets she quickly produces. One gets a real sense that she is batting for you when she takes on a search and wants the best for department for whom she is working, and her suggestions often improve the original brief she has been given; she will speak frankly about any drawbacks she identifies but offers strategies to overcome them. The process is a genuine partnership in which she needs her client to play a full part. She fed back to us regularly and we knew she was always "on it" even if she had nothing to report. I could not recommend Somaya more highly.
Henry Hood – Head of Team | Hunters LLP
I worked with Somaya on expanding our Family / Dispute Resolution Team. Her grasp of this very specialised area in the legal sector is exceptional and I particularly liked her focused, honest and professional style of working. She is a cut above the rest in providing a committed service. Being a qualified lawyer herself, Somaya is able to understand her clients’ objectives easily; I will have no hesitation in recommending and using her again. It is a pleasure working with her.
Arif Kamal – Chief Finance & Operations Officer, Hunters Law LLP
Over the course of the last 18 months, Somaya has become a trusted adviser to the Firm. She has invested time in understanding the Firm and the specific requirements of each search. In doing so, Somaya has earned the trust and respect of the Partners with whom she works and is better able to represent the Firm's interests in securing high calibre candidates and in converting searches on their behalf. Somaya is knowledgeable in her areas of specialism, methodical in her approach, diligent in her execution and personable in the way in which she interacts with a range of stakeholders. She has also used her experience of working with us to promote the Firm's successes with her network. These are some the key qualities that mark Somaya out among her peers and highlight how invested she is in both her clients and candidates.
Rob Ashing – Head of Operations | Howard Kennedy LLP
I worked with Somaya recently regarding the recruitment of an associate for our team. She was a pleasure to work with – insightful, professional, discrete and with a clear understanding of the market, our firm and our team’s objectives. The process was transparent, organised and efficient, and she found the perfect person for us.
Sarah Hutchinson – Partner | Family & Divorce | Farrer & Co
Somaya took the time to understand the role for which we were recruiting before making any recommendations. I really appreciated the professional and personal approach Somaya took towards both our firm and our new Partner.
Philip Morton – Partner and Head of Team | DMH Stallard
I just know I can trust Somaya, she understands people and our business. I also trust her not to suggest someone she knows wouldn’t fit.
Carol Ellinas – Partner and Head of Team | Russells Solicitors
Somaya has the skill of making both the client and the candidate feel assured and supported throughout the process. Her professionalism and commitment to everyone concerned shows the true value of bespoke recruitment. Her understanding of our needs, vision and culture meant that not only did we recruit the right candidate for us, the recruitment experience and process felt positive and we are heading into this new phase of growth with confidence in our enhanced team.
Katherine Rayden – Founder and Senior Partner | Rayden Solicitors
Somaya worked with us recently to fill a particularly difficult vacancy. I found her to be thorough, helpful and committed to gaining the best outcome for both her candidate and the firm. She had in-depth knowledge of the market and was extremely helpful throughout the process. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to other organisations and hope to work with her again in the future.
Danielle Black – Head of Team | RPC
What stood out to me was the depth of knowledge that Somaya had on the market, the firm, and the candidate she was representing. Her feedback throughout the process was detailed and considered, she was credible and I trusted her guidance throughout. I look forward to continuing to work together.
Gabriela Chappell – Head of Team | Bird & Bird LLP
We have just successfully completed our second recent recruitment through Mimoza Fleur. From the moment we identified the type of person we wanted through to settling the final deal Somaya worked seamlessly with our internal team, making sure not only that the candidates presented well to use, but that we were able to tell our story about who we were looking for – she brokered the deal. I hope that we will be looking at other opportunities together shortly.
Stephen Ashworth – Former Head of Team | Dentons LLP
Somaya represented a candidate from a Magic Circle firm when we were undertaking a search for a new partner to join our London Employment team. She quickly developed an understanding of our practice and our requirements, and demonstrated this knowledge through the guidance and mentoring which she provided to the candidate. She was professional, dedicated and responsive throughout the process, and assisted with navigating tricky issues around targets and compensation. The result was a very successful hire for the team.
Khurram Shamsee – Head of Team | DAC Beechcroft
I can highly recommend Somaya as a recruiter. She can see what is needed in a given situation and knows what it takes to help guide towards completion. Very professional and lovely to work with.
Jane McDonagh – Head of Team | Simons, Muirhead & Burton
I have had the pleasure of working with Somaya on various projects for a number of years now. She remains the best at what she does and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Her insight into and knowledge of the market is unrivalled. What really marks her out though is her warmth, authenticity and the time, care and energy that she applies to what she does. She listens to and understands what I want and need and helps make the recruitment process enjoyable.
Lois Langton – Head of Team | Howard Kennedy
You have been most helpful and proactive throughout this [partner hire] process which several partners have commented upon as well as the clarity of the business plan.
John Cahill – Head of Team | Stewarts LLP
I have been fortunate to work with Somaya on a partner search for Forsters’ growing family team. I was keen to retain someone who had specialist knowledge of the family law market, which is a tight-knit community. Given her background Somaya was definitely the right person for the job and I found her at all times knowledgeable, efficient and tenacious in her search, even at times when we doubted we’d ever find the right person. Ultimately she was able to effect introductions to candidates who we wouldn’t have met, and led to what I hope will be a cracking recruitment for our team.
Jo Edwards – Head of Team | Forsters LLP