Testimonials

Henry Hood – Head of Team  | Hunters LLP

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

Arif Kamal – Chief Finance & Operations Officer, Hunters Law 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

Alex Woolley – Associate | Farrer & Co

Somaya is the only recruiter I have recommended my friends and contacts use. She is discrete, professional and knows the high-end family law market inside out. She gave me straight and completely honest advice about what would be best for me and I do not think I would be in the position I am now without her.

- Alex Woolley – Associate | Farrer & Co

Rob Ashing – Head of Operations | Howard Kennedy 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

Sarah Hutchinson – Partner | Family & Divorce | Farrer & Co

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

Olalla Garcia-Arreciado – Registered Foreign Lawyer (Spanish-Qualified) | Howard Kennedy

Somaya has great contacts and knowledge of the legal sector at a very high level. She knows exactly which firm may be interested in what you have to offer and is very quick to act. She's very honest in her feedback about your strong and weak points, which helps you prepare for the interview process. She helped me land the job of my dreams in a matter of weeks and in the middle of a world pandemic and a looming recession - a true testament to her value as a recruiter!

- Olalla Garcia-Arreciado – Registered Foreign Lawyer (Spanish-Qualified) | Howard Kennedy

Nina Lake – Partner | Howard Kennedy

Somaya has been a pleasure to work with, always giving reassuring and solid guidance and advice from start to finish. I felt that Somaya really worked hard to ensure my interests and needs were considered at every stage and felt fully supported throughout. I can’t recommend her enough.

- Nina Lake – Partner | Howard Kennedy

Natasha Slabas – Partner | Sears Tooth

I cannot thank Somaya enough for her help in the process, which was invaluable throughout. She made the experience go by smoothly and quickly. Her knowledge of the market and in managing my expectations from the get-go were second to none.

- Natasha Slabas – Partner | Sears Tooth

Philip Morton – Partner and Head of Team | DMH Stallard

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

Carol Ellinas – Partner and Head of Team | Russells Solicitors

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

Katherine Rayden – Founder and Senior Partner | Rayden 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

Hannah Beko – Real Estate Partner and Founder | Authentically Speaking

I am very grateful to have met Somaya in November 2018 as a co-speaker for the Women Lawyers and Mothers Group. I was immediately impressed with Somaya’s commitment to equality and diversity in the law and particularly towards encouraging more women to step into leadership positions. We share a common passion for the development of our profession and I really admire Mimoza Fleur’s forward thinking attitude toward recruitment in the legal sector.

- Hannah Beko – Real Estate Partner and Founder | Authentically Speaking

Cynthia Jakes – Founder | Women Lawyers & Mothers Group

She happens to be an amazing advocate for greater inclusivity and diversity in the legal profession.

- Cynthia Jakes – Founder | Women Lawyers & Mothers Group

Danielle Black – Head of Team | RPC

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

Gabriela Chappell – Head of Team | Bird & Bird LLP

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

Jacqueline Mulryne, Life Sciences Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP London

Somaya is well aware of the need for diversity in recruiting and retaining talent, and the importance of both acknowledging and addressing the difficulties with current law firm processes. Somaya offers a perspective from a number of firms and candidates, and can use that experience to offer concrete advice and examples of best (and worst!) practice to assist individual candidates and firms.

- Jacqueline Mulryne, Life Sciences Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP London

Jamie McKie – Senior Associate | Dentons LLP

Somaya is highly recommended. She is extremely thorough and on top of her brief. She is also very easy to work with - a strong communicator who recognizes the sensitivities of a career move and helps to steer you through the process.

- Jamie McKie – Senior Associate | Dentons LLP

Stephen Ashworth – Former Head of Team | Dentons 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

Emma Harling-Phillips – Partner, Planning | Pinsent Masons

Somaya recently placed me as a partner in a Tier 1 law firm. Somaya was fantastic throughout the process, ensuring I was fully briefed and prepared and was excellent at continuing contact with the firm and keeping the process moving. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.

- Emma Harling-Phillips – Partner, Planning | Pinsent Masons

Khurram Shamsee – Head of Team | DAC Beechcroft

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

Jessica Reid – Partner | Dawson Cornwell

Somaya is a very professional Recruiter, who makes you feel at ease throughout the whole process and recommends positions that are truly beneficial to you and furthering your career. She is knowledgeable in the family law sector, having practiced in it herself. She also regularly keeps you up to date and knows about roles before they are advertised - giving you the edge.

- Jessica Reid – Partner | Dawson Cornwell

Jane McDonagh – Head of Team | Simons, Muirhead & Burton

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

Carrie Duncan – Partner & Head of Private Client | Anthony Gold

Somaya is an absolute pleasure to deal with and gets results! She offered invaluable advice, support and feedback throughout the process and was always incredibly accommodating in scheduling telephone appointments and meetings around a busy working day. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking to make the next move.

- Carrie Duncan – Partner & Head of Private Client | Anthony Gold

Lois Langton – Head of Team | Howard Kennedy

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