Testimonials

Annabel Staples | Partner | Sinclair Gibson

We worked with Somaya on a Senior Associate search for our established matrimonial department. Somaya’s market knowledge is second to none and she already had a good understanding of the type of work we do and therefore understood the calibre of candidate required. She produced a long list which was wholly suitable in terms of skill set and training and took our feedback on board to whittle down to a shortlist. When we reached the end of the road with those candidates a revisit of requirements was undertaken to check nothing had changed before a B-list was produced. Somaya was easy to contact and inspired confidence throughout the process, showing a high degree of perseverance and good communication skills, keeping us abreast of developments in a timely manner throughout.

- Annabel Staples | Partner | Sinclair Gibson

Joanna Grandfield | London Head of Family | Mills & Reeve

Thank you so much for all your efforts with this. We are thrilled. I am completely in awe of how you managed it alongside the later stages of pregnancy and post partum. Amazing!

- Joanna Grandfield | London Head of Family | Mills & Reeve

Matthew Heyworth | Family Partner | Mills & Reeve

Somaya is incredibly well connected in the legal market, which allows her to make introductions that will be of genuine interest to both sides. When it comes to the interview process, Somaya adds real value in discussions surrounding business plans and market opportunities. I’m grateful for her support throughout the process.  

- Matthew Heyworth | Family Partner | Mills & Reeve

Zoe Rose | Family Lawyer & Team Leader | Hedges

Somaya is simply amazing. She really takes the time to get to know you, your values and what you are looking for so that the introductions she makes fit. As a woman at the top of her game, she also just gets what it means to be a woman and mother in a leadership role.  She is the consummate professional and a pleasure to work with.  

- Zoe Rose | Family Lawyer & Team Leader | Hedges

Zahra Kanani | Legal Director | Howard Kennedy

I have had the pleasure of knowing Somaya personally and professionally for several years and I am impressed by the honesty and integrity with which she conducts herself. Having been at a senior position at my firm for a number of years, I was initially reluctant to embrace a new opportunity for fear of the unknown. Somaya was incredibly patient with me throughout the process, took the time to listen and addressed all of my concerns. She was approachable, easy to talk to, always available and kept me updated after every round of the recruitment process as well as providing me with valuable insight into the remuneration package offered. It would not be right of me if I failed to thank Somaya’s highly efficient and experienced PA, Carey Vigor, who went to great lengths to co-ordinate all our diaries throughout the interview process. Somaya’s experience and knowledge of her market and personalised service really make her stand out and I would not hesitate to consider recommending her to anyone who is looking to grow their practice and embrace a new opportunity.  

- Zahra Kanani | Legal Director | Howard Kennedy

Katherine Res Pritchard | Family Partner | Howard Kennedy

I know I’ve said it many times before but thank you for everything you’ve done.  

- Katherine Res Pritchard | Family Partner | Howard Kennedy

Jonathan Lyness | Family Associate | Withersworldwide

Somaya operates in a completely different league to other recruiters. She knows the market inside out and has her finger firmly on the pulse with regards to upcoming opportunities. Her tailored approach contrasts with the scattergun tactics adopted by many other recruiters, while her contacts and experience of the market allow her to offer guidance and support throughout what could otherwise be a daunting process.  

- Jonathan Lyness | Family Associate | Withersworldwide

Naomi O’Higgins | Partner (TEP), Head of Trusts and Estates Disputes | Howard Kennedy

I had the pleasure of working with Somaya Ouazzani of Mimoza Fleur in connection with two recent senior team hires. Somaya's strategic approach was impressive and her detailed knowledge of the Private Wealth market is second to none. She displayed a strong understanding of the firm's and our team's needs, culture and values throughout both processes. The quality and calibre of the candidates she put forward and those ultimately hired is a testament to Somaya. I would not hesitate to recommend her and Mimoza Fleur.

- Naomi O’Higgins | Partner (TEP), Head of Trusts and Estates Disputes | Howard Kennedy

Emma Willing | Family Partner | Penningtons Manches Cooper

Somaya is an exceptional recruiter.  Throughout the process she was highly professional and supportive.  Somaya is very well connected in the world of Private Wealth and forges strong and trusting relationships with the candidates and firms she works with.  Somaya went above and beyond in her role as recruiter.  It was an absolute pleasure to be able to work with her.  Thank you Somaya.

- Emma Willing | Family Partner | Penningtons Manches Cooper

Olivia Piercy | Family Partner | Hunters Law LLP

Somaya is a brilliant recruiter. She is exceptionally well connected and really understands the business. I found her to be warm, personable and supportive, but also very professional. She was a lot more thorough and detailed than any other recruiter I’ve ever worked with and really went the extra mile. It was also clear that me that she has equally good relationships with the firms we worked with as she does with the candidates she represents.

- Olivia Piercy | Family Partner | Hunters Law LLP

Alejandro Garcia | International Arbitration Partner | Stewarts

I have dealt with many recruiters over the years and Somaya is one of the best. At least four aspects that, in combination, make her stand out from the rest. First, she knows the international arbitration market extremely well and has good contacts across the industry. Second, she provides sound strategic advice in respect of most areas relevant to a career move. In a way, she acts as a coach, which I thought was invaluable in my preparation and decision-making process. Her involvement was not only limited to high-level input. For example, she also provided guidance and detailed feedback in respect of my business plan, which I thought was invaluable. Third, she is proactive. Unlike many other recruiters, she does not need to be chased, quite the opposite. She often helps drive the process, which provides significant help during busy periods. Fourth, Somaya is candid and adopts a no-nonsense approach. She is not afraid of telling things as they are, which is precisely what you need when you are planning a career move. Somaya is at the top of her game and I can highly recommend her.

- Alejandro Garcia | International Arbitration Partner | Stewarts

Anna-Laura Lock | Legal Director | Rayden Solicitors

I cannot rate Somaya and her team highly enough. From our very first telephone call it was clear how fantastic she is at her job. I immediately felt that she understood me and what I needed. This, when coupled with her excellent judgment and knowledge of the legal world, meant that she was able to put forward quickly bespoke and accurate suggestions and opportunities. Her matchmaking skills are spot on! In addition to the above she is the ultimate cheerleader. I felt incredibly supported throughout the whole process and her pep talks are outstanding. I cannot imagine going through the experience without her guidance and will not hesitate to recommend her services to employers and employees alike.

- Anna-Laura Lock | Legal Director | Rayden Solicitors

Rory Bennett | Planning Lawyer | Linklaters

Somaya is a consummate professional whose hassle-free style belies a vigorous approach.  She has a formidable grasp of the legal market and combines charm, character and an unbending will to succeed.  She is an absolute pleasure to work with.

- Rory Bennett | Planning Lawyer | Linklaters

Monika Byrska | Partner | Howard Kennedy

Somaya you are not a recruiter but a true match maker. The time and effort you put into making sure the candidate and the firm are a good fit is unprecedented. Your perseverance and devotion to making sure the process is moving along smoothly and timely is second to none. I do not know any other agent who would devote so much time and attention to their candidate. Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart.

- Monika Byrska | Partner | Howard Kennedy

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 | DMH Stallard

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 | DMH Stallard

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