“Totum are without question the “Go To” agency for me. They know their market exceptionally well and provide professional, knowledgeable support without the usual recruiter sales patter which can be so off putting. The mark of a good recruiter is to listen to what the client or candidate says they want and to meet that brief, while also gently nudging them into considering a broader range of options where necessary. Having worked with Totum for many years as both client and candidate, I can recommend them as being first rate professionals and also a really nice bunch of people.”

Morwenna Scholes, HR Director at Mathys & Squire


“Our firm was entering London for the first time.  We needed help in understanding the market for talent in the city.  Totum partners provided us with much needed counsel and a fluid and rapid recruitment process.  Every candidate they provided to us was high quality and well prepared for their meetings with us.  We are quite happy with the outcome and anticipate using Totum again when the need arises.”

Chief Marketing Officer, AmLaw 100 Firm


"I have no hesitation in saying that Totum Partners is a first class agency.  Their attention to detail and their thorough knowledge of the positions I was put forward for, made all the difference in securing a great job.  Their other USP is that they are genuinely friendly and helpful as well as being professional.  In my experience with other agencies, this is not standard practice.  They are a pleasure to deal with, and definitely one of the best in their field. Liz, James, Rebecca and Lacey in particular really standout in the service that they provide"



"I would never consider using any other recruitment agency. Totum has outstanding client service and Tim Skipper stands head and shoulders above others in the industry."

Vicky Thompson


"The Totum team provided an outstanding service during the recruitment process. They managed to find the perfect opportunity for me as they made an effort to understand my background and experience."

Senior Business Development Manager, Global law firm 


“I am delighted to recommend Totum Partners and, in particular, Debbie Gray and Gary Jones with whom I have been working closely for several months.  They both  made a great effort to understand the challenges I was seeking in my next role and were able to provide invaluable advice and insight to help me target, and then secure, the best opportunity for me.  I always felt that they were looking out for my best interests, as well as the firms they were working with, which gave me great confidence in the application/interview process and the relationship generally. They have a highly extensive network across all the best firms and a deep industry understanding  which meant I was exposed to some fantastic opportunities – including the one I am looking forward to starting imminently!   They are great fun to work with too!”

Richard  Gaillard


“I would particularly like to thank Gary Jones and Tim Skipper from Totum; they seemed to be a rare breed of recruitment consultant who could see the value in my ‘off-piste’ career and where it could fit and add value in the rapidly changing legal services sector”

Emma Niven, who is joining Travers Smith in a senior project management role


"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Tim and James over the past couple of months. Both were very giving of their time, well prepared in advance of my meetings with them (unlike some other recruiters! they had actually taken the time to read my CV!) and made an effort to understand what exactly I was looking for, without being pushy.  They demonstrated a solid understanding of the law and professional services industries and the macroeconomic climate affecting both. I felt confident that I was in good hands and knew that they would steer me towards suitable roles within organisations with the right cultural fit. They did.  During the interview process James was incredibly responsive and handled some tricky situations very diplomatically. He also took the time to explain some of the nuances of the various roles and individuals involved. I am very excited at the prospect of starting my new role and am very grateful to Tim and James for their help in placing me. I have no hesitation in recommending Totum to other candidates looking to be placed in the right role at the right organisation."



"Working with Gary over the past 8 years has been one of the highlights of both my career to date and my time in the UK. Thank you for everything."

Atlanta Stoyle, Legal Business Development professional


“Totum doesn’t just place people in another version of the job they already have.  You think laterally and create new opportunities for people.  I will continue to recommend the firm to everyone I know…”

Clare Singleton, Singleton Lowe Limited


“It was a pleasure working with James Rosenthal. He provided good insight into the role and was an important conduit.  His professional expertise from negotiation to stakeholder management ensured the process ran smoothly.  Throughout the process relevant information was shared and discussed resulting in the best outcome. The transition into the new role has been seamless. Credit goes to James and the wider team at Totum.”

PR Manager, American law firm 


“…thank you for your time… however I have offered and accepted another contract…. I will be sure to stay in touch should my circumstances change and have been thoroughly impressed with your professionalism and market knowledge in our interactions.”

Beth Cooper - Project Manager Candidate


James really made the effort to understand my CV and where I wanted to take my career. He didn’t bombard me with roles - he made good use of time by being selective and was able to suggest the perfect opportunity for me. He was also an invaluable coach throughout the recruitment process. It helps that he’s friendly, approachable, accessible and knows the firms and markets so well. I would thoroughly recommend James and Totum to anyone looking for new opportunities in the sector.”

Candidate - Magic Circle firm


"I've worked with Totum for years now and have lost count of the times I have recommended them, both to potential candidates and those looking for new joiners. They are, without a doubt, my first port of call in any recruitment related situation - even if I'm just after some advice. The friendly team are always willing to use their experience to help discuss issues. Rebecca, Laura and James have all been invaluable in their help and support. Whether I'm looking for a new opportunity or for a new team member, they really listen to what I need and don't waste time sending me information which doesn't fit the bill. That said, they're also very good at discussing what I need and helping me to think outside the box. It's definitely a skill to be able to do both! I will continue to recommend Totum to all that will listen!"

Helen Griffiths - Business Development Manager, Clyde & Co


"Recruiters generally have a bad reputation for a reason. However, I am very pleased to say that James is one of the very good guys. I have dealt with him a few time over the years and was delighted when we found one another again, with regards to a role that really fitted the bill with me. He listens to your needs, doesn’t try to pressure you into a job you know you are not going to like, and you can easily have an honest discussion with him. On the basis of this, I would recommend James and Totum from both a candidate and recruiters point of view. Their approach to recruitment is very refreshing."

Sue Fendt - Business Development & Marketing Manager, Powell Williams LLP


"The refreshing thing about James Rosenthal at Totum is that I could hear him listening.  I wasn't sure how easy it would be for me to find a contract role in London at my age and with no recent track record in the UK. James was encouraging but realistic through the job search process, gently guiding me to where  I had my best chance of success.  We found a role, quite quickly, that was just right.   When this contract finishes, I will have no hesitation in going back to Totum to talk about my aspirations and where I meet the market.   They are, in my view, a cut above the rest."
Penny Scott, Marketing Candidate


"Totum were a fantastic partner throughout my job search. Taking a career in a new direction can be a daunting thing but James Rosenthal took the time to really listen to my goals and requirements and also, importantly, he took on-board the things I didn't want to do. Together we shortlisted a handful of roles we felt would be a good fit for me and my experience and James was an indispensable advisor every step of the way. He was never pushy, instead taking a more thoughtful and strategic approach to working with candidates that sets Totum aside from many other recruitment agencies. Ultimately I found a great role and one month in I am extremely pleased with the move and my experience with Totum."

Mael Habell-Aili - Business Development Manager, CMS


“Totum has assisted Ashurst in recruiting a number of senior positions into our Business Support functions over the past year. They have provided a fantastic service. They know their candidates well and provide good market knowledge when required.”

Sheena Patel – Resourcing Manager, Ashurst


"Totum were incredibly supportive in my first move in to the legal world. Jessica took the time to both guide and coach me through the three stage interview process, providing detailed feedback throughout which allowed me to focus and tailor my responses as the process progressed. The role they matched me with was a glove fit with my previous skill set, allowing me to make this move into a new sector. I found Jessica to be very responsive giving me the confidence that she was acting with my best interests."

James Sutherland – Finance Candidate


“Debbie Gray and Gary Jones have guided me through two recruitment processes over the last seven years.  At all times, I have found them to be supportive, responsive, patient and encouraging. Their approach is very personal and both have an ability to make you feel that you are the only candidate that they are currently assisting.  In conclusion, they are a delight to work with. Thank you Debbie and Gary!”

Carolyn Stanton – Business Manager, Baker & McKenzie


“Thank you for all of your help, you've been such a great assistance and the best recruiter I worked with here. I'll certainly be recommending you and Totum to any people looking for HR or legal jobs.”



“Totum are always my go-to agency. I've turned to them on a number of occasions simply for advice and, when it was time for me to find a new opportunity, they seemed to really care about whether roles were the right fit for me – rather than just trying to sell me every role they had. I'm now in a new job where I feel at home and which gives me great scope for development.”

Deborah Fleming – Senior BD Manager, Clyde & Co


“Totum was exceptional in supporting me in my move to a commercial leadership role in a global law firm. Gary and Tim took the time to understand my skills and interests and were creative in suggesting roles that would suit me. This intelligent approach means they can place people with varied professional backgrounds. They have a deep understanding of their clients' needs, so their help in preparing for interviews is first class. They have been a pleasure to work with and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.”



“Totum had placed me in a position which gave me excellent experience, so I obviously returned to them when I was looking for a move.  Their welcome and understanding of the sort of role I was seeking were palpable, and testament to the professionalism and loyalty they demonstrate to their candidates.  Unlike “volume” agencies, Totum is painstaking over matching people to organisations and in maintaining communication and prompt feedback.  Rather like a private bank, one is treated by Totum as an individual and not an account number.  I am completely in their debt.”



“This is my first real job, so I was expecting the whole process to be extremely stressful, but working with Totum meant that I was guided through with ease. Totum helped me right from the beginning, when I was looking at the different jobs to apply for, all the way to my job offer. I was fully briefed for my interviews and received good feedback from each one too. The additional help I was given – including video tutorials and various written materials - was definitely instrumental in getting my job. Totum helped me find the perfect first job and I will definitely use them in the future should the need arise. And the basket of baked goods after my job offer was the envy of the office...”

Lucy Jones - Business Development Assistant, Pinsent Masons LLP


“I’ve worked with Totum to secure BD Director interim assignments in law firms for the past five years.  I love working with them because the way they match interim roles to my experience, skills and - perhaps, most importantly - what motivates me – is first-class.  Totum consultants are experienced, professional, honest and have a very personal approach. They have taken the time to really understand me and we have a relationship built on trust as both a candidate and client. I think it’s a great move that Totum has expanded its interim capability as law firms are increasingly recognising that interim hires are very often a better solution, particularly in times of restructuring, growth or change.”

Caroline Hodge, Interim Business Development Director, Bond Dickinson LLP


“I've just secured a great role with the help of Laura McNair and I would like to commend them on the outstanding service they provided throughout the entire recruitment process. To date, I have dealt with many recruitment agencies and very few of them have provided a level of service quite as professional as Totum Partners. I was incredibly supported by Laura and she ensured that I was well equipped for every interview with the employer. I was provided with the relevant information to succeed at every stage of the interviews and there was always a timely follow-up from them after every interview. So far, I have not come across any other agency within the industry offering anything even near the level of service provided by the team at Totum Partners. Thanks again to Laura!”

Josephine Ajayi-Majebi – Programme Planner, Ashurst


“I wanted to say how impressive I have found Totum to be throughout the whole Michelmores experience. As you know I have experienced many different recruitment firms over the years, both as a candidate and an employer, and I have to say you guys are at the very top of my list. From start to finish Rebecca and Roisin were impeccably professional, helpful, transparent and encouraging. I think the relationship dynamic is always tricky for you guys because whilst you are acting for the client, you also have to get the best out of the candidates. I think they did that with great aplomb!”



Liz, I have been offered a role with Baker & McKenzie that I have now formally accepted.  This role is the right role for me at this time and I am really pleased with the outcome. My only disappointment is that I didn't secure the role through Totum. You, Rebecca and James have been absolutely fantastic to work with and I couldn't recommend you all highly enough. Your insight into the sector, your appraisal of me and my CV, was so encouraging but also based on clear expertise in the legal sector market. Thank you for all your support and assistance over the last few weeks.  I will definitely be recommending you as my recruiter of choice as I think you guys are fantastic.

Fiona Symington – Senior Manager Candidate


"Rebecca, Laura and the team at Totum are consummate professionals and a pleasure to work with - and I say that because the experience really does feel like that, as opposed to being shoe horned into roles that are only partially suitable. They make the time to understand the needs of both candidates and recruiting organisation and work to find the best fit. It is the investment this time that sets them apart from the competition and is a key factor behind their reputation in the market.  They supported my entry into the legal market by acting as coaches as well as recruiters, using their insight and knowledge to help me find the right role. I would recommend Totum to anyone looking for a new or their next role in the legal sector."

Mario Di Gregorio - Relationship Manager, Addleshaw Goddard LLP


“Tim and the Totum team know the legal market and the needs of lawyers/partners in law firms exceptionally well. While looking for a role myself, I highly appreciated their deep understanding of how law firms tick and how I would best fit into this particular market. They are excellent for all levels of placement, in particular senior ones. They really feel and breathe the sector and are the right firm for business services roles in the legal world.”

Barbara Nestle – White & Case


“Jayna Vara started with us yesterday in the Digital Marketing Executive position.  I just wanted to thank Totum for sourcing this appointment for Bristows. Roisin was prompt and efficient and responsive to what was required. It was a pleasure to work with her, and I have emailed Roisin to thank her also. It was good to meet up again back in January when you all came in.   There are a lot of recruitment agencies around and many are good.   It is particularly nice when you find a really good one though – so hopefully we can maintain the contact!”

Amanda Rose - Head of HR, Bristows LLP


“Laura has recently assisted me with a career move from Executive Search / Recruitment Agency to an In-House Recruitment Management role. From the first moment I first spoke with Laura, I found her to be professional, personable, highly informed, ethical and reliable. I saw Laura very much as my trusted advisor and entrusted her with understanding my experience and what I was seeking in my next career move. Throughout the process, Laura was consistent in her approach and communication and honest in her delivery of feedback. She provided a professional and slick experience and I would not hesitate to recommend her to clients or candidates.”

Sarah Thompson - Recruitment Manager, Sherman & Sterling LLP


“I have worked with Tim and Gary for years - great guys. They have a huge network, but maintain a very personal approach. They know both their clients and their potential candidates well, which is vital when you need the perfect match. I find Totum an excellent business partner and will use them any time.”

Frans Post, CEO, GPW


“I am writing to express my appreciation of Gary Jones at Totum Partners who made every effort to assist me in my job search. Gary took the time to talk to me about my career ideas, advised me accordingly, and proceeded to keep me in mind as and when suitable job openings were being handled by Totum.It took 6 months in the end, and I landed a job via another route, but was mindful of how Gary had not forgotten me during the long months! It was good to know that he made me feel top of mind, and I did not need to keep contacting him to find out about jobs, he pro-actively updated me. Glad I am now in employment, but will always be ready to recommend Gary and Totum Partners to organisations that are looking to fill business development roles for professional organisations.”

Deborah Brown, Candidate


“Totum Partners have been instrumental in helping me to progress with my career and have also supported me with strategic and insightful recruitment support.  They offer practical advice and their extensive connections both within the legal, wider professional services and other sectors has benefitted me personally and professionally. They are great fun to work with and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to recruit or develop their career”

Sadie Baron, EMEA Marketing Director, Reed Smith


“It was eye-opening to witness the psychological insight, honesty and sheer amount of work Gary put in during a lengthy recruitment process. As a candidate, you feel you have his exclusive focus and support - which is remarkable, given how many people and assignments he must be juggling. Constant communication, direct and transparent feedback, empathy and a profound understanding of the market make Totum stand out in my view”.

Oliver White, Head of Marketing candidate


"Liz and Roisin were incredibly knowledgeable, patient and kind and I hugely appreciate their efforts in securing me my role. Both in terms of the roles that they suggested, and their briefings and follow ups they were miles ahead of the other recruitment agencies I dealt with".



"I have known Gary Jones and Laura McNair for many years both as a candidate and as a client. They have sourced some excellent candidates, know what differentiates our firm brand in the market and are a real pleasure to work with".

Simon Luckett – Global HR Director at Withers LLP


"From first meeting through to the beginning of my new role, Totum was at hand. Rebecca and her team took great care to consider all perspectives and requirements to ensure a smooth and successful recruitment process. Rebecca particularly worked with me and it was a pleasure to get to know her".

Business Development Manager, Candidate


“It has been a real pleasure dealing with Laura, Rebecca and Gary at Totum Partners. After 11 years working for my previous employer, they were conscious right from the start that this was a huge change for me, both professionally, in terms of a change in direction back into a law firm, and personally, as my new role has demanded a family relocation. They were genuinely interested in the best outcome for me and provided a professional, yet down-to-earth, approach throughout the whole process. Thank you!”

Jamie Butler, Head of Training & Development, Russell-Cooke


“I have worked with Roisin as a candidate on several occasions and I have found her to be a very engaged and committed recruiter. Roisin made sure that I was fully briefed before I attended interviews so that I was able to prepare appropriately and she took the time to find out the answers to any questions that I had about the roles. I appreciated her regular communication throughout the recruitment process and would be keen to work with her again in the future.”

HR Officer, Candidate


“My experience of working with Totum Partners has been excellent on a number of levels. As a candidate interested in a role they were handling, from our very first email exchange and phone call I noted that they were consummate professionals and probably the best experience I have had of a Recruitment Consultancy. As we moved through the engagement, their professionalism was maintained, I always found them to be responsive, open and honest in all of our communications. Not only that, they were very helpful and supportive too and made me feel valued.  The foregoing is also true from a client perspective. I have engaged Totum Partners for a challenging candidate search and they found me a great candidate that we have successfully secured. Their knowledge and experience of the legal market is first class. What makes Totum the best? Their people - committed and motivated to succeed and nice with it.”

Janet Naylor, Director of Human Resources, Appleby


"In the last six months I was approached by a number of firms regarding various roles but this was the only one that matched my criteria and the package was at the right level.  There were a number of things that set Totum Partners, and in particular Gary Jones, apart from other organisations/individuals I came across during my search for new opportunities. In particular:

  1. In-depth understanding of the industry and key players;
  2. Willingness to truly listen and understand what I was looking for; and
  3. Only approached me when they had an opportunity that matched all my criteria and my skill set met the requirements of their client

During the interview process I received insightful feedback on the individuals involved in the interviews and Gary kept me up to date (and I assume his client) with developments. Package negotiations went very smoothly with no nasty surprises. I am sure this was partly down to Gary's understanding at the outset of what I was looking for, what was negotiable and what was not and then communicating this to his client. I have since recommended Gary Jones to a number of colleagues who are exploring the market"

Joanna Theodosiadou - UK Director of Finance, Stephenson Harwood LLP


“I have worked with Tim and Rebecca for many years and have always considered them to be absolutely outstanding recruitment consultants. They provided significant support to me as Head of BD & Comms, benchmarking team salaries and helping recruit the very best candidates. As a candidate myself, they have provided me with a very thorough written brief of each role. They have also proved numerous times that they care more about ensuring the role is right for the candidate, rather than their own commission, and provide fantastic advice.”

Caroline Sumnall – Head of European Marketing


"Totum offered me far more opportunities than any of the other recruiters I worked with, and when alerted to the same roles by different recruiters, Totum were always quicker to do so than anyone else. That tells me they know the legal industry, and the people who make the recruiting decisions within it. They also gave me candid advice throughout my search, and when the right opportunity came along they did everything they could to help me secure it. I cannot recommend Rebecca and her team highly enough, they are all thoroughly nice people to deal with."

Rohit Grover - PR & Communications Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills


"I had met with a few recruitment agencies during my job hunt before meeting Gary at Totum and was feeling fairly jaded by the process. My experience with Totum was very different to other agencies. Gary took time to chat through roles, provided honest feedback and showed real insight into individual firm cultures. It has been a pleasure working with them."

Audrey Holden - Events Manager, Capsticks


"Totum aren't your usual recruiters, they were dedicated and passionate in finding the right job for me. They really listened and understood what I was looking for, I felt in safe hands throughout my job search. Totum gave me extremely helpful advice on how to improve my CV and was very supportive before and after my job interviews offering constructive advice and input. And within less than 3 weeks I found my perfect job! I would highly recommend Totum should you be looking for a new job in the legal sector. I was impressed by the quality of jobs I was presented with and by the professionalism of the team at Totum. Thank you.”

Pauline Rottstock, Marketing Manager Candidate


“I have worked with Tim as a candidate and as a client, and from both sides they offer a seamless and very high quality service. They provide a personal touch and ensure that they have a full understanding of the requirements of the role which is being recruited. They provided us with high calibre candidates who understood our organisation, which made it very easy for us to find a suitable person for an important role quickly and with a minimum of fuss. It’s fantastic to see that in its new guise, Totum Partners continues to deliver an excellent and personal service, which I would be delighted to recommend to anyone”.

Toby Craig – Head of Communications, The Bar Council, following the recruitment of a Communications Manager.


“Totum are a truly dedicated and professional recruitment team. Gary and his colleagues are outstanding, supportive, communicative and highly dedicated to both their candidates and clients. I would highly recommend them”.

Corinne Bennett, HR Director candidate who is joining the legal sector April 2012


“From the moment that Debbie contacted me in response to my enquiry I felt that she understood my position, my experience and I what I hoped to achieve in moving. She channelled my thoughts in the right direction and I was confident that if the perfect position was available for me Debbie would identify it. And that is exactly what she did! Rather than just putting me forward for any vaguely similar role Debbie was positive that the ideal position would come along in time. Throughout the interim period she maintained regular contact appraising me of the situation and discussing the marketplace.

During the interview process both Debbie and Gary were extremely supportive and provided sound advice.  Nothing was ever too much trouble. Debbie is a fantastic person.  She is professional, listens to the candidate and provides honest and realistic advice. This attitude is indicative of Totum. The entire team at Totum are first class!”

Sara Lloyd – Group Risk Manager, Law South


"I had an urgent need for a very high calibre and senior business development professional to lead the BD support team of the firm's largest practice. I took a risk, and rather than use one of the firm's usual search agencies, appointed Tim and Debbie to find me someone. They did not disappoint - producing an excellent short list of candidates from which we chose who we believe to be one of the very best professionals in the market. The service Tim and Debbie provided was efficient, commercial and straightforward - I would have no hesitation in recommending Tim, Debbie and the team."

BD Director - Global Law Firm


"The assignment was not simple: to search for a mid-level, high-potential legal marketeer to take over marketing and BD activities in our Rome office. Moreover, to make it even more complex is the fact that legal marketing is a relatively new field in Italy, thus scarcity of experienced people puts an extra challenge. Tim promptly delivered in a creative and somehow surprising way: they were able to identify a US-based candidate, perfectly bilingual with exactly the experience and potential we were looking for and - above all - eager to relocate. Then the search process: it has been managed in a very professional way with clear reporting and prompt updates."

Allen & Overy, Rome, following the recruitment of a BD Manager


"I found the prospect of moving abroad for a job opportunity extremely daunting, but Rebecca made the whole process a much more calm affair! From initial introductions, through to the interviews and a painstaking wait for the final decision, Rebecca showed professionalism, empathy and most of all patience with me!  She helped me achieve a life changing opportunity and I won't hesitate to use them again both as a candidate and as a client."

James Grandage - Marketing Technology Manager, Maples & Calder, Cayman


“It has been my absolute pleasure dealing with Totum Partners. They are superb consultants with passion and flair and a real interest in what I, as a candidate, was looking for in terms of making my next career move. They spent a significant amount of time with me, making me aware of numerous roles, giving me specialist advice and coaching me through each step of the interview process. They took a real interest in what was best for me – a rare quality in the recruitment industry in my experience. Should I ever find myself looking for a recruitment consultant again, I know who I will turn to. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Lyndsay Byres, Candidate


"At Burges Salmon, we were delighted to have worked with Gary Jones and Debbie Gray in recruiting our new HR Director. They not only gave us a good summary of candidates' experience, but they also fully understood the nature of the role we were seeking to fill, providing clear advice which added real value to us in our decision-making – and all that with humour and a light touch which made Gary and Debbie a pleasure to deal with."

Helen Scott-Lawler - Partner, Burges Salmon


"A good recruitment agency is defined as much by what it doesn't do as by it what it does do. It doesn't inundate you with CVs, it doesn't simply summarise the candidate's career history in their covering note without adding insight, and it doesn't waste your time by sending along candidates who, despite a respectable CV, are clearly not right for the job or the firm. Amazingly, very few recruitment agencies seem to pass this simple test. Recruitment takes an enormous amount of my time, so I only want to work with firms that really understand our needs and ensure that candidates are the right calibre and fit with our team. Their candidate assessments knock spots off those provided by even their best competitors. I like their people and find them straight talking and helpful."

Serena Simmons, Director of Business Development, Hogan Lovells


“Totum are unique amongst recruiters. From all the recruitment advisors I have dealt with in the past they have been the most dedicated, experienced and honest of them all. In my opinion they worked extremely hard to find me my perfect role within a fantastic firm. They took the time to find out exactly what type of organisation and role would be right for me and gave me invaluable advice and guidance which I had not had from other recruitment advisors. I would not hesitate in recommending Totum to anyone looking for their next move within the legal industry.”

Priya Mistry - Business Development Manager, Clyde & Co 


"They took on this assignment with enthusiasm and were comfortable advising us on it from the start, armed with valuable previous experience. Following a Sunday Times advert, they screened applicants and put forward a very strong shortlist, which ultimately yielded three new joiners. Gary Jones and Deborah Gray worked together well as a team, providing us with a highly responsive service.

To find three people of the right calibre for such a role is far from easy and we are grateful to them for their skill, dedication and experience during the process, as well as their good humour."

Jonathan Bond, Director of HR & Learning, Pinsent Masons LLP, following the recruitment of three Business Managers


"As a firm we always try to be one step ahead in how we manage the delivery of our services to our clients. Crucial to that is how we internally manage our core Practice Groups. When we identified a need for high level business support to these Groups, we turned to Tim and his team who, like us, have kept one step ahead of their competition. Each time we have used them, they have presented us with a number of very credible options and delivered the quality of candidate we have needed for these senior management positions often working to very specific briefs. More than that though they have been a pleasure to deal with: responsive, professional, sensible and most of all, highly effective in finding these pivotal individuals for our business."

Michael Silver, National Recruitment Manager, DLA Piper UK LLP, following the recruitment of two Business Managers


"We initially used them because they listened to what we wanted, thoroughly researched and profiled each candidate and gave us a balanced and informative opinion based on more than just the CV. The more we have worked with them, the more they have demonstrated an ability to consistently perform at the highest level. They are a first class outfit and a very likeable bunch of people."

Mayer Brown, reflecting on Gary, Debbie and Tim's work in recruiting a number of people for their marketing team


"Debbie, Gary and Tim really do take time to understand what I am looking for, understand how we work and make good judgments about who would work well within our team and our business."

Gillian Sutherland, Business Development Partner, Aecom


"After a long and fruitless executive search, Debbie and Gary took on what had been described as a near-impossible task and within a few weeks had found the right candidate for the role. They are responsive, creative and, ultimately most importantly, know their market."

Taylor Wessing, following the recruitment of their Head of HR


"I enjoyed working with Tim Skipper immensely. We were looking for a consultant that really understood our business, could demonstrate a sound knowledge of the market and would be a strong ambassador for us when representing the opportunity we had. Tim met our expectations and we have been able to recruit a fantastic candidate for our role. Throughout our process, Tim was completely on the ball and gave very honest, practical advice - something that I valued greatly. We will work with Tim again and look forward to continuing the relationship."

HR Director, Brodies


"I asked Gary and Debbie to assist me in recruiting a Director of Human Resources and a Director of Marketing. They were very helpful not only in finding good recruits but in helping me prepare job descriptions and articulate what I was looking for in a way that would be attractive to high calibre candidates in the market place. I found their approach professional, knowledgeable and user friendly and would highly recommend them to others"

Alison Morley, Managing Director, Capsticks


“After sending my CV to Totum , I was amazed at the speed that the whole recruitment process moved. Totum were able to facilitate interviews suited to my skills very quickly and took the time to understand exactly what I was looking for in my next role. Totum are honest, personable and inspirational who have a knack for understanding an individual's situation, they also ensure their clients receive an excellent service, before, during and after interviews and offers great results. I would fully recommend Totum as a recruitment consultant. “

Sheena Shah, Business Development Executive, Clyde & Co


"I wanted to write to formally thank you and Debbie for all of your work in assisting us with the recruitment of a Chief Operating Officer. All of those involved at Harbottle & Lewis have been very impressed with the service you have provided and we feel sure that your assistance is a key element in us having successfully recruited."

Neil Adleman, Partner, Harbottle & Lewis, following the recruitment of their first Chief Operating Officer


“Coming from outside of the sector I was looking to work with a specialist firm that could provide insight and in depth knowledge about the industry. Rebecca delivered on both counts and worked with me to help understand the roles available and where my skills and experience fitted into the mix. In contrast to some of the other recruiters I spoke to Rebecca saw my non traditional background as an asset. Ultimately the professionalism, advice, guidance and persistence of Rebecca helped secure an offer with a Magic Circle firm.”



Deborah - I just wanted to express my thanks to you for your assistance, guidance, integrity and professionalism during the interview process for the role at B&M. It is not often that I have come across such a combination of qualities in one recruitment consultant. You must not change your approach nor change your attitude to the job - I was always left with the feeling that you actually cared about the next step in my career and not just about the dollars. Thank you for everything.

Newly appointed Global Head of Client Development, Baker & McKenzie


"Tim and his team are the only straight-talking recruiters in town and my first port of call if I need advice or am seeking new opportunities. There is no 'sales-talk' and their reach is impressive, not only in the UK but also internationally. I wanted to move back to Asia and Tim helped make that goal a reality in record time."

Josephine Wagner Poedenphant - Baker & McKenzie – Singapore