"Working with Laura and Tim at Totum was a genuine pleasure. They are friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable about their market and I would definitely recommend them."

Rebecca Saunders, Senior Manager, Lateral Partner Recruitment - International, at Hogan Lovells


"Lacey has been amazing every step of the way.

In the first meeting we had, I was really impressed by the way she conducted the conversation to find out more about what I wanted to do and offered me very honest, but encouraging, feedback.

When a suitable role came along, she gently suggested that it might be a good opportunity for me even if I initially wasn’t sure about whether I should go.

She has been of great support and guided me through the process in a very professional way.

I will definitely recommend Lacey and Totum to friends and colleagues!"

Carolina Gasparoli, Candidate


"Throughout the process of searching for my next role Georgia was excellent. A lot of recruiters can go weeks without contacting you: not Georgia. She kept me informed and her communication was first rate, even when there was not a specific role to talk about. I would highly recommend using her services."



“I am writing to let you know that I have passed my three month probation period and I wanted to thank you very much for all your help in securing the job at Dentons.

I have settled in really well and feel like this is the perfect fit for me. A huge thank  you to you and  Lacey Palmer for committing the time to really understand what type of opportunity  I  was looking  for,  and I  can safely say you truly found a perfect match.

Your communication throughout was open, approachable, friendly and extremely professional.  I am so impressed with Totum and you personally.  I would highly recommend you to anyone looking for an opportunity in the legal industry.”

Andreia Aguiar


Many thanks for all of your help and support in finding me a new role.  You and the team at Totum are fantastic.  Professional, human and good fun.  From my perspective, as a candidate, the process has been straightforward and painless.  I trust your judgment completely.  Thanks again.

Lesley O’Leary


"This is the first time I have had Georgia help me and the first time I have used Totum and I wish I had used them earlier! From the start Georgia listened to what I wanted in respect of a career change and helped me find the job role that was right for me. She found me a great team and a role that fitted me perfectly. Throughout the recruitment process she kept me up to date and well informed. When I got through to an interview she helped me thoroughly in preparing and answered any questions that I had. Georgia got back to me with feedback quickly and kept me up to date, even after I had been offered the role. I can't recommend Georgia and Totum enough, for a highly professional, helpful and approachable service, who will help you find the job that you want!"



This is the first time I have worked with Lacey and, indeed,  Totum.  I was really impressed with the way Lacey got to know us and the role we were advertising.  She understood exactly what we were looking for and only put forward candidates that closely matched our requirements.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Lacey and Totum for their excellent customer focused service.”

Maggie Woods, HR Officer at Reddie and Grose


“Over the course of the last nine years, I have worked with Laura on our HR recruitment needs at all levels. Her commitment to finding the right fit for our roles is incredibly refreshing as is her honest opinion.

Laura's enthusiasm for what she does always makes it a pleasure to work with her and she will always be my first call for HR recruitment.”

Jaya Louvre, Recruitment Manager at Withers LLP


“My experience working with Totum Partners was brilliant. I was venturing into a new sector and recognised Totum Partners to be key players in Law Recruitment and decided to contact them. I was slightly apprehensive about using an recruitment agency as I knew attempting to break into a new sector would be a challenging. However, Totum Partners made me feel comfortable from our very first correspondence. I then met with Georgia & Lacey who were bubbly, friendly and passionate about their roles in my career journey.

They gave me a sense of real achievability and I was confident in their skills and dedication. Throughout the process they were providing me with regular updates and ideas, as well as advice and insight on roles. They really listened to all of my needs and took these into consideration when suggesting roles to me. They often knew how I would feel about roles before even speaking with me! We quickly formed strong trust and I felt extremely secure in my job search.

I can’t thank Georgia & Lacey enough for their support, as I am now in my dream role in a fantastic firm! From the application and throughout the interview process they were constantly advising me and providing insight. They knew their client inside out and this translated into my application and resulted in success!

Most agencies go quiet after you have been successful in securing a role. But not Totum Partners! They could not congratulate me enough and their excitement for me felt really genuine. Even now, 2 months in, they touch base and say hello.

I strongly recommend Totum Partners to anyone considering agency use, particularly those starting out in a new sector with concerns of not fitting in. They personalise your experience, update you throughout and provide support every single step of the way."

Holly Banham, Business Development Executive at Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP


"I have known Gary Jones and Totum throughout my career. If I need some information or an honest view on something I know they will provide valuable insight. They are so deeply ingrained in the legal world that they really are the “go-to” firm, particularly for the new types of roles that are emerging in the legal industry. And they are great fun to work with, which always helps."

Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer at Mishcon de Reya LLP


“I highly recommend Rebecca and her Totum team as they have shown me nothing but professionalism, support and comfort during my recruitment efforts which can be quite stressful at times!  Dealing with Totum made the recruitment process a pleasant experience for me.  What has made my placement a success is Rebecca’s detailed understanding of her clients needs and more importantly she understands the personalities within her clients business.  She uses this knowledge to consult her candidates and clients to make decisions that naturally lead to the perfect match – I respect the effort and confidence shown during this process and highly recommend Rebecca and Totum on this basis.  On a more personal level, everyone at Totum are fantastic to deal with, they are passionate and have tons of energy, a great experience to have when you are job hunting!”

CRM Manager, Magic Circle firm 


"Katie was great to work with. As a recruiter she maintained a highly professional demeanour and was always very friendly. Katie found numerous job openings which fit my criteria. she maintained an informative and supportive attitude throughout the process. I could not recommend her more highly. Thank you so much! "



“We have used Totum for all our senior support team hires: they have exceptional industry knowledge; been able to deliver strong candidate short-lists; proved responsive, supportive and agile; and been an absolute pleasure to work with”

John Banister, Chief Executive Officer at Wiggin 


"When I was looking to return to work there was only one agency I considered using.  Totum is head and shoulders above other professional services agencies in terms of expertise of their team, quality of roles, and understanding of the sector.  I worked with Liz and Rebecca, whom provided an honest assessment of the market, only put me forward for suitable roles and acted as a valuable sounding board when needed.  I trust Totum implicitly and know that my peers feel they are the only credible choice when is comes to professional services marketing recruitment."

Charlotte Noon, Candidate


"The Totum difference is placing me in the right job, not just any job. They know the market and they know me; they play an active part in managing my career, or that's how it often feels. It's only natural that I turn to them when I need to recruit, or when I am ready to seek a new challenge. I'd rather work with people who see me and deliver, rather than just look at me as a cash cow!"



"I've worked with Totum for many years. They have placed me in my last three roles and I've worked with them to find many candidates for my teams. They're excellent at what they do; they have an in-depth understanding of their client base that is rare amongst recruiters. They don't just send CVs, they screen candidates, produce shortlists and only put candidates forward whom they think fit the brief well. I'd recommend  Totum without hesitation."

Mark Grant, European Business Development Director at TerraLex


"Working with Totum was great – simple as that. Communication with recruiters can sometimes feel disingenuous or as though they are acting in self-interest – certainly not the case with Totum. I felt from the first meeting that they were genuinely interested in me, and in finding me a role and firm that would be a good fit for my personality as well as skill-set. They were very human, very personable and it was easy to warm to them as individuals. It was not a salesy transaction, but Tim clearly demonstrated that he knows the legal industry inside out. Throughout the recruitment process, Tim kept me up-to-date on how things were progressing, even when (through no fault of his) things were moving slowly. Tim gave insightful background information before each interview, and useful debriefs afterwards. Once I was offered a new role Tim was the first to congratulate me, and a couple of months into the role even made the effort to check-in that all was well. Overall a great experience and I would recommend Totum's services."

Christopher Wilsher, Candidate


"When people ask me what recruiter I use, I only give one name – Totum Partners. I wouldn't recommend anyone else. There is no other firm close to the professionalism, support and market insight offered by them.

The benefits of working with them is that they are highly well regarded in the legal sector, invest the time and energy in getting to know you as a candidate, and provide invaluable insight into the different law firms and the types of roles on offer.

I can not recommend them highly enough, in particular Liz Chappell. Liz is the consummate professional – thorough in her approach, responsive and engaged, and offers very clear insight into her clients and what they are looking forward. She is a delight to work with this and very sage in her advice around career steps and progression."

Fiona Symington, Candidate 


“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, 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, Project Manager, Travers Smith


"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Totum over the past couple of months. They 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.  I am very excited at the prospect of starting my new role and am very grateful to Tim for his 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


“…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


"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 and Laura 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


"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


“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 and Rebecca 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


“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 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


"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.


“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


"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