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Testimonials

I have worked with Leighton Taylor as a candidate and a recruiter and have always found them to be responsive, consultative, and really good at listening to my needs. I had a long list of quite specific requirements when I began looking for my current role and they really listened and came up with suggestions that showed they understood that I was looking for. They made the process really smooth and easy and I couldn't be happier in my new role!

 

Tamsin Dickinson, Director of Client Marketing & Communications, Frontier Economics


Leighton Taylor do more than just recruit, they put the right people in the right roles. Leighton Taylor show a depth of understanding of our business and culture that is quite unique. And I love that there is no hard sell with them, just trust, sincerity and professionalism. 

 

Lisa Spencer-Arnott, HR Manager, Conyers Dill & Pearman 


I have looked for two roles in the UK (15 years apart) and Giles has helped me to find them both. Giles has extensive experience of the industry and is most helpful in identifying suitable opportunities as well as providing support and guidance through the interview process. I would highly recommend Leighton Taylor looking for roles within the sector.

Megan Khan, Interim Head of Marketing and BD, Hogan Lovells


I have worked with Colette and Victoria for over 10 years now. They really understand our firm and what we are looking for in a candidate so never waste our time with people that won't fit in. Their response times are excellent and they are both realistic and honest at managing my expectations. They have placed the majority of our team now and I can't recommend them highly enough. 

 

Eleanor Attley, Head of Business Development, Macfarlanes LLP 


The help that I received from Leighton Taylor during my job search was excellent. They guided me through the recruitment process, helping to brief me before interviews and checking to see how everything had gone in a timely manner. They acted swiftly and professionally on my behalf to secure me the role and the salary I wanted hours after my final interview.

Victoria Leporiere, PR & Communications Manager, Macfarlanes 


I first worked with Colette many years ago when she helped me make the transition from financial journalism to professional services marketing. I recall her being one of the few recruiters at the time who thought it perfectly reasonable for me to want to move into in-house marketing communications. She was tremendously supportive, offering me lots of practical tips from how to adapt my CV for professional services to how to approach interterviews and showcase my transferable skills. I got the first job she put me forward for and have never looked back. I signed up with Leighton Taylor more recently and was delighted to work with Colette again. She, Victoria and Giles make a seamless team. They are all up to speed with all their candidates, so you never have to repeat yourself. They genuinely listen to what you say, always follow up and never strong arm you into anything. In fact, I trust them so much I actively seek their advice. Above all, they make you feel as important as the companies they're recruiting for, which speaks volumes for the type of agency they are. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

 

Layisha Laypang, PR & Communications Manager, Efficio


If you are looking for a job in professional services, look no further than Leighton Taylor. Victoria and Colette always know exactly what roles to send through and they have helped me secure two roles at two fantastic firms. I couldn't be happier to work with them.

 

Lydia Gerges, BD Advisor, Linklaters


Unlike other recruiters, Leighton Taylor really get to know you and care about your success. If one interview doesn't work or feel right they will continue to search for the ideal position for you. Their recruiters have a welcoming and chatty approach and are beyond friendly.

 

Yasmine Ravat, Marketing & BD Assistant, Maucher Jenkins


Colette and the team at Leighton Taylor Consulting were great at firing through relevant roles and pushing through my applications. Colette understood what I was looking for so that minimal time was wasted looking at roles that were not right for me. Thanks I'm looking forward to starting my new role!

 

Charlotte Judge, BD Executive, Trowers & Hamlins 


Giles was incredibly helpful in helping me to find my next role. His advice and that of his team was very useful. I would have no hesitation in recommending him. 

 

Caroline Mallen, Business Development Manager, Baker & McKenzie 


Leighton Taylor worked closely with me to secure a consulting project with an international law firm. They were thorough in their preparation and introductions for me and helped all parties get the contract over the line. A good firm to work with.

 

Dan Bright, Consultant, Fieldfisher 


Colette was absolutely fabulous in helping me find the right role. Colette took a lot of time to build a relationship with me and understand what I was looking for and gave very helpful guidance in prepping for stages in the process. Colette and the team at Leighton Taylor are very professional can I would recommend them fully for others in their search. 

 

Riddhi Patel, BD Advisor, Energy & Infrastructure, Hogan Lovells 


Colette and Victoria were a great help in helping me secure my next role. They took the time to understand my key drivers and kept in touch throughout the entire process. They understand the nature of marketing within professional services organisations and the challenges/opportunities. In short, they get it.

 

Jose Lucas, Marketing Specialist, Bain & Co.


 

I have worked with Giles and Colette for a number of years. They have a very good understanding of both the market and their clients' needs. Recruiting with Leighton Taylor is very straightforward and helps to lighten the load.

 

Jean Young, HR Manager, Goodman Derrick


Leighton Taylor were recommended to us because we were looking to appoint a new Marketing & BD Manager. After meeting to discuss our requirements, they selected and sent across an outstanding candidate who we interviewed and who has recently started with us. The whole process was very straightforward and I would highly recommend Leighton Taylor if you are looking to recruit in this area.

Mike Stones, COO - Residential, CBRE UK


Giles has recently placed me as Global Marketing and BD Director at Turner & Townsend. He is a highly professional recruiter and has a genuine depth of knowledge of professional services. The recruitment process can be charged with tension. Giles will advise throughout and provide experienced guidance about how to handle the various challenges that arise.

Chris White, Global Marketing & Business Development Director, Turner & Townsend


I was recently appointed Director of Business Development at the College of Estate Management. Leighton Taylor handled the recruitment on behalf of the College. I dealt with Colette Norfolk and Giles Taylor and found their approach very professional from initial contact all the way through to the conclusion of the process. Working as a team, they gave me helpful advice on the College's requirements and kept me informed at each stage.

Stephen Bartle, Director of Business Development, College of Estate Management


Giles has recently placed me in my role as Head of Marketing. His advice and quality of service made what can be a stressful process very easy. He best understood the sort of role I was actually after and found positions that no-one else put forward.

I would not hesitate to use Giles again in the future.

Scott Evans, Head of Marketing at Savills Investment Management


I have had the pleasure of knowing Giles and the Leighton Taylor team for around 5 years. Whether I have been recruiting for top talent whilst at leading global law firms or supporting my own professional development, Giles has time and again proved to be proactive, engaged and someone who thinks outside the box in terms of finding the right fit for both employer and candidate.

Giles has facilitated two of my most significant career moves – most recently to Director at a top tier global management consultancy. His guidance throughout the recruitment process, hands on approach and knowledge of his client and the professional services industry has proved invaluable. Working Giles and the Leighton Taylor team guarantees you access to experienced and professional consultants who value quality and approach the recruitment process with integrity.

Olivia Vermaak, BD Director, Millman


What separates Leighton Taylor from other recruiters was their understanding of me as a client and their ability to consistently recommend appropriate roles. Their background knowledge of the interviewers made it easier to prepare and I couldn't be happier with my new job.

Eric Rugundu, Marketing & BD Manager, Cundalls


Colette and the team were really helpful at advising me on my move from a PR agency role to a position in house. Colette took the time to carefully analyse my CV and her expert knowledge in the professional services space and her relationship with my new employer were great contributors to getting me to where I am now. I was given a lot of support and helpful documents to ensure I was prepared for my interviews. I would certainly recommend Leighton Taylor to anyone looking for a new challenge in professional services.

Susanna Robinson – Senior PR Manager – Allen & Overy


Colette was fantastic to work with. She provided realistic advice as to my career prospects, and put me forward for roles which really catapulted my career. She also provided fantastic advice prior to my interviews, preparing me with everything I needed and more. I would highly recommend her.

Jonathan Edwards – Product Marketing Assistant – Linklaters


Colette is an exceptional recruitment consultant. Her knowledge of the professional services sector is outstanding. She builds strong, trusting relationships with clients and candidates alike. I have recommended her to other candidates and employers countless times and whenever her name pops up in conversations there are always strong nods of approval and praise for her outstanding integrity and determination to achieve the best solution by finding the right candidate for the role. She restores one's faith in a much maligned sector and I would not hesitate to recommend her.

Clara Barber – Head of Bids & Proposals – Taylor Wessing


Colette was very fantastic with my job search. She took the time to build a strong relationship with me and provided me with roles that were applicable to my career path. Both Colette and Giles were very responsive and were always willing to help. They made sure I was fully prepared for the interview process and provided me with great advice and guidance on the role as well as the company. They have been really great to work with and I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a new role.

Lucia Chow – BD Advisor – Browne Jacobson


I have known Colette for many years now dating back to my Marketing Executive days, she has placed me a couple of times and always takes the time to understand exactly what I am looking for to ensure a perfect match. She placed me at my current role at Shakespeares and I couldn't be happier. If you are looking to enhance your career, move on or head in a new direction, Colette is a great recruiter.

Sarah Constable - Head of Communications - Shakespeares


I recently decided to make the big move from London to Singapore. Because of her sheer hard work and practical advice, I have no hesitation in making Colette my first port of call in legal marketing recruitment. Her knowledge of the industry, attention to detail and appreciation of the nuances of each particular role ensure that candidates present themselves in the best possible light. My experience with Leighton Taylor as a candidate would make me seek them out in future both as a candidate and as a recruiter. 

Anthony Woodward, Business Development, Allen & Gledhill (Singapore)


Giles is the best. The secret of his success – spending the time to get to know his clients at both ends of the deal. Quite simply he really cares.

Carolyn Tiley, Business Development Manager (RE), Foot Anstey


Colette was extremely helpful in my job search earlier in the year, which was under pretty short timescales. She recognised the role that was perfect for me, and assisted me fully in preparations for the interview process (as well as making arrangements around a not-so-well timed two-week holiday). Six months down the line I am still very happy in my role, and am very pleased to recommend Colette (and Leighton Taylor Consulting as a whole), as one of the best recruiters I have worked with.

Jenny Bignall, Business Development Executive, Wragge & Co


Colette's knowledge of the legal market is second to none and she has a keen awareness of the specific attributes and skills that particular firms are looking for. She took the time to build a relationship with me to understand what was important, which meant that I only ever reviewed suitable roles. Both her and Giles were extremely responsive and I felt that they were 'on my side'. When looking for a new job it is so valuable to feel like you matter and that's what you get with Leighton Taylor.

Kaye Cousins, Business Development Manager, Freshfields


I have had two big moves in my career to date and Giles successfully placed me in new roles each time. Giles was able to find me the opportunity that I was looking for by understanding the context of my career aspirations and suitability of employer. Moreover, Giles is evidently well connected within professional services and I can unreservedly recommend Leighton Taylor if you are looking for marketing and BD roles in that environment.

Richard Samuel, Business Development Manager - IMC, Norton Rose


Colette was fantastic at finding me my current position as a Business Development Assistant. She took the time to find out what I was looking for in a role and made the whole application process very simple. She was also very good in helping me prepare for the interview process, giving me advice that showed a deep understanding of the sector and the competencies necessary to demonstrate. I definitely would recommend her to anyone looking for work in the professional services.

Emma Baddeley, Business Development Assistant, SJ Berwin


I would recommend Leighton Taylor - time was taken to consider which role, and as importantly, which firm would best suit my experience and skills set.  I really appreciated the guidance and preparation leading up to a successful interview - getting in the right 'mindset' for a career move is essential and Giles helped me along the way.

Lee Katipunan, Client Relationship Manager, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Colette has been instrumental in securing my current position for me. From my CV, she was able to determine that I would be a good match to the role. In addition to liaising with the company, she went the extra mile by providing key information on the interviewers, company culture and responsibilities. Without her guidance, my chances at acquiring this position would have been greatly reduced. Thanks Colette!

Louise Lim, Marketing Executive, Taylor Wessing


I was recently appointed Director of Business Development at the College of Estate Management. Leighton Taylor handled the recruitment on behalf of the College. I dealt with Colette Norfolk and Giles Taylor and found their approach very professional from initial contact all the way through to the conclusion of the process. Working as a team, they gave me helpful advice on the College's requirements and kept me informed at each stage.

Stephen Bartle, Director of Business Development, College of Estate Management


Giles is a thoughtful and interested recruiter - he is well connected with the market and evidently puts time and effort into researching candidates to meet a brief, as well as advising on the brief itself with the benefit of many years experience. We will definitely use Leighton Taylor again for our next hire.

Paul Jaffa, Managing Director, Myddleton Communications


Right from the start I was struck by Giles' effective and professional manner when I was looking to return to a role in the professional services industry. He clearly has a good understanding of the industry and provided excellent guidance and feedback from meetings which helped in finally securing a position. Throughout the interview process both Collette and Giles kept me up to speed with developments and I would strongly recommend Leighton Taylor to those who are looking to secure a business development position within professional services.

Brian Long, Senior Business Advisor, KPMG


I worked with Giles to find a new marketing role and was thoroughly impressed by the professional, flexible service I received. Giles quickly understood what I was looking for and was able to work around travel and work commitments to get job spec's to me, answer questions and set up interviews. I felt supported and encouraged throughout the whole process and would recommend Leighton Taylor to anyone looking to find the right role for them.

Jenny Shaw, Channel Marketing Manager, Cushman & Wakefield


Colette introduced me to my current employer, US law firm Reed Smith. She was very thorough from the very beginning and wanted to ensure there was a good match from both parties' point of view. She is not one of those consultants who focus on the number of candidates they put forward but really ensures that there is adequacy. Colette was very methodical throughout the process, giving me a detailed briefing before each meeting and prompt feedback thereafter.  She is also very personable and definitely goes the extra mile to ensure her stakeholders have all the information they need, in a timely fashion. I have had dealings with a number of recruitment consultants, but Colette stands out as one of the most professional, focused and efficient individuals I have met. She is a pleasure to work with.

Business Analyst, Reed Smith


Giles provided sound advice that was straightforward and concise throughout the recruitment process. Honest and reliable, he is very good at identifying roles that were right for me. Giles listened to my needs and acted accordingly. I can recommend him wholeheartedly.

Tom Horigan National Marketing and Business Development Manager, Baker Tilly


Giles was instrumental in helping me identify and pursue my next career decision. My experience in using his service was very positive. He has great contacts and brings a level of maturity to negotiations which sets him apart from others. I have no hesitation in recommending Giles.

Tim Graham,  Global CRM Manager - Allen & Overy


Leighton Taylor were recommended to us because we were looking to appoint a new Marketing & BD Manager. After meeting to discuss our requirements, they selected and sent across an outstanding candidate who we interviewed and who has recently started with us. The whole process was very straightforward and I would highly recommend Leighton Taylor if you are looking to recruit in this area.

Mike Stones, COO - Residential, CBRE UK


I recently availed of Leighton Taylor Consulting services to find a new job. Colette ensured all roles I applied for were applicable to my specific career path and fully prepped me for interviews. I would recommend Colette on this basis and also because she is approachable and is able to match the personality of the prospective employee to the employer.

Jennifer Paybody, CRM Assistant, Linklaters


I had the delight in working with Giles recently on a mandate, he came highly recommended by one of my clients. His enthusiasm and integrity is matched by his expert knowledge of the professional services arena, I would strongly recommend you engage with Giles whether a corporate or a candidate.

Waheed Aslam - Senior BD Manager, Simmons & Simmons


Leighton Taylor were a pleasure to work with. They gave me detailed and insightful information for all of my interviews and negotiated extremely well for me when I received an offer. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to further their career in professional services.

Arquette Hirani, Business Development Advisor, Linklaters


I registered with Leighton Taylor earlier this year in order to find a new CRM role. The advice that I received throughout the whole process was always insightful and I was particularly impressed by Giles knowledge of the market and his ability to identify roles that fitted with my particular needs. I felt well supported throughout the process and succeeded in securing an excellent new role pretty quickly. I would not hesitate to recommend Leighton Taylor if you are looking for a new marketing, BD or CRM role in the professional services sector.

Cynthia Tokura, Senior BD Manager, Norton Rose


As a recruiter, Giles is a considerate, strategic and wholly tactful. He goes beyond the norm to ensure his clients are both well positioned and prepared for interviews. I thoroughly appreciated the efforts Giles went to in order to help me secure employment and will certainly seek his support in future.

Zoe Pink, Business Development Manager, Grant Thornton


Giles really makes sure he understands both client and candidate to ensure he gets great results. He provided me with a very good opportunity in the legal sector, gave some useful interview hints and offered helpful advice throughout the process. I would highly recommend Leighton Taylor Consulting if you are looking to find a marketing or business development role in professional services.

Barbara Spoors, Marketing Communications Manager, Speechly Bircham


I have worked with Giles over the past 10 years from both a recruiter and candidate perspectives. I have found him to have an outstanding knowledge of the marketing and business development market within the professional services sector. His insights have been helpful in shaping our recruitment strategies and reward structures as well as gaining a good understanding of the availability of good candidates. Leighton Taylor is able to deliver results quickly and efficiently and would be an essential call if you are looking to recruit in the sector.

Katherine McPherson, Director, Big 4 Accountancy Firm


I found Leighton Taylor, to be extremely helpful and thorough. They took the time to fully understand my background and requirements in order to match me to the most suitable role. They provided guidance and support throughout the recruitment process. I found them very responsive compared to other firms and felt that they were genuinely interested in my career path.

Sinead Allen, Marketing Communications Executive


Giles worked with me to find a new position. He ensured that he understood my skills and career aspirations, before matching me to companies and roles that were ideally suited. Giles is very thorough in his approach, and doesn't miss any details that will assist in making interviews and first contacts with prospective employers go as smoothly as possible. Overall I have been very impressed with the depth of knowledge of Leighton Taylor and have found the end-to-end experience to be insightful, highly professional and extremely organised.

Amanda Colman, Senior Proposals Advisor, Big 4 Accountancy Firm