Leighton Taylor Higher

Leighton Taylor Higher

Welcome to Leighton Taylor Higher, headed by Giles Taylor – bespoke senior level recruitment for Board level, CMO, Director and Head of level positions.

Giles has almost 30 years’ experience recruiting exclusively in this area, which means some of the world’s largest organisations regard him as their trusted partner to find the very best senior level professional services candidates. Having placed or worked with a huge number of global CMO’s/Director’s means access to an already established relationship – even for passive candidates.

Giles reputation has been built on a unique and expert knowledge of professional services – recruiting not only across legal, but all types of ‘partnerships’ (or similarly structured firms), which means we are equally experienced in the Legal, Accountancy, Property and Consultancy sectors.

Bespoke recruitment campaigns can be designed around a client’s specific needs – for example, Executive Search, retained exclusive campaigns, or a mixture, to ensure our partners get the best outcome for their search.

We are also fully focused on ED&I – producing quality, diverse shortlists with an experienced internal research function and offer expert advice from start to finish, including salary guidance, job specifications, interview processes and timelines, offer and counter-offer negotiations to onboarding assistance.

Examples of recent senior level assignments:

Global Head of Pitches & Pursuits – Allen & Overy

Global Head Of Digital & Marketing Technology

Giles Taylor founded Leighton Taylor in 2009. With unrivalled experience across the whole professional services sector, he was one of the first to recognise the huge potential for marketing and business development within partnership environments… Read more


“Leighton Taylor recently placed me at KPMG and although the process was long, Giles was a huge support throughout. He provided useful insights and advice regarding the role, interviewers and process. Giles checked in with me at every stage of the process which I valued very much as well as his thoughtful and caring approach.”
Al Keve, Clients and Markets Sector Programme Director at KPMG

“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 Porter, Director of Client Marketing & Communications, Frontier Economics

“Giles ensured that I was well prepared for to succeed. He walked me through the process, giving advice and suggestions especially given the nature of virtual Interviews, associated technology and visual implications.”
Simon Carlton Rhodes MBA, Global Head of Thought Leadership at BearingPoint

“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

“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


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