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Can head-hunting replace traditional recruitment agencies? Andrew Caulfield puts the case for head-hunters in an increasingly mobile legal workforce and predicts the end of the 'gentlemanly' non-poaching agreement between the leading City firms
Over the past few years, the occasional article has been published discussing the advent of head-hunting in London’s legal marketplace. The general themes of such articles have been the argument that London lags behind New York (where head-hunting is endemic), the growing awareness among London firms of the need for a more proactive recruitment solution and the ‘battle’ for market share between the ‘passive’ file-search agencies and the new breed of more ‘aggressive’ head-hunters.There is little purpose in dwelling on such tired cliches. There can be no doubt that London law firms have fully embraced the concept of head-hunting.There are very few firms remaining that have not crossed the perceived ‘great divide’ and retained head-hunters to fill key vacancies on a proactive basis.
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