|Specialisation: BD, Marketing & Communications|
|Company Position: Divisional Manager - Legal BD, Marketing & Communications|
|Email Address: LegalBDM@ambition.co.uk|
|Phone Number: +44 (0)20 7430 7287|
I began my journey into recruitment in March 2014, working on a professional services marketing & business development desk primarily focusing on the legal sector, but also covering the real estate & accountancy sectors.
I joined Ambition in September 2016 to further my career development and to focus solely on the Legal market. Since joining Ambition, I have worked towards two promotions becoming a management consultant in 2018 and taking on Divisional Manager in March 2020.
Roles I Recruit
Alongside the daily management of the consultants, I take on the Management-Director level appointments, working with a full range of clients from the top 200 UK firms, US firms and specialist boutiques. Whilst completing assignments across the UK I have also run successful projects across mainland Europe, The Middle East and the US.
We have made several successful hires at management and senior management level across the top 20 firms so far in 2020, whilst we have also completed projects for US firms looking to add their first or lead BD individual in their London office. Outside of London, recent locations include; Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dubai & New York.
What clients and candidates say about me
"Ben’s really pleasant to work with. He successfully placed me in my first managerial role and was great in giving advice on how to tackle the interviews. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a position in legal BD & Marketing." - Hannah Smith, Business Development Manager at Hogan Lovells
"Ben reached out when I was looking for a new job opportunity moving back to Paris. Thanks to his network the position he presented was a good match for me, international law firm which had an opened position in their Paris office. He coached me ahead of each interview, giving me great support to prepare myself and succeed. He was also available at each step which made me feel confident. His advice was precious and I'm really happy in my new role." - Virginie Ramel, Business Development Adviser at Hogan Lovells
"I worked with Ben when I was trying to re-enter the job market after some time off on a personal sabbatical. He was very attentive to my criteria and helped to line up a few very promising opportunities. He was frequently in touch about the status of the interviews and was a trusted advisor to me when trying to evaluate my options. I appreciated Ben's support. I'd work with him again, and would recommend him to any legal marketer seeing the next step in their careers." - Christopher Drinjak, Senior Business Development Manager at Taylor Wessing
"Ben is very intuitive and great at matching the right candidate with the right role. There's no time wasting when you're working with Ben - he understands the requirements of both the recruiter and the candidate and is adept at finding a suitable match. He's very personable and always available. Always a pleasure to work with." – Sarah Zokay-West, Business Development Manager at Travers Smith
"Ben is very knowledgeable on the legal BD market. He was able to offer insight into the working nuances of different firms and therefore able to skillfully advise about where would be a good fit for me. Ben is responsive, a pleasure to work with and tells it how it is, which was great when I was in a situation where other recruiters were just trying to get me in the door." - Aneesah Atallah, Global Insurance Law Connect Network Manager
“Ben is very professional and dedicated and clearly knows his industry. As a candidate, I appreciated his openness, honesty, and the desire to put my needs first. Ben is excellent at being in touch and keeping you updated on the upcoming opportunities. I have no reservations recommending Ben to both candidates and employers” – Anya Wilson Fish, BDM Charles Russell Speechlys
“We don't recruit very often for our marketing team but when we do we go to Ben. He is very professional and ensures that he presents to us only the best candidates as he really understands what we are looking for. He keeps you informed at every stage of recruitment and stays in touch afterwards both with us and with the newly appointed employee to ensure it's all going well. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend him” – Victoria Lloyd-Jones, Head of Marketing LLP
“As a recent candidate, Ben worked hard to find me a role that fitted my requirements. He really listened to me and managed my expectations throughout the process. He obviously knows his markets and his clients very well. He is very professional and good at building relationships. I would recommend him to anyone looking for work in the professional services industry” – Katy Robins, BD Manager at Clyde & Co
“I have known Ben in a professional capacity for about two years as he placed me in my current role. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable about the professional services sector and friendly in the way I was dealt with. From the very start of our relationship, Ben took time to learn more about my skills and personality and match them to my current job. He kept me informed about every step in the application process so I knew exactly where I was at every stage. I would highly recommend Ben for his recruitment expertise, professional attitude and high level of integrity” – Wayne Hamilton - BDE Kingston Smith
Outside of Work
I enjoy socialising with friends in my spare time. I also have a keen interest in sport and support my hometown football team Ipswich Town.