Olivia Kelly

Olivia Kelly

Specialisation: Finance & Accounting
Company Position: Principal Consultant - Legal Finance & Accounting
Email Address: legalfinance@ambition.co.uk
Phone Number: +44 (0)20 7430 7275

My Background

I joined the Legal Finance team at Ambition in September 2012 having worked in another recruitment firm previously, and I cannot believe where the time has gone.

I started my recruitment career by accident having initially joined my previous firm as a Receptionist and later discovered the world of recruitment.

I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am lucky to have found a job that makes me excited to go to work every morning.

Roles I Recruit

I specialise in recruiting mid to senior level interim/contract legal finance roles, as well as senior permanent positions for specific clients.  

I am proud to be part of one of the most successful legal finance recruitment teams in London. As a team, we recruit all levels from entry level finance roles to CFO.  We pride ourselves on our consultative approach and the level of service we provide both candidates and clients.

I am currently working with the Top 100 Law Firms in London, ranging from Magic Circle Law Firms to smaller, boutique firms.  I am able to offer a variety of opportunities, expertise and hold a wealth of knowledge in the legal sector.

Recent Projects

Recently completed assignments include;

- Chief Financial Officer – (FTC) – Magic Circle Law firm

- Senior Tax & Projects Role (Perm) - Magic Circle Law firm

- Interim Head of Finance (FTC) – Top 60 UK Law Firm

- Divisional Business Manager (Perm) – Silver Circle Law Firm

- Senior Management Accountant (FTC) - Top 20 Law Firm

 - Interim Head of Finance (FTC) – Top 60 UK Law Firm

- Finance Systems Analyst (Interim) - Magic Circle Law Firm

- Management Accountant (Interim) – US Law Firm

- Finance Analyst – (FTC) – Silver Circle Law Firm

 - Legal Project Manager (Perm) - Top 80 UK Law Firm

- Working Capital Manager (FTC) – Magic Circle Law Firm

- Commercial Finance Manager (FTC) – Top 10 International Law Firm

- Financial Controller (Perm) – IP Specialist Law Firm

- Billing Specialist (Temporary) - Magic Circle Law firm

- Revenue Controller (Temporary) - US Law firm

What Clients and Candidates Say About Me

"Olivia is one of the best recruiters in the legal sector market and helped me secure my first role in law as UK CFO. Olivia now supports me/my firm with hires at all levels and always takes time to fully understand the requirements of each role before putting forward selected candidates. Olivia has great insight and extensive connections in the legal market and is supported by a great team at Ambition - keep up the great work Olivia!" - Shyam Moorjani, Global Working Capital Management at Allen & Overy

"After over 25 years of regularly being a candidate through various agencies and their staff, I am very happy that a few years ago I contacted Olivia at Ambition. Her professionalism, organisation, interpersonal skills and friendliness have made her a 'go-to' contact when seeking new contracts in the legal finance world. I especially value her pro-active mindset so that when a contract is nearing its end Olivia is already thinking of what to do next and always keeps me up to date on developments, or otherwise. I can fully recommend Olivia to others in the sector due to both the pleasant process and excellent results of her involvement." - Julius Nicholson, Legal Cashier at Taylor Wessing

"I would highly recommend Olivia, working with her was a pleasure. She is helpful and professional, and also very friendly. She listened to what I was searching for and being so knowledgable, found exectly that in a short time. She was attentive, looked out for my best interests and make me feel as ease through the process, and others who she has assisted in the past feel the same way! I will definitely be working with her again. Thank you for all of your help Olivia, I wish you all the best for the future. - Mahjabin Islam at Taylor Wessing

"I have found working with you in acheiving to find my next employment position an absolute delight.  You have put me forward for the role that i am now in and have been extremely happy here.  Since being made redundant, i had registered with a few agencies and not one of them have been able to even get me an interview until you had put me forward for a few positions. Whilst starting here you have also been calling me for weekly updates to see how things are going at the firm.  I cannot thank you enough for your help and commitment in securing me a position here at the firm." - Anisha Moosa, Credit controller at Akin Gump LLP

"Olivia Kelly at Ambition worked tirelessly to secure my contract roles keeping in regular contact with me regarding new suitable vacancies or feedback from interviews. She took the time to set up mock interviews in preparation for the real ones, offering tips and crucial advice which helped enormously to boost my confidence. Olivia is always approachable, friendly and professional.  Her dedication and determination to secure a role for me was inspiring and touching. It is therefore without hesitation that I can sincerely recommend Olivia at Ambition for your employment requirements." - Sandra Japal-Thompson, Legal Cashier at Towers & Hamlin's

"I have used ambition for several years always with Olivia being my consultant for all of them along with her team. Olivia is an extremely helpful and professional person who is willing to go the extra mile, and always has when assisting me in my previous jobs searches, placing me in some of the worlds leading law practices. Thank you so much for finding me the perfect jobs! Olivia listened to what I wanted and gave me fantastic advice. Within a day of our first meeting, she and her team put me forward for an interview. Shortly after, I was successful in being placed in a role. Throughout the whole process, she supported me, called me to see how each stage of the interview went and was prompt in following up. Within short periods after being told about hot off the press job roles that Ambition work on, I have always had job offers for the multiple roles that I have found and been placed in with Olivia and the finance recruitment team at Ambition. This is all down to her and her team's professional and first class service. Olivia has helped me move up and come a long way in my career so far - I would not be where I am now without her help. It's not about what you know, it's about who you know as the market is very competitive in legal. I would always happily recommend her. Thank you Olivia!!" - Connor Treacy-Lowe, Accounting Cashier at Morgan Lewis & Brockius LLP

"Olivia helped secure an excellent job for me at a top Law Firm in London in their finance department. The whole process from start to beginning was very good and organised. Even though I had 2 interviews with the company, it took less than 3 weeks to do the interviews and secure the job. I highly recommend Olivia as she will ensure you get the job you want without wasting your time." - Max Verlint, Credit Controller at Watson Farley Williams

“Olivia listened to everything I said about what I needed in a candidate and how I liked to work. This resulted in her making an excellent placement with the minimum of fuss and disruption to me, guaranteeing her repeat business.” – Simon Berriman, Financial Controller at Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP

“I have been very pleased with Olivia Kelly's (Ambition) results in assisting me with my finance/ fee clerking staff recruitment at Garden Court Chambers. I now go to Olivia and Ambition first as they have impressed me a good deal more than other competitor recruitment consultants”. – Justin Moyse, Billings Manager ​at Herbert Smith Law Office ​

"Excellent and professional service provided by Olivia Kelly. Olivia worked very hard to find suitable roles for me and arrange interviews. Great communication via email and over the phone. Always happy to answer any questions and give great advice. Wish more recruitment agents were like Olivia Kelly. I am so grateful for all her help trying to get me the job I really want! Thank you" - David Ross, Financial Analyst at Ted Baker Plc. 

Outside of Work
I enjoy spending my time with family and friends. I lead an active life and am always up for trying new things. I am a foodie and love eating out and trying new restaurants in my local area and in London. I am trying to learn about wine at the moment but after 2 glasses they all tend to taste the same!

I am happiest when I am in the sun and by the beach so all my annual leave is spent on holidays abroad. My personal best for the amount of holidays in one year is 8, which took some very strategic annual leave planning (I hope to beat this next year)!