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Olivia Kelly

Specialisation: Finance & Accounting
Company Position: Divisional Manager - Legal Finance & Accounting
Email Address: olivia.kelly@ambition.co.uk
Phone Number: +44 (0)20 7430 7275

My Background

I began my career in recruitment by accident when I started as a receptionist in a recruitment firm. I had no idea what recruitment was but I soon realised that life as a receptionist wasn’t for me and I wanted something I could get my teeth stuck into.

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to learn about recruitment and become a consultant which I immediately enjoyed. I joined Ambition in September 2012 and I cannot believe where the time has gone. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am lucky I found a job that makes me excited to go to work every morning.

Roles I Recruit

I specialise in recruiting interim and fixed-term contract finance professionals into the legal sector.

I lead one of the most successful legal finance recruitment teams in London. We recruit all levels from entry level finance roles to Financial Controllers.  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;

- Interim Financial Controller (Sickness Cover) - Top 100 UK Law firm
- Finance Systems Analyst (FTC) - Magic Circle Law Firm
- Partnership Accounts & Compliance Manager (Maternity Cover)- Boutique UK Law Firm
- Legal Cashier (Maternity Cover) - Top 10 UK Law Firm
- Finance Assistant (FTC) - Magic Circle Law firm
- Billing Specialist (Temporary) - Magic Circle Law firm
- Revenue Controller (Temporary) - US Law firm
- Legal Cashier (Sickness Cover) - Magic Circle Law Firm
- Accounts Payable (Maternity Cover) - US Law Firm

What Clients and Candidates Say About Me

“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)!