Keeping finders

In what can only be described as a Victor Kiam moment, former Linklaters partner Lee Parker liked what he saw at Dewey Ballantine so much that he joined the firm.

The beauty of this particular appointment is that a year earlier Parker, in his capacity of recruitment consultant at Global Legal Search (GLS), had been hired to find lawyers for the US firm’s London office.

The firm was reeling from the exit of a trio of projects partners – Jonathan Simpson, Mark Saunders and Adam Dann – who all trooped off to join Berwin Leighton Paisner‘s ambitious international projects practice. (Simpson subsequently decamped for Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker less than a year later).

Dewey was looking to rebuild, recognising that, despite a solid brand, it had failed to exploit its name in the marketplace. Last April it turned to GLS for help.

And in an epiphany-like moment of great clarity, Parker found himself. Does this move herald a radical new form of legal recruitment, when all a candidate has to do to get a job is look in the mirror?