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Providing specialist executive recruitment in compliance and legal services for over a decade.

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Our deep market knowledge and trusted long-term relationships have helped us bring the best talent to our clients.

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Our disciplines

We recruit technical experts and talented individuals into permanent, contract and fixed-term roles across various sectors in our core disciplines of Compliance, Financial Crime, In-house Legal and Private Practice Legal.


of permanent placements made in the last two years are still in position


of our searches have been exclusive or retained in 2019


success rate on exclusive mandates in 2019


of our placements were female in 2019

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Rutherford is a highly specialist executive search firm founded in 2011.

We source high calibre legal and compliance professionals for the legal and financial services sectors in London and New York.

We draw on carefully curated networks, relationships and market knowledge to understand what represents a cultural fit.

About Rutherford


About Us

Every day we are building relationships with the future Governance Leaders and identifying the problem solvers, strategic thinkers and innovators.

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Our Values

We value honesty and integrity as well as long-lasting partnerships with our clients and candidates.

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Our Team

We are a dynamic bunch, with expert consultants and a back office team dedicated to the highest levels of service delivery

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Rutherford is growing and looking for ambitious new talent to help us continue our expansion.

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Latest Jobs

Mandate Monitoring Officer

City of London

​​Our client, a global asset manager, is looking for a Compliance Monitoring Officer with significant exposure to guideline coding to strengthen their Compliance Department. The firm manages the assets of some of the world’s biggest institutions and their respective clients. This presents a fantastic opportunity to work within a firm that embraces investment excellence and a dedication to client service.

Senior Lawyer EMEA Alternatives

City of London

​Our client, a global wealth manager, is looking for an English qualified solicitor to provide legal coverage for its alternative asset management businesses. The firm has a global reach with operations in over 40 countries. This presents a fantastic opportunity to work for an organisation that rewards extraordinary performance, delivers innovative products and specifically curated advice.

Compliance Manager - FinTech

City of London

​​Our client is a wealth services platform that is a subsidiary of a specialist investment firm. The Compliance Officer will support the activities of the Risk & Compliance function. This is a senior role in a small Risk & Compliance team. The Compliance Officer will be the team’s Platforms ‘expert’ and will be expected to operate largely without requiring material direction and supervision or oversight.

General Counsel - Hedge Fund

City of London 190000

​​Our client is a c. $1 Billion AUM Hedge Fund founded in the early 2010’s, specialising in commodity trade finance in emerging markets with a focus on ESG investments. The fund has demonstrated solid growth, due to the advent of Basel III and the reduction of competition from investment banks.They are seeking a permanent General Counsel to join their London office. This is an exciting time to join the firm, as they’re looking to increase their AUM and bolster their ESG offerings.


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​During the entire process, I felt very well looked after and that my best interests were core during the entire process. I'd definitely recommend taking this route to friends. What particularly surprised me was the individual and honest career advice, which definitely helped me make the right decision.

Compliance Officer, Deutsche Bank

I had the pleasure of working with Rutherford when I decided to look for new career opportunities. They were incredibly dedicated to my case throughout the whole recruitment process. This included reviewing and enhancing my CV, getting a first interview, scheduling and preparing for subsequent interviews, getting to know key stakeholders, reviewing the offer, salary & benefits, and even supporting my Tier 2 visa application process. The Rutherford team is very professional and made the transition into my new role stress-free. I am truly grateful for the support that I've received and will continue to recommend Rutherford to anyone seeking new opportunities.

Compliance Officer, Softbank Investment Advisors

I have worked with Rutherford on a number of compliance and legal searches over the years. They have consistently helped recruit top quality individuals into the firms I have worked for. Their knowledge of the market is fantastic and, importantly, they spend time getting to know the vacancy and the firm to ensure that they put forward the right candidates. Highly recommend.

COO, TT International

​Having made two excellent Compliance hires for our firm in London, Rutherford will be my go-to recruitment partner in the future. They fully understood our briefs and the culture they were recruiting for, which made the process efficient and transparent. My candidates were also happy with their interactions with the team, which were professional yet friendly. It was a pleasure working with them, and they would be the first firm I would recommend to others embarking on a recruitment process.

Chief Legal Officer, Eton Park International LLP

​Rutherford have helped me source and place high-quality candidates in various compliance roles over a number of years. The team has a good understanding of the compliance market and conducts itself with integrity and professionalism.

Head of Compliance, Miton Group

​Rutherford was instrumental in assisting Liquidnet Europe Limited in our search for a Head of Regulatory Compliance and Legal Affairs. They presented a selection of candidates with a range of experience. Each CV was a match to our requirements and to our cultural fit. This was no small feat considering the hybrid legal and compliance profile we were seeking. In the end, each area of our spec was met and the incumbent in the role is settling in nicely.Subsequent to this search, Rutherford has also placed a contract surveillance person - again, superb match of skills to spec. The Rutherford team is personable, responsive and I highly recommend their services.

Head of HR - Global Talent Engagement, Liquidnet Europe Limited

Rutherford sets the standard in professionalism and transparency in the executive search industry for compliance. Importantly, the firm acts with integrity. They have a good handle on the hiring environment, what's moving and trends. Furthermore, they work as a team and are available for calls and emails long past working hours! The team exhibited a vested interest in ensuring that I was the right fit for the role they were trying to fill. Communication during the interview process was clear, consistent and honest. They were good coaches and helped me land a rewarding role with a reputable boutique hedge fund.

Compliance Officer, Cairn Capital

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