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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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Through extensive training and experience, we ensure that every consultant at Rutherford is a market expert; a receptive ear and trusted voice in their industry.

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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

Search to Succeed

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

Our focus is legal and compliance recruitment within the legal and financial services sectors, in London and New York. We also specialise in financial crime and cyber security recruitment, within the same spaces.

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

About Rutherford

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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

Senior Cloud Security Solutions Architect

London 85000

​Our client is looking for an individual to lead their Cloud Security Solutions (CSS) capability as they embark on an exciting period of growth. The role will require you to design, shape, build and deliver all aspects of this capability.

Lead Penetration Tester - Web Specialist

London 100000

​​​Rutherford has an amazing opportunity for any Penetration Tester looking to join a dynamic challenger advisory firm's management team. This Principal Penetration Tester role comes with a generous package of up to £100,000 per annum + benefits. This is a great opportunity for any web specialist with an entrepreneurial mindset, who is ready to take on a new challenge: to develop a new offensive security product.

Senior Underwriter- Challenger Bank

Bletchley 50000

​​Our expanding Credit and Underwriting Team is looking to recruit an experienced Credit Underwriter to strengthen an outstanding team. Reporting into the Head of Credit, you will be responsible for assessing new lending applications for quality, credit risk, and adherence with the bank’s policies and lending appetite, whilst giving a market leading service to the Bank’s customers and stakeholders.

Credit Policy and Review Manager

Bletchley 55000

​​Our expanding Credit and Underwriting Team are looking to recruit an experienced Credit Policy and Review Manager to further strengthen an outstanding team. A new role within the Bank, reporting into the Director of Credit & Underwriting, you will be responsible for the Lending & Credit Policies of the Bank, ensuring they are appropriately drafted and maintained, are aligned to the Bank’s risk appetite and strategy, and are being adhered to. ​


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Having worked in the interim MLRO/Financial Crime market for more than 10 years, I have worked with a number of recruiters and sourcing agencies. However, amongst them I found Rutherford to be more professional than most I have encountered. ​I have no hesitation in recommending associates to contact them if they are looking to recruit, as I am at times when in an interim role, or if they are looking for AML or other financial crime roles in the financial services sector.

Interim MLRO, DNB

​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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