About Us


At Rutherford, we focus on compliance, financial crime, legal and cyber security searches for roles within the financial services and legal sector, with London and New York being our focus. We use our carefully curated relationships, networks and market knowledge to find the best fit for the clients in hand.

We work with a wide range of clients, from advisors, corporate & commercial banks, brokers, exchanges, MTFs and financial tech, through to global investment managers, hedge funds, private equity firms and investment banks.

The last decade has seen an explosion in the demands placed upon financial services organisations and individuals by the domestic and international regulators. Firms are increasingly looking for their Compliance, Audit and Risk functions to evolve to meet these. Dramatic changes in politics, policy, international regulation and technology have made it more crucial than ever that firms invest in their Governance and Controls. It is our job to ensure that our Clients have the right people in these business-critical roles so that their firms can enjoy a safe and prosperous future.

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

The history of Rutherford



Rutherford is founded by Jonathan Skerrett in a kitchen in South West London, with a focus on compliance recruitment.

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Rutherford employs its first staff member, and leaves the kitchen to move into a small room in a coworking space.

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2018 is an exciting year for Rutherford, as the firm finds its new home in London, near Borough Market, and places its first Compliance Officer in New York.

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The company expands its offering by officially launching Rutherford Legal. The firm now also specialises in roles within In-house Legal and Private Practice.

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Rutherford expands its offering by introducing a new specialism, Cyber Security. The team now also focuses on technology & digital transformation roles.

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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.

We source high calibre legal and compliance professionals for the legal and financial services sectors in London and New York. We also focus on digital and technology change & transformation executive roles within professional services.

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


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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Our clients


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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