Espero About Us

Espero focuses on four key areas of growth for clients:

Rainmaker hires: Our accomplished and well-connected Executive Search function will work with you to understand the best fit for your teams across your global footprint. We will seek out and introduce you to the key talent capable of driving your business forward, ensuring you evolve with the markets.

International Associates: We can build teams to support your growth in key areas, whether this is concentrated on specific international markets, key practice areas or a combination, we have the knowledge and contacts to ensure your business is exactly where it needs to be.

SmartAgile® Resourcing: We understand that there are times you will need exactly the right people on hand for exactly the right length of time. We can build a highly skilled team of reserve talent, who can be available where you need them, when you need them, and for as long as you need them.

Retained Advisory Services: We are legal experts. We understand how the market works, the approaching market changes, and can guide you through your journey towards growth and continued success. Working hand in hand with you, we will help you to navigate the major changes in global legal and financial markets, to make savvy cost-based decisions and, where required, build in SmartAgile® and alternative staffing solutions to ensure you take advantage of market opportunities.

Simon Chadwick, Founder

Simon has worked in professional services recruitment for nearly 25 years, in the legal and financial markets, both in the UK and globally. His unrivalled knowledge of the legal and financial markets, accompanied by his industry contacts, now lead him to introduce innovative resourcing models to the market. With Espero Consulting, Simon is able to capitalise on his experience and provide services to the global legal market in a way that are at once flexible, collaborative and consultative.

He has been a board member of two law firms and the local leader of the Managing Partners’ Forum in the UK (  Simon is best known for starting the leading legal recruiter Chadwick Nott –  the company he sold to what is now Impellam Group plc; the second largest staffing company in the UK, owned by Lord Ashcroft. Simon is a passionate leader and Chadwick Nott achieved remarkable levels of staff engagement (it reached Number 18 in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For).

Simon is proud of Espero Consulting’s unique share ownership model, which has been developed in order to attract highly ambitious recruiters and advisors who may be frustrated by the lack of ‘skin in the game’ for them in more traditional staffing company models. Espero is able to combine a high level of financial reward, together with a genuine opportunity for its people to build real equity value in the business – a route which will trigger a rewarding future for all concerned.

Espero’s Training Academy provides cutting edge training for graduates and qualified lawyers, and will equip the skills needed to be successful as an Espero recruiter or retained advisor. The five weeks of intensive training forges the well-rounded, business-savvy approach to our work that gives us and our people an outstanding reputation.

James Yates, Director

James is an ex-solicitor and now recruitment consultant with 15+ years’ experience recruiting exceptional associate solicitors and partners for the leading US and City firms in London.

James offers expert advice on choice of firm, interview technique and career planning advice, enabling lawyers to succeed in finding exceptional and life changing opportunities which take their careers to the next level.

Prior to joining Espero, James worked for Lonus Legal Recruitment where he focused on recruiting for US law firms in London. Prior to this he spent three years at Chadwick Nott where he was Head of US Recruitment.

Andrew Roberts, Director

Andrew has enjoyed a long and varied career within the legal search market.

Until 1998 he was Director of Private Practice at Longbridge plc, the London based AIM-listed legal search consultancy. He then became a Partner at the UK’s largest privately owned financial headhunting organisation, Alexander Mann, where he successfully opened the profitable Legal desk. He established SSG Legal in 2000 and from 2000 to 2018 he specialised in headhunting senior lawyers, key laterals and teams for a client base of growing progressive law firms.

His experience of the legal search market plus his market intelligence and contact network enable clients and candidates to achieve their commercial priorities quickly and discreetly.

In June 2018 SSG Legal and Espero Consulting merged when it became clear that by combining formally they would have greater strength, knowledge and resources and so will be able to offer their joint clients a better level of service.

Lillian Bishop, Specialist Consultant

Lillian has recruited for over 18 years for regional and leading UK law firms, multinationals, nationals and start-up companies.  She established her own specialist legal recruitment business in 2001 which has grown to cover operational and corporate roles in the UK and wider EEA.

Her in-house legal work crosses a broad range of industry sectors including hospitality, travel, leisure and technology. Partnering with law firms and companies to fill their mid and senior level roles, she is recognised as passionately having the best interests of her candidates and clients at the centre of everything she does.  A wealth of experience has been gained in talent acquisition – from candidate identification, attraction and short listing through to successful placement using a range of recruitment services. These include retained search and flat fee based consultancy services.

Lillian works with Espero Consulting as a specialist external consultant, where her exceptional experience benefits our clients and candidates alike.