Recruitment

In recent years we have completed more deals in the recruitment sector than any other UK law firm.


The demand for the brightest talent is always high on every boardroom agenda, matched with the need for organisations to build lean, mobile and flexible workforces.

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Increased legislation, growing globalisation and fierce competition are creating challenging market conditions. As leading advisers to governments and trade associations, we know exactly how to deal with issues faced by recruiters across the world. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a business, for a global MSP arrangement, to keep and incentivise your top performers, safe management of co-employment and tax risk, or tackle a class action for equal pay, our team will deliver the right solution.

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In recent years, we have completed more deals in the recruitment sector than any other UK law firm and know exactly how to help grow overseas operations in a way that protects our clients’ core commercial interests. That doesn’t just include the leading generalists, but also the niche suppliers in professional, IT, oil and gas, care and construction, as well as jobsites, work exchanges and digital recruiters.

Experience


Trust Tech Inc

Advised on commercial, regulatory and compliance issues relating to the £17m acquisition of the UK-based recruitment and training solutions provider MTrec Limited, Trust Tech's first significant acquisition outside Japan.

Phaidon International

Advised on its £18m investment from Muzinich & Co.

IT consultancy

Advised on the sale of a UK-based IT consultancy and staffing business to a New York-based consulting firm.

Rethink Group

Advised on the acquisition of digital recruitment agency Digital Gurus in a mixed cash and equity deal.

Rethink Group

Advised Rethink Group, the recruitment and talent management specialist, on an investment from the Business Growth Fund, and the acquisition of talent management company Consort Group.

MBO Partners

Advised this market-leading back-office technology provider to self-employed individuals on the first of a series of international joint ventures.

Tribal Group

Advised on the disposal of the advertising and e-solutions business of Tribal Resourcing to TMP Worldwide.

Geometric

Advised leading Indian engineering company Geometric Global on the acquisition of German technical recruitment company 3 Cap Technologies.

Allgeier

Advised on the acquisition of IT staffing company tecops personal GmbH by leading German IT company Allgeier.

Allegis

Advised on six global MSP and RPO deals.

Allegis

Advised on the acquisition of UK IT recruitment specialist Aston Carter.

TAC/Advantage Technical Resourcing

Advised on the purchase of Technology Project Services Limited from SGS Holding UK Ltd for over £7m.

Tribal Group

Advised on the disposal of the advertising and e-solutions business of Tribal to TMP Worldwide.

Morson Wynnwith

Advised on a joint venture and acquisition from the administrators of the business of Wynnwith. Winner of Recruitment International's "Most Transformational Deal of the Year 2010".

Jobsite

Advised on its sale to Associated Newspapers Ltd, part of the DMGT group, for c.£36m.

Manpower/Elan

Advised on a five-year outsourcing deal with BT. The deal, which was the largest of its type in Europe at the time, involved the transfer of the management of several thousand contract and temporary personnel worldwide.

Harvey Nash Group

Advised on €€54m transfer of technology development business units within Alcatel Lucent and redeployment of staff across Europe, and on €€45m transfer of "Fixclas" technology development business units within Alcatel Lucent.

Hat Pin

Acted on the acquisition/reverse takeover under the AIM rules of Saxton Bampfylde Hever.

Heidrick & Struggles

Advised on the acquisition of SHP Associates.

Diagonal

Advised on the £50.2m takeover by Morse plc.

Ciklum Holding

Advised on a significant investment by Horizon Capital in Ciklum Holding. Advice also included tax, incentives and employment.

Ambition 24 Hours

Advised on acquisition of nursing staffing businesses of Pinnacle plc for £2.75m.

Allegis

Advised on the acquisition of international IT recruitment specialist Aston Carter (industry advice in Europe and Asia). 

Swift

Advised on the sale of leading oil and gas staffing company Swift to US private equity company Wellspring (2013).

StaffGroup

Advised on the sale of StaffGroup, an international IT and energy recruitment company, to Cordant.

CDI AndersElite Limited

Advised CDI AndersElite, the UK subsidiary of US-listed CDI Corp, on the acquisition of London-based recruitment business Ship Shape Resources.

Empresaria Group

Advised Empresaria, an international specialist staffing group, on the £3.3m accelerated bookbuild used to part finance the acquisition of US healthcare recruiter PS.

Co Company

Advised the shareholders of London-based advisory boutique Co Company on its successful sale to Nasdaq - listed executive search and consulting firm Heidrick & Struggles.

Zaquensis Personalservice

Advised this German staffing firm with over 55 service centres and 4500 employees on its sale to Belgium-based Accent Group.

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