Who We Are

About us

Halkin is a specialist legal executive search and advisory firm. Since 2008, we have executed mandates for leading law firms, banks, corporates, and financial services institutions. One key element of our business is the nature and depth of our client relationships, which in most instances are many years old.

Since inception, we wanted to create a way of working which would service clients and our talent network differently. We understand that the specialisms in which we operate all have their challenges, and it was crucial to us that we solved them with discretion.

We pride ourselves on operating as trusted advisers to our clients, who value our opinion and respect our approach. The business model we operate entails aligning ourselves to law firms, which mean our partners, consultants and associates have a niche sector of expertise. We have a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of our core markets, allowing us to provide clients and our talent network with trusting partnerships.

Our way of working demonstrates not only the depth of knowledge we possess but also a passion for Diversity and Inclusion. Our holistic approach separates us from our peers, and our current clients and trusted talent network can rely on us to put Diversity and Inclusion at the forefront of our partnerships.

We made a deliberate choice to remain boutique, as our intention has always been to provide an exceptional service which people trust. Whilst we are big enough to work on some of the most complex and demanding mandates globally, we are small enough that our service feels bespoke and more importantly, memorable.

Our 95%+ completion ratio on assignments and working in partnership with our respected clients demonstrates this. Based in London, we undertake work on a global basis.

the Halkin way

We are an ambitious and forward-thinking firm, founded on a commitment to providing an opportunistic, progressive, and collegiate culture for our employees. With thousands of executive search firms across the globe, it was important for us to differentiate ourselves from our peers.

The reason we can complete intricate and business- critical mandates with confidence is because we have created a culture that is open, inclusive, and agile. This environment encourages collaboration as every team member at Halkin has a shared passion for our way of working.

To believe we offer the best partnerships to our clients and talent network, we had to form strong foundations in our internal infrastructure first. We prioritise our people, giving them the best tools to provide a distinctive service.

Our People

Gordon Gooding

Managing Partner

Gordon is the Founder of Halkin, which was incepted in 2008. Before this, he oversaw the Corporate team at a legal executive search boutique, where he placed Partners, Senior Associates and General Counsel. Before this, he gained additional expertise at a global recruitment firm where he established its legal practice. Prior to this, built a strong network and track record within the firm’s Financial Services and Investment Banking markets. With over twenty years’ experience, Gordon has executed numerous searches across London, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Gordon completed his undergraduate at Bristol before completing his Masters degree in Finance at the University of Manchester. Gordon focusses on Partner recruitment and has a particular focus on Corporate (M&A, Private Equity and ECM), Financial Services Regulation and Investment Funds.

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Sarah Barlow

Partner & Operations Director

Sarah joined Halkin in 2009 and co-heads the firm. She has over twenty years’ experience in the recruitment and executive search industry. Prior to joining Halkin, Sarah worked for a global executive search and strategic advisory firm for the Leadership, Talent and Human Capital Consulting markets.

Before this, she led the graduate and training function for a global recruitment firm which was one of the few to successfully IPO. She also headed up the Research function successfully running many client led mandates.

Sarah has a degree in Modern Languages from Newcastle and holds a Licence-ès-Lettres from the Université de Bourgogne. She is bilingual in Spanish and speaks fluent French.

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Nick Bayliss


Nick joined Halkin in 2016 and became Partner in 2018. Prior to joining Halkin, he worked at one of the leading legal recruitment boutiques. Nick trained and qualified at a Top 40 Law firm where he focussed on corporate finance law. He was admitted to the roll in 2009.

Nick focusses predominantly on placing partners and senior associates into corporate finance and he advises both leading UK and US law firms on their hiring strategies. Nick read English Literature at the University of Newcastle.

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Tom Kirkby

Senior Associate

Tom joined Halkin having gained international experience whilst working in the Sales and Marketing department of a B2B consumer goods company. He also worked for the Global Infrastructure Finance department of a leading accountancy firm. Tom has a number of years experience placing both Associates and Partners within the Financial Services Regulation and Corporate practice areas. He advises both established and growing law firms on the hiring of key personnel. Tom graduated from the University of Bath with a Bachelor of Sciences in Social Sciences.

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Filippo Falchi

Senior Associate

Filippo Falchi joined Halkin in 2019 as a Research Associate. Prior to joining the firm, Filippo co-founded a fine Italian wine importer in Los Angeles and before this, he interned at two boutique law firms overseas. He supports the partners at Halkin in the execution of their respective mandates.

Filippo read Law at Queen Mary University of London and holds an LLB with Honours. He is bilingual in Italian, proficient in Spanish and has conversational French.

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Alisha Lasenby


Alisha joined Halkin in 2020 as a Research Associate. Her area of expertise lies at the Associate level and her focus is working on mandates within the Corporate, Private Equity and Investment Funds areas within leading UK and US law firms. Alisha graduated from the University of Southampton with a Bachelor of Law.

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Charlie Maymon

Research Associate

Charlie joined Halkin in 2021 as a Research Associate. Studying the GDL in Manchester has equipped him with broad legal knowledge, which enables him to tailor his approach effectively to individual client needs. Charlie has experience dealing within the Corporate, Bank Finance, Investment Funds and Financial Services Regulation sectors.

With a previous role in sales, Charlie has a track record in supporting and securing mandates as well as providing trusted advice to international clients.

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Fergus McKay

Research Associate

Fergus joined Halkin in 2021 as a Research Associate. He currently focuses on mandates within the Corporate, Bank Finance, Financial Service Regulation and Investment Funds areas within leading UK and US law firms.

Fergus graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with an LLB in Scots Law with Honours. During his time university he became heavily involved with establishing and working within corporate and social enterprises.

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Callum Flanagan

Research Associate

Callum joined Halkin in 2021 as a Research Associate. His area of expertise lies at the associate level within the Corporate, Investment Funds and Restructuring practice areas for both UK and US law firms.

Prior to this Callum, graduated from Oxford University with an BA in Jurisprudence, and he has also worked for a legal tech start up where he was responsible for the enforcement of major confectionery multinational’s IP rights.

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Claire Rumble

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

Claire joined Halkin in 2017 as Personal Assistant providing administrative support to the Halkin team. She is an expert in coordination, operations and management and has worked extensively within the recruitment industry.

Claire has worked across a range of industry sectors including technology, oil & gas and education and is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of Halkin ensuring the smooth running of the office.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Amos Bursary

We are proud to be Partners with The Amos Bursary, which supports talented young men and women of African and Caribbean heritage who face socio-economic and environmental challenges. Since 2009, The Amos Bursary has worked to ensure that gifted individuals have access to excellent education, as well as the opportunity to secure an enriching and stable career. From financial support through to mentoring, it focuses on #ChangingTheNarrative.

Although Halkin focuses significant effort on educating clients on the importance of diverse hiring, we wanted to partner with a grassroots organisation which will open doors for Partners of the future. In 2018 Black people had the highest unemployment rate out of all ethnic groups, and only 2% of board members in FTSE 100 companies are Black or minority ethnic.

We know that if we focus on supporting the future generation of the legal sector, as well as continuing to do the work we do at the senior level of the market, it will make a bigger impact.