Rutherford is founded by Jonathan Skerrett in a kitchen in South West London, with a focus on compliance recruitment.
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 employs its first staff member, and leaves the kitchen to move into a small room in a coworking space.
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.
The company expands its offering by officially launching Rutherford Legal. The firm now also specialises in roles within In-house Legal and Private Practice.
Rutherford expands its offering by introducing a new specialism, Cyber Security. The team now also focuses on technology & digital transformation roles.
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 in 2020 were from a diverse background
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.
Every day we are building relationships with the future Governance Leaders and identifying the problem solvers, strategic thinkers and innovators.Learn more
We value honesty and integrity as well as long-lasting partnerships with our clients and candidates.See our values
We are a dynamic bunch, with expert consultants and a back office team dedicated to the highest levels of service delivery.Meet our team
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We have worked with Rutherford Search on a number of occasions to find candidates for regulatory/compliance positions and I’ve always found their team of compliance recruiters to be professional and helpful. They’ve done a great job of helping us find the best possible candidates and we have always been very pleased with the service offered. The compliance recruitment team is proactive and reliable, invested in understanding and meeting our needs as a client and, most importantly, they are able to find and suggest great candidates which meet our specific briefs. The quality of service and candidates that we have received has always been high and this is indicative of Rutherford’s well-deserved reputation in the market.
Global Head of Compliance & Regulatory, FTSE 250 Asset Manager
Rutherford's compliance recruitment team knows the market extremely well. They know all the players in the space and can speak to each's professional history and personality. They are very open and honest when communicating roles as well as any feedback a firm has after reviewing your resume or an interview. They always make a case for their clients and are extremely thoughtful in the roles they put you up for. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to move to London! I would recommend them to any colleague or friends in the Compliance space.
Vice President - Compliance, SoftBank Investment Advisers
The Rutherford team was extremely helpful throughout my process. By staying constantly in touch and sharing their expert knowledge of the market, they made the moving process feel like very light work on my end. On top of being a team you want in your corner during a transition, they were also very respectful of my role criteria and they only presented opportunities that were worthy of serious consideration. I wouldn't be so happy at work right now if it weren't for their compliance recruitment team.
Deputy Head of Compliance, Man AHL
The Rutherford team was fantastic and extremely helpful when placing me in my next role. From taking their time to best understand my requirements to great diligence with the roles their clients presented to them, they wasted no time and spent each day working to guarantee success. A top recommendation from me for compliance recruitment specialists in London.
Legal and Compliance Professional, Pollen Street Capital
Rutherford has been incredible at helping me in my job hunt. Their compliance recruiters are always ready to have honest conversations and give prompt feedback on interviews. What sets out their team from other compliance recruitment specialists is that they are always available to answer any queries on the job market and they check up on how you are doing in your new role.
Compliance Associate, Softbank Investment Advisers
Working with Rutherford was an absolute pleasure, helping me secure my new position. They were very responsive and gave a lot of support throughout each stage of the recruitment process. I would definitely recommend their compliance recruiters to those seeking a professional move!
Compliance Professional, Lansdowne Partners
The Rutherford team has been a pleasure to deal with. Their compliance recruitment team is friendly, helpful and professional throughout and, when we hit a stumbling block in the process of my being recruited for a new role, they immediately resolved it.
Vice President - Compliance, BlackRock
I approached Rutherford in September 2020 looking for a new role and they couldn't have been more attentive. They kept me updated, ensured clear communication through the process - from introduction to offer - and ensured I moved to the best opportunity. The team is highly attentive and hard working.
Control Room Analyst, Citadel
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's compliance recruitment team 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 from their compliance recruitment specialists 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 their compliance recruitment firm.
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 compliance recruitment 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 compliance recruitment 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