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The specialist legal and compliance recruitment agency in New York City.

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Through extensive training and experience, we ensure that every consultant at Rutherford is a market expert; a receptive ear and a trusted voice in their industry.

If you are looking for a truly specialised compliance staffing agency, get in touch with our headhunters today. Our firm covers recruiting for Compliance, Legal, Risk and Cyber Security, all within the financial and professional services sector.

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Our greatest pride is our people. Our boutique firm has some of the best legal and compliance recruiters in NYC, who have built highly curated networks over the years.

If you are looking for your next career move, speak to our compliance recruitment agency for a confidential conversation or to discuss our regulatory compliance jobs on offer.


of permanent placements made in the last two years are still in position


of our searches have been exclusive or retained in 2020


success rate on exclusive mandates in 2020


of our placements in 2020 were from a diverse background

Search to Succeed

Rutherford is a highly specialist regulatory compliance recruitment agency in NYC founded in 2011.

Ever since its inception, our agency's focus has been legal and compliance within the financial and professional services sectors. Our success lies in dedicated work within the space, as our team of the best compliance and legal headhunetrs in NYC, have been working tirelessly in the past decade to build a vast network of strong regulatory talent.

Over the years, we have identified both the rising stars and the best experienced talent in our market, accompanying them along their professional journey. Our compliance and legal headhunters have developed carefully curated relationships to ensure we always guarantee a perfect cultural fit for our clients, some of the most renowned financial services firms across the globe.

A More Diverse Offering to Better Respond to Your Needs

In recent years, we have added some new specialisms in order to meet our client's needs, providing now an even more comprehensive pool of regulatory and governance talent. Our London-based compliance staffing agency has therefore widened its offering, with the introduction of compliance risk and cyber security services within financial and professional services. To find out more about our new disciplines contact our New YorkRisk, Strategy and Operations team or our New York Cyber Security team for full details.

We help source the leaders of today to make you thrive.

About Rutherford

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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 services delivery.

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Why Choose Rutherford as Your Compliance Executive Search Partner?


We have a reputation for quality, reliability and market knowledge and professionalism. Don't let us go on about it though; see what clients and candidates have to say about us instead.


We do the hard work for you. We have a rigorous screening process and will only send you a select few of the most qualified resumes to peruse.


A good recruitment agency should be able to place employees that will last in their position. We are confident in our retention rate: 94% of our permanent placements made in the last two years are still in position today.

Services Tailored to Your Needs

Rutherford provides different types of services to its clients, with the goal to always find a solution that is best suited to their recruitment needs.

As a compliance recruitment firm, we offer retained search services for niche, highly specialised roles in the field. We will adopt a tailored and rigorous approach to secure and match premier compliance candidates to top regulatory compliance jobs.

For a quicker delivery, you can opt for our contingent recruitment services which have been built to meet your short-term hiring needs. Our legal compliance headhunters in New York, will tap into their sizeable network and database to bring you top talent in the sector.

Our Clients

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​There aren't enough words to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to Rutherford for their assistance in helping me land an amazing role at a phenomenal private equity firm.

Rutherford's Compliance recruitment consultants were friendly, proactive, encouraging, and extremely helpful in guiding me through the recruitment process. I never once chased them and was consistently on the receiving end of calls, getting regular updates on the progress made. They kept an open and honest line of communication and spent a considerable amount of time prepping me at each stage of the process.

Their technical knowledge coupled with their down-to-earth personality makes Rutherford undoubtedly an amazing choice of a compliance recruitment firm if you're considering a career move in the legal or compliance sectors.

Compliance Associate, Leading European Private Equity Firm

​During the time I have known Rutherford, their compliance recruitment team have shown a combination of efficiency, consistency and a frankness which is rarely found amongst their competitors. I have been consistently impressed by my compliance headhunter's attitude whenever we have interacted. He was very encouraging and patient, just a genuinely nice person too. Would highly recommend him and Rutherford, and will be eternally grateful to them for helping me secure a role at my dream firm.

Compliance Director, Generation Investment Management

​We have worked with Rutherford Search on a number of occasions to find candidates for regulatory/compliance positions and I’ve always found their London compliance recruitment team 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.

Their compliance recruiters 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

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