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Compliance Recruitment

The Market Leaders in Senior Compliance Appointments

Compliance is the departmental embodiment of an organisation's moral compass. It is tasked with protecting a business and its stakeholders, both internally and externally. This regulatory leader must internalise conflicts and exercise supreme judgement in balancing the need to allow its business to flourish in an increasingly complex regulatory environment, whilst avoiding the potentially devastating consequences of non-compliance.


Work With One of The Leading Compliance Legal Staffing Agencies in The US

Find your next hire with one of the US' leading risk and compliance staffing agencies. Rutherford truly understands the seriousness of all Compliance hires, both from a technical and cultural standpoint: that is why we are known as regulatory compliance staffing specialists. We know that deep market knowledge, relationships and networks are all vital to recognising that elusive fit when we see it.

Why Trust Rutherford for Your Regulatory Compliance Staffing Needs?

For over a decade, our compliance headhunters have built an extensive track record in compliance search placements, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Whether you are looking to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer or a Compliance Assistant, get in touch with our team to learn more about our compliance recruitment services. Discover how our compliance staffing agency can help you with your upcoming executive search.

At the moment, we offer Contingent Search and Retained Search services: discover below which option is better suited for your regulatory compliance recruitment needs.​


Retained Search

An approach to secure top compliance professionals within financial services. Candidates are rising stars - the best in the game - and are usually considered passive on the market.

​Contingent Search

A recruitment service which allows you to gain access to Rutherford's sizeable network and candidates database through quick delivery. Ideal for short-term compliance recruitment needs.

The Rutherford Story

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Rutherford is founded by Jonathan Skerrett in a kitchen in South West London, with a focus on compliance recruitment.

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Rutherford employs its first staff member, and leaves the kitchen to move into a small room in a coworking space.

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2018 is an exciting year, as Rutherford finds its new home in London, near Borough Market, and places its first Compliance Officer in New York.

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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

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About Us

Every day, we are building relationships with the regulatory leaders of tomorrow 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 service delivery.

Our Clients

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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

​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

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

​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

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

​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

​Rutherford recently placed me into my future role. At all stages of the recruitment process, they has been extremely positive, has provided excellent guidance with regards to interview preparation, and ensured I was kept up to date with news from the company throughout the selection process, providing timely feedback after the end of each stage. They have been an absolute joy to work with, and if you are looking for a new Compliance role, I can’t recommend them enough!

Financial Crime Manager

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

​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 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

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