Drawing on a decade of expertise in compliance and financial crime recruitment, Rutherford now also provides executive search services in the legal and cyber security sectors.
Located in London and New York, our team has been providing specialist executive compliance recruitment to the financial services sector for over a decade. Our purpose has always been the same: to bring the best available talent to our valued clients, through deeper market knowledge and the cultivation of trusted long-term relationships.
Rutherford serves in four core disciplines: Compliance, Financial Crime, In-house Legal and Private Practice Legal. We have kept our focus on financial law and regulation to enable our people to become experts in their field and grow relationships within their specific sectors.
No matter what your needs are, we’ll find outstanding candidates for you, whether it is in the short term or as part of a long-term relationship with you. Our firm currently offers the following recruitment services:
Why choose Rutherford for your next hire?
We have a reputation for quality, reliability, 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.
Retention & Cost
A good recruitment agency should be able to place employee that will last in their position. It is both expensive and a waste of time to hire employees that leave the job quickly. We are confident in our retention rate: 94% of our permanent placements made in the last two years are still in position today.
The Rutherford Approach
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
Every day we are building relationships with the future Governance Leaders and identifying the problem solvers, strategic thinkers and innovators.Learn more about us
We value honesty and integrity as well as long-lasting partnerships with our clients and candidates.See our values
Meet the team
We are a dynamic bunch, with expert consultants and a back office team dedicated to the highest levels of service delivery.Meet our team
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
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 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
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