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Definitive Consulting invests

Definitive Consulting invests in strategic hires for 2009

Key additions driven by client demand and focus on readiness for recovery

13 January 2009: Award-winning specialist recruitment consultancy, Definitive Consulting has appointed Guy Bates as manager of its Legal Division. The appointment is a strategic investment in a team primed for strong growth in 2009/10 and comes in direct response to client demand.

Darren James, managing director at Definitive, said: Our legal team, though still relatively young, has made significant progress over the last 12 months. It has established an enviable client roster and a strong reputation based on expert, honest consultancy and the ability to secure high quality, exclusive candidates.
Our reputation is in step with demand from legal clients. Many are undertaking strategic skills reviews, particularly looking at senior people, both to equip for short term opportunity and to ensure they are appropriately resourced to take advantage of a recovering economy in 2010/2011.
Feedback from legal clients identified a series of issues that inform recruitment partner choices over the coming 12 months, including:

As expected, clients are likely to make fewer hires in the first half of 2009, but those hires will be senior people and strategically driven
Clients see access to innovative recruitment partners and, in particular, exclusive candidates as a key competitive advantage

James said: Those imperatives represent a clear fit with the Definitive approach to recruitment consultancy. Clients want to see us invest, to ensure we have the resources required to meet their need through 2009 and beyond. Guy brings huge recruitment experience and excellent business acumen. His role will be to work closely with our legal clients, strengthening relationships and ensuring we are informed and ready when they need us.
Guy is joined by three further additions to the Definitive Consulting team. Gisele Hayek, another legal specialist, is Guys first hire and will work alongside him in developing and strengthening the division. Steve Botting joins the Accounting & Finance division following a stint recruiting for London 2012, whilst Caroline Mumford takes up a cross divisional role as Training and Development Manager.

James, concluded: Many of our forward-thinking clients are using the current market conditions to develop their teams in anticipation of a revival in 2010 - we are no different. We continue to invest in the right hires, be they strategic or responding to immediate need. Innovation and quality are the life blood of this business it goes without saying that hiring exceptional people and investing in their development is central to our continued success.


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