Meet the Team
Who is behind DMJ Recruitment?
David Press – Director, Company Secretarial Team
David is one of the founding directors of DMJ and has specialised in the recruitment of company secretaries since 1999. DMJ Company Secretarial is the sole recruitment partner to the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).
Widely recognised as a leading name in this field, David has placed company secretaries into many of the UK’s leading businesses including FTSE 500 groups, limited companies, professional practices and financial services. David’s expertise lies in senior hires and executive search across all industry sectors.
By forging close relationships with clients within his specialisms, David is able to understand their requirements and remain at the forefront of trends within the profession such as departmental structures, staff retention and salaries. He equally understands the importance of candidate relationships and meets with applicants to build an accurate picture of their career to date and their aspirations to provide bespoke careers advice.
Who is your role model?Enzo Ferrari who once famously said that 'the client is not always right'!
What is your top recruitment tip?Never attempt to be someone you are not - the client will see right through you
What's the best thing about working in recruitment?Every day brings a new challenge, fresh ideas and the opportunity to offer creative solutions to our clients and candidates.
Marc Tobias - Director, DMJ Private Practice and In-House Teams
Marc is a one of the founding directors of DMJ. He graduated with a law degree from London University in 1995 before moving to the City to pursue a career in the financial markets. He moved into recruitment in 1999 and built a successful career specialising in finance and accountancy before returning to the legal sector.
He recruits assistants and partners for many of the City’s and West End’s leading law firms and prides himself on offering a service that is second to none. More recently Marc has focused on developing DMJ’s In-House team and recruits GCs and Heads of Legal for FTSE 100 companies, international organisations and start-ups. Clients often comment on his innovative approach to recruitment to ensure he leaves no stone unturned during the recruitment process. Candidates also like Marc’s straight-forward consultative approach towards finding the perfect role.
Outside the office Marc is a keen sports fan. He is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club and has recently completed his first, and probably only, triathlon.
Who is your role model?Dennis Bergkamp - cool under pressure, always wanted to succeed, team player who took great pleasure from helping his team mates score, and stuck to his footballing principles.
What is your top recruitment tip?Work with a consultant you trust and listen to their advice. We are experts in recruitment, so trust us when we make a suggestion.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment?It's a cliche but it is the variety that the job offers. One day I can be advising a client on retention policy, the next working on a high profile retained search campaign. The different clients and candidates we advise means that there are always new challenges and situations to deal with
Justin Kopelowitz – Director, Private Practice and Partners & Mergers Teams
Justin is one of the founding directors of DMJ. He qualified as a solicitor in 1992, specialising in commercial property at Howard Kennedy prior to becoming a partner at a small West End firm. He moved into legal recruitment in 1999 and is now a leading name in partner and team moves within the City and internationally.
Justin also heads up DMJ Mergers where his intimate knowledge of the legal market has led to a number of high profile mergers of law firms within London, the US and Regional law firm markets.
When Justin isn't busy placing lawyers or merging firms, he loves to unwind by playing a competitive game of tennis or a round of golf with friends. He has recently developed a new-found interest in cooking and can often be found in the kitchen perfecting his secret recipe for the perfect curry!
Who is your role model?Sid James
What is your top recruitment tip?Be yourself.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment?Meeting lots of lawyers!
Ali Braid – Associate Director, DMJ Recruitment Ltd
Ali graduated from Warwick University in 2001 with a BA in English. She taught in a primary school for 2 years and then went to seek her fortune in the big smoke. She started her career in recruitment in 2003, recruiting finance staff to Public sector organisations. Ali moved into Training and Internal recruitment within the same recruitment firm in 2008.
As the Internal Recruitment Manager for DMJ, Ali is focussed on using her search and headhunting skills to recruit the best talent in the market that will enhance our company profile and add to the brands appeal. As an experienced Recruitment trainer Ali is on site to advise and coach our consultants, thereby ensuring our candidates and clients receive a tailored service and personal approach.
When Ali is not providing entertainment for her young son she sometimes visits the gym, goes running and frequents the theatre. She also enjoys a proper afternoon tea and is trying to work her way around the UK’s top tea rooms.
Who is your role model?Julie Andrews. Practically perfect in every way.
What is your top recruitment tip?Recruitment is all about people, if you have good relationships with the people you work with, whether that’s your colleagues, clients or candidates you will get positive results.
What is the best thing about working in recruitment?There is never a dull moment.
Leena Babajee - Consultant, Company Secretarial Team
Leena graduated with a law degree from The University of Sheffield in 2007 before moving to London to pursue her career in legal recruitment. She started her career at a leading legal recruitment consultancy focusing on placing junior to mid-level associates in-house and within City and international law firms. She then moved to a boutique headhunting consultancy where she focused solely on placing partners in both UK and US law firms. Leena joined the team in October 2010, she specialises in recruiting company secretaries at all levels into the leisure & retail, telecommunications, media, technology and professional services sectors.
Leena is a self-confessed gym addict who often indulges in pilates classes, yoga and the new Zumba craze! She also loves to travel. Recent spots of interest include Mauritius, Rome and Prague.
Who is your role model?Heidi Klum
What is your top recruitment tip?Get to know your clients candidates and empathise with them. Job descriptions and CVs only tell a small part of the story
What's the best thing about working in recruitment?The most satisfying thing is getting to know a candidate as a junior and keeping in touch with that person throughout the years. It is great to see how successful they have become knowing that you have assisted in their moves and acted in an advisory capacity.
Rory Strong - Consultant, Company Secretarial Team
Rory graduated in Geography from Durham University in 2010. He began his career in the entertainment industry where he honed his interpersonal skills and gained experience in the service sector before setting his sights on a career in recruitment. He joined DMJ in 2012 and believes his strong communication skills fit perfectly with the DMJ ethos. Rory specialises in serving clients within the insurance and support service sectors.
Outside of the office Rory is a keen fundraiser especially through physical and mental challenges, having recently completed a continuous 24 hour row for a local charity. As well as fundraising he is a music lover and scours the city for the best live venues and gigs.
Who is your role model?Michael J Fox.
What is your top recruitment tip?Make every call personal, have a conversation with the candidate to build a strong relationship of trust for future benefit.
What’s the best thing about working in recruitment?Talking with lots of varied people, building long-term working relationships and matching them with the right roles.
Glenn Oborne - Consultant, Company Secretarial Team
Glenn graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Sussex in 2013. Glenn was drawn to a career in recruitment following the personal interactions he experienced during his work placement in a merchant bank and due to his enjoyment of operating in a friendly and professional environment. Glenn is placing company secretaries at all levels within the manufacturing & engineering , pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors.
Away from the office, Glenn is a keen musician and cricketer, spending most of his time either honing his cover drive or practising songs with his band-mates. He is also interested in classical music and attends recitals throughout London.
Who is your role model?Isambard Kingdom Brunel a brilliant engineer who achieved so much due to a tremendous work ethic which was combined with foresight so that his work stood the test of time.
What is your top recruitment tip?Candidates need to be confident about the role they are applying for and the client they are applying to. An understanding of the responsibilities expected of them and the culture they will be working in is key.
What’s the best thing about working in recruitment?Working with bright, ambitious people to help them progress in their career can be challenging and extremely rewarding.
Emilia Radkiewicz - Consultant, Company Secretarial Team
Emilia graduated with a law degree from Oxford Brookes University in 2011 and completed the LPC at The University of Law, Bloomsbury. Emilia had experience of volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau, dealing with relevant social issues and advising on the best available solution. On this basis she pursued a career in recruitment, specifically in the company secretarial public sector division, to utilise the skills, understanding and insight gained through working in a diverse and challenging environment. Emilia specialises in placing company secretaries of all levels in NHS Foundation Trusts, Housing Associations, Local Government, Trade Associations and National Charities.
Away from the office, Emilia is a dedicated music fan with a keen eye for fashion. She is always on the lookout for new and interesting activities, with bikram yoga being a current favourite. Emilia recently visited Sorrento, Italy where she explored the old city of Pompeii and climbed the Mount Vesuvius volcano.
Who is your role model?Marion Cotillard - a diverse actress and great role model
What is your top recruitment tip?Proactively listen to the needs of your candidates and keep lines of communication open. This helps to build successful long-term relationships based on trust and confidence in the personal service provided.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment?Meeting intelligent, ambitious individuals and knowing that equipped with a proactive approach you can achieve successful results.
Joanna Yardley – Senior Consultant, Legal Private Practice Team
Joanna studied Law with Business at the University of Birmingham and graduated with honours in 2010. She joined DMJ Legal in 2011 and specialises in placing Associates into Private Practice and has built up an impressive knowledge of this competitive market.
Outside of the office Joanna enjoys keeping fit and has recently completed a half marathon to raise money for a local cancer charity. Having successfully completed (and recovered from) her first marathon, Joanna now has her sights set firmly on completing others in the near future. When she is not pushing herself to the limits on the road, Joanna also enjoys travelling to different European cities to learn about different cultures and more importantly sample the local cuisines!
Who is your role model?My dad because of his ability to balance building a successful career in the City and then running his own business as well as having a family.
What is your top recruitment tip?To make sure your CV is up to date, accurate and easy to read. This is the first opportunity to impress a prospective employer and even if you have had a flawless career, if your CV doesn’t read well then this will impact on your application.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment?Every day is different and that you are constantly working with people.
Alex Ring – Senior Consultant, Legal Private Practice Team
Alex began his career working for a regional accountancy firm training as an accounts assistant. Since then he has worked for several professional services firms in the City. Prior to joining DMJ Alex was a Resourcing Co-ordinator in the in-house recruitment team of a top international law firm. Alex joined DMJ in April 2012 and now specialises in placing lawyers into Private Practice law firms across the London market. Outside of the office Alex enjoys cooking dinner for friends and visiting some of London’s top watering holes.
Who is your role model?Oliver Reed.
What is your top recruitment tip?Remember that an interview is a two way process, and as a candidate you should be comfortable asking the interviewer sensible questions that you want to know the answer to.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment?Working with like-minded people.
Gemma Haworth – Consultant, Legal Private Practice Team
Gemma graduated with a law degree from the University of Birmingham and went on to train and qualify at a leading regional practice following the completion of her LPC at Guildford . Upon qualification she joined a boutique firm specialising in Family law where she practised for two years before taking the decision to move into legal recruitment. Gemma joined a leading international recruiter focusing on placing associates into London firms, moving to DMJ in May 2013 where she continues to specialise in private practice. Away from the office Gemma enjoys trips to far flung locations and indulging her love for Motown and wine tasting (as long as it’s red).
Who is your role model?Caitlin Moran for her fierce intelligence and self-deprecating wit.
What is your top recruitment tip?Never assume - recruitment is all about the individual and tailoring your approach to provide them with the best possible service.
What’s the best thing about working in recruitment?Legal recruitment exposes me to fantastically bright, driven individuals and a daily reminder that hard work and tenacity really do pay off.
Marc Jones - Consultant, Legal Private Practice Team
Marc graduated from Northampton University with a degree in Law in 1999 before working initially as a paralegal and subsequently qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. He recruits into private practice, covering London and surrounding counties. Having spent over 8 years in practice himself, Marc is uniquely placed to understand the needs of both clients and candidates. He has practiced in both small and large firms covering areas including criminal law, family law, mental health, civil claims and large complex contractual disputes. He is an experienced advocate in both the Criminal and Civil courts. When Marc is not recruiting, he can usually be found watching his beloved Manchester United or attempting, usually unsuccessfully, to lose some weight at the gym.
Who is your role model? David Beckham
What is your top recruitment tip? Be professional, open and honest with both the candidate and the client at all times. A successful, long-term relationship cannot be built on anything less.
What’s the best thing about working in recruitment? The unexpected, you never know what each day will bring.
Jennifer Skrastin - Consultant, Legal Private Practice Team
Jennifer studied Law at the University of Glasgow and graduated with Honours in 2010 before going on to complete her Diploma in Legal Practice in 2011. She worked in Compliance at a leading UK law firm before relocating to London in 2013 to begin a career in recruitment with a leading international recruitment business in London and subsequently joined DMJ. When she is not in the office, Jennifer considers herself a ‘tourist’ in London and can be found exploring the latest exhibitions, sights and ‘tourist traps’ of the city. She is also an avid fan of musicals and loves to travel.
What is your top recruitment tip? Help your candidates focus on their strengths but give them the ability to discuss their weaknesses.
Saad Akhtar - Researcher, Legal Private Practice Team
Who is your role model? Thierry Henry
What is your top recruitment tip? Be able to deal with rejection – only one applicant can get each job. Take it each application as a learning experience and as a positive rather than taking it to heart.
What is the best thing about working in recruitment? The variety and unpredictability - no two days are ever the same!
Iain Johnson – Managing Consultant, In-House Legal Team
Iain is one of few legal recruitment consultants to have worked as an in-house lawyer.
He places qualified lawyers at all levels of seniority for clients ranging from multinational FTSE 100 constituents to SMEs. He has a number of years’ in-house legal recruitment experience leading on executive search, branded advertising and multi-agency campaigns. Iain augments traditional search and selection methodologies with the latest social media and tech based solutions, offering clients access to the widest possible talent pools. He is well placed to provide solutions to urgent, reactive recruitment needs, as well as talent pipelining for planned future expansion.
Iain qualified as a lawyer in 2008, representing corporates and individuals at a London based media & entertainment practice. Iain enjoyed successful spells with a global corporate recruiter and a well-regarded legal search and selection business, before moving across to manage the in-house arm of DMJ legal.
Outside the office, Iain is a keen runner, improving cook and avid comedy fan.
Who is your role model?Soichiro Honda. In 1938, Honda was a student with the dream of designing a piston ring to sell to Toyota. He spent what little money he had (even selling his wife’s jewellery) to complete the prototype. The design was rejected by Toyota, and he was sent back to school for two years. Harnessing what he had learnt, Honda reworked the design and Toyota purchased it. He then established his own factory to mass produce the piston. The factory was bombed during the Second World War, rebuilt, then levelled by an earthquake yet he still found a way to manufacture the pistons. When the war ended, Japan was in economic turmoil and gasoline was rationed. Honda turned adversity into opportunity, creating the first motorised bike which, after several design tweaks, became a huge success, winning the Emperor’s Award. Honda’s tenacity, adaptability and calculated risk taking are a blueprint for success in any walk of life.
What is your top recruitment tip?Ask the ‘difficult’ questions at an early stage of the process - and reconfirm at every stage. Every campaign will have challenges, but there should never be any surprises or finger crossing.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment?It is a profession that allows you to combine working strategically and instinctively to achieve outcomes which make a huge difference to people on a personal and professional level.
Buchi Osuji - Consultant, In-House Legal Team
Buchi graduated with a degree in Law from London South Bank University in 2012. After working for some time at City law firms, he joined DMJ Legal as a consultant. Whilst studying, Buchi completed an EU funded Erasmus program that focused on state surveillance and civil liberties in the EU and remains interested in those issues. Buchi specialises in the recruitment of qualified in-house lawyers.
Before going to university, Buchi had a successful career performing in the West End and on tour in musicals such as ‘Wicked’ and ‘High school Musical’. Nowadays when Buchi is not working, he spends a lot of his time studying martial arts, hanging out with his friends or heading to various theatres to watch the latest play.
Who is your role model?Christopher Hitchens. His control of the English language and prodigious lust for knowledge is something to look up to and aspire to emulate. He also knew how to tell a joke, which always comes in handy!
What is your top recruitment tip?Make sure you truly understand your clients and candidates because this is the key to making the perfect match.
What’s the best thing about working in recruitment?There is always something new to sink your teeth into and the work is very rewarding.
Arron Thorne - Consultant, In-House Legal Team
Who is your role model? Brian Clough. A man with a reputation for getting things done, achieving unprecedented success as a manager. “Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job.”
What is your Top Recruitment Tip? Candidates will often look similar on paper. Think about your achievements and what makes you better.
What’s the best thing about working in recruitment? The variety it brings.
Carly Cummins - Researcher, In-House Legal Team
A graduate of the University of East London, Carly holds a Masters degree in International Law & Criminal Justice.
Prior to this, she obtained her Bachelors in Criminology from the University of Lincoln in 2011 and has also studied law in China and Bosnia.
Carly joined DMJ in 2013 as the sole Legal Researcher on the In-house team. In this role, she makes use of her strong investigative skills, built up throughout her studies, to source the best candidates on the market for clients demanding specific skills and experience.
Away from the office, Carly attends regular Mandarin Chinese classes. She has a great interest in travel and culture – particularly within Asia. Carly also enjoys watching movies and is rarely seen without her headphones plugged in!
Who is Your Role Model?Emmeline Pankhurst
What is your Top Recruitment Tip?Role with the punches! Never forget, people can change their minds at any point, so it is imperative to be prepared for any scenario, no matter how confident you are. Things will not always run smoothly, just make sure you don’t let any set-backs knock your confidence or interrupt your mojo.
What is the Best Thing about Working in Recruitment?Its unpredictability! I prefer to have more of a loose set of guidelines, leaving room for any unexpected developments.
Julian Segal - Consultant, Mergers & Partners Team
Julian studied Business and Management at the University of Manchester before completing his CPE and LPC at the BPP Law School. He qualified in 1997 and worked for Rowe & Maw and Freeman Pollard before leaving the Law to join Chambers Legal Publishing in 2002. During 6 years at Chambers, he became Deputy Editor of the Chambers Guides interviewing thousands of partners from the leading Firms on both sides of the Atlantic. Julian moved into the world of legal headhunting in 2008 and predominantly handles Corporate, Real Estate, Employment and Construction Law. Outside the office Julian enjoys playing golf, cooking and spending time with his family.
What is your top recruitment tip? Ensure the client, candidate and consultant are all saying the same things to one another.
Philip Lewis - Consultant, Mergers & Partners Team
Philip started at DMJ in March 2014.
Prior to joining, he had over 35 years banking experience in a wide variety of roles, mainly in the London area and he is very well networked in the professional services arena. He really enjoys helping clients meet their needs and places a strong emphasis on the benefits of a tailored approach and long term relationships. He fully endorses that “people buy people” And his aim is to help his clients add value.
Philip will be working with Justin and Tim on partner recruitment and mergers.
He has a keen interest in Chinese culture, making regular trips to that country. He is very well networked in the Chinese community and loves to travel to other parts of the world too.
Who is your role model?Winston Churchill, one of the best leaders this country has ever had.
What is your top recruitment tip?Gentle persistence!
What's the best thing about working in recruitment?It allows me to use my strengths to recruit in a sector I have known well for over 10 years
Russell Turner - Consultant, Mergers & Partners Team
Russell is an experienced litigation solicitor and a former partner in the national law firm Russell Jones and Walker. He was a founding member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). His other areas of practice included Employment, Solicitors Negligence and Commercial Litigation. His main objective is to achieve the perfect match between candidates and clients based on his personal experience and knowledge of the profession.
In his spare time dodgy knees have led to him giving up hockey but he still plays competitive veterans tennis for Woodford Wells. He is a keen skier and in the current season has skied in both Hakuba, Japan and the Italian Dolomites! Lifelong Leyton Orient supporter. Active volunteer for the charity London Youth.
Who is your role model?Andy Murray – fiercely competitive and determined to graft to maximise his potential.
What is your top recruitment tip?Never be rude in your dealings with other solicitors as one day they might just happen to be sitting across the table interviewing you for your dream job! And yes, smile.
What’s the best thing about working in recruitment?I don’t have to worry about being a solicitor!
Louise Raybould - Receptionist, DMJ Recruitment
Outside of work Louise tries to attend the gym 3 times a week. She watches a lot of TV series ranging from Faulty Towers to The Big Bang Theory. She loves going to theatres and would love to go and see a Broadway show in New York!
Who is your role model? Angelina Jolie
What is your top recruitment tip? Build a relationship – trust, loyalty and honesty.
What’s the best thing about working in recruitment? Working in a proactive environment with people who strive for long-term goals.
Alex Arnot – Non-Executive Director, DMJ Recruitment Ltd
Alex Arnot sits on the board, as the Non-Executive Director, of 15 recruitment companies which have a combined turnover well in excess of £100M+. With almost 20 years’ recruitment experience of both growing companies and successful exits he is one of the most sought-after experts within the sector. His mantra is that the success and growth of a company should be fuelled by standing out from the crowd through innovation and providing excellent customer value.