Stuart Phillips

Stuart entered the recruitment industry having graduated with a Law Degree from Southampton in 1995. He subsequently spent 4 years serving with Essex Constabulary before returning to his true vocation in legal recruitment in 2002. He has always handled recruitment assignments for firms in London and the Thames Valley.

Stuart covers all sectors in London but has developed considerable expertise working with planning and environment solicitors and has numerous close relationships with leading names in this sector which affords him the opportunity to give prospective candidates advance notice on any roles in the market.

Living in the Cinque Port of Brightlingsea, he is a keen dinghy sailor and has participated in National Open meetings and International Championships. His serious competitive days are over, but he now enjoys teaching his two children the joys of the sport. More recently he has become a keen Park runner and is a regular participant and volunteer at local events on a Saturday morning. His devotion to Ipswich Town football club reminds his Premier League supporting colleagues that things can always be worse.


Stuart specialises in London based NQ to Partner level recruitment on behalf law firms and In-house legal teams – He has developed an expertise in the Planning & Environment Sector and advises many of the leading firms in this area on talent mapping and recruitment strategy.

Stuart Phillips
Managing Consultant

Stuart's guilty pleasure


Stuart is fond of cold war submarine thrillers from authors such as Tom Clancy and Patrick Robinson. His favourite film is The Hunt for Red October

Interesting Fact about Stuart


Stuart was a Police Officer for 4 years and his most unusual job was rescuing a couple who had driven their people carrier into a local pond.

Stuart's Favourite Holiday Destinations


Lucca, Italy. Reykjavik and The Maldives


Solicitor at BDB Pitmans 

'Stuart provided a seamless recruitment service right from first reaching out until the position was secured. He is well connected and provided thoughtful insights into the different law firms and the planning industry. As an NQ, I would highly recommend Stuart.' - James Bowler Solicitor at BDB Pitmans 


"Stuart is the person to speak to if you are a planning solicitor looking for a new challenge. He is the first recruiter to hear about the best planning jobs on the market and he gets things done quickly. Having helped me to secure the perfect role in the competitive NQ market, I highly recommend Stuart." - Nikita Sellers, Associate 


"Stuart assisted me brilliantly to find a role in a fairly specialised area in a challenging market. As opposed to other recruiters, it was obvious Stuart was looking out for what was best for my career, and his advice reflected this. He was always positive without giving false expectations, and had a structured plan in place going forwards. It is obvious he has fantastic contacts - not just in firms' HR departments, but importantly with partners too. It also helps that he's a genuinely nice guy. I couldn't recommend him highly enough."

Something you don’t know about Stuart


He has Italian heritage which has a huge influence on his home cooking