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GRAFF Legal & Compliance SEARCH


Welcome. We are Graff Search, Niche Specialists for the In-house Legal & Compliance Market.

Who We Are

We are a specialist in-house legal and compliance recruitment firm.

We place integrity and relationships above all else.

We have responded to the growth and complexity of the in-house legal and compliance markets and a need for recruitment providers to be more focussed.

We have harnessed our expertise in the commerce & industry sectors and financial services markets and we provide a specialist service in these markets, at all levels.

With combined experience of more than 27 years, we are well-connected and well-networked within our areas of specialisation.

Why Choose Us

You will be working with recruitment industry specialists who are genuinely interested in understanding your business and building a long-term relationship with you and your organisation.

We will openly share our market knowledge and advice with you. We are built on a commitment to providing outstanding service and a knowledge-based approach.

We are driven by quality.

We are niche.

We are owner-managed.

We think outside the square and aim to be innovative.

What We Do

We recruit lawyers, legal and compliance professionals at all levels in the in-house market with a particular focus on commerce & industry and financial services.

We offer a bespoke approach, depending on your requirements.

We have a proven track record of retained and contingent assignments. We recruit paralegals, legal counsels, Heads of Legal, General Counsels, Compliance professionals and Operational professionals on a permanent and interim basis.

Please call us on 020 8305 2837 to reach us directly, we’d be delighted to speak with you.

Behind Graff

Maneesha Howard

Maneesha Howard

Managing Director
In-house Legal
Ph. 020 8305 2837


Send me an email

What is it about Recruitment?

Ask any CEO or business owner what the most important thing is for the success of their business and without exception, the top one or two things they will say is “the right people”.

Interestingly, finding the “right people” can actually be really difficult, especially as this is so completely different for every position in every company. It’s why this unique industry exists and what makes it so interesting.

Why did you start Graff Search?

Graff Search was created as a specialist provider, focussing solely on the in-house market, with an absolute commitment to  relationships. The in-house legal & compliance market has evolved significantly and as it continues to change, it needs specialist providers with strong knowledge of varied but related sectors in this market to connect the right people with the right companies.

Graff Search is unique as we focus solely on the in-house market.


What’s important to you about Graff Search?

The recruitment industry is diverse and often approached with doubt and apprehension. Having practised as a real estate lawyer, I found this concept somewhat confronting when I first joined recruitment and I’ve always sought to instil integrity in the industry.

Graff Search is ideally suited to businesses looking for a specialist provider with excellent market knowledge, a high level of service and an uncomplicated approach.

Stuart Vines

Stuart Vines

Managing Director Compliance
Ph. 020 8305 2837


Send me an email

What does Graff Search offer?

At Graff Search, we are personally invested in what we do and feel our clients repeatedly work with us because of our honesty, integrity and our ability to deliver recruitment solutions to the legal and compliance market. We are specialists in our markets and always put our clients first. We specialise solely in the in-house legal and compliance markets and we capitalise on our networks and connections in the in-house market in order to offer our clients the best service and result.

What is your background?

I’ve worked in the financial services recruitment markets for over 16 years, and for global contingent recruitment firms, as well as a boutique executive search firm, where I specialised in the front office securitisation markets before joining the financial services compliance market at the beginning of 2008.

What’s your track record?

I have set up successful compliance practices for three multinational recruitment organisations in London, before taking the leap and setting up my own compliance recruitment practice with my business partner, Maneesha Howard, who manages the in-house legal practice for our business.

I have a proven track record of delivering both contingent and retained assignments for a wide range of financial services organisations in London, with particular expertise in the asset management and banking markets. In recent years, my focus has broadened into the commerce and industry markets and I have worked with a range of companies in sectors including pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, retail and non-profit.




We are committed to high levels of service and being experts in our areas of specialisation.

Giving Back

We believe in working hard. We also believe in helping others, especially those who are unable to work. We are proud to be affiliated with Crisis and the Salvation Army.

“Go to Graff”

We are proud of our track record of repeat business and referrals and reward all referrals. 

Top Notch Market Intel

We are market specialists. Visit Graff Search Salary Insights and Graff Search – Compliance Market Report or contact us for more detailed information.

What people say about Graff

Head of Compliance, Asset Management Company.

“Excellent service, quality candidates.”

Head of Compliance, Asset Management Company.
Head of Legal, leading retail company.

“The absolute right person for our team.…again.”

Head of Legal, leading retail company.
Legal Director, international healthcare company.

“Thorough interview preparation, extremely grateful.”

Legal Director, international healthcare company.
Legal Counsel, not-for-profit organisation.

“Thank you for fighting my corner and for taking a punt on me.”

Legal Counsel, not-for-profit organisation.


Commerce & Industry and Financial Services Legal and Compliance


Hiring? Please ☎ call 020 8305 2837 or ✉ email us, we would be delighted to assist.


Looking? To become part of the Graff network, please ✉ send us your CV. Please also visit in-houselegaljobs.co.uk.


Keen to chat? Please ☎ call us on 020 8305 2837.


For market intel please follow us: @graffsearch


Our Locations

London Office: Level 4, Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London, E1 8FA (at Aldgate East station, building entrance on Whitechapel High Street.)

Manchester Office: No. 1 Spinningfields, Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3JE



020 8305 2837