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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 3026 2201 to reach us directly, we’d be delighted to speak with you.

Behind Graff

Maneesha Howard

Maneesha Howard

Managing Director, Legal

Ph.020 3026 2201

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 3026 2236

Send me an email

What does Graff Search offer?

Founded by two leaders in the legal and compliance recruitment market with over 1000 successful assignments to our name, our network and experience spans the entire legal and compliance sector and covers positions ranging from General Counsel and Global Heads of Compliance to divisional and functional leaders. Our advice on appointments within the legal and compliance sector is not just well-informed, but better-informed.

What is your background?

I started working in the financial services recruitment market at the end of 1999 with some of the largest recruitment firms in London. I moved into the executive search market in 2006 and then specifically the compliance and regulatory market in 2008. Setting up Graff Search with Maneesha in 2015, I now manage the Compliance and Data Privacy side of our business. We are fortunate to partner with a number for global financial services organisations (banks, asset management and fintech companies) as well as a number of European businesses within the commerce and industry sector including major retail and FMCG organisations, charities and not-for-profits, luxury brands, global technology and manufacturing firms and pharmaceutical and medical devices companies.

At the Heart of Graff Search

With the breadth of our experience and depth of insight into all areas of the industry, we know how crucial the right appointment will be to the future success of all concerned, and so build relationships that last.




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 3026 2201 or email us, we would be delighted to assist.

Looking? To become part of the Graff Search network, please send us your CV.

Keen to chat? Please ☎ call us on 020 3026 2201.


020 3026 2201

Level 4, Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA