Robert Walters international legal recruitment team

Robert Walters' Legal operates across 20 countries globally, offering unrivalled local market knowledge and global reach. Our local teams are committed to recruiting top quality legal talent for permanent, temporary, contract and interim opportunities across the world.

Our specialist market knowledge, exceptional global legal team and outstanding client relationships in every market we operate in, ensures we can offer a consistently outstanding recruitment service to clients and candidates.

If you're looking to relocate to the UK, expand your career into the international market, or for assistance on growing your legal staffing internationally, contact our expert consultants for the latest recruitment advice and guidance.  

United Kingdom

Sam Walters - Director
London & South East

Sam trained and qualified at Norton Rose Australia as a real estate lawyer in 2007 and subsequently relocated to the UK to commence his legal recruitment career in 2010, when he joined a NASDAQ listed business. In 2012, he joined Robert Walters and now leads a highly successful legal division of 22 consultants focussing on legal recruitment across both the in house and private practice markets and takes an active lead in global team moves and relocation projects for international clients. As a senior advisory board member of Aspiring Solicitors, Sam is passionate about increasing diversity throughout the legal sector, actively encouraging diversity from within the profession by working closely with UK businesses.  

+44 20 7509 8786

Cayman Islands, BVI & Channel Islands

Ken Okumura - Manager 
London & South East

Ken draws from 10 years of legal experience as a corporate and funds lawyer, both at top City firms and including over three years working offshore at a law firm in the British Virgin Islands to head up Robert Walters’ Offshore legal recruitment function. He is responsible for all permanent fee-earner recruitment from newly qualified through to partner level, across all practice areas in the offshore market (encompassing Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey).

+44 (0) 207 509 8741

Meet the international team


Joyce Toeset
Amsterdam, Netherlands

After studying law at Leiden University, Joyce Toeset decided to apply her knowledge to legal recruitment. With nearly 20 years of experience under her belt, and more than 5 years for Robert Walters, Joyce has built a dedicated team of recruitment consultants covering both the permanent and interim legal market in the Netherlands. Through the team’s expertise, commitment and their genuine interest in the people they work with, Robert Walters is a leader for legal recruitment across the Netherlands.

+31 20 644 4655

Laura Kavanagh
Dublin, Ireland

Our dedicated team in Dublin is headed up by Laura Tierney, who has over 6 years experience helping legal professionals find their perfect role and organisations find their ideal candidate. The team recruit across temporary, fixed term contract and permanent roles  for legal professionals and company secretaries across all degrees of seniority within banking, aviation, asset management, insurance, reinsurance, technology, pharmaceutical and telecommunications.

+353 1 673 0825

Miren Sáenz de Valluerca
Madrid, Spain 

Miren Sáenz de Valluerca is a Law graduate with a major in Community Law from the University of San Pablo CEU. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Community Law from the Sorbonne in Paris. Miren's expertise, dedication and market knowledge has allowed her to position herself as a reference within the Spanish legal market. Furthermore, she has a solid team of three lawyers who are dedicated to selecting mid-top level profiles for both national and international law firms, as well as in-house profiles for multinational companies.

+34 91 702 98 31

Constance Philippon
Paris, France

Constance is a law and business graduate with an LL.M from the United States. She joined Robert Walters in March 2017 with several years’ experience working in both law firms and advisories. She became head of the Robert Walters tax, legal and compliance recruitment teams in January 2018. Constance has grown a team of former lawyers: they specialise in the recruitment of permanent in-house positions across all areas of the legal, tax, compliance and advisory space. As of today, Constance's team is one of the leading experts for top and middle in-house positions in France. 

+33 (0)1 4067 8849

Florence Ropion
Paris, France

Florence is a qualified French lawyer and worked for almost 5 years for renowned International and French law firms after graduating from a LL.M. at King’s College in London. She joined Robert Walters 7 years ago and leads a team of former qualified lawyers, entirely dedicated to all permanent lawyers recruitments for private practice positions across all practices areas. For many years, Florence’s team is recognised as a market leader in France with a very solid reputation, respectively considered by specialised review as “indispensable” and “excellent” for associate and partner recruitments.

+33 (0)6 6943 0262

Ass.iur. Sarah Seifert
Frankfurt, Germany

Sarah is a law graduate from Germany. After studying law in Bonn and Düsseldorf, she started her career as a junior lawyer in an IP/IT law firm in Düsseldorf. At Robert Walters Sarah is specialised in recruiting lawyers at every career level for permanent private practice and in-house positions across all practice areas in Germany.

+49 69 9203 840 016

Aude Bernardi 
Geneva, Switzerland

Aude Bernardi has almost 10 years of international recruitment experience working at Robert Walters and prior background working in Finance. In Geneva, she supports multinational companies and financial services institutions across Swiss Romandie and is specialised in recruiting permanent in-house positions across all areas of legal and compliance at mid to top level management.

+41 22 561 84 79

Karolina Amstutz
Zurich, Switzerland

Due to her international background, Karolina is fluent in Swiss German, German, English, Slovak and confident in French. She holds an LLB from Durham University with a year abroad at Fribourg University and an LLM Barrister from BPP Law School in Manchester. She has gained both private practice and in-house legal experience in the UK and Switzerland. Karolina places mid-senior legal professionals across multiple industries in Switzerland, specialising in the swiss life sciences sector. She offers an authentic local approach to clients in Switzerland with her languages and legal background.

 + 41 (0) 44 809 3510


Chad Lawson
Sydney, Australia

Chad has been with Robert Walters for over 11 years, starting in the Sydney office in 2007 before moving to the head office in London in 2010. He returned to Sydney in 2017 and has oversight of the legal business for Australia. Chad leads a team of legal recruitment specialists that is split by private practice and in-house markets. The private practice team recruits for international top tier firms, large national firms and emerging boutiques in all major cities, but with the majority of work across Sydney and Melbourne. 

+61 2 8289 3174

Simon Watt
Brisbane, Australia

Simon joined Robert Walters in 2015 as a consultant and has since progressed his way up to manager for the professional services team in Brisbane. Simon leads a team of specialist consultants across private practice legal and accounting firms through to in-house roles. The Brisbane team engages with top and mid-tier firms across both disciplines and regularly working with international organisations, predominantly within the mining and resource industry.

+61 7 3032 2211


Ricky Mui 
Hong Kong 

Having joined Robert Walters London as a legal consultant in 2003, Ricky became Manager in 2005 and Director in 2007.  He relocated to Hong Kong in 2010 and is currently acting as a Director in charge of the legal & compliance, commerce finance and contract divisions.  Prior to Robert Walters, Ricky worked as a solicitor in Australia for top-tier law firm DLA Phillips Fox. In the past 10 years, Ricky has developed a strong legal recruitment business in both the UK and HK. 

+852 2103 5370

Joshua Bryan
Tokyo, Japan

Joshua is responsible for legal, HR and financial services recruitment across Japan. He has been with the Tokyo business since 2007, and in 2011 began the Japan legal recruiting team. The team today consists of seven specialists who cover the bilingual hiring requirements of in-house legal departments across all industries and private practice law firms. 

+81 3-4570 1784

Lindy Ho
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lindy holds both a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Law. Our dedicated Legal & Corporate Secretarial team in Malaysia is headed up by Lindy Ho, who has over six years’ of experience in recruitment, Her team specialises in Legal recruitment for both private practice and in-house legal positions as well as corporate secretarial positions, across all industries. Prior to joining Robert Walters, Lindy has spent two years as an in-house legal counsel at a public listed company in Malaysia and another three years as a fee earner at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP in Hong Kong.

+60 3-2380 8755

Erin Donkin
Auckland, New Zealand 

Erin practiced as a lawyer in both private practice and in-house roles, in New Zealand and Singapore. Managing the Legal and professional services team based in Auckland since 2015, Erin's team specialises  in recruiting lawyers at all levels across private practice and in-house positions.

With deep connections in the New Zealand legal market, Erin has built on the strong personal relationships that she has developed as a lawyer and a recruiter.  She and the team have built a reputation for quickly identifying client and candidate needs and producing successful results.  

+64 (0)9 374 7300

The Americas

Brady Jones
Toronto, Canada

Brady Jones leads our legal and compliance recruitment division in Toronto. After being called to the Ontario Bar in 2009 and the New York Bar in 2010, Brady worked in private practice for 9 years. Before joining Robert Walters, he practiced with one of Ontario's top regional law firms in Toronto.

+1 (0) 416 640 7120

Henry Smith
New York, United States

Henry is responsible for the Legal Recruitment Practice in the US.  The team of specialists covers the requirements of Private Practice Law Firms as well as in-house Legal roles across both Financial Services and Commerce & Industry clients.  The team has full geographical coverage of the United States with a presence on both the East and West coast.  Prior to moving to New York, Henry spent 6 years with Robert Walters in the Asia Pacific region where he led the Legal function in Australia.  Henry’s background before recruitment was Regulatory Compliance in the Investment Banking sector in London.

+1 212 704 9900

Middle East

Jonathan Berry 
Dubai, UAE

Jonathan came from a legal background, having trained and qualified as a Solicitor in the UK. In 2014, he moved to Sydney, Australia to join Robert Walters in their Legal and Compliance division. After 3 successful years, Jonathan left the Sydney office and transferred to Dubai to Head up the Middle East Legal Practice. The Robert Walters legal team is the biggest in the Middle East covering both private practice and in-house.

+971 (0) 4 818 0112



Nicolas Rainier
Johannesburg, South Africa 

Nic joined Robert Walters in 2013, initially focussed on recruiting legal professionals into banking and financial services before extending his legal networks into private practice and in-house corporates. Prior to Robert Walters, Nic gained commercial practice experience at a boutique Sandton based law firm. Nic specialises in the recruitment of attorneys and compliance professionals both within South Africa and Africa and Heads up the Legal Africa Practice.

+27 (0)1 881 2417

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