Beverley Ryder is a Managing Director of Ryder Reid Legal and was previously the Director of Administration for the London office of International US Law Firm Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown International) for seven years. Beverley was also a founding member of the London Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. Having identified that the recruitment requirements of US Law Firms were unique in terms of working practices, culture etc., Beverley Ryder, along with fellow Director Ciara Reid, formed Ryder Reid Legal in 1994. They quickly established Ryder Reid as the premier search and recruitment agency in London working exclusively with US and International Law Firms. Beverley continues to be actively involved in headhunting for Executive level roles as well as dealing with the day to day running of the Firm.
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Ciara Reid is a Managing Director of Ryder Reid Legal and has been involved in legal recruitment for US and International Law Firms since 1994. Ciara has extensive experience of recruiting at all levels but is mainly involved in Executive Search carrying out retained searches for Directors of Administration, Office Administrators and Directors of HR, working alongside Andrea Prendergast. Ciara's many years' experience working exclusively with US Law Firms means that she has gained an in-depth knowledge of how they operate and can readily identify the type of candidates who will work best in these busy, demanding environments. Ciara also heads up the day to day operations at Ryder Reid with fellow Managing Partner, Beverley Ryder and ensures that a high level of service is maintained for both clients and candidates alike.
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Leticia Formosa joined Ryder Reid Legal in 2006. She was promoted to the role of Head of Interim Legal Division in 2007 and became a Director of the company in 2011. Leticia specialises in recruiting Fixed Term Contract Associates and Contract Lawyers or Temporary Paralegals for purposes of document review/eDiscovery, litigation matters and investigations. Often these contract and temporary positions require highly specialist skills, including a wide range of linguistic skills. Over the past nine years, she has gained an enviable reputation in this area and Ryder Reid is now the preferred supplier to many of our US and Global Law firm clients. Leticia offers a 24/7 service and continually strives to deliver the highest standard of service by placing value on both her client and candidate relationships.
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Andrea Prendergast, Director and Executive Search Consultant, joined Ryder Reid Legal in March 2008 bringing with her a wealth of recruitment experience. She started her career in Liverpool in 2001, recruiting support staff within the Legal, Finance & Property sectors before relocating to London in 2007, to specialise and recruit solely for Law firms across London and Europe. Andrea is responsible for overseeing the Legal Marketing and HR divisions as well as specialising in the recruitment of senior management and executive level positions, ranging from Manager and Director level to Office Management and Compliance. These searches are often on a retained basis and require executive search and headhunting methods. Working closely with the Managing Directors, Beverley Ryder and Ciara Reid, Andrea consistently maps the law firm market and often spends her time networking and building strong relationships. Andrea is an integral member of Ryder Reid Legal.
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Callum Smith joined Ryder Reid Legal in December 2006 initially working as a recruitment consultant both on the Finance and Interim Legal Division. During that time, Callum developed strong relationships with both clients and candidates alike but in 2011 he decided on a career change. He wanted to combine his recruitment knowledge with his strong financial and organisational skills and became the Office Manager at Ryder Reid working closely with Directors on day to day operations to ensure Ryder Reid remain the leader in the US law firm market and continues to provide a high level of service to candidates and clients.
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Steve is a Senior Consultant and has been working in legal recruitment since 1996. Initially, Steve recruited for UK law firms before finding his niche recruiting solely for the US market in 2000. He joined Ryder Reid Legal in 2003 where his extensive experience and impressive track record has ensured that he has continued to flourish within the US and International legal market. Steve's in depth knowledge of US Law Firms means he has a great understanding of how they work, the culture and an appreciation of the calibre of candidates required to be a success. Steve has a very transparent approach to recruitment which is popular with both clients and candidates alike and, over the years, has developed expert knowledge in the recruitment of Paralegals/Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Receptionists, Facilities and Business Support staff.
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Dominique Cook is a Senior Consultant with over 8 years recruitment experience. Prior to joining Ryder Reid, Dominique worked with a boutique agency in London recruiting senior level executives. Since joining Ryder Reid Legal several years ago Dominique has become a specialist in recruiting for the IT and Finance sectors within legal. Having worked in both an accounts department and providing IT support and training in her earlier career (she is MOS qualified), Dominique has a good eye for spotting talent in these areas. Due to the rapid expansion of the IT and Finance desk over the past few years, Dominique is now focused on senior and executive level roles whilst still overseeing junior and mid-level roles - which are now being covered by Kate Gallagher. She has also been instrumental in expanding our international remit and has had fantastic results recruiting at all levels across the EMEA region. Dominique has a professional and pragmatic approach and provides cover for Senior Management and Executive level positions in London as required.
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Kerry Channing started her recruitment career in 2007 as a consultant at a boutique legal agency in the City where she specialised in sourcing Business Support Staff for the legal sector. She subsequently moved out of legal to broaden her experience and gain insight into a different market - again working on general support roles but for private equity and investment management firms. She recruited for a wide spectrum of positions there, from executive assistants to marketing and senior management roles. However Kerry missed the legal market and was delighted to join Ryder Reid Legal in 2012. Working alongside Andrea Prendergast on the Marketing and HR desk, Kerry recruits for Marketing & HR positions up to Manager level. Her professional, personable manner and natural tenacity allows her to build strong relationships while striving to achieve the best outcome for clients and candidates alike.
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Neil Gibbs started his recruitment career in 2008 and has spent the last seven years specialising in sourcing legal secretaries/PAs and business support staff for both UK and International law firms in Central London. Neil has a comprehensive and expert knowledge of the London market and whether a client is seeking a new member of staff or a candidate is wanting to move to a new job, he will always take the time to listen to individual needs. He provides the same exceptional recruitment service to all law firms whether large or small and with his friendly, approachable and honest manner, he believes, that outstanding customer service to both candidates and clients is at the heart of his success to date. Having recently moved to Ryder Reid, he is now responsible for permanent support staff vacancies, including Legal Secretarial, Reception, Paralegals and Facilities.
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Keira Couzens joined Ryder Reid Legal in 2010 - she has a natural aptitude for recruitment and quickly made a big impression with candidates and clients alike. Keira has made full use of her organisational and people skills as a Consultant and worked on the Interim Legal desk before moving to the Business Support Temp Division. She has a warm bubbly personality and gives 100% to every task with no client requirement being too difficult – indeed she relishes a challenge. Keira is currently responsible for temporary business support positions alongside Aimee Burton but because of her previous experience on the Interim Legal Division she has recently expanded her remit to recruit Contract Lawyers and Temporary Paralegals for purposes of document review. Keira is now a senior member of the Ryder Reid team and offfers a 24/7 service to her clients and candidates alike.
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Kate Gallagher is a Law LLB Graduate, who started her career in a large educational recruitment agency sourcing teachers and support staff. After 2 years within the education sector, she welcomed the opportunity to move into the legal recruitment market and to combine the knowledge gained during her law degree together with her recruitment skills. Whilst Kate’s main focus at Ryder Reid is recruitment for permanent support staff including Legal Secretarial, Reception, Paralegals and Facilities staff, her remit has recently expanded to include recruitment of junior to mid-level Accounts and IT roles - with an excellent success rate. Kate’s knowledge of the US legal market is rapidly expanding and we continue to receive positive feedback from her ever growing client base who thoroughly enjoy working with her.
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Gemma Coyston has been working with Ryder Reid Legal for several years and is a Consultant in Ryder Reid’s highly regarded Interim Legal Division. She works closely with the head of the division, Leticia Formosa, to recruit Contract Lawyers and Temporary Paralegals for purposes of document review. Gemma also recruits Fixed Term Contract Paralegals for our law firm clients to work as generalists across various practice areas. She is highly skilled in sourcing and identifying suitable candidates for even the most challenging of requirements. Her dedication and perseverance means that she always produces positive and quick results. Gemma is building a strong reputation in the Interim Legal market and has excellent working relationships with both clients and candidates alike.
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Evie Perry recently joined Ryder Reid Legal and quickly demonstrated a natural aptitude for recruitment. She works as an Assistant Consultant in the Interim Legal Division supporting both Leticia Formosa and Gemma Coyston. Evie dedicates a large portion of her time to sourcing new contract lawyers and paralegals as well as building strong relationships within the candidate market. Her excellent interpersonal skills coupled with her strong time management and planning skills, means that she has become an invaluable member of the team. Evie continues to expand her knowledge of the International Legal market and we have no doubt she will continue to develop and progress in her career at Ryder Reid.
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Aimee Burton is a Law LLB graduate with two years’ experience working as a paralegal for a leading UK law firm. Prior to joining Ryder Reid Legal, she worked at a boutique legal recruitment agency in London recruiting all areas of business support for UK law firms based in the City. She works closely with Keira Couzens to recruit temporary business support positions including Secretarial, Reception, HR, Facilities, Marketing, IT and Finance roles. Aimee also recruits Contract Lawyers and Temporary Paralegals for the purposes of document review. Aimee continues to expand her knowledge within the US and international legal market and is looking forward to developing and progressing her career within Ryder Reid Legal.
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Laura Lucia joined Ryder Reid in 2011 and after several successful years working as a Consultant within the Interim team, transferred to our Permanent Division where she focussed on Business Support roles, including Legal Secretarial, Reception, Paralegals and Facilities. Laura’s attention to detail, strong sense of ethics and excellent working relationships with clients and candidates alike meant this was a smooth transition. She also has a very good understanding of the needs of International law firms and our various client cultures. Laura’s role has recently progressed to also include executive search for HR & Marketing positions.
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