James Whitworth

James has specialised as a headhunter in the legal market since 2003 and, in this time, has been instrumental in the growth of the London office of a number of US firms, the development of key teams at UK firms at home and abroad, and has advised on some of the most high-profile partner moves in the sector. He has advised In-House clients on the restructuring of their teams, in addition to GC and other senior assignments.

Prior to co-founding Whitworth Brough, James was the Managing Director of one of the leading legal executive search firms and before this was catalytic in the global development of the legal division of one of the few recruitment firms to successfully IPO.

James read Theology and holds an MTheol (Hons.) from the University of St Andrews. In his spare time he wants to play better golf and enjoys squash, football, cycling and running. He is married with three daughters.

+44 (0) 7803 601866

Jonathan Brough

Jonathan has extensive legal search experience working on senior-level, retained mandates for international and domestic law firms, corporates, and funds. Jonathan has advised and placed a substantial number of partners, teams and senior in-house lawyers over the years.

Before moving into the legal search industry, Jonathan worked as a lawyer for several different law firms, including Norton Rose Fulbright, Addleshaw Goddard and Bevan Brittan and, before he qualified, with Sullivan & Cromwell and Herbert Smith Freehills, which gives him a unique insight when advising clients on both recruitment strategy and market positioning.

Jonathan read Geography at Durham University and enjoys playing golf, keeping fit and watching most sports. He is married with two sons.

Charlie Wale

Charlie Wale

Since 2010, Charlie has assisted his US and UK law firm clients with international office openings, team moves and strategic lateral partner hires, as well as a number of senior in-house placements for investment banks, private equity firms and publicly listed companies. He draws on an extensive network across the market to provide clients and candidates with detailed intelligence throughout the hiring process.

Prior to joining Whitworth Brough, Charlie spent over six years as the managing partner for the Legal search practice at one of Europe’s leading executive search firms.

Charlie read Law at Oxford Brookes University and subsequently spent time working at the Ryder Cup. He enjoys both playing and watching most sports. He is married with two sons, Freddie and Raffy.

+44 (0) 7554 876416