testimonials for ellis-Wake

“Dan is a trusted contact when recruiting new fee earners. He is proactive commercial and takes the pain out of recruitment. I can always be confident the candidates he puts forward will be well vetted and will represent a good match for us. If I was looking for a new position myself, he would be the first person I would call.”

Teri Hunter, Corporate Partner / Joint Managing Partner
Moorcrofts LLP

“Dan has been in the game for well over a decade now and continues to be very well connected in the Thames Valley. He is also very responsive and only sends me credible candidates.”

Edward Lee, Corporate Finance  / M&A partner
Howes Percival LLP

“Dan is thorough and dedicated with a clear understanding of the issues facing the legal market. He has a clear, straightforward and pragmatic approach and is determined to find the right candidate for the opportunity. I would not hesitate in recommending him.”

Paul Chapman, Litigation Partner
Clarke Willmott LLP

“I was impressed by Dan’s attention to detail and background knowledge of the region, and would recommend him as a person to have on your side.”

Richard Clark, Head of Corporate
Clark Holt Ltd

“Dan’s dedication to the Thames Valley region has allowed him to develop an unrivalled knowledge of not only the area, but also the people that reside in it.  This has enabled him to not only place key senior appointments with us, but also to go further and provide strategic advice on the future of the legal market as well as the future of Field Seymour Parkes.  A knowledgeable individual”.

Ian Wood-Smith, Senior Partner
Field Seymour Parkes LLP

“Dan has recruited for Gateley at all levels for several years now and has become the firm’s trusted advisor on strategic regional appointments into many departments both in Reading and London.  Dan is able to use his detailed knowledge of the regions as well as his vast contact pool to consistently attract the best talent to Gateley PLC. He instinctively knows the future direction of the region and more importantly for us, the direction of the firm”.

Christopher Avery, Partner
Gateley Plc

“I have always used Dan since he opted for recruitment instead of the law.  He is a tenacious operator who really knows and understands the market. I trust his judgement when looking for a candidate and I’d trust his judgement if I was ever a candidate”.

Hugh Jones, Partner and International Head of Financial Services Sector, Reading and London
Osborne Clarke LLP

“We have worked with Dan Wake for many years and he is someone who is ever present in the regional recruitment market and well connected.”

Greg Leyshon, Head of Business Transactions Practice Group, Reading and London
Osborne Clarke LLP

“Having opted to leave the law in 2004, Dan has flourished as a recruiter of senior lawyers throughout the South East, but particularly Brookstreet des Roches’ location of the Thames Valley.  Dan goes further than just filling the roles we instruct him on, he regularly meets with us and advises on not only the local legal market, its fluctuations and movements, but also voices his opinion on our firm’s strategic future as well as the overall future of the legal market.  Above all else, Dan gets us the best people”.

Hugh Blaza, Managing Partner
Brookstreet des Roches LLP

“Dan trained with us, qualified and worked as a solicitor. His decision to transfer to the recruitment industry was disappointing at the time, but Dan has been so successful that it proves he made the right move. Going solo as Ellis-Wake will also prove to be the right move. Dan has found some good people for us, and he will continue to be our first port of call for candidates because he knows the region and what we are looking for”.

Russell Ford, Head of Commercial Litigation
Owen White Ltd

“Dan is my first port of call when I have a vacancy because he can be relied upon to put forward only genuinely suitable candidates.  He always takes the time to find out exactly what I am looking for, and to assess whether his candidates will fit into the firm’s culture”.

Richard Keen, Managing Partner / Director
Owen White Ltd

“Dan’s in-depth knowledge of the Thames Valley legal market proved extremely valuable in helping the firm secure a key senior strategic appointment.  Dan had a clear understanding of what the firm was trying to achieve and took an active interest in making sure that we had access to the most suitable candidate available”.

Matt Jenkin, Head of Employment (Thames Valley)
Moorcrofts LLP

“Having recently set up a niche employment law practice, it was essential that my first employee was the right fit. Dan Wake understood very quickly the challenges and opportunities that come with working in a niche practice, and as a result was able to find and secure an excellent candidate. I have no hesitation in recommending Dan to others”.

Mark Minns, Managing Partner

“Dan is tireless in his work for clients and goes out of his way to match candidates to suitable firms.  He also has a very deep understanding of the legal market, notably in the Thames Valley”.

Phil Riman, Managing Partner
White and Black Ltd

“Dan’s style is very proactive: he maintains regular contact and this has enabled him to understand our business direction and requirements as regards recruitment. He couples this with an in-depth knowledge of the market and insights as to “comings and goings” in the legal world”.

Philip Tranter, ex-Head of Corporate
Boyes Turner

“I have only recently started to work with Dan but in this short time I have found him to be likeable, straight talking, honest and solution focussed. He is well connected and builds strong relationships, this has helped him to fill vacancies with the most suitable candidates leading to the most positive outcomes for both the individual and the firm. In the sometimes murky world of legal recruitment, he is one of the “good guys”!”.

Joanna Parker, ex-Director of Human resources
Clarke Willmott LLP

“Dan has remarkable energy, and is focused on getting results.  He works his extensive list of contacts extremely well, and also invests time understanding the needs of the firms into which he recruits”.

Olswang Partner

“As a niche corporate firm, it‘s really important we recruit the right people. Dan has been very helpful in helping us do just that. He keeps close to the job he has undertaken and makes sure communication lines stay open which is really important in the recruitment process. A pleasure to work with”.

Adrian Phillips, ex-Managing Partner, Corporate Partner
Moorcrofts LLP

“Dan is a very commercial and business minded individual with his finger on the pulse of the ever changing legal market.  He is someone that I would highly recommend having on your side when a senior recruitment assignment comes up; whether candidate or client”.

Paul Cox, IP Partner
Foot Anstey LLP

Candidate References

If you would like to speak to a previous candidate to reference Dan Wake and/or Ellis-Wake this can be provided.  However, to protect the confidentiality of Ellis-Wake candidates, permission is needed to speak to them direct.