Our Team

Private Practice Team

Jon Garrett
Jon Garrett
Director

Jon is a founding director whose focus is senior appointments.
T: 020 7269 9112
E: jon.garrett@gmk-legal.co.uk

Jon is a founding director who moved from law to legal recruitment in 1994. Jon set up gmk in 1998, having worked for two London legal recruitment companies previously. His focus is on placing senior associates and partners, and management of the business.

Outside of work Jon watches excessive amounts of football, particularly Chelsea, and with the demands of a young family he tries hard to find rare moments for relaxation.

Lynne McCarroll
Lynne McCarroll
Director

Lynne is a founding director who advises on advertising, recruitment and retention strategy as well as placing lawyers into pp.
T: 020 7269 9113
E: lynne.mccarroll@gmk-legal.co.uk

Lynne is a founding director who qualified with Herbert Smith in 1994 before moving into recruitment with another London legal recruitment agency. Having co-founded gmk in 1998, Lynne can also advise on advertising campaigns in addition to recruitment and retention strategy.

Outside of the office, Lynne's attempts to emulate Sarah Beeney and Nigella Lawson are met with varying degrees of success.

Jamima Rey
Jamima Rey
Associate Director

Jamima's focus is on the placement of solicitors in London, particularly within the US sector.
T: 020 7269 9116
E: jamima.rey@gmk-legal.co.uk

Jamima spent 5 years with Ashurst where she trained and qualified as a corporate solicitor in 2001. She joined gmk in 2004, was promoted to associate director in 2007 and focuses on recruitment for the London offices of US firms.

Jamima has a passion for all creatures, great and small, and has a menagerie of domestic animals to rival Doctor Dolittle. As well as advising candidates on their careers and various pet ailments, she is also an accomplished diver and likes to think she might discover a new pelagic in the Caribbean waters.

Sarah Livesey
Sarah Livesey
Associate Director

Sarah's focus is the placement of lawyers into UK and US firms in London.
T: 020 7269 9120
E: sarah.livesey@gmk-legal.co.uk

Sarah qualified as a lawyer in 2001, and spent 5 years as a reinsurance lawyer at two City firms before moving into London private practice legal recruitment in 2006. Sarah joined gmk in 2008 (and was promoted to Associate Director in 2010), where her focus is on placing lawyers at all levels of seniority into UK and US law firms in London.

Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys live music and going to gigs, theatre, reformer pilates, running, and skiing.

Katherine Jones
Katherine Jones
Associate Director

Katherine places solicitors in London at all levels.
T: 020 7269 9123
E: katherine.jones@gmk-legal.co.uk

Katherine has been successfully placing lawyers, from NQ to Partner level, into City firms since 2005. She joined gmk in September 2008 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2013 and continues to focus on recruiting lawyers at all levels in the London market.

When she is not working hard in the office Kat tries to keep up with her children and their ever increasing extracurricular activities! She also enjoys a nice glass of wine, or two, when she is able.

Toria Walker
Toria Walker
Associate Director

Toria focuses on recruitment for both UK and US law firms in London.
T: 020 7269 9118
E: toria.walker@gmk-legal.co.uk

Toria focuses on recruitment for both UK and US law firms in London. She enjoyed 10 years with another leading legal recruitment agency before joining gmk in September 2013.

Toria has a passion for music and festivals and is most happy at Glastonbury in the summer. She also has a strong interest in property and design and spends too much of her spare time watching the many property programmes on television.

Lucy Halliday
Lucy Halliday (nee Johnstone)
Associate Director

Lucy's focus is the placement of lawyers at all levels in London.
T: 020 7269 9115
E: lucy.halliday@gmk-legal.co.uk

Lucy trained and qualified with Norton Rose and spent 4 years practising as a construction litigator before moving into recruitment in 2010. Lucy joined gmk in 2013 where her focus is on placing lawyers at all levels of seniority into UK and US law firms in London.

When not in the office, Lucy enjoys the odd glass of red wine, cooking for friends and has a strange obsession with Danish detective dramas.

Bobbie-Jo Bowes
Bobbie-Jo Bowes
Office and Administration Manager

Bobbie-Jo is office and administration manager at gmk.
T: 020 7269 9117
E: bobbie-jo.bowes@gmk-legal.co.uk

Bobbie is our office and administration manager, responsible for organising administrative support throughout the team and the smooth running of the gmk office.

Outside of work she enjoys rock climbing, running, wild swimming and travelling. To relax, she also loves to cook, read and listen to live music.

Bonita Theara
Bonita Theara
Office Administrator

Bonita is office manager at gmk.
T: 020 7269 9119
E: bonita.theara@gmk-legal.co.uk

Bonita is an administrator, providing administrative support to all of the consultants.

Outside of the office, Bonita enjoys photography, cooking and has a keen interest in languages. She often volunteers, teaching languages in her local community.

In-House Team

Liam Taaffe
Liam Taaffe
Associate Director

Liam heads up the In-House division of gmk, with particular focus in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe and Middle East.
T: 020 7269 9122
E: liam.taaffe@gmk-legal.co.uk

Liam has been successfully placing in-house lawyers into an array of multinational businesses based in London, EMEA and the Middle East since 2008. Prior to moving into recruitment he worked within the online team at TheLawyer.com where he successfully developed close relationships with key legal contacts in the UK and mainland Europe. Liam joined gmk in January 2012 to establish its In-House division and has successfully assisted lawyers making a move in-house. Examples of his most recent placements include:

Head of Legal, leading Sports brand, West London
General Counsel, Payments Services provider, London
Head of Real Estate, global online retail business, Luxembourg
General Counsel, Royal Saudi Family based in Jeddah, KSA
Head of Employment, global online retail business, London

Head of Corporate M&A - Sovereign Wealth Fund, Qatar
Head of Legal - FTSE 250 FMCG business, London
Senior Corporate Lawyer - Top 5 UK Hedge Fund, London
Group Legal Counsel - Financial Institution, Qatar
Head of Digital Music - Fortune 50 Business, Luxembourg
Legal Counsel (capital markets) - Global Hedge Fund, London

As an Irish native, Liam is also very active within the Irish business community and spends a lot of his spare time networking within many of the Irish business groups. He is a regular speaker at the Irish Law Society where he offers career advice to Irish Lawyers looking to move in-house and considering relocating overseas. Outside of work, Liam "enjoys" the gym, running and spending time with his wife and baby daughter.

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/liamtaaffe

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