About Ardent

We listen, think, advise and deliver

We are private practice experts. We act for some of the world’s leading law firms.

Our People

Gerry Arbuckle


Tel:     +44 (0) 20 3714 1840

Mob:     +44 (0) 7780 461286

E-mail: gerry.arbuckle@ardentrecruit.com


Gerry is a partner recruitment specialist.  He became a legal recruiter in 2006 having previously worked as a lawyer.  He now works with leading UK and international law firms to develop their operations in the London market through the strategic recruitment of individual partners, teams and group/multiple hires. He has advised law firms in relation to approaches to prospective merger partners and new office openings. He also represents individual partners who are looking to move to new firms.

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Jane Gaunt


Tel:     +44 (0) 20 3714 1841

Mob:     +44 (0) 7393 198 443

E-mail: jane.gaunt@ardentrecruit.com


Jane is a specialist in first-step partner and associate recruitment. She became a legal recruiter in 2010 having previously worked as a pension solicitor. She now works with leading US and UK firms to conduct associate and first-step partner searches across all practice areas. Jane provides a bespoke, consultative approach and develops long lasting relationships with her clients and candidates. This, combined with her outstanding knowledge of the legal industry, has resulted in Jane becoming one of the “go to” legal recruiters in today’s market.

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Phil Kennedy


Tel:     + 44 (0) 20 3714 1842

Mob:     + 44 (0) 7498 257 968

E-mail: phil.kennedy@ardentrecruit.com


Phil is an associate legal recruitment specialist. He was previously a senior associate in the banking team at CMS Cameron McKenna having trained and qualified at DLA Piper. With 11 years experience as a finance lawyer – focussing initially on project finance and latterly also working in the asset finance and real estate finance sectors – he has an in depth understanding of the market. He specialises in placing senior lawyers at leading US and UK law firms across all practice areas.

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Jon Kennedy

Principal Consultant

Tel:    +44  (0)20 3714 1843

Mob:     + 44 (0)7376 288737

E-mail: jon.kennedy@ardentrecruit.com


Jon is a legal private practice recruitment expert with over 12 years’ experience.  Having assisted hundreds of lawyers with their careers, he enjoys achieving the positive impact that occurs when a candidate benefits from the perfect move.  Jon has worked hard to form lasting relationships with his law firm clients.  He, understands the importance of hiring the right candidate, and the value of a positive recruitment process.   Jon works with a wide range of law firms from elite US and Magic Circle firms, through to dynamic and entrepreneurial boutiques and leading regional practices.

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