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

Mob:     +44 (0) 7780 461 286

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

Mob:     +44 (0) 7393 198 443

E-mail: jane.gaunt@ardentrecruit.com


Jane is a specialist in 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 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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Jon Kennedy

Mob:     + 44 (0)7376 288 737

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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Matt Parsons

Mob:     + 44 (0) 7985 345 573

E-mail: matt.parsons@ardentrecruit.com


Matt has an enviable track record of delivering on very specific briefs at Associate and Partner level. He joined Ardent from another specialist legal recruitment agency in September 2020. He has forged an outstanding reputation in the legal market as someone who both lawyers and clients admire for his honest and personable approach.

Matt predominantly recruits for US Law Firms in London, but also has a breadth of experience across all disciplines in the private practice market.

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Phil Kennedy

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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Kat Jones

Mob:     + 44 (0) 79567 19081

E-mail: kat.jones@ardentrecruit.com


Kat has worked in the legal recruitment industry for over 20 years, placing lawyers of all levels into firms across the City. Kat joined Ardent in 2021 in the role of Operations Manager, bringing with her a wealth of industry knowledge and contacts. As well as supporting the team day to day Kat is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the business and supporting on Ardent’s key objectives of becoming a socially conscious business.