Established in 1985 by Stuart Adamson, Adamson & Partners is a globally recognised leader in Executive Search for the Intellectual Property and Legal sectors. Now led by Julian Adamson, Adamson & Partners has grown into a globally recognised and respected leader providing high-level talent acquisition and advisory services to its clients.

With our people at the heart of all we do, we pride ourselves on attracting and retaining highly skilled, multi-lingual, multi-cultural specialists and working with a diverse range of clients around the world.

Helping clients and candidates alike

We use our unique network of global contacts to identify the best candidates for senior roles in both law firms and corporate legal/patent departments. We do this at national, European and global levels. Today more than 80 percent of our work is outside the UK. Because all our consultants and researchers are specialists, they bring deep insight, understanding and empathy to each assignment. We are trusted advisors, and our clients consistently tell us they receive high added value from this and our ‘client-first’ culture. We also pay close attention to the candidate experience, never forgetting we are an extension of our clients’ employer brand.

« Adamson & Partners really know the IP sector inside and out and we would trust them with our most challenging recruitment projects. They are very professional, a joy to work with and clearly stand out in the market.” – Multinational law firm


“What sets Adamson & Partners apart from other search firms is their unparalleled knowledge of top diverse talent in the IP space. Not only are Julian & his team able to identify and engage the leaders we need today but, importantly, those of tomorrow who integrate seamlessly into our organisation.” – Leading FTSE 100 global pharmaceutical company


  • Julian Adamson becomes Managing Partner of the firm
  • Julian Adamson opens up the Munich office
  • Milli Bouri establishes the M&A Transactions Advisory division
  • Christopher Adamson begins leadership of the business
  • Julian Adamson joins the business
  • Milli Bouri joins the business
  • Rene Chung joins the business
  • Expanded coverage to Legal appointments
  • Opening of the London office
  • Stuart Adamson founds the business in Leeds
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