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Partner Search & Selection

At Sheppard Brown, we help law firm partners navigate their career choices and create a plan tailored to their individual needs and career aspirations. With a strict adherence to confidentiality, we are uniquely positioned to provide substantial, often transformational results to our clients and candidates.

Our principal goals are to provide the highest quality legal talent acquisition services available anywhere. To be an instrumental part of each client's success and to recruit, retain and advance the brightest legal search talent. We seek long-term, partnering relationships with clients, to the end of providing the best total solution to their legal talent acquisition needs.

We stress and clients rightfully expect good results. Our search partners and associates employ innovative, pragmatic strategies and hard work to ensure that our clients' talent acquisition needs are met. Our success depends on close coordination with our clients, and our search partners work collaboratively to set objectives, expectations and conduct periodic reviews to measure our progress against those objectives.


We recognise that partner searches must be handled with great sensitivity, integrity and in the utmost confidence.  With Sheppard Brown, our clients have a trusted team with the strongest reputation in the lateral partner market.

Each partner search we execute at Sheppard Brown is strategic.  Because we are client driven, we work with each firm to understand its specific requirements and goals and every partner search is tailored accordingly.

Partner Search & Selection Consultant


The Partnership Track and Moving for Immediate Partnership


This article is written as a guide for senior associates or counsel to assist you in securing immediate partnership at another firm. It also explores the nature of the partnership track and looks in detail at the criteria. Read more.

Why Sheppard Brown


Trusted Advisors

We are trusted advisers to a number of the world’s most prestigious law firms across multiple jurisdictions. Our clients come to us because:
The bigger picture excites us. We strive to build long term relationships that can stretch across generations and go deeper into our client businesses than just talent acquisition. Above all, our client’s interests come first. We represent ourselves as a strategic arm of our client’s business and strive to represent their organizations true philosophy and values to the best of our ability.

Commitment to Results

Teamwork define our culture and inspire us. We bring our individual strengths together to form one powerful global team. Assignments are executed and led by senior partners and never handed down to associates. Our associates generate their own business.

Deep Industry Knowledge

Being insanely curious and our desire to challenge the norm allows us to be well positioned to offer our client deep industry knowledge through our specialist industry practice groups. We go to extreme lengths to understand the depth of each assignment. Our research team is highly experienced and extremely thorough. By really getting under the skin of what is required we are able to use our industry knowledge and insight to provide exceptional results.

Global Reach

We have a unique global footprint that gives us access to information that is not always publicly available. Our ability to leverage our extensive network and relationships allows us to deliver superior results for clients and candidates around the world. 

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Partner Search & Selection Consultants

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Clinton Brown

Managing Partner




Clinton Brown founded Sheppard Brown with the aspiration of delivering exceptional legal recruitment and executive search services to private practice and in-house clients internationally. Read more.

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Andrew Norris




Andrew Norris leads the firms Energy practice. He is a trusted advisor to a vast number of prestigious law firms around the world and he specializes in building Energy practices through partner and group recruiting.