What We Offer

As former Compliance Officers ourselves we understand the technical aspects of the role better than our competitors hence will only send you CVs of those candidates that properly match the requirements of the role as to functional skills, sector experience and of course seniority.

Also we understand the pressures of the role and why some character types may fit one type of organisation or role but not another (whilst for senior roles we can quickly assemble a relevant shortlist, some of whom we have known many years and met in social environments, hence have a genuine understanding of their personality as well as backgrounds). 

Additionally, having seen the UK Job Market develop since the introduction of proactive regulation in Financial Services in 1988 (and development of other areas of Compliance over the following years), we can fairly advise on the going rate for any role (or indeed advise on what level of experience and skills can be expected for a given budget) and can operate without a job specification (or easily write one when needed).



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Our Senior Management Backgrounds

David Symes

David qualified as an Accountant with a City firm then moved to Credit Agricole in Audit. In 1988 when the first Financial Services Act came into force, he joined the Guardian Royal Exchange (a FTSE 100 Insurance Group, now part of AXA) to help set up their first Compliance Department as Deputy Head of Group Compliance, also in charge of Fund Management and later all Regulated Insurance activities. In 1994 he moved into recruitment, setting up Compliance Recruitment Solutions in 1996 and also working as a Fund Management Compliance Consultant, as well as assisting various UK organisations on Compliance issues.

He writes technical articles on Compliance in both Financial Services and other sectors, has spoken on this subject at UK and International conferences, and has twice been a studio guest on LBC Radio. He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants London Region and still chairs their Compliance Group, as well as helping run other Compliance bodies (and was Chair of ACAMS UK Chapter 2013-17).


Gary Collins

Gary served in the military before joining Ernst and Young (now EY) where he managed the team looking after Audit and Compliance for Regulated Funds for three years. He was then headhunted to join Deutsche Bank in their Asset Management division (Deutsche Morgan Grenfell) where he worked in both Compliance and Risk covering the UK and Offshore for a further four years.

In 1999 he moved into Recruitment, joining Compliance Recruitment Solutions shortly after, since when he has successfully filled roles for clients in both the UK and across the globe in a variety of Compliance, Financial Crime and Risk positions.








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  • Anti Bribery & Corruption
  • Anti Money Laundering (including CDD/KYC)
  • Compliance (including Conduct Risk/ COBS)
  • Corporate Governance & Ethics
  • Data Privacy & Protection
  • Financial Crime (including Forensic & Fraud)
  • Internal Audit & Information Security
  • Prudential & Regulatory Reporting
  • Risk


  • Financial Services (Banking; Buy/Sell side; Insurance etc.)
  • Payment Services and broader Fintechs
  • Professional Services (Accountancy and Legal Practices etc.)
  • Non-Financial Services e.g. Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Mining, Publishing and Telecoms/Utilities

Types Of Organisation

  • Regulated Firms (or Start-ups)
  • Compliance Consultancies & Training Providers
  • Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations


  • UK (including the Channel Islands & the Isle of Man)
  • Europe (including Partners based in Ireland, Spain & Switzerland – all former Compliance Officers too)
  • Global (we have made placements in North & South America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia)