Christopher Fischer, Associate General Counsel
I contacted Sam based on a recommendation and I was not disappointed. After some initial free advice about the London market, Western Union engaged Baker Creed for our recruitment needs and were very quickly supplied with a number of very qualified candidates. The quality of candidates was in fact so good that I had a hard time deciding in the end which one to take. The entire process was managed with the highest professionalism. I definitely recommend Baker Creed for anyone’s inhouse recruitment needs.
David Mercer, General Counsel, Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
I am really impressed with the quality of service Sam and Nick provided us. We had an aggressive timetable and a tough objective. They were dedicated, extremely responsive and flexible and certainly went the extra mile for us. And they delivered. I'll be very happy to use Baker Creed again.
Juliette Bearman, European & AsiaPac Director, Legal & Business Affairs, HIT Entertainment
Nick was incredibly helpful in providing quality candidates even on very short notice. He is always professional and responsive and seems to skilfully hit the right balance between providing the appropriate care and attention to the client as well as to the candidate which I think is important. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Baker Creed.
Jane Lodge, Director, Industry Media
We have known Nick and Sam for a few years now and have been grateful for general advice given during that period. We have recently instigated a recruitment drive in partnership with Baker Creed and have been very impressed by the dedication and the thorough service we have received. The candidates were comprehensively vetted by Nick and we were kept up to date with the detail at all times. We would have no hesitation in instructing Baker Creed in the future.
Fay Healey, Head of HR, Post Office Limited
I was impressed with the overall service. Baker Creed took time to understand our needs, put together a good brief and initial field of candidates from which we found what we were looking for. Their candidate and client management was of the highest order and I would definitely recommend their services.
Anindita Doig, General Counsel, Dr Foster Intelligence
I wanted to thank you for your support and assistance throughout the process. I appreciated the effort you made to understand the culture and needs of the business, and the requirements of the role. The candidates you put forward were good, with a couple of exceptional people, and your honest assessment of them was useful. You were responsive and patient throughout. Many thanks for a super service.
Daragh Fagan, General Counsel EMEA, Thomson Reuters
Nick and Sam did a really professional job for us. We were given excellent advance descriptions of candidates and feedback after interview, and were confident that we were able to access the best in the market via Baker Creed. Their experience and depth of knowledge of the market meant we were properly supported and advised, not just fed CVs as can be the case with other agencies
Simon Hall, Head of Legal, Production, Zodiak Media Group
Baker Creed provided us with a first class service. Both Nick and Sam were extremely efficient and professional. Baker Creed have provided us with some great candidates.
Paul Eardley, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Debenhams plc
Our recruitment process went very smoothly with only quality candidates who satisfied the job specification put before us. A thoroughly professional and focussed service, just what we have come to expect from Sam Baker and Nick Creed.
Grant Macpherson, General Counsel, Gulf Air
In addition to the knowledge, experience and professionalism which Sam and Nick have obtained as a result of their careers to date, their new Baker Creed venture enables them to display an energy and enthusiasm which is refreshing to see. They provided a first class service with respect to a recent appointment of a key position in our legal team. Thank you.
Daniel Toner, General Counsel, Spire Healthcare
I have known Nick and Sam for a number of years both as a client and as a candidate and unlike many recruitment professionals I have come across, they have always displayed complete honesty and integrity in all their dealings. They are trustworthy and open and have a good understanding of their clients’ and candidates’ needs. They never over-sell or waste your time trying to promote something which is inappropriate. I’ve dealt with many recruiters over my 17 years in the London legal market and Nick and Sam are among the very few I would trust to do a first class job. Together they make a formidable team.
Matthew Jowett, former General Counsel and Company Secretary, VT Group plc
I have used Nick to recruit two lawyers for my team in recent years and on both occasions was very impressed by his approach and professionalism, not to mention the suitability of the candidates put forward. Due to the geography involved, neither project was a straightforward hire, particularly as we could not afford to compromise on the quality of the candidates. Thanks to the effort that went into the sourcing, screening and selection process, we were presented with two strong shortlists from which we were able to make two very successful appointments. Nick's understanding of our needs and the wider in-house market, coupled with his focused and honest approach made for a smooth and straightforward process. Both hires have proved to be great assets to my team and I would have no hesitation in recommending Nick and his services.
Ian Haslegrave, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Electrocomponents plc
Sam's approach to both candidates and clients is first class. As a candidate she communicated well, took time to explain the role and was very supportive throughout the process. She is bright, efficient and very importantly has a good commercial sense. When I left my previous company I asked her to start recruiting my replacement and a UK role while I was on holiday. By the time I was back from holiday, I had five excellent candidates for each role. Great client service! I would highly recommend Sam to both clients and candidates.
Suzanne Wise, former General Counsel & Company Secretary, Premier Foods plc
I have worked with Nick Creed for several years and he has supported me in several highly successful recruitment campaigns for in house lawyers for two very different companies. He spends time getting to know his clients, their business and culture, both of the wider business but critically the culture of the in house team. As such he only recommends candidates that are likely to fit and does not waste my time with candidates that do not meet the person and job specification. Nick is very supportive and I view him as a business partner who adds value in many areas outside of pure recruitment, for example by providing assistance and counsel with such things as salary reviews via the provision of benchmarking salary data. He has always provided a personal yet highly professional service.
Claire Schrader, Manager, Corporate and Compliance Team, Legal and Compliance, Lloyd’s
Over the last ten years, I have worked with Sam, both as a candidate and a client, and I can honestly say that she is my first choice of recruiter. Sam has placed a number of lawyers at Lloyd's and in each case took great care to understand our needs and what we were looking for. Her attention to detail, dedication and ability to match candidates, both in terms of technical skills and cultural "fit" meant in each case we were able to make a successful hire. I know that Sam strives to provide a professional, highly personal, honest and supportive service, which goes the extra mile and I believe that she does just that. I would be delighted to recommend Sam to others - not only does she get the job done but she is a pleasure to work with.