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William Nell

United Kingdom
Region: Europe/Middle East/Africa
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7842 0543

Signium United Kingdom
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Practice Groups: Professional Services


William completed his Solicitors finals at the College of Law in Guildford and then qualified as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 1999. He practised as an advocate for a leading law firm before moving in executive search fifteen years ago.

William is a London based Partner in the Professional Services Group focussed on search mandates for law firm Partners and senior in-house Lawyers. He set up the executive search practice at Graham Gill Consulting in 2004, this became a market leading practice which then combined with Signium in 2015.

His clients include major UK and US led international law firms, leading boutique law firms and corporates. Just a few examples of his work include: brokering the merger between a leading UK law firm and an international law firm; sourcing a London based antitrust/competition team for a major Chicago headquartered law firm; sourcing a litigation team for a major San Francisco headquartered law firm; sourcing several partners for a market leading law firm in Asia; sourcing the managing partner for the Dubai office of an international law firm; sourcing a leading antitrust partner for the Brussels office of a major Washington DC headquartered law firm; sourcing four partners for a real estate led boutique law firm in London; sourcing the general counsel for a leading TMT company in London; sourcing the head of real estate for a major UK corporation.

William is often consulted by law firm management to advise on growth strategy in Europe. This has led to his having been retained on a number of mandates to identify and approach merger targets for law firm clients. He is known for his market intelligence and is often retained by law firms on due diligence assignments carried out on potential partner hires.

Whilst he has significant experience of undertaking search mandates for partners, teams and senior lawyers across many legal practice areas including corporate, commercial, litigation, finance, IP/IT, TMT, tax, real estate, projects and regulatory, he is renowned as a market leader in the antitrust/competition space where he has been responsible for many headline moves. 

He has undertaken numerous searches for lawyers with specific sector expertise in industries such as aviation; financial services; real estate; TMT and energy.

William is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.

When not at work, he enjoys cycling which led to his taking part in the Broadgate Estates ride from London to Cannes in 2015 in aid of Coram. He has completed the London marathon and is a keen skier and fly fisherman.