Corporate Testimonials

Refreshingly easy to deal with and well-connected to the market – what I particularly like is that Oyster assess your needs (with you), build a relationship and then offer only quality candidates who fit those needs.

HR Director, Top 10 International Law Firm, London

Michael’s extensive experience in the professional services sector means he really understands ‘fit’. We’ve interviewed nearly everyone he’s shortlisted, and have hired some excellent people through him – including a high-performer into my own team. Critically, candidates always give great feedback on him – it’s reassuring to know that he’s as effective with them as he is with his clients.

Head of Resourcing, International Law Firm

Birketts LLP have utilised the recruitment services of Michael Pickup at Oyster Search for a number of years and have always been impressed with his approach and professionalism. As a growing law firm people are a critical element of our business and it is essential that we have the right skill set and specialist experience to succeed.

We have always been delighted with the calibre of candidates Oyster has submitted and have particularly valued Michael's to access high quality candidates from well regarded city or regional firms.

I am very happy to recommend Oyster Search and they will remain Birketts' go to business for important search and selection assignments or indeed advice on general recruitment matters.

Shaun Savory, HR Director, Birketts LLP

I have worked with Michael as both a client and a candidate for more than ten years and find him to be an outstanding search professional.

He has in-depth experience across professional services, and within the legal sector in particular, and his understanding of the markets in which he operates is excellent. He provides a bespoke and refreshingly straightforward service that as an HR director operating in a world of too much choice I have come to value greatly. I implicitly trust his judgement in respect of candidate choices and the various options that he invariably offers in his quest to always do the best he can for his clients.

He works extremely hard to get to know his clients and understand what makes them tick and where he can add value. His style is personable and attentive, he follows up when he says he will and his feedback is always honest, detailed and insightful. I recommend him highly.

Head of Human Resources, Silver Circle Law Firm, London

I have been impressed by Michael’s excellent candidate management. Candidates have also confirmed this to us. In addition, the thoroughness of his initial research into particular markets (which included identifying overseas candidates) was particularly helpful

Director of HR & Training, International Law Firm

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