Drawing on their experience in legal recruitment, directors Nick Shilton and Gavin Sharpe founded Shilton Sharpe Quarry in 2003. The London company offers psychometric testing of candidates, and places junior and senior lawyers for corporate and law-firm clients in Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia. It says it has recently increased its proportion of senior placements, which command higher fees. Having recently helped to broker a merger between a British law-firm client and an American law-firm partner, the company hopes to pursue more opportunities to benefit from increasing consolidation in the legal sector. Sales grew 83% a year from £1.1m in 2004 to £6.9m in 2007.
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