Meet the Fides team

Chris Excell
Senior Consultant - Head of IP & Patents
Edward Parker, Legal Search Consultancy - Fides
EDWARD PARKER
Director
Mathew Parker
Consultant
Philip Burdon, Legal Search Consultancy - Fides
PHILIP BURDON
External Consultant and founder of Donoma Advisors
Tom Spence, Legal Search Consultancy - Fides
TOM SPENCE
External Consultant and founder of Donoma Advisors
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chris excell

Chris is a Senior Consultant at Fides Search and leads our IP and Patents capability.

Chris carries out search, due diligence and consultancy projects for professional services firms, Patent houses and TMT / Pharma and Life Sciences sector clients. In addition to his role as head of our IP and Patents practice, Chris has experience recruiting across a range of other complimentary skillsets this includes privacy, EU & Competition, Commercial and Corporate.

Outside of work, Chris is an avid Newcastle United fan and in a different life, he always dreamed about leading out the toon army at St James Park from the dug out!

GLOBAL COVERAGE

Chis has experience running searches across the UK and continental Europe, he is also part of our Middle East group. He has spent a considerable amount of time on the ground in different jurisdictions this includes Brussels, Oslo and Stockholm representing law firms and industry based clients.

What do Clients Say

‘ Christopher consistently demonstrates a determination to get results without sacrificing his integrity. He is a rarity in being able to address the needs and interests of both the hirer and candidates with the goal to ensure that the match is good and the resultant relationship long-lasting. Above all, Christopher is nice. This is no damnation by faint praise: in an industry which can sometimes demonstrate short-termist and callous gain, Christopher stands out as a serious, trustworthy and intelligent advisor. I often refer valued business contacts and dear friends his direction, and I would not risk this if he was anything other than outstanding’

General counsel, financial services company

“I retained Chris in the tricky task of assembling a hand-picked, expert team of litigation lawyers. At all times Chris kept all parties informed as to the stage of recruitment process and anticipated, and dealt with, a number of potential problems along the way. Ultimately he made easy my job of putting together the desired team.”

Head of patent litigation, US Law firm

“I have used Chris to find high level, strategically aligned recruits for our legal business. He was creative and tenacious in finding suitable candidates and ultimately delivered us an excellent result. I would have no hesitation in using Chris again.”

Managing Partner. UK Law firm

D: +44 (0) 20 3642 1873

M: +44 (0) 7407 895 518

E: [email protected]

 

EDWARD PARKER

Edward is a Director at Fides Search and leads our contentious and regulatory practice

Edward carries out search, due diligence and consultancy projects for professional services firms, technology sector clients and financial services firms. In addition to is role as head of our contentious and regulatory practice, Edward has experience recruiting a range of skillets across legal, compliance and financial crime.

Before entering legal search Edward worked in the Project Finance and Renewable Energies division of a leading German bank.

Global Coverage

Edward has experience running searches and consultancy projects across the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East. He has spent a considerable amount of time on the ground in different jurisdictions this includes Belgium, Dublin Germany, the Netherlands, Paris and the UAE . He also speaks fluent German.

What do Clients say

‘Our firm have a strong working relationship with Ed/Fides and I am continually impressed with Ed’s market knowledge and added value he gives throughout the recruitment process. He is extremely professional, knowledgeable and has built solid relationships with a number of the senior stakeholders in the business. Ed has delivered a number of successful laterals across the firm because he has taken time to get to know us as a business and recommends accordingly. Would highly recommend.’ Head of Partner Recruitment – International Law Firm

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ed on our search. He has an unrivaled knowledge of the particular market; he’s responsive and genuinely engaged with the search; and has built up a great rapport with the partners with whom he is working.’ Hiring Partner – International Law Firm

‘Ed stands out from many others in his field in the way he invests so much time in really getting to understand the candidate’s sector and the law firms that operate in that area. This is invaluable in helping individuals make the best moves for them and for firms in securing the candidates that will be the right cultural fit. Ed also works hard at building relationships and therefore quickly earns trust and confidence from those that work with him.’ Head of Practice Group – International Law Firm

D: +44 (0) 20 3642 1872

M: +44 (0) 7803 788 086

E: [email protected]

MAthew Parker

Mathew is a Consultant at Fides Search. He dedicates his time to working with clients on their key strategic hires within TMT.

Mathew carries out search, due diligence and consultancy projects for law firms clients, established and emerging tech companies and financial institutions.

Mathew has a keen interest in emerging technology such as blockchain and crypto assets. He also has a further focus on niche areas such as data privacy and cyber security.

Mathew divides his time between working for law firm clients and in-house legal teams. Which gives him good visibility of the entire legal eco system.

Prior to joining Fides Search Mathew lived and worked in the UAE for 10 years, where latterly he served as a Director of Instruction at one of the worlds top 50 golf courses focusing on building academies, developing the game at grass roots and elite level.

Most importantly Mathew’s highlight was leading the UAE Special Olympics team in 2019 to 5 medals including a Gold medal. Mathew retains his passion for making the game more inclusive at all levels of abilities and will be leading our CSR initiatives in the future.

GLOBAL COVERAGE

Mathew works with clients on assignments across the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East. He has spent a considerable amount of time on the ground in different jurisdictions this includes Germany and the UAE . He also speaks fluent German.

D: +44 (0) 20 3642 1874

M: +44 (0) 7391 4055 63

E: [email protected]

PHILIP BURDON

Previously Tom Spence and Phil Burdon were both Directors at Fides Search, in March 2020 they formally left the company and have founded a new business within the talent advisory space, Donoma Advisors, which focuses on their experience and background in consultancy. Further details to be found at the website www.donoma-advisors.com where they can both be reached.

 

Both Phil and Tom retain close ties to the business and will be available to collaborate on projects with Fides Search.

TOM SPENCE

 

Previously Tom Spence and Phil Burdon were both Directors at Fides Search, in March 2020 they formally left the company and have founded a new business within the talent advisory space, Donoma Advisors, which focuses on their experience and background in consultancy. Further details to be found at the website www.donoma-advisors.com where they can both be reached.

 

Both Phil and Tom retain close ties to the business and will be available to collaborate on projects with Fides Search.