Meet the Fides team

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Philip Burdon, Legal Search Consultancy - Fides
Emily Clews, Legal Search Consultancy - Fides
Gopi Jobanputra, Legal Search Consultancy - Fides
Edward Parker, Legal Search Consultancy - Fides
Tom Spence, Legal Search Consultancy - Fides


Max is a Consultant at Fides Search

Max specialises in Regulatory, Compliance & Financial Crime assignments across the buy-side. With the growing focus on this industry from global regulators, he brings extensive knowledge to support and advise clients within today’s challenging regulatory environment.

Prior to joining Fides Search, Max was a Consultant at a financial services boutique Search and Consultancy firm, where he established the London Compliance Practice for the firm, focusing specifically on the buy-side. Max partners with his clients by providing leading individuals as well as in-depth market knowledge and insight utilising his interest in the sector and strong network within the industry.


Max is based in London and has partnered clients across EMEA specifically within the UK, Central Europe and South Africa.

D: +44 (0) 20 3011 0698

M: +44 (0) 7391 405 563

E: malfano@fidessearch.com


Phil is a Director within Fides Search and covers transactional markets and practice areas throughout EMEA.

Phil has substantial executive search experience from years spent working both for leading financial services and legal search businesses. Throughout these years he has been instructed from a client base made up predominantly of international law firms and financial institutions covering a broad spread of practice areas, financial products and geographical markets. At Fides he leads search, consultancy and advisory projects across a wide range of transactional markets while staying in tune with the non-contentious regulatory markets and developments. Prior to joining Fides Search, Phil spent a number of years working for a leading legal search business managing and delivering international search and advisory assignments for retained clients.

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Phil has advised clients throughout EMEA and while having a very strong international network has a focus within Europe, including Russia & CIS.

D: +44 (0) 20 3642 1873

M: +44 (0) 7739 489 076

    E: pburdon@fidessearch.com


Emily established the research function at Fides Search. She has helped formalise the firm’s thought leadership and Insight offering, in addition to providing critical support on consultancy projects and search mandates.

Emily’s greatest achievement at Fides to date has been establishing the firm’s gender equality initiative The Path to Parity Project. Based on a piece of original research, Emily now organises and hosts roundtable events with industry leaders to promote how greater gender balance can be achieved in the UK legal sector.

She has also overseen the development of the firm’s marketing strategy, including website design, printed materials and social media marketing, and is a regular contributor to our blog and weekly update. As part of the Fides CSR strategy, Emily also mentors a young person.

Before joining Fides, Emily worked as a Research Assistant at Loughborough University, completing academic research projects for the Department of Politics, History and International Relations.

Emily has an MSc International Relations (Distinction) and BA History and International Relations (1st Class) both from Loughborough University.

Outside of work, Emily is passionate about sport having played representative Rugby Union through her childhood years and at University. She is currently a duel code athlete, representing the Women’s Open in both England Touch Rugby and GB Tag.

She is passionate about promoting the participation of women in sport, and plays a large voluntary role coaching at her local Touch Rugby club, as well as administratively supporting the development of the sport in the South East region.

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Emily has completed search projects and consultancy work in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She has a good depth of knowledge of the core issues and challenges facing the legal and compliance market today.

D: +44 (0) 20 3642 1870

E: eclews@fidessearch.com


Gopi is part of our research function at Fides, where she produces thought leadership and insights on key trends in the legal and compliance sectors, as well as assisting on client-led mandates for both the search and consultancy projects.

She has acquired specialist knowledge in the field of innovation and legal technology where she promotes and advises on the benefits of implementation of such strategies, whilst also reporting on significant market changes within this space. Encouraging law firms to push innovation to the top of their agendas is one of our priority objectives at Fides and we aim to foster discussions on the subject through the creation of articles, reports and events.

Gopi’s knowledge also extends to the regtech movement and her experience has allowed her to develop an in-depth understanding of the wider legal and compliance market, which further underpins our ability to deliver to our client’s strategic needs through our search and advisory services.

Prior to joining Fides Search, Gopi volunteered for a non-profit organisation in Peru, working in its Economic Development team, which aims to create sustainable change within the local community. She now governs the CSR strategy at Fides and leads on our various charity initiatives.

D: +44 (0) 20 3137 7101

E: gopi@fidessearch.com


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

Edward carries out search, due diligence and consultancy projects for law Firms clients, international corporates and financial institutions. He has experience working across multiple practice areas and departments within the legal and compliance sphere. He has worked with law firms, financial institutions, regulators and corporates.

Since establishing Fides Search Edward has built our international contentious and regulatory offering successfully placing partners and teams of lawyers into law firms as well as senior lawyers and compliance professionals into a range of institutions in London and internationally.

Prior to joining Fides Search, Edward was a Senior Consultant at a global legal search firm where his responsibilities included searches for retained clients as well as due diligence exercises across a range of practice areas.

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

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Edward has experience running search 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 locations analysing and assessing local markets and carrying out regional strategic initiatives for clients. He also speaks fluent German.

D: +44 (0) 20 3642 1872

M: +44 (0) 7803 788 086

E: eparker@fidessearch.com


Tom is a Director at Fides Search and specialises in advising clients across transactional practices.

Tom has extensive legal search experience working on senior level retained mandates for law firms, banks and funds. He leads strategic consultancy projects for clients across multiple jurisdictions and has advised and placed a substantial number of partners, teams and senior in house lawyers internationally across a range of transactional areas.

Prior to establishing Fides Search, Tom was co-Head of the London office for a global legal search firm where his responsibilities included managing and delivering on searches for retained clients along with the development of strategic consultancy services for law firms.

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Tom has advised clients across the globe, with a focus across Europe, Russia & CIS and Asia. Tom also leads the development of our US relationships.

D: +44 (0) 20 3642 1871

M: +44 (0) 7803 786 756

E: tspence@fidessearch.com


Shirin is a Director of Fides Search. She is a highly seasoned search consultant with an extensive track record for placing financial markets lawyers in different jurisdictions. Based in Dubai for some years where she led the firm’s Middle East initiative, Shirin undertook challenging mandates at all levels, across a variety of practice areas on behalf of law firms and financial institutions. Since returning to London, she has continued to do Middle East facing work on a selective basis while refocusing her attention on historic areas of coverage including Derivatives, Capital Markets, Banking and Financial Services Regulatory Legal.

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Shirin was previously a senior consultant with an international legal search boutique in London and for a period of time, head of said boutique firm’s Dubai office. Having grown up in Belgium, Shirin is a fluent French speaker. She graduated from King’s College London University and before moving into search, worked for two leading investment banks in Research and Equity Sales.

D: +44 (0) 20 3137 3330

M: +44 (0)78 9984 3503

E: sstanley@fidessearch.com