Chris Cayley

Chris has been working in legal recruitment since 1996 and in that time has helped clients to recruit for virtually every type of legal role within the sector. The relationships he’s built during his career have led to him work on varied assignments, often being trusted with interesting and unique roles, as well as developing new markets.

He has recruited Partners and Associates for Law Firms and General Counsel, Heads of Legal, Legal Directors and In-house Counsel for a variety of companies, as well as risk and compliance specialists.

More recently, Chris has developed a specialist practice placing General Counsel, COLPs, risk and compliance experts and in-house counsel into law firms. He is a market leader in this area and is regularly retained by national and international firms for his expertise and track record.

One of Chris’ passions is sustainability and climate action. He is determined to make Cyan Partners the best it can be and to ensure that the company is playing its part in a fair and sustainable future.

He was a trustee of the climate action charity 1010 (now Possible, for five years. He completed the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership’s course on business sustainability management in 2020 and took part in Ride The Change in 2021, a 520 mile cycle from London to Glasgow in the week before COP26 to raise pledges for action via the B Corp DoNation’s platform, Chris is also an NHS Volunteer Responder through the Royal Volunteer Service. In his spare time, if he's not cycling he can often be found on his drum kit. 

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Director LBC Wise Counsel

I have worked in the legal profession for thirty-five years. Recruitment, retention and resource planning are vital to creating a sustainable team and this is the foundation on which everything is built. There are very few recruiters I have met who I would unconditionally recommend, but Chris Cayley is one. He is of course excellent at what he does, but what stands out, always, is how much he cares about his clients and candidates. His professionalism, care, judgement and integrity are outstanding . Paul Gilbert

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