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Kate Sumner-Brown, Managing Director

Kate is the Managing Director of Sumner Brown Search.


An experienced senior legal recruiter, Kate focuses predominantly on the placement of partners, associates and teams within private equity (corporate) and investment fund practice areas. In her previous role, Kate was a Director of a specialist headhunting firm. She has considerable experience in moving teams, partners and associates both within private practice, and into in house roles - including investment funds, asset managers, banks and companies.

Prior to moving into the recruitment industry, Kate trained and qualified as a lawyer with Bell Gully in New Zealand, before moving to London to join Clifford Chance as an Associate in the Private Funds Group.

Kate graduated from the University of Otago (New Zealand) with a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and a Bachelor of Physical Education (Exercise Prescription and Management). Kate was admitted to the bar as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2006.


P: 077 566 77719
E: kate@sumnerbrown.com 

Our track record:

  • We place lawyers at every level in private practice and in-house.
  • Our experience includes multiple team moves (of partners and associates), individual partner moves, the placement of counsel, senior associates, associates and newly qualified lawyers in private practice (both UK and US law firms alike).
  • We are also fortunate to have worked with a number of private equity and asset management industry clients. We have placed general counsel, head of legal, legal counsel, junior counsel and practice area specialists into roles with our in-house clients. 
  • We also work with our clients to place lawyers in specialist roles, including professional support lawyers (PSLs) and legally-qualified company secretaries.

 

 
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