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James Beale
Prior to joining Christopher Beale Associates, James set up and ran the Legal & Compliance search desk for both international and boutique recruitment and search firms.
Clients include law firms, corporates and financial institutions. He has undertaken assignments in London and EMEA across regulatory & compliance (FSA regulation, financial crime, data protection / privacy), litigation, derivatives, capital markets, funds, prime brokerage, banking, M&A, corporate, commercial and employment. Hires have ranged from Senior Associate to Partners, and from VP and Director level to MD/General Counsel. He has a particular focus on the structuring of compliance teams in law firms; assignments have included conflicts analysts, disclosure compliance professionals and compliance managers.
James holds a BA Hons Degree from the University of Birmingham, after which he completed the CPE and LPC at the College of Law, York. He then worked as a lawyer with Hammond Suddards in Brussels and London, in the EU Competition Law team and in the Dispute Resolution department respectively.
Christopher Beale, OBE
Before founding Christopher Beale Associates Limited, Christopher worked internationally across Commerce & Industry for twenty years. He served as Chairman of the Institute of Directors (20012006), one of the country's two largest business organisations. He chaired the Institute's Council, Board, Remuneration and Nomination Committees resulting in structural and governance changes as well as enhancing professional standards training and Corporate Governance issues. He has addressed Corporate Governance, related Board issues and Globlisation at international conferences in Moscow, Washington, Dubai, Tokyo and Malaysia. He is a past member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Christopher holds or has held non-executive Board appointments in the United Kingdom, India and Hungary. He was awarded an OBE in the 2007 New Year Honours List for services to the business community.
He has conducted assignments for senior management in a variety of business sectors, provided consultancy services to introduce best practices, conducted board evaluations and recruited independent non-executive directors.