About us

We are talent management experts providing bespoke solutions to increase diversity within the legal profession.

Isaac Noah Consulting is a talent advisory firm committed to increasing diversity in law with a deliberate focus on improving BAME representation at city law firms. We work with clients to attract candidates from more diverse backgrounds, retain those candidates after they join the firm and develop them throughout their careers.

Our goal is to become a trusted partner to the firms we support and ensure tangible results are achieved within the framework of their racial diversity strategy. The programmes we offer are designed to create higher numbers of top performing BAME lawyers choosing a long-term career in private practice, and achieving their highest potential within the legal profession.

Our business, culture, and values are built upon three key principles:

Our team

We have a highly professional team with a wide breadth of experience across talent management enabling us to represent our clients in the most holistic way.

Chika Okeke

Director I [email protected]
Chika has over ten years’ experience in human resources including diversity recruitment, executive search, project management, and talent management. She has worked in the legal sector for over 8 years supporting talent projects for various firms including Slaughter and May, Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith Freehills, and Simmons & Simmons. She was also part of the initial project team for the Reignite Academy that empowered women returners back to a career in law after taking considerable career breaks.

Veneta Boutchelska

Senior Manager I [email protected]
Veneta began her career in human resources after completing the LPC and working for a niche law firm outside of London. Prior to joining Isaac Noah Veneta worked for Simmons & Simmons supporting their alternative resourcing model; Adaptive which provided motivated lawyers with an alternative career path whilst being fully supported by the firm.

The team also includes several talent management experts who have held human resources, recruitment, and/or business senior management level roles
across a variety of sectors including legal, banking, insurance, and technology.

Diversity in law: a snapshot

35%

Racially diverse teams outperform non-diverse ones by 35%
10%

Improvement in gender diversity, leads to 2-4% increase in profits
12%

Spike in employee productivity proven when employees are happier at work
10days

Is the amount of time top candidates usually stay available before being hired
29%

Is the proportion of female partners amongst firms with 50+ partners, even though women make up 59% of lawyers across the legal profession
4.2years

Is the average time a person stays with an employer before moving on
21%

Of all lawyers are BAME. By comparison, 36.5% of law school students are BAME
8%

Partners amongst the largest firms are BAME. By comparison, 22% of partners across the legal profession are BAME. The majority found in firms with less than 6 partners
66%

Of all BAME lawyers are of Asian ancestry or heritage
70%

Of BAME lawyers work in criminal and private client specialist law firms
*Statistics gathered from the Solicitors Regulation Authority March 2020 and The Law Society 2017-2018 Entry Trends Report

The challenge

It is no secret that racially diverse teams outperform non-diverse ones. However, city law firms are facing significant challenges recruiting and retaining top BAME talent.

In a recent survey conducted by Isaac Noah, 80% of BAME respondents stated that they were pessimistic about their career progression in their firm and unsure about how to achieve their highest potential. Research shows that the majority of BAME lawyers working at top city firms will leave private practice before partnership discussions begin.

This is intensified when you consider the following statements made by city lawyers in a recent Isaac Noah Survey:

How we help law firms

  • Identifying, attracting and actively matching top BAME talent to their hiring needs.
  • Working with human resource teams to evaluate their lateral recruitment strategy with a specific focus on diversity and ethnicity.
  • Working with law firms to develop, motivate and retain top BAME talent through our standalone Navigate programme.

How we help associates

  • Career scoping and career coaching
  • Matching their career ambitions and skills to firms within our
    network
  • Mentorship

Our associate strategy is centered around understanding who our candidates are on a personal level, how they see their career unfolding, what their strengths are and what they want out of their careers. Our goal is to help them self-market themselves with integrity, confidence, and boldness and to empower them to make informed career choices that boost their prospects of success.

Isaac Noah Navigate

A 9-month mutli faceted career programme for city firms committed to developing and progressing their BAME talent.

Through a series of group sessions, one2one mentoring, reverse mentoring and individual career coaching, our goal is to develop future BAME leaders in law. Navigate works with firms to make real change in the legal profession by equipping motivated BAME associates with the tools they need to drive their career to their highest potential.

Key tenets of the programme include:

1Career coaching

2BAME partner mentoring

3Reverse mentoring

4Seminars to develop important key skills

5Closed networking events

By the end of the 9 months, we hope that each associate will be better equipped with the following

For more information about our Navigate programme and to see how it could help your firm retain your top ethnic minority associates,
please contact Chika Okeke, Director.

Our track record

We have over 20 years’ experience in the following:

Executive search

Proven leadership is a powerful and strategic asset to every business, and there should be no room for error in the selection process of a company’s executive team. Our search and selection process exists to identify BAME business leaders who are distinctive in the organisations they serve. Starting with expert market mapping, research, and analysis, our tried and tested methodology includes unique candidate assessment tools cover candidates' core skills, personality traits, their drive and motivation, as well as their experiences that are aligned to the role, allowing you to be confident when making a hire. We have expert sector experience within legal, insurance, banking, TMT, and FMCG both within the UK and internationally.

Recruitment

Not every role requires an executive search. Where this is not the best approach to finding the talent you need, we are able to provide recruitment services through our extensive network of BAME professionals.

Resourcing projects

By working as an integral part of your team, we can provide a pragmatic, results driven approach to ensure your talent strategy is executed in accordance to your business plan. Examples of recent projects include:

Flexible resourcing

Supporting a UK silver circle law firm to develop and implement a global flexible resourcing model which took into account the firms overall sector focus strategy, market perception of the firm, compliance, and financial implications. INC worked to design the 3 year business plan, build the financial model, develop and execute the resourcing strategy, and implement the internal and external comms.

Returner programmes

Working with 6 top performing city law firms to design a returner programme for city trained lawyers who had taken significant career breaks. INC worked to identify the lawyers, and provide training for both the lawyers and the firms on the best way to approach re-integration back to work.


Data and analytics

Supporting a well-regarded US investment bank on a global mapping project designed to identify competitor behaviour, market trends, and future workforce for talent pooling.

Contractor management

Supporting a professional services firm on the consolidation of its contractual staff in the view of ensuring compliance with impending government regulations.

Short term staffing support

A critical resource gap can occur in any business for several reasons causing a drain on management time and significant strain on the existing workforce.

We can help you bridge that gap, by providing high quality, experienced individuals at short notice.

Whether you need to fill a key role on an interim basis, extend your bandwidth to deliver a business critical project, or address a one off challenge, we have a pool of talented and highly experienced consultants who can quickly immerse themselves in your business and hit the ground running, providing you with the solution you need.

Contact us

+44 (0) 203 793 6651

85 Great Portland Street
First Floor
London
W1W 7LT