We established Allen Lane in 2004 having both experienced success in managerial careers at Michael Page. We wanted to use the experience we had gained recruiting senior finance/human resources professionals to offer a fresh and down to earth approach to recruitment. We base this on honest relationships, sound judgement and exceptional customer service.

Having seen some of the frustrations candidates and clients face, we saw an opportunity to move away from the methods adopted by large corporate recruitment brands. We wanted to provide a more personal service founded on transparency, flexibility and long term objectives. Today, every member of the Allen Lane team shares this approach - we all view recruitment as a career and not a job.

Our success at Allen Lane is largely down to the recruitment and retention of some of the most established consultants in the recruitment market and we are proud to say that Allen Lane is a Fast Track 100 brand; having been acknowledged as one of the UK's top 100 fastest growing businesses and as a Recruiter Fast 50 brand in 2012. We currently employ over 28 people at our King Street office and have a current turnover of 46 million.

Since 2004 Allen Lane has developed a far reaching influence and presence within the marketplace, but despite this significant growth in reputation and turnover, we continue to pride ourselves in offering a service more akin to a smaller 'owner run' business.

James Allen & Ben Lane


We simply do not differentiate between candidates and clients. Both are very important and we provide them with an equal service.

Our candidates, temporary or permanent, come from all backgrounds and sectors. We speak frankly on first contact as to the prospects of securing work. If we feel we cannot help a candidate immediately, we will advise on the best course of action for them and if appropriate recommend other organisations.

Within finance, our main area of expertise is at the CCAB* qualified level and above but we also place CCAB part qualified candidates, project managers and senior executives on a permanent and interim basis.

On the HR side, our candidates come from all levels; from HR officers to HR directors. Our main focus is at the CIPD qualified level but we also have a presence amongst CIPD licentiates and associates.

We are proud of the number of candidates that have been referred from others and this has become a trend. Also reflecting our long term approach is the fact that over 50% of our current 400+ contractors are not on their first assignment through Allen Lane.

*Qualifications recognised by the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies. In the UK this includes ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, ICAS and Chartered Accountants Ireland.

We are proud to work with public and not for profit clients throughout the UK. Due to the nature of work of these organisations, they are often instrumental in impacting on the lives and welfare of local and national communities or giving help or support to people in need. This level of social responsibility makes our role in their recruitment process ever more important.

We have worked with large and small organisations alike and always adapt our approach to suit the client and job in question. Below is an example of just some of the organisations we have worked with over the past few years.

To learn more about those organisations that Allen Lane has worked with click on the CAMPAIGNS tab above.

A Note Of Thanks

All of the team at Allen Lane would like to offer a note of thanks to all those clients who are and have worked with us in the past. We have been fortunate enough to enjoy working with a wide variety of clients each of whom have helped us develop as a business and we hope in return we have offered you customer service that is second to none and an honest, forward thinking and hard working business partner.

We look forward to building on these business relationships and creating new ones in the future, as our team expands and our business develops.

Our current team has made us one of the fastest growing financial recruitment consultancies in the UK. We're looking to strengthen it.

We look for a successful track record in recruitment and a strong educational background.

Every individual at Allen Lane brings a unique approach to recruitment and they are often contrasting. Although there are a few fundamentals to good consultancy, it is our confidence in our consultants to let them work in the way they think best that appeals to experienced recruiters particularly.

That does not mean a lack of management or training. As well as employing an external training company to challenge our skills, the directors take a hands-on interest in the development of staff - not just regular one-to-ones but daily on-the-desk support on everything from the management of the recruitment process to better decision-making.

That's part of the reason why Allen Lane consultants are set up to succeed. Whether you are breaking into a new client or recruiting for a trusted one, you'll have access to one of the strongest databases of candidates in the UK and guidance from some of the most successful recruiters in the public sector.

Success is one of the main reasons why people enjoy working here. It helps that the rewards are excellent - we know from suppliers that we offer one of the best commission structures in recruitment on top of a competitive basic salary. It also helps that we work very hard for each other - a bit of good competitive rivalry notwithstanding - and that we get on really well and have some terrific nights out (some of them planned).

There's a great deal of potential at Allen Lane, but there is a lot more to do. The approach that we use will be successful in each new area we enter because it is based on a respect for clients and contractors and that is something every sector needs. We need to add to the team to realise the rest.

If you're interested in knowing more about Allen Lane, please contact Maurice Goldstone on 020 3031 9630.

Allen Lane is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and our current workforce reflects this. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of age, disability, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.