There is no doubt that Chris Bates is the best in the business. Chris knows the Perth legal market like no other person and has a sound knowledge of each firm, its culture and its needs. Chris also takes the time to know you and the direction you want your career to head. The result is Chris making exceptionally well informed decisions that work well for all concerned when it comes to moving practice. Chris is the leading career advisor for the Perth legal market. I would not trust any body else with such important decisions.
Special Counsel - Workplace Relations & Employment / Mills Oakley
I highly recommend Chris and the hard-working, attentive team at KBE Human Capital.
I was looking at getting a job in the Perth market as an accountant with experience at partner level with little success. Once I met Steve I was amazed at how professional his approach was. He not only used his great contacts in Perth but was able to think outside of the square to get me into 5 interviews within the week. I quickly obtained a position I was hoping for and would highly recommend anyone looking for accounting work to seek out Steve. I have since dealt with Steve on a business level and his ethical and easy going nature should lead to many future dealings together.
I contacted Steve after a friend got me in touch with him. He came highly recommended. I had one initial meeting and he was thorough and personable. He instantly understood what I was looking for and already had a plan in mind. He went ahead and contacted the firm he felt would suit me and was looking to hire and it moved quickly from there. He walked me through every step and even after I got the job, he followed up with me to ensure I was doing well. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a job. I have never met a recruitment agent who genuinely wanted to ensure your placement was the right fit for both yourself and the organisation. His extensive network of connections was remarkable and assisted in my process.
Chris and his team at KBE Human Capital recently helped me secure a position at a premier mid-sized law firm in Perth. I found his assistance during this process invaluable and he alleviated a lot of the stress associated with transiting to a new firm. He gave me genuine and honest advice and I felt that he really had my best interests at heart. I have no hesitation in recommending Chris and his team.
I would personally like to recommend Steve Archibald to those in the market who are looking to make their next strategic career move or who are assessing and benchmarking their skills and experience in light of a potential role with someone who knows the market intrinsically.
Steve differentiates himself through drawing upon his wider network and his deep market knowledge to present to a potential job candidate a tailored search offering that looks to the individuals technical and industry experience and fit within the company. This, along with Steve’s mandate to proactively respond in a timely fashion ensures you know exactly what the market expectations are and where you may be within the recruitment process.
I am currently in the process of securing a new role in the accounting and finance industry and have recently had the pleasure of dealing with Steve Archibald and KBE Human Capital. Throughout these dealings, I have found Steve to be one of the most helpful and knowledgeable Recruitment Consultant I have dealt with in Perth. Steve is someone I trust whole heartedly, he represents his clients very well to potential Employers and responds to queries in a timely manner, at all times providing prompt, accurate feedback.
Chris and his team recently assisted me in securing a position as a lawyer at Minter Ellison. I am extremely impressed with the assistance and support provided by Chris not only during the recruitment process, but also after commencement in my new role. Chris' knowledge of the legal profession in Western Australia is second to none and he was able to provide advice as to which potential roles would best suit my desired career progression. Chris provided not only a professional, but also a personal service and greatly assisted the process of what was a difficult decision for me. I cannot recommend Chris and his team highly enough.
Lawyer / Minter Ellison
Chris provides great advice for young lawyers trying to break into a competitive market. His positive attitude, sound advice, support, career counselling and enthusiasm was not only calming, but also gave me the courage to approach my current workplace and secure a position. Thanks for your help Chris.
Lawyer / Mills Oakley
Chris has worked with the Mental Health Law Center for a period of time providing skilled staff members through KBE Human Capital. Chris is both professional and personable. His approach is to assess carefully the requirements of the position and the culture of the organisation and make appropriate recommendations. He works with the organisation to achieve positive placements. His work is supported by an effective team that ensures the service is both seamless and efficient. I am very happy to endorse and recommend Chris and his team.
CEO / Mental Health Law Centre
Chris and his team are consummate professionals. Chris has an extensive network from which he was able find me a great role which I am thoroughly enjoying - over the years he has taken the time to understand me and my abilities, and so knew what would work for me. I appreciated being kept well informed throughout the process and the service continued beyond being placed in my role. I don't intend to need recruitment services again anytime soon but when I next do I know who to see.
Senior Adviser, Listings Compliance / ASX Limited
I found Chris to be very likeable, having a no nonsense approach to recruitment. Chris was excellent at 'thinking outside the box' and was readily available for consultation throughout the entire recruitment process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris to a colleague and wish him much success in the future.
Associate / Squire Patton Boggs
Chris landed me the exact job I'd been hunting for. He's extremely personable, organised, and well-connected, and always made a point to ensure I was happy with how things were progressing. If you're after a change of scenery and can't quite seem to find the right job, Chris is your man!
Listings Adviser / ASX
Chris assisted me with my role change earlier this year after a number of years with another firm.
Chris was very thorough and the recruitment process was painless and quick.
Chris had met with me, listened to my requirements and set up a number of opportunities for me within days and I had interviewed with 2 separate firms within a week of our first meeting.
Chris is a well connected guy and knows his market. He doesn't oversell you or your potential employer and it is obvious that he is driven by ensuring that both parties are happy with the fit.
Chris' interest in my career has not stopped with my appointment and Chris has since been instrumental in introducing me to other professionals in Perth allowing me to increase my own networks.
Special Counsel / Borrello Legal
“Chris understood the importance of employing the right people for a newly established law firm and took the time and effort involved in finding our perfect candidate seriously. He also assisted in providing advice on the strategic direction of the firm and has made key introductions to potential clients through his seemingly unparalleled contact network.
His proactive approach, honest advice and contact network all made him a valuable resource for the firm and I will continue to draw on his experience in the future. He not only provided quality applicants and business advice but has become a reliable sounding board and confidant during the process. I would be very happy to refer Chris to firms across WA.”
Principal / Bellanhouse Legal
Chris provided honest, strategic advice about the WA market and worked hard to help me secure the position that best suited my career plans. What sets Chris apart from others in the legal recruitment industry is that he genuinely listens and has exceptional Partner level relationships across Perth. This is a testament to his nature and willingness to add value to his clients over and above recruitment. Chris kept me informed throughout the recruitment process and I was able to call on him for advice every step of the way. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Chris and would wholeheartedly recommend him to others. At the end of the recruitment process, I now consider Chris as both a valued career adviser and personal friend.
Lawyer / Minter Ellison
Chris and his team are incredibly professional and thorough in placing the right person in the right role. I have personally experienced a very rewarding placement through KBE, where Chris and his team have ensured both I and my employer was supported throughout the transition phase.
Solicitor / MDS Legal
Chris's positive and proactive approach to recruitment is very refreshing. He has an impressive network of personal and professional friends and clients. Obviously his time spent working in the legal profession stands him in good stead and he is highly regarded. He takes time to get to know his candidates and accordingly has a great ability to match his candidates to the right client and position.
Solicitor / Bennett & Co
I was not actively looking to change jobs when I met Chris but asked to be kept in mind if the right opportunity came up. Chris was true to his word and identified a role which he thought might be the right fit. I was impressed with how Chris managed the recruitment process (particularly when I had a sudden bereavement during the process). I am now happily settled into my new role, with thanks to Chris.
Senior Associate / HWL Ebsworth
Chris was responsible for introducing me to Panetta McGrath where I am now Special Counsel working in the commercial and corporate field. On meeting Chris for the first time, it was clear that he has an excellent understanding of the Australian legal environment, together with the ability to understand and respect the individual's requirements in the workplace. I would certainly recommend Chris to lawyers considering a new position and to legal firms looking to recruit.
Special Counsel / Panetta McGrath Lawyers
Thanks for your help Chris. You were by far the most effective recruiter I have dealt with and also were the most realistic in terms of appraising the current market. In other words you promised the least and delivered the most, for which I am very grateful.
Listings Adviser / ASX
Chris sets the standard by which all other professional recruiters should aspire to.
Not only does Chris ensure he understands, and gets to properly know, his clients but he also does so in the most positive of ways; for both the employer and their prospective team member.
These attributes, together with Chris' promptness of service and wonderfully amicable nature, makes him in my view the leading legal recruiter in Western Australia.
Director / Commercial Law at Murfett Legal
Chris and his team are extremely pro-active and can-do in everything they do. Chris is a brilliant networker and constantly goes out of his way to put people together. He understands law firm cultures and dynamics and isnt afraid to give blunt, honest advice. Chris has excellent listening skills and is driven to really understand client's HR needs. He is a creative thinker and problem solver, and always a pleasure to work with.
I have had the pleasure of working with Chris twice now, both times as a candidate / job seeker in a tough market conditions. Chris has helped me to obtain two legal roles, most recently a Senior Associate position at a top-tier law firm.
From the beginning, Chris took the time to understand me and my requirements and to tailor his approach accordingly. Throughout the process, Chris was consistently proactive, enthusiastic and responsive (keeping the firm and I updated at all times but never being too pushy). Chris went out of his way to ensure that the process and transition went as smoothly as possible and that it was a positive experience for me.
Chris has a detailed knowledge of the legal market and law firm cultures in Western Australia. He is clearly passionate about his role in matching the right people with the right job.
I have dealt with several recruiters but none are as honest, proactive, approachable, professional and knowledgeable as Chris.
For all these reasons, I would recommend Chris and his team to any professional seeking a role in the Australian legal market.
Senior Associate / Clayton Utz
Chris recently assisted me replacing a key position in my team in Perth. He provided quality candidates that really met my brief. He provided great summaries of each candidate's attributes and very detailed reference checks. The whole process was incredily smooth and I was delighted with the results. I will definitely use Chris again if recruiting in the Perth market.
General Counsel / Sodexo
Working with Chris has been fantastic. Chris is completely dedicated to creating highly optimal outcomes for his clients, and always goes the extra mile.
He is highly focused, proactive and an excellent communicator.
However, what really sets Chris apart in business is his genuine commitment to give to others, and to add value - and his positive energy is infectious!
Senior Associate / Panetta McGrath Lawyers