Legal Testimonials

When it comes to legal recruitment, networking and business development, Chris is simply best-in-class. He's a tireless worker who takes the initiative and gets things done for his clients. Above all, he's a great person and an absolute pleasure to work and chat with. I have no hesitation at all in recommending Chris to anyone.
Marcus Procopio
Special Counsel / Murfett Legal
Chris (and the KBE team) are the best in the business! They are professional, knowledgeable and extremely proactive. I really appreciated that Chris took the time to listen to my career aspirations and understand what it was that I valued before matching my skills with current legal vacancies. Chris' guidance, knowledge of the legal market and relationships in the legal sector here in Perth were invaluable for me and I relied on and trusted his insightful and pragmatic advice. He had numerous interviews lined up for me within 48 hours of contacting him and made the whole process quick and seemless. Chris clearly loves his job and his friendly, enthusiastic nature makes him great fun to work with. Unlike most recruiters, Chris' genuine interest doesn't end when his clients are placed in new roles and he goes above and beyond to ensure his clients are settling well into their new jobs. My experience working with Chris and the KBE team has been nothing but positive. I am loving my new role and I have no hesitation in recommending him!
Mairead Reidy
Solicitor / Gilbert + Tobin
Chris and Maryann (and the rest of the team at KBE) are easily the best recruiters I have worked with. Their knowledge of the legal market, both private practice and in-house is cannot be topped. KBE's level of customer service and dedication to their clients and customers really demonstrates how focused they are on finding the right fit for everyone, rather than just making placements. Would highly recommend Chris to anyone contemplating a change or needing advice.
Dee Gandhi
Legal Counsel / Emeco Group
Outstanding! Chris is not only excellent at his job but also a pleasure to work with. He took the time to understand my background and what I was interested in, and came up with a number of great options far beyond what I was expecting. Chris and his team are supportive, knowledgeable and professional, and always keep you in the loop. I cannot thank Chris enough for turning the intimidating job hunting process into an exciting opportunity to meet great people and discuss really interesting work opportunities. He helped me secure a fantastic role in my dream area and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chris and the KBE HC team to anyone who is job hunting.
Lydia Brisbout
Lawyer / DLA Piper
Chris helped me to secure a role in Perth having recently moved here from the UK, and I feel really fortunate to have had his assistance in such a move. It was clear early on that Chris has excellent knowledge of the Perth market and solid relationships with a variety of firms. I found him to be not only strategic and pragmatic in his approach, taking the time to really assess which firms might be a good fit for me specifically and tailoring his submissions to them to suit my specific circumstances, but also incredibly supportive on a personal level. Overall, the team at KBE helped to make the entire process as seamless as possible from start to finish and I would highly recommend them without hesitation.
Kirsten Flood
Chris made the process of moving to a new firm so much quicker and easier than I ever could have imagined. He's responsive, acts fast and had plenty of opportunities for me to consider. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you use Chris, he's a great recruiter.
Alice Commander
Commercial Associate / Murfett Legal
Maryann, Chris and Nikki were essential in enabling me to relocate back to Perth. They were able to find me ample interviews with various firms and put me in a position where I was able to pick the job I wanted. They were always available and at KBE Human Capital, they really give you the service and time that you require to find the job that best suits your needs. A big thanks to Maryann and the team for all their hard work and great service.
David Skea
Senior Lawyer / EY Law
My experience with Maryann and KBE overall was brilliant and I happily recommend Maryann to anyone looking for a legal position in Perth.
Melanie Callow
In today's employment market, most employment agencies seem to act as their client's mouth-pieces with an overwhelming focus on discarding candidates as outsiders to their business. They don't realize that even in an employer's market as it is now in WA, employees are as important to their success as are potential employers who retain them to fill a staffing requirement. Chris from KBE Human Capital is a welcome change from the above trend. I was made redundant from a law firm recently due to change in business conditions. Chris was prompt in replying to my application, reasonable in his expectation of the previous employer and proactive in his approach. He spent time in actively understanding me before he matched my skills with an available vacancy at the time. His intelligently designed introductory email sold my strengths appropriately to a potential employer leading to an offer of employment being made in less than 24 hours after the interview. I strongly recommend Chris from KBE to potential jobseekers in the legal profession in WA.
Archana Luktuke
Senior Solicitor / Havilah Legal
Chris is a superb legal recruitment agent. I admire his professionalism, his dedication towards his clients and his genuine philosophy of giving back to the community. I am not the first, nor the last person he has helped to secure employment. I could not recommend Chris and KBE highly enough.
Jonathan Jacobson
Principal / Jacobson & Associates
Maryann made the transition into a new job smoother and much less stressful than I first envisaged. Maryann was always there when I needed to discuss something, answered all of my questions and gave me the reassurance and support I needed. I would recommend Maryann to any of my friends or colleagues looking to make a move in the future.
Paul Cavanagh
Lawyer / MPH Lawyers
Maryann, Chris and the team at KBE Human Capital assisted me in my recent placement. Their attention to detail, commitment to the task and monitoring of the placement process went far beyond what I expected. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others when seeking the right professional for a role.
Dawn James
Adviser, Listing Compliance / ASX
In today's employment market, most employment agencies seem to act as their client's mouth-pieces with an overwhelming focus on discarding candidates as outsiders to their business. In my experience, they tend not to realize that employees remain their most critical success factor in building up the firm’s capabilities and adding value to clients. Chris from KBE Human Capital is a welcome change from the above trend. I was made redundant from a law firm recently due to change in business conditions. Chris was prompt in replying to my application, reasonable in his expectations, frank with his assessment of the market and proactive in his approach. He spent time in actively understanding me before he matched my skills with an available vacancy at the time. His Partner level relationships allowed him to appropriately convey my strengths and experience leading to an offer of employment being made in less than 24 hours after the interview with him. I strongly recommend Chris from KBE to potential jobseekers in the legal profession in WA.
Archana Luktuke
Senior Solicitor / Havilah Legal
Maryann was incredibly helpful and kept me constantly updated throughout the recruitment process. I highly recommend Maryann and the KBE team!
Jason Greeff
Associate / Bellanhouse Legal
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.
Daniel White
Special Counsel - Workplace Relations & Employment / Mills Oakley
I highly recommend Chris and the hard-working, attentive team at KBE Human Capital.
Hayley Dodson
Senior Associate / Cullen Macleod
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.
Amy James
Family Law Solicitor / HHG Legal Group
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.
Saran Bavich
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.
Tun Yeo
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.
David Kernohan
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.
Ben Secrett
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.
Keith Radley
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!
Ben Tippett
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.
Grant Cheesman
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.”
Bryn Hardcastle
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.
Matt Caddy
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.
Rebekah Williams
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.
Roberta Grealish
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.
Rochelle Airey
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.
Dorothy Collins
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.
Jeremy Newman
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.
Tom Meagher
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.
Murray Thornhill
Director and Owner / HHG Legal Group
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.
Melanie Watters
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.
Rachel Lewis
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!
Natasha Leedman
Senior Associate / Panetta McGrath Lawyers

Contact Us

Office: 08 6467 7889

Recruitment Enquiries
Chris Bates
Mobile:0411 645 984

Maryann McKenna
Mobile:0423 867 110

Street Address: 
1322 Hay Street, West Perth, WA 6005

Postal Address:
Box 1086 West Perth, WA 6872