What We Do

Progressive recruiters, traditional values

We find potential in every corner of the market.

As professional recruiters, it’s our responsibility to make even the most passive of candidates realise where their potential can take them. From traditional recruitment techniques to an unrivalled number of cutting-edge sourcing methods, our consultants know how to generate responses from the entire market. In fact, our response rates are 3x greater than the industry average.

Reach Further

Re-evaluating and improving is central to the way we work.

With the Accountancy, Tax & Treasury, and Legal markets shifting rapidly, our agility is fundamental to successfully recruit in these sectors.

Being attuned to market changes and business trends is not always enough. Our success is rooted in how we immerse ourselves in our markets and strive for more knowledge; we’re more than just transactional recruiters – we’re agile consultants.

Stay Agile

Our experience can’t be taught, and this gives us something truly unique.

We’ve experienced how markets change, how technology reshapes industries, and how today’s workforce is different to tomorrow’s.

But as the markets continue to evolve, our values remain the same. Long-term partnerships, credibility in our sectors, and striving to be tomorrow’s expert; this keeps recruitment a simple and successful process for you.

Invest Time

How do you cut through the white noise of recruitment?

You lower the volume.

At Harvey John, we believe the secret behind a superior recruitment service is to focus on quality, not quantity.

Specialising in Accountancy, Tax & Treasury and Legal since 2004, Harvey John is an international recruitment firm with a head office in the heart of Brighton and a team of individual skill-sets, each united by a shared vision of how recruitment should be.

By immersing ourselves in every corner of these markets, we maintain an incredibly niche expertise, enabling us to simplify the most complex of searches. And whether that assignment takes us across Sussex, London, Europe, Asia, or the Americas, our deep sector knowledge – paired with our multi-faceted methodology – means that we provide local solutions on a global scale.

And so, by lowering the volume, we strip ourselves from unnecessary pressures and, in turn, become a trusted partner to companies worldwide.


Trusted by our Clients

See some of our reviews by our wonderful clients!

David was absolutely brilliant. He took a measured and considered approach. Really listening to what our needs were, rather than just trying to fit a potential candidate (square peg) into our requirements (round hole).

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Alex has a great network across the indirect tax field not only locally, but globally, which is a huge advantage if you’re looking to fill a global role. Harvey John and Alex work very case-specifically, which is very rare in today’s recruitment market.

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We would certainly recommend Ann & Alex. Their customized approach, deep industry knowledge, and dedication to finding the right match for our needs were clear. For organizations looking for a recruitment partner that truly understands the importance of matching skill sets with company culture, Ann & Alex are an excellent choice.

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David was quite ‘hands-on’ at the start when we needed his guidance and thereafter was great at keeping in touch the right amount…He was extremely professional throughout, he was all over the detail, clearly very thorough with his preparation, and in addition to all of that, he was a pleasure to work with.

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I would certainly recommend others to work with Alex. He is readily available, has excellent experience, and acts as a good sounding board, bringing creative ideas even if we are not actively involved in a formal search. This shows that he is thinking about our business and how he can support our needs.

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Hayley has placed two excellent candidates with my in-house legal team. I was impressed with requirements and her ability to execute on these. I would recommend Hayley for legal in house roles recruitment.


Our Specialisms


With specialisms covering Public Practice and Commerce & Industry in Brighton, Bristol, London, Southampton, Guildford and elsewhere, we recruit for owner-managed businesses and SMEs to FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients. With long lasting relationships with boutique firms to the Big 4, whether you’re a Trainee Accountant or Finance Director, or a studier to fully qualified, by choosing Harvey John recruitment agency, you’ll be working with highly experienced consultants that have the sole focus on ensuring your next move is the right one for you and your career.


Tax & Treasury

With changes in the tax world – from globalisation, finance transformation, digitalisation, and the implementation of BEPS – businesses are now actively adopting more thoughtful approaches to tax, creating a heightened profile of the ‘tax professional’ in the global market.

In this changing tax landscape, a responsive approach to recruitment is pivotal to mapping out and engaging tomorrow’s tax talent. This is where the Harvey John recruitment agency comes in. With specialisms in Direct Tax, Indirect Tax and Tax Technology (EMEA), and more niche focuses on Customs, Trade Compliance and Insurance Premium Tax, our team is well-equipped to bring successful candidates and clients together. Areas covered are London, Brighton, Amsterdam, Dubai, Spain, Belgium, Bahrain and elsewhere.

As a dedicated treasury recruiter, Harvey John can advise and assist businesses of all shapes and sizes with recruiting the treasury expertise they require. Whether this be a growing SME looking to recruit its first treasury specialist, a global multinational corporation or a bank lacking a particular skill set within its existing treasury team.



It’s not bluster to say that we’re experts in the South East Legal market; we know the firms, we know the roles, and we have built the relationships that are needed to get you where you’re going. Global, in-house legal teams, Legal 100 law firms, and national and prestigious local practices are some of the clients we recruit for.

We have fantastic roles within the Private Practice and In-house specialisms in Brighton, Kent, Berkshire, Surrey and elsewhere for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Legal Counsel and other legal professionals, from Newly Qualified through to Partner/General Counsel level. But we’re more than just a job board. We pride ourselves on our advisory and consultative service to both clients and candidates. We know what the market is doing and no one is better placed than us to help you navigate it.


Trusted by our Community

See some of our reviews by our wonderful clients!

I received a fantastic level of service. Harvey John really cared about what I was looking for and helped me to find it. They listened to me, and offered great advice along the way.

Audit & Accountants Manager

After 6 years in my previous company, and an initial reluctance to move roles, I met Hayley. She was the first recruitment agent that I have met who took the time to understand my strengths, weaknesses and future career and personal ambitions. I am now happily in my new role with my wonderful new company which is a perfect fit for me and I cannot recommend Hayley enough for getting me to this point. I will never use another recruiter and I absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to move to a new in-house role.

Legal Counsel

I had an extremely positive experience working with Georgina at Harvey John. Professional, friendly and efficient Georgina was always a pleasure to deal with, keeping me informed about potential roles and always providing honest feedback about the position. I am now in a role that suits me. I would not hesitate to recommend them. Thank you Georgina!

Accounts Assistant

Callum has been absolutely fantastic! At the beginning of January 2022 I was in the process of looking for a new role and had mixed results before speaking with Callum. I immediately noticed his personal approach and support throughout the entire recruitment process and within a week he was able to secure me a first interview with a company, followed by a second interview and then I was offered the role which I duly accepted. I cannot thank Callum enough. and would highly recommend him to anyone.

Senior Finance Assistant

My experience with recruiters before Claire had really been when I’d just graduated. Most recruiters overpromised and under-delivered, didn’t bother with you because they’d obviously found someone more interesting, or just ignored what you were saying and tried to ‘fit a square peg in a round hole’. So you can imagine that I had been very apprehensive speaking about with any other recruiter following this. But this time, I needn’t have worried. Claire is incredibly personable and caring, with an amazing aptitude for finding the right fit for you. She’s the first recruiter I’ve dealt with since I started full-time work who truly listens to what you’re saying and actually sticks to her promises. She has attention to detail and really wants the best for you. Couldn’t recommend more.

Tax Trainee