Accounting Firm Recruitment

Accounting Firms

Accountant to Partner professional recruitment

Lawson Delaney’s Accounting Recruitment Practice is focused on providing Executive Search, Professional Recruitment and Advisory services specifically tailored to professional services firms in the Accounting market, both locally and nationally.

We have built a reputation of going beyond that of a transactional recruiter by giving back to the market we are passionate about. Not only do we organise mentor programs and regularly host industry-relevant seminars, we give objective market and career advice daily which enables us to build long-lasting relationships.

Our team’s candidate focus ranges from Accountant positions through to Partner and Practice Lead roles. Our local, national and international clients include Big 4, top 10 global firms, large national firms and high calibre boutiques. We also support advisory, insolvency, corporate finance, insurance, risk, and tax consulting firms as well as Family Offices.

Our core disciplines are led by senior specialists with 10+ years' experience and each are recognised market leaders in their field. The largest in the Asia-Pacific region, our Melbourne-based team has over a century of combined Accounting recruitment experience.

For more information, please contact Darren Banfield on 0401 373 581 or

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Darren Banfield

Darren Banfield

Executive Director

Colm has been fantastic to deal with and has made the recruitment process for our business very streamlined. Congratulations on changing our perception with recruitment businesses. We look forward to a long term relationship and highly recommend Colm.

Troy Townley, Founder, HTA Advisory

In my dealings with Colm he has taken the time to understand the business and what we are looking for. I find Colm to be measured and working for my best interests. I view Colm as a business partner, someone I can trust and have confidence that he will find an excellent employee.

Accounting Partner, Accounting and Business Advisory firm

The team at Lawson Delaney have provided us numerous, high quality employees. Guy and Colm have become partners in our business. I trust them. I feel they are invested in our success.

Mark Rogerson, Rogerson Kenny Business Accountants

The team at Lawson Delaney have provided us numerous, high quality employees. Guy and Colm have become partners in our business. I trust them. I feel they are invested in our success.

Mark Rogerson, Rogerson Kenny Business Accountants

Great communication and genuine care was provided by the team.

Accounting Professional, Accounting Industry

Lee is very friendly and personable. He sent through relevant candidates (a lot of other recruiters send through quantity rather than quality).

Human Resources Manager, Boutique Accounting Firm

I was very impressed with the manner in which Lee Eggleston handled the matter - polite, professional and not pushy.

Principal, Tax & Accounting Firm

Colm is so great to deal with. He is calm, insightful, logical and proactive in his approach. Our firm took a huge step outside our comfort zone and Colm supported us every step of the way. I would highly recommend him.

CA Director, Accounting and Business Advisory firm

Excellent service from Colm and a pleasure to deal with.

Director, Mid-tier Melbourne Accounting firm

Darren is very well connected, thoroughly professional and has a good eye for matching candidates to employers. From my experience with other agents I would say that Darren is simply better and I have recommended him to others with confidence.

Partner, The Gild Group

Savanthi Jayawickrema
Accounting Firm Recruitment

Savanthi embarked on her recruitment career in 2012, providing end to end recruitment services for management and specialised roles. Working with big international brands as well as boutiques, Savanthi honed her skills with hard to fill positions in talent-driven markets.

Emulating the Professional Services team’s ethos, Savanthi is motivated to fulfil organisational HR requirements efficiently and effectively with a solution-driven approach that adds value to firms, both in the short and long run.

Savanthi is passionate about sustainability having spent a decade working within the wildlife tourism space in Sri Lanka.

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Katherine Navarro
Accounting Firm Recruitment

The force that drives Katherine within her role in the Professional Services team is her passion for mentoring individuals both in their professional development and personal growth.

With five years of recruitment exposure within various management roles, Katherine’s skillset further enhances Lawson Delaney’s ability to identify the right blend of commercial acumen, technical skills, performance potential and cultural fit when consulting to clients and assessing talent.

Katherine’s background within event management and operations has given her the natural ability to work collaboratively to reach a common goal as well as strong foundations to provide clients and candidates with a tailored and memorable recruitment experience.

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Lee Eggleston
Accounting Firm Recruitment

Lee joined Lawson Delaney’s Professional Services team having recruited within various industries in the UK. Lee has a wealth of knowledge of the end to end recruitment process and prides himself on his consistent collaborative approach.

Lee is an effective communicator who places emphasis on really understanding client and candidate needs to ensure both parties have a positive experience. His aim is to provide a seamless recruitment process; adding value and creating long lasting relationships.

Following his Sports Management degree, Lee travelled the globe experiencing a multitude of people and cultures. It was this that prompted him to forge a career in recruitment, allowing him to communicate with people on a daily basis, with excellent customer service at the forefront of every interaction.

Lee specialises in recruiting all levels of Accountants from graduates to partner level within the Business Services sector.

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Colm Reddy
Accounting Firm Recruitment

Colm has been working in the recruitment industry since 2008 having completed his Masters of Business Management. He joined Lawson Delaney in its infancy back in 2013 and has been heavily involved in the growth of the Professional Services team.

Colm has a unique background having worked within online recruitment job boards, LinkedIn Talent Solutions and recruitment agencies. He has gained this exposure across the globe in Ireland, Dubai, India, China, and since 2011, Australia. By the age of 24, Colm was managing a business and by 25, Colm had 70 people reporting to him. This experience has given him a unique perspective of seeing recruitment from multiple angles and sometimes through different languages.

Throughout his career, Colm has always stayed true to his core value of helping people in an honest, transparent manner. It was due to this that Colm organised Lawson Delaney’s first Pathways to Partnership event which involved a panel of four diversely successful Accounting Partners and over 100 Business Services Accountant guests. Following this event, Colm managed Lawson Delaney’s first Pathway to Partnership mentoring program where 21 prominent Partners mentored future stars of the profession for a year. No money was exchanged at all, it was purely to give back to the industry and to help the people within it.

Colm was recently chosen as one of the top five recruiters in Australia across every market by recruitment’s industry body, RCSA. He wants to continue his passion in helping people secure opportunities that will improve their lives. He focuses on Business Services and SMSF Accountants up to Partner level.

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