Senior Consultant

Chris Excell

– Head of IP & Patents

Chris is a Senior Consultant at Fides Search and leads our IP and Patents capability.

Chris carries out search, due diligence and consultancy projects for professional services firms, Patent houses and TMT / Pharma and Life Sciences sector clients. In addition to his role as head of our IP and Patents practice, Chris has experience recruiting across a range of other complimentary skillsets this includes privacy, EU & Competition, Commercial and Corporate.

Outside of work, Chris is an avid Newcastle United fan and in a different life, he always dreamed about leading out the toon army at St James Park from the dug out!

Global Coverage


Chis has experience running searches across the UK and continental Europe, he is also part of our Middle East group. He has spent a considerable amount of time on the ground in different jurisdictions this includes Brussels, Oslo and Stockholm representing law firms and industry based clients.

What do clients say

Christopher consistently demonstrates a determination to get results without sacrificing his integrity. He is a rarity in being able to address the needs and interests of both the hirer and candidates with the goal to ensure that the match is good and the resultant relationship long-lasting. Above all, Christopher is nice. This is no damnation by faint praise: in an industry which can sometimes demonstrate short-termist and callous gain, Christopher stands out as a serious, trustworthy and intelligent advisor. I often refer valued business contacts and dear friends his direction, and I would not risk this if he was anything other than outstanding.
General Counsel, financial services company
“I retained Chris in the tricky task of assembling a hand-picked, expert team of litigation lawyers. At all times Chris kept all parties informed as to the stage of recruitment process and anticipated, and dealt with, a number of potential problems along the way. Ultimately he made easy my job of putting together the desired team.
Head of Patent Litigation, US Law Firm
“I have used Chris to find high level, strategically aligned recruits for our legal business. He was creative and tenacious in finding suitable candidates and ultimately delivered us an excellent result. I would have no hesitation in using Chris again.
Managing Partner. UK Law Firm

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