Kumal Dhami


Independent Agent

Kumal is a Partner within the Legal Practice Group, focusing on recruiting associates and partners on behalf of law firms. He specialises in Banking and Finance, and Restructuring. Prior to joining Zensho Agency, Kumal worked at another leading consultancy where he completed both contingent and retained lateral hire initiatives at associate and partner level on behalf of UK and US private practices.


Thumb gymnastics, my indoor voice, or how I got the nickname “Kumquat.”


To be a great cook, you need to understand not only balance and presentation, but how to excite others’ taste buds. That’s what our man from the historic Midlands city of Wolverhampton does both in recruitment and the kitchen. Growing up in a bilingual Punjabi/English household wired Kumal’s brain for flexibility, and so the recession during which he came out of law school presented not so much a roadblock as a detour that led him to surprising opportunities. Indeed, he now knows becoming a top legal recruiter instead of a lawyer was a stroke of good fortune. Fun, charismatic, cheeky and ambitious, Kumal has earned his colleagues’ love and respect through his easy banter, emotional intelligence, and impressive powers of persuasion. Although based in London, he has a strong connection with Japan through his travels between Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japanese knives, and a father-in-law addicted to sumo, so the Nippon wing of our tribe feels a special kinship with him. When not crushing it in his practice area, Kumal will most likely be found spending time with his eclectic family, walking his miniature labradoodles Frank and Rufus, whipping up his next culinary masterpiece (paired, of course, with the right vintage, since he’s also an aspiring master of wine), or making one of his annual trips to the south of France. He’s what’s cooking.

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.