To make better decisions for your business you need to have better information. We are here to provide information and help you make sense of it for your situation.



Research has been a key part of Jepson Holt and its business since 2005. Using the information we held to create competitive advantage formed an element of our strategy from the start.

The Plan

We always planned to use the ability to research and then collate and present information to create products to sell to the professional services market and now we are bringing that plan to fruition.


As our practice branched out from executive search into merger and acquisition and strategic projects for firms the team spent more time researching businesses and places in addition to people.

The addition of behavioural profiling and our due diligence products brought us to the point where we needed to create a separate research business.

Unlike the other parts of our business our research products are relevant to any business in any sector but particularly to professional services businesses.

"Having good information is key for reducing the risk attached to big decisions. All businesses have to make big decisions on people, places and other businesses and we want to help them do so in the best way possible."

Phil Jepson



The challenge for a research business is to have the technical capability to find and process relevant data, whilst having the communication skills to put it before the client in a form that enables them to use it to the best effect. Empirical Research uses a combination of technology, market experience and our team’s insight and ability to deliver a service which is unique in our markets.
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  • Phil is a Director of Empirical and a key figure in developing our offering and our business relationships.He qualified as a Solicitor in 1989 at a top 50 law firm, becoming a Partner in 1992 and an equity partner in 1994. He spent 14 years working in law firms and has experience at 4 firms, 3 of them in the Top 50. He has been working for law firms in executive search, M&A and consulting since 2001.Completing an MBA (Distinction) at Manchester Business School in autumn 2007, Phil also has a long standing interest in behaviour and behavioural profiling tools, recently becoming an accredited profiler for Parallax Behavioural Profiling.Phil has become a leading commentator on the legal market. He is often invited to speak privately to firms or publicly to groups about the change and development in the Legal Services market.Outside the office Phil is a keen cyclist, often found riding on or planning a trip revolving around his bike.
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  • Bethan runs the business alongside Phil and is responsible for our marketing and social media strategy and implementation. She also looks after finance, hiring and training new staff members and for monitoring employee performance.Bethan is also a serial networker and enjoys getting to know like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs.She is the founder and leader of High Flying Women. Bethan worked for us while she completed her bachelors degree and then her MSc in  Environment and Development and then joined us full time in 2014. She is a passionate advocate for the environment and for gender equality.Outside Work: She loves to travel and frequently visits the gym – but in reality she spends most of her evenings at events or meeting up with members of her network! Favourite Quote: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe CLOSE X
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    Matthew parkes
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  • Matt is a research professional who is a key member of our in-house research capability.As well as identifying potential candidates for our retained search projects Matt leads Empirical Research which is our standalone market research business. CLOSE X
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  • Olivia joined us in 2017 and is a key member of our research team.Olivia identifies potential candidates for retained search projects and works with Matt on research for Empirical Research which is our market research business.Olivia is working with Bethan on High Flying Women. CLOSE X