About Us - Montresor Legal Recruitment

About Us

Meet our experts

David Crocker

David is a founder at Montresor Legal. David’s practice involves placing partners and senior lawyers with US and UK law firms, with a particular focus on global finance.

He has worked within the legal recruitment industry since 2007. David’s clients include the transactional practices of leading US and UK law firms and he also has an excellent network across investment banks and asset managers.

When not in the office David can be found spending time watching Arsenal throw away leads and watching every reality television show broadcast.

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Tom Balmer

Tom is a founder at Third Way Legal, and our sister business Montresor Legal. He has worked within the legal recruitment industry since 2001. Tom’s clients include top investment banks, asset managers and fin tech businesses along with selected law firms.

Outside work Tom enjoys exploring new ways to battle his waistline and pretending to be knowledgeable about wine.

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Hamish Drake

Hamish is a Private Practice Expert at Montresor Legal. He has worked in private practice legal recruitment in London since 2015 having previously worked as a debt finance lawyer with national and international law firms in Australia and his home country, New Zealand. Hamish’s clients include top UK and US law firms in both London and abroad.

Outside of work Hamish enjoys frequent trips across to the continent, the outdoors, and attempting to escape Kiwi stereotypes.

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Ellie Dade

Ellie is an Associate Consultant at Montresor Legal. She joined Montresor Legal in 2019 from another leading legal recruitment agency. Ellie specialises in private practice recruitment, with experience of helping lawyers move within the Litigation, Finance and Commercial IP spaces, in particular, working with both UK and US law firms.

Outside of the office Ellie proudly spends her time watching Norwich City consistently be almost good enough to play in the Premier League and is always on the lookout for a new gin that she has not yet tried.

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James Walls

James has over three years of legal recruitment experience and joined Montresor Legal from a global recruitment agency in March 2020. He works with a variety of law firms across the city placing qualified lawyers into interim roles across a range of practices.

As a keen motorcyclist, James enjoys everything from watching MotoGP to planning his next cross country trip with friends.

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Holta Loku

Holta specialises in placing Associates within Private Practice, having worked in the legal recruitment industry since 2011. Her client base consists of top US and UK law firms and she has experience across a range of transactional practice areas with a particular focus on Finance, Tax and Corporate.

Outside of work you will find Holta at art galleries and theatres or on her sofa, watching reality TV shows.

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Hannah Benger

Hannah has worked in private practice associate recruitment since 2011, joining Montresor from another leading legal recruitment firm where she led the associate team. She has placed lawyers at all levels of seniority and across all practice areas into many of the most prestigious and successful firms in the London market. She has extensive experience in retained, exclusive and contingent search mandates.

When not working she enjoys sampling London’s restaurant scene (and running to work it off!)

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Archie Clark

Archie is an Associate Consultant at Montresor Legal, covering the in-house and private practice markets. He joined Montresor after graduating with a Politics degree from the University of Leeds, having previous experience at a global organizational consulting firm.

Outside of the office, Archie enjoys watching Chelsea win trophies or change managers, both at an equally impressive speed.

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Sophie Wellington

Sophie is an Associate Consultant at Montresor Legal, covering in-house and private practice searches. She joined in 2021 as a Politics graduate from The London School of Economics, having previously worked in sales throughout her time at university.

Outside of work, you will find Sophie planning her next trip away, chasing the sunshine or escaping the big city for some fresh seaside air on the Welsh coast.

Jon Parker

Jon heads our recruitment in litigation, investigations and enforcement. His clients include the best litigation and regulatory teams at US and City headquartered law firms, banks and industry.

Before joining Montresor in 2013, Jon spent 10 years in journalism at titles including The Times, The Lawyer and Legal Week, and is still going on about it now.

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Tom Balmer

Tom is a founder at Third Way Legal, and our sister business Montresor Legal. He has worked within the legal recruitment industry since 2001. Tom’s clients include top investment banks, asset managers and fin tech businesses along with selected law firms.

Outside work Tom enjoys exploring new ways to battle his waistline and pretending to be knowledgeable about wine.

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Andrea Hutchinson

Andrea is an Associate Director in Montresor’s In-house Financial Services practice. Andrea specialises in placing lawyers across financial services with particular expertise in insurance, private equity/venture capital and FinTech. She has experience in recruiting both in the UK and internationally.

When she isn’t being a spokesperson for her hometown in Canada, she is often seen showcasing her newly acquired British citizenship by incorrectly delivering Brit slang.

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Joshua Blake

Josh began his recruitment career in 2015 and prior to joining Montresor was a manager at a global PLC. Josh looks after all Interim roles at Third Way Legal across private practice and in-house. He has particular expertise in financial services and litigation.

Outside the office, Josh enjoys boxing and telling jokes that only he finds funny.

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Phil Redhead

Phil has been working in legal recruitment since 2015 and specialises in helping lawyers find their next in-house role in Commerce & Industry. His clients include SMEs and FTSE businesses and he places lawyers into companies across Europe.

He spends his free time visiting National Trust properties and trying to convince people that Floorball is a real sport.

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Laura Davidson

Laura joined Montresor from a FTSE 250 international recruiter in 2020. She specialises in providing corporates across a range of industry sectors with flexible legal resource, placing candidates on an interim and contract basis.

Outside of work, you will find Laura attempting to keep active, fuelling her shopping addiction or escaping to a beach in Norfolk for the weekend.

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James Walls

James has over three years of legal recruitment experience and joined Montresor Legal from a global recruitment agency in March 2020. He works with a variety of law firms across the city placing qualified lawyers into interim roles across a range of practices.

As a keen motorcyclist, James enjoys everything from watching MotoGP to planning his next cross country trip with friends.

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Elmira Meehan

Elmira is a Senior Consultant in the Transactional practice at Montresor Legal. She has over 9 years of legal recruitment experience, specialising in the placement of finance, funds & regulatory lawyers into some of the major investment banks, buy side firms and law firms.

When not in the office Elmira is busy running around after her 2-year-old toddler!

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Michael Field

Michael is an Associate Consultant at Montresor Legal, covering in-house searches for financial institutions across the corporate, finance and litigation space. He joined the company in 2019 as a law graduate from the University of Exeter, having previously worked in corporate event planning.
When not in the office Mike enjoys partaking in motorcycle track days and throwing himself down a mountain as often as possible.

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Joshua Blake

Josh has 5 years of recruitment experience and was most recently a Manager at a Global PLC. Josh looks after all Interim roles at Third Way Legal across private practice and in-house. He has particular expertise in financial services and litigation.

Outside the office, Josh enjoys boxing and telling jokes that only he finds funny.

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Laura Davidson

Laura joined Montresor from a FTSE 250 international recruiter in 2020. She specialises in providing corporates across a range of industry sectors with flexible legal resource, placing candidates on an interim and contract basis.

Outside of work, you will find Laura attempting to keep active, fuelling her shopping addiction or escaping to a beach in Norfolk for the weekend.

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James Walls

James has over three years of legal recruitment experience and joined Montresor Legal from a global recruitment agency in March 2020. He works with a variety of law firms across the city placing qualified lawyers into interim roles across a range of practices.

As a keen motorcyclist, James enjoys everything from watching MotoGP to planning his next cross country trip with friends.

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Infrastructure

Billie Partridge-Naudeer

Billie is the HR Manager at both Montresor Legal and Third Way Legal. She has worked with the team since she graduated in 2015. As well as being responsible for all things HR, she runs all administrative processes in the office.

Outside of work you will find Billie either writing and performing poetry or like most millennials: out with her friends, spending money she doesn’t have on things she doesn’t need.

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Jamie Houseman

Jamie is a Software Developer who brings many years of development experience to Third Way having worked on websites for many high profile companies. He is Third Way’s Full Stack developer and is responsible for building and deploying new features and the ongoing development of the platform.

Outside of work, Jamie enjoys music, gigs and photography.

Felicia Thelin

Felicia is the Marketing Lead at Third Way Legal and responsible for all things marketing. She has extensive knowledge within the recruitment industry and particularly the tech startup scene.

She uniquely enjoys eating lots of food, speaking 3 different languages, playing bass guitar and occasionally trying to run half-marathons.

Stephen Perrin

Stephen is a qualified Finance Director with 35 years financial experience, with more than 15 years in recruitment, and a proven track record of delivering strong financial management and business improvement. In his spare time he likes to read, mainly spreadsheets.

David Higgins

David Higgins is a board advisor to Montresor Legal. David is an entrepreneur and pioneering business leader and was a founder and CEO at Harvey Nash, growing the business into an international market leader with a £500m turnover. David a wealth of experience and demonstrable track record of business growth, strategy and successful acquisitions both in the UK and internationally.

Jez Cartwright

Jez acts as a board advisor and executive coach to Montresor, having worked with the management team for 15 years. Jez has coached a wide variety of CEO’s, leaders and teams across many sectors of the business world, as well as teams and elite performers within the professional sports world.

Our values are core to our ethos and mission to create a genuinely unique legal recruiter

Intelligence

To generate non-publicly available market intelligence that helps clients make smarter hires and candidates in planning their careers.

Innovation

To combine best-in-class technology and recruitment strategy, to improve the legal Candidate experience and help Clients recruit the most challenging hires.

Partnership

To develop durable, long-term relationships with individuals, and institutions, establishing Montresor as a key, highly valued partner firm.