About Us

Meet our experts

David Crocker

David is a founder at Third Way Legal, and runs our sister business Montresor Legal. He has worked within the legal recruitment industry since 2007. David’s clients include the transactional practices of leading US and UK law firms, investment banks and funds.

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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Stuart Forsyth

Stuart Forsyth is a senior consultant at Montresor Legal.

He has worked within the legal recruitment industry since 2013.
Prior to working in the sector, he worked in the funds and asset management space.
Stuart’s clients include the transactional (specifically funds/ corporate) practices of leading US and UK law firms, corporates and funds.

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Seb Jones

Seb is a Senior Consultant at Montresor Legal, having worked in the legal recruitment industry since 2014. His practice focuses on the private practice market, recruiting lawyers laterally in London. Seb’s clients include top UK and international law firms.

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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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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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.

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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Gabby Hogan

After graduating from law in 2018, Gabby joined Montresor as a researcher, and is now an in-house specialist consultant. Her experience includes placing lawyers within major investment banks, funds and international asset managers.

Outside of work, Gabby enjoys the challenge of inviting more people over for dinner than she has chairs for or sneaking noisy snacks into the theatre.

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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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Ashley King

Ashley leads our commerce & industry practice, having worked in legal recruitment since 2010. Prior to recruitment, he was a distinctly average corporate lawyer, a travelling cider salesman and a cocktail bartender. Ash and his team recruit lawyers for corporates at all levels, from NQ to GC. He has a particular specialism in the tech sector and frequently works with early-stage companies on first-time hires.

Outside the office, Ash enjoys watching most sports, talking about reigniting his Vets’ rugby career, and writing witty blurbs for website profiles.

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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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Emily Shea-Simonds

Emily is an associate consultant, working with in-house clients within our Commerce & Industry. Emily joined the company as a graduate from the University of Nottingham, where she worked for a tech start-up as part of their marketing and social media team. Emily is a pub connoisseur and enjoys dad dancing into the early hours.

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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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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.

Hugo Chambers

Hugo is the Head of Operations for the Group, bringing experience gained across multiple markets at an international recruitment business. Hugo is currently developing our operational strategy and building our Accelerator programme to help grow both our businesses.

When he’s not in the office, Hugo is normally preoccupied by attempting DIY, taking pictures of his cat and supporting his beloved Manchester United – it’s not what you think, he’s actually from the area.

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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


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


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


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