Make smarter, less risky lateral hires

Successful partner recruiting is tough.  To recruit and integrate the best, firms need a smart approach to lateral recruitment. Montresor Legal’s Partner & Strategic Hire practice has built an enviable track record combining client led intelligence with close personal relationships with partners and those that instruct them.

Why Montresor

Access to the best emerging partner talent

Key insights from existing and target clients

Leading rates of engagement from shortlisted partners

Inside knowledge of the partners that clients will follow

Best-in-class new hire integration

Meet our Partner Team

Tom Balmer


Tom founded Montresor Legal in 2012 and has worked within the legal recruitment industry since way back in 2001.  Having spent a number of years working with In-House clients within Financial Services, Tom's practice is now focused on recruiting lateral partners for law firm clients.

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

+44 (0)7876746728

Freddie Lawson

Partner Search Lead

Freddie leads our Partner Search practice, placing partners into US and English firms, in London, Europe and Asia. Freddie qualified as a banking lawyer in 2008, before moving to search in 2010.

When not talking to lawyers, Freddie can be found on a golf course, a ski slope, coaching his children at rugby and cricket or trying to cook one meal his whole family will enjoy. 

+44 7702 518 365

Roger Barron

Senior Advisor

Roger’s career as an M&A lawyer spanned over 30 years, and has included time as a Linklaters Partner, Vice-Chair of M&A at Paul Hastings and Senior Advisor to Eversheds Sutherland.

Roger’s role at Montresor Legal involves providing counsel to Montresor consultants, clients, and individual partners represented by the firm.

Roger is also a passionate supporter of the arts.  He has been a trustee of the London Music Fund, served on various committees at the Royal Opera House and is currently Chair of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Advisory Council, having been a director since 2016.

Hamish Drake

Senior Director

Hamish is a Senior Director at Montresor Legal and leads the law firm practice recruiting partners and associates on behalf of US and UK law firms in London and abroad. Prior to entering legal recruitment over 8 years ago, Hamish practiced as a debt finance lawyer with national and international law firms in Australia and his home country, New Zealand.

+44 (0)7400346101