Private Practice - Associates

Access off-market opportunities at top firms

Corporate, Finance and Regulatory Associates have an unprecedented range of options at US and UK firms. Montresor are a leading firm in the field of Associate recruiting. Our Associate business embodies the firm’s core values of Partnership and Intelligence. Candidates get exclusive access to roles at top firms with advice from trusted, expert consultants.

Why Montresor

Deal with a consultative recruiter, specialised in your area of practice

Access roles at US and UK firms before they come out anywhere else

See exactly which top firms are hiring with our exclusive marketplace platform thirdway.pro

See exactly what top firms pay via our crowd-sourced salary aggregator

Extensive support through the interview and moving process

Meet our experts

Hamish Drake

Hamish is a Director at Montresor Legal and leads the law firm practice recruiting lawyers on behalf of US and UK law firms in London and abroad. Prior to entering legal recruitment over 7 years ago, Hamish practiced as a debt finance lawyer with national and international law firms in Australia and his home country, New Zealand. 

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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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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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Morgun Knight-Adams

Morgun specialises in placing associates within private practice across London and Benelux - having 4 years previous experience. 

Morgun is a Senior Consultant at Montresor Legal. He specialises in private practice recruitment, with experience of helping lawyers move within the Capital Markets, Corporate, Funds and Finance spaces particular, working with both UK and US law firms in London and Benelux.

Outside of work you will find Morgun either retuning his guitar to sourcing the greatest gig venues. 

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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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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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Elizabeth Sotinel

Elizabeth is a Consultant with Montresor's Private Practice team. She joined Montresor Legal after managing a US immigration and asylum practice out of Libreville, Gabon.

Elizabeth is an American lawyer with a JD from the University of Notre Dame and a proud Texpat who's lived in London off and on since 2016. Outside the office you can find her chasing her Havanese around Brockwell Park or forcing TexMex on her friends and family.

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Micheal Field

Michael is a Consultant at Montresor Legal, covering law firm searches 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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Archie Clark

Archie is an Associate Consultant at Montresor Legal, covering the private practice market. 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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Aoife O'Neill

Aoife joined Montresor in 2021 as a graduate, having moved over to London from Dublin, Ireland.

Outside of work you will find her spending time with her friends & exploring all London has to offer (with a very heavy reliance on google maps).

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Priyanka Bawa

Priyanka joined Montresor as the Head of Research after finishing her DPhil in Social Policy at the University of Oxford, to expand the firm’s research and intelligence unit. An ESG specialist, Priyanka has conducted diversity research in the environment sector in the UK and worked for governmental agencies and business consultancies to analyse investment priorities and social returns on investment. She is also a part of Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and has previously been involved with the Dell Empowering Women Challenge, as a mentor.  

When not doing ‘people-research’, Priyanka can be found making complicated Excel sheets to plan elaborate home-cooked meals for her friends, watching University Challenge and Only Connect, or solving crosswords and jigsaws.


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Ruchi Bhalla

Ruchi is a Consultant in the Private Practice team at Montresor Legal, specialising in U.K. and U.S. law firm recruitment.  Ruchi joined Montresor Legal in 2022, previously working as a securities lawyer at a national law firm in Canada and consulted at a "Big 4" consulting firm. Ruchi specialises in bringing international candidates to the London market.

Outside of work Ruchi enjoys exploring the food scenes in both London and Toronto.

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Alexandra Crabtree

Alexandra is a Recruitment Assistant at Montresor Legal. Alex supports and works alongside the Director of our Private Practice team.

Outside of work you will find Alex binge watching crime documentaries and supporting the Springboks.

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