Hewetson Shah LLP

25 Southampton Buildings
United Kingdom

Tel: 0203 008 5536

About Hewetson Shah LLP

Hewetson Shah is a leading international legal search and management consultancy offering expert assistance in search and recruitment for Private Practice, Partners and Teams, the Bar and In-house counsel. 

We are the only full service legal sector recruitment firm, in the world.       

We act for law firms, barristers’ chambers, corporates, individual candidates and cover the whole market in England & Wales as well as international and key emerging markets.  

Our Private Practice team dates back to 1989, making us one of the most established legal recruiters in the UK.

Hewetson Shah is the leading firm to place barristers and teams of barristers, from pupillage up to Silk, at the Bar, into Private Practice and into In-house opportunities.

Hewetson Shah has over 165 years’ combined experience in the legal services sector and our in-depth knowledge of individual law firm and chambers’ strategies, the legal market and wider economic trends puts us at the forefront of legal sector search and recruitment.

Changing marketplace

The UK legal market is changing as a result of the Legal Services Act 2007 coming into force. Some law firms have already adopted ABS structures and others, including barristers’ chambers, are closely monitoring the situation.

We have in-depth knowledge of these changes and can advise our clients how best to take advantage of them.

Our approach

Our practice is responsive, flexible and efficient. We develop long-term relationships, based on a straightforward, straight-talking approach that, in our experience, our clients appreciate. We can be completely relied upon for our discretion.

We use tried and tested methods in the search and recruitment process:

  • executive search
  • advertising campaigns
  • database search

Experience, judgment and skill determine which method or combination to use to achieve the desired result for our clients.

Guy Hewetson - Partner 

Guy has been recruiting for the legal sector for over 15 years.

In the first phase of his recruitment career, he developed a leading reputation placing CEOs, COOs, practice management and marketing/business development staff into the top 200 law firms.

Identifying a gap in the market, he switched his attention to the Bar, where he now works exclusively. He places barristers between chambers from five years’ call up to Silk, CEOs, chambers management, marketing/business development and all areas of the clerks’ room from fees’ clerks to directors of clerking.

Guy’s practice covers the whole market in the UK. He has been responsible for some of the most ground-breaking deals at the Bar in the last 14 years for barristers, CEOs and clerks.

Guy, together with Anil, is a pioneer in moving barristers between chambers. They are the preferred choice for chambers seeking strategic advice and execution with their recruitment needs.

Anil Shah - Partner

Anil has been recruiting for the legal sector for over 25 years. His core sectors are private practice, in-house and the Bar.

Anil has an established reputation with extensive experience that includes:

  • recruiting partners and teams of lawyers into Anglo-Saxon, US and international firms
  • setting up offices for firms in foreign jurisdictions
  • advising on the recruitment aspects of law firm mergers
  • placing senior associates directly into partnership
  • moving lawyers in-house from private practice
  • moving lawyers from private practice in-house

Anil also acts as an expert witness in cases involving lawyers’ loss of earnings resulting from personal injury and other claims.

Anil, together with Guy, is a pioneer in moving barristers between chambers. They are the preferred choice for chambers seeking strategic advice and execution with their recruitment needs.

Mathew Kesbey - Partner

Mathew is regarded as one of the most highly respected Senior Clerks in recent times at the Bar. He spent an illustrious 25 years working solely within top tier chambers including Queen Elizabeth Building, now QEB Hollis Whiteman (Criminal & Regulatory Law), 4 Breams Buildings, now Landmark Chambers (Environment & Planning Law), Essex Court Chambers (Magic Circle set) and most recently as joint Senior Clerk at 20 Essex Street, one of the country’s leading International Arbitration and Commercial Law chambers.

Having reached the pinnacle of his clerking career and having identified a gap in the market for a consultant with his expertise and depth of relationships across the legal market, Mathew decided to leave his chambers and join Hewetson Shah LLP.

With his in-depth knowledge of the issues facing the Bar in particular, he joins us with the objective of assisting sets of all disciplines across the UK achieve their strategic goals, enabling them to meet the challenges and opportunities they face in a rapidly changing landscape.

No other search consultancy can offer such expertise to chambers and Mathew is excited about consolidating our market leading position for chambers’ legal search and consulting needs.

Mathew works across all our divisions placing barristers and senior management at The Bar, and lawyers into Private Practice and across Commerce & Industry in London, the regions and internationally.

Tony Stephenson - Partner

Tony began his legal career in 1999 at 5 Paper Buildings and for the next 15 years worked at top tier and award-winning Quadrant Chambers. Tony enjoyed considerable success and was recognised for being one of the UK’s leading Practice Managers. He led a large team and was instrumental in their development and growth.

Tony was delighted to be part of the winning Team at the 2015 Legal 500 Bar Awards where the set were commended for Clerking/Practice Management Set of the Year.

During his time in Chambers, Tony built up a significant client base and gained invaluable experience at the most commercial and international side of the legal sector.

Further to the successful integration of three other partners from a clerking background into our business, Tony is excited to add a fresh and innovative dimension to our Private Practice and Bar teams.

Tony works across all our divisions placing lawyers into Private Practice, the Bar and across Commerce & Industry in the UK and internationally.

Tony further consolidates our market leading position for legal search at the Bar and further strengthens our leading Private Practice team.

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