The Bar


For nearly two decades we have been the leading full-service recruiter for the independent UK Bar. We are the pioneers in moving barristers and teams between chambers, at all levels including silks (QCs), and in strategic senior management and clerking hires for chambers across the UK.

Our detailed knowledge of the Bar and the challenges and opportunities facing the Bar continues to be unrivalled. We are the first port of call for high calibre individuals looking to further their career at the Bar as a barrister, barristers’ clerk or senior executive.

For the last few years, having seen a gap in the market, we have extended our unsurpassed service to the junior and mid-level administrative community, further cementing our reputation, including with a number of magic circle chambers, to be their leading provider of people.

What they say

At a time of significant change for chambers, with the attendant risks and opportunities, it was important that we identified and recruited an exceptional new Chief Executive for our chambers. Guy Hewetson provided us with an excellent and high calibre pool of candidates. Guy’s knowledge and assistance with the process was invaluable and has resulted in the appointment of an exceptional new Chief Executive for our chambers.

Leading Common Law Set
London

As a chambers we’ve worked with Tony on a number of different projects. One consistent aspect and benefit of his approach ‎is the ability to go above and beyond what we’ve contracted him to do. His professional approach is matched by integrity, and a user-friendly demeanour which is always appreciated. His consistency, attention to detail and proactive nature sets him apart. He is a pleasure to deal with and we would not hesitate in recommending him. He provides a professional and effortless level of support, leaving no stone unturned.

Alex Taylor and Paul Martenstyn
Fountain Court Chambers, London

Guy Hewetson is a high level performer and his knowledge of placement in the legal market is outstanding. I have worked with him for a number of years and his confident, straight forward and warm personality makes the experience a real pleasure.

Leading White Collar Silk

As a candidate I found Guy hugely supportive, instructive and thorough.  Guy was very generous and flexible with his time throughout the process from initial inquiry through to offer.  In terms of advice and guidance, having worked with a number of Head Hunters and Recruitment Agencies throughout my career, I found Guy’s guidance really insightful and beneficial and therefore I would highly recommend Guy to both employers and prospective employees for his person centred approach and exceptional service delivery.

Christy Farrer - CEO
Guildhall Chambers

I have sought Guy Hewetson’s advice twice. On one occasion he prevented me from making an error of judgement and on the other he gave me an option I had not considered. He knows the market place very well but more importantly he understands the key to placing professional people correctly. He is conscientious, trustworthy, authentic.

Leading White Collar Silk

It was a Rolls Royce consultancy service.

Head of Chambers
Leading London set 

Chambers have worked extensively with Tony . He has been creative and understands the inner workings of Chambers and the sort of personalities required. I would recommend Tony and Hewetson & Co.

Ian Moyler - Senior Clerk
Brick Court Chambers, London

The three senior staff members recruited have collectively enabled my Chambers to effect the meaningful transformation we sought.

Some of the credit for that must go back to the role Guy Hewetson played in getting the right people to interview, and his measured guidance and considered advice throughout the process.

Head of Chambers
Leading London Set

Guy Hewetson is a sound judge of character and abilities. His prepared summaries on each of about 20 candidates (for four roles), were invariably spot on. It made the tasks of my interviewing panels much easier than would otherwise have been the case.

Head of Chambers
Leading London set

Guy Hewetson successfully won the competition to recruit a CEO for the Bar of Northern Ireland. The process was executed with incredible sensitivity and skill and we were impressed with the calibre of applicant shortlisted. At such a challenging time for the Bar of Northern Ireland it was imperative for us to secure an exceptional individual to strategise and work tirelessly on behalf of the Bar. Guy Hewetson demonstrated a unique insight and knowledge of the demands of the modern day profession and steered us to a highly satisfactory outcome.

Mark Mulholland QC
Former Chair of the Bar of Northern Ireland

I have known Guy for many years and have always been impressed with his knowledge of the legal market.

He is a pleasure to deal with and keeps everything confidential, essential in this market.

Brian Lee - Practice Development and Marketing Director
7 King's Bench Walk

We used Guy Hewetson for the recruitment of our Senior Clerk. He demonstrated sensitivity and discretion throughout the process. He took time to understand our needs and his experience and expertise played a major part in achieving a successful outcome.

Heads of Chambers
Leading London Set

Guy Hewetson used his considerable experience with perception and sensitivity in assisting us to restructure our senior management and clerking to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern Bar. We are delighted with the results achieved.

Head of Chambers
Leading London Set

Tony makes the whole recruitment process seamless. He is honest, proactive and responds with speed and efficiency. Due to his extensive network and previous Clerking experience, he has an in depth understanding of the market. He always makes himself available and has helped us with a number of important hires.

Alastair Davidson - Senior Clerk
39 Essex Chambers, London
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We work with barristers and chambers in all areas of law, throughout the UK. Primarily we assist silks, senior juniors and juniors above 5 years’ call. 

We are the pioneers that practitioners come to when seeking professional and honest career advice and we provide comprehensive and professional expertise in managing the transition in your career.

We are the recruiters that chambers come to when seeking high calibre barristers.

We are unequalled in this field. Most of our work is not advertised.

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We work with all barristers’ clerks, in all areas of law, throughout the UK and our leading reputation has been built on moving senior to mid-level clerks between chambers. 

Due to client demand our service covers all clerking roles, with some sets including magic circle, using us exclusively to source their people.

Clerks set us apart because of the professional recruitment advice on careers, CV writing and expert guidance they receive through the interview process. 

We are the only recruitment firm offering clerks the expertise and experience of a professional legal recruiter with nearly 20 years’ experience and an ex-top tier commercial clerk with over 15 years’ experience.

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We have been successfully placing CEOs and other senior executives at the Bar in London, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Northern Ireland for nearly 20 years.

We are the most experienced recruiters in this field for the Bar.

We offer both individuals and chambers the most comprehensive insight at the Bar, market trends and understanding to what a chambers needs and to what an individual can expect from a career at the Bar.

We have a leading reputation in managing senior executives through the nuances and intricacies of interviewing at the independent Bar.

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We have been placing individuals in Marketing, Business Development, Finance, Administration and Fees, throughout the UK for nearly 20 years.

We are increasingly placing business support staff at all levels due to client demand.

We are used by some magic circle sets for all their business support recruitment needs.

As full service recruiters we provide individuals with a unique insight to working at the Bar in a business support function.