Unprecedented Legal Search In the Middle East
By constantly surpassing the expectations of clients, we have earned a reputation for total focus, integrity and excellence.
EWS is a retained-only legal search firm.
We do not outsource any aspect of our research or candidate origination because it is important that we deliver every element of and maintain control of every aspect of a search, including the all too critical initial contact with the candidate. This ensures that we measure each candidate’s suitability to living and working in the Middle East at every stage of the process, guarantees a discreet approach, and ensures your organisation is accurately represented throughout.
EWS has second to none knowledge and experience of the Middle East in-house legal market. Clients include sovereign wealth funds, government departments, multinationals, regional conglomerates, banks and not for profit entities.
EWS has surpassed its client’s expectations time and again. It has earned a reputation for being the region’s ‘go to’ search firm for senior in-house legal roles.
EWS was established in 2010 after its founder, Elizabeth Williams had spent seven years living and working in the UAE. Her aim was to set a new benchmark for professionalism, dedication and reliability rarely seen in the executive search industry.
Elizabeth is recognised as one of the region’s leading legal recruiters. She has delivered on hundreds of mandates throughout her career. Now based in London, she continues to focus on senior legal mandates for her Middle East clients. She is frequently commended for her integrity, honesty, sense of humour and gritty determination to bring each search to a successful conclusion.
A Solid Track Record
Since its incorporation, EWS has placed over 100 lawyers. Of these, the majority of are at general counsel (or equivalent) and senior legal counsel level. Each candidate is interviewed in depth and a detailed report written on all shortlisted candidates.
A Transparent Fee Structure
We offer a competitive fixed fee based on the complexity of the search and how much time commitment and effort we think it will take to fill a position. A large portion of our fee is based upon us giving you results. We are competitive because we are niche, nimble, keep our overheads low and think a fixed fee structure is a fair way to work with our clients.
We only undertake searches we feel really confidently about being able to close. When you engage EWS, you get one hundred per cent of us. We are relentless when searching for the best talent and known for leaving no stone unturned and pivoting to a different emphasis if the search mandate requires it .
Longevity & Credibility
We have 24 years’ legal search experience in both London and Dubai. Elizabeth is also a qualified lawyer. This combination means we understand what lawyers do, understand the region, ask the right questions, listen to what our clients need and leave no stone unturned in finding the best candidates for you to interview.
A Global Reach
Our search mandates have included headhunting in every major common and civil law jurisdiction across North America, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia Pacific, North Africa and the Middle East. We are accustomed to conducting local, regional, and global legal searches and our reputation in this regard is well known.
EWS were relentless in their pursuit and assessment of candidates. We were not disappointed. Their commitment to the mandate was second to none.Shaun Tarr, Head of Human Resources & General Administration, Abu Dhabi Capital Group
EWS has such a unique exposure and long tenure in the Middle East and they intrinsically understand a lawyer’s skills, abilities, motivations and expectations.
VP Legal, Majid Al Futtaim
From the outset, EWS stood out from the crowd. I have no hesitation in recommending EWS, not only to candidates but also to employers who will have their interests represented to the highest order.Dean Sheehan, Vice President, Legal – Africa, Middle East & South Asia (AMESA), PepsiCo, Dubai
For both us and the candidates Elizabeth was a blessing. I have no hesitation in recommending EWS if you want a true recruitment partner ensures your needs are met with utmost professionalism, honesty, and integrity.Zayd Alathari, Partner, Head of IP, Riyadh at Norton Rose Fulbright, formerly Director and Senior IP Counsel, SABIC, Saudi Arabia
EWS knows the legal market more thoroughly than anyone else and Elizabeth has a real talent for investing time in getting to know her clients, understanding their requirements and assembling a truly tailored shortlist. All of this saves a great deal of time and therefore, in the long run, money.Anil Mehta, former Group General Counsel Al Qattara Investments Abu Dhabi
Role / Sector / Jurisdiction
|General Counsel||Sovereign Wealth Fund||UAE|
|General Counsel||Private equity||Abu Dhabi|
|General Counsel||Aviation||Abu Dhabi|
|General Counsel||Asset manager||Dubai|
|General Counsel||Family office||Dubai|
|General Counsel (3)||Education||Dubai|
|General Counsel||Investment banking||Dubai|
|Chief IP Counsel||FMCG||Dubai|
|Chief Legal Counsel||Mining & metals||Dubai|
|Chief Legal Counsel (Upstream)||Mining & metals||Dubai|
|Head of Legal||Conglomerate||Dubai|
|Head of Legal||Hospitality||Dubai|
|General Counsel||Shipping & ports||Sharjah|
|General Counsel||Regional bank||Kuwait|
|Deputy General Counsel||Transport & logistics||Dubai|
|Senior Patent Attorney (4)||Manufacturing||Riyadh|
|Senior Business Counsel||Manufacturing||Riyadh|
|Senior Legal Counsel||FMCG||Riyadh|
|Senior Legal Counsel||Hospitality||Abu Dhabi|
|Senior Legal Counsel||Real estate||Abu Dhabi|
|Senior Legal Counsel||Aviation||Abu Dhabi|
|Senior Real Estate Counsel||Media||Abu Dhabi|
|Senior Real Estate Counsel||Real estate||Abu Dhabi|
|Senior Media Counsel||Media||Abu Dhabi|
|Senior Legal Counse||Hospitality||Dubai|
|Senior Legal Counsel||Investment banking||Dubai|
|Senior Legal Counsel (3)||FMCG||Dubai|
|Senior Legal Counsel (2)||Real estate||Dubai|
|Senior Legal Counsel||Private equity||Dubai|
|Senior Legal Counsel||FMCG||Dubai|
|Senior Construction Counsel||Real estate||Dubai|
|Senior Legal Counsel||Media||Dubai|
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