Charlie Wale has joined Wilton & Bain as a Partner to establish and lead a global Legal Practice.

He joins from Montresor Legal, where he specialised in the placement of lawyers into both private practice and in-house roles across M&A, Private Equity, ECM, US Securities and High Yield and also worked with top law firms, investment banks, asset managers and a range of other businesses across Europe, Asia and the US.

“It’s very exciting to be joining Wilton & Bain at a time when an increasing importance is being placed on high quality hiring for Legal, Risk and Compliance,” Charlie Wale said. “I am very much looking forward to working with the Group’s highly skilled and energetic leadership team, to help build a legal search business.”

Also joining Wilton & Bain from Montresor Legal is Phil Hitner, who will be working as a Principal with Charlie Wale to build the Legal Practice.

David Heron, CEO of the Wilton & Bain Group commented: “We are delighted to have secured Charlie and Phil, who are rapidly building a reputation as the leading search practitioners in lateral hiring between law firms. Our aspiration is to be the leading executive search firm in professional services globally, and adding two people of the quality of Charlie and Phil represents a huge opportunity for the firm to extend our credibility further into the legal sector.”