Trusted advisor to Australia's leading law firms


“We work with Mike because he finds fantastic people for us. He’s one of the top partner recruiters in the market.”

Managing Partner, Magic Circle Firm

“Mike knows the market, and understands what we’re looking for. He’s delivered great results for us.”

APAC Head of Project Finance, Elite Global Firm

About Us

We are a boutique executive search firm who recruit partners for the leading law firms in Australia.

Our expertise, integrity and market knowledge sets us apart from our competitors.

That’s why the biggest names in the market trust us to execute their most senior hires.


“First class in every respect. Authentic and conscientious - excellent market knowledge and insights.”

Head of Projects, Top-Tier Firm

“Mike is a pleasure to work with. He listens to what we’re looking for, and proactively looks for opportunities for us.”

Global Board Member, Leading International Firm


Ashgate Partners is led by Mike Walmsley.

Mike is one of the leading executive search consultants in the market.

With over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and partner search specialist, he understands the Australian legal market better than anyone.


“Mike was invaluable throughout my move. It would not have happened without him.”

Restructuring Partner, Elite Global Firm

“Great to deal with.
A very clear communicator. Very good at reading the room.”

Energy Partner, Top-Tier Firm


We work closely with the management of Australia’s leading law firms to execute strategic partner and team hires.

We also assist partners and senior lawyers looking to secure a partnership appointment with another firm.

Our results speak for themselves.


“I never felt under pressure with Mike, but like I had someone on my side. Highly recommended.”

Finance Partner, Magic Circle Firm

“I found Mike to be very well informed. His depth of experience and guidance were much appreciated.”

M&A Partner, Top-Tier Firm


We believe in Adding Value to our clients’ businesses, Giving Back to the community we work in, and acting with Integrity in everything we do.

We are proud to be a Corporate Partner of Melanoma Institute Australia, and a minority investor in ZeroCo (an Australian eco start-up) and Sobah (a First Nations-owned non-alcoholic beer brewer).


“Mike was with me every step of the way. His calm and impartial views meant I could trust his advice.”

Projects Partner, Top-Tier Firm

“A great communicator who ensures that both parties are on the same page. Works with everyone’s best interests in mind.”

Disputes Partner, Magic Circle Firm