EWS maintains an excellent reputation in the market and it is well deserved – it has earned it through hard work, a passion about what it does and longevity in the region

What our clients say

Our reputation is of paramount importance to us. Our track record and successes have been endorsed by numerous clients and candidates across the MENA region.

Below are some of our testimonials.


Anil Mehta  Director  Group General Counsel  Al Qattara Investments  Abu Dhabi

I have worked with EWS in connection with three mandates including proposed hires of an entire team, a single junior/mid-level lawyer and a General Counsel. I have also worked with most of the leading search and recruitment businesses globally and in the Middle East.  What really distinguishes EWS is that Elizabeth and her team are true specialists. EWS’ key focus is recruiting in-house legal talent and they have been successfully doing this for many years. As a result, 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 in detail and assembling a truly tailored shortlist. All of this saves a great deal of time and therefore, in the long run, money.

Another key point is the total integrity that pervades Elizabeth’s practice. She quickly built very considerable trust on the first mandate that I worked with her on. Now, I only choose to work with EWS.


Zayd Alathari  Director and Senior IP Counsel  Saudi Basic Industries Corporation  Saudi Arabia

I first began working with EWS in mid-2012 where she helped us place two outstanding hires for us in 2013, and more recently two more for 2014. Their approach to the whole recruitment process for my team has been exemplary. Elizabeth is extremely interactive, highly responsive, always available and also enjoyable to work with. I genuinely feel that Elizabeth and her team put everything into us as a client and we always feel we are high priority. I have no hesitation in recommending EWS if you want a true recruitment partner who understands your needs, ensures those needs are met and does so with utmost professionalism, honesty, and integrity. For both us and the candidates Elizabeth has been a blessing.


Clinton Hermes  General Counsel  Sidra Medical and Research Center  Qatar

I first came to know Elizabeth when she recruited for the position I now hold. At the time, I was happily ensconced as the General Counsel of one of the most prestigious children’s hospitals in the US. She worked with me extensively not only to see if I was the right fit for what Sidra Medical and Research Center wanted, but also to help me decide whether Qatar was the right fit for me. A year into my new post, I am thrilled to be where I am and lucky to have met her. But my current position is only part of the reason I am lucky to have met Elizabeth.

I have learned both as a candidate and as an employer that Elizabeth is not like any of the large recruiters I have ever worked with (and I have worked with close to a dozen). Elizabeth already knows the industry and marketplace exceptionally well, and she spends an extraordinary amount of energy and time learning the client, the role, and the marketplace for that particular role. I trust her judgment and her understanding of my organization so much that I often rely on her to help me define what I want.

Her team’s market research is so thorough. Once she identifies potential candidates for a role, she develops summaries of them based on hours of discussions. These summaries describe a candidate better than what any other HR person I have worked with has done. And ultimately, Elizabeth is not afraid to tell you what she thinks and to give genuine recommendations. On top of all that, Elizabeth is a tireless worker and unbelievably responsive. If you have a legal/risk/compliance position you care about, and if you value your time, do yourself a favor and hire Elizabeth. She will care as much about the position as you do, and she will find you at least three candidates who are all better than your ideal.


Dean Stelfox  Senior Legal Advisor  Dubai World Central  Dubai

I used EWS to recruit a junior and senior counsel for DWC in late 2013. The assignment was not easy; I needed candidates with a solid foundation of general commercial experience, first-rate bilingual drafting skills and enough character to quickly establish themselves as trusted advisors for a diverse and demanding commercial team. Elizabeth and Alia spent quite a lot of time with myself and HR at the outset to understand the structure, work-flow and culture of the legal department and the organisation and then fielded a short list of exceptional candidates. EWS’ provided an insightful initial report on each candidate and then continuous feedback throughout the interview, assessment and recruitment cycle. I felt that EWS really put themselves in my shoes and their ultimate recommendations were candidates that Elizabeth would have hired herself. EWS has an excellent reputation in the market and I would not hesitate in recommending Elizabeth and her team to candidates and employers alike.


Mazen AbouChakra  Chief Legal Officer and Deputy CEO  Oger Telecom  Dubai and Turkey

Oger Telecom has instructed EWS to fill key positions within the legal team in Dubai and in Turkey. Their professionalism, complete understanding of the market, follow up and efficiency was second to none. EWS maintains an excellent reputation in the market and it is well deserved – they have earned it through hard work, a passion about what they do and longevity in the region. As a client I really felt that they cared about our needs and wanted to find us the best possible talent. We have always been extremely pleased with EWS and would not hesitate to highly recommend it to clients wanting a real HR business partner. We look forward to continuing to rely upon EWS’ expertise in the future.


Bruce McAlister  General Counsel EMEA  GE Aviation  UK

Investing in the upfront recruitment process to catering for our specific needs to find the right "fit" for our organisation, EWS' professional service provided candidates of a high calibre, with the speed and efficiency we require in our fast paced industry. With their extensive knowledge of Middle East and second-to-none market knowledge, Elizabeth had an excellent grasp of our business requirements… we look forward to working together again with them in the future.


Liam McCollum  Former GGO General Counsel MENTAT  GE Corporate  UK

Elizabeth is a thorough, dedicated professional who knows her business well. She has an intimate knowledge of the legal profession in the ME and is up to the minute on compensation and benefit developments. On my searches she worked as partner, at times that suited me and at the rhythm the search dictated. She always produced a quality short list and worked diligently on getting to closure with the selected candidates. Elizabeth's approach to business is personalized and accountable, her high personal standards and commitment to doing a good job make her a pleasure to work with.


Rania Rizk  VP and Chief Legal Counsel  PepsiCo International  MEA Region  Dubai

I have worked successfully with Elizabeth on a number of occasions during the past five years. As my recruiter of choice, she has delivered on multiple mandates for PepsiCo International including five senior attorneys, two in the more challenging market of Saudi Arabia. Working with Elizabeth, I am confident that candidates will be screened for technical skill and organizational fit. Elizabeth’s reputation for diligent and thoughtful placements is well founded. I recommend her to anyone seeking to source the best talent in the market.


Khalid Khan  Former General Counsel  Gulf Investment Corporation  Kuwait

Elizabeth Williams is the most effective executive search specialist I’ve come across in over 12 years in the region. She’s bright, incredibly hard-working, and totally committed to finding the right person. If she discovers something about a candidate during her due diligence, she’ll tell you – knowing full well that the disclosure may mean you decide not to take the candidate. Her scrupulous attention to detail and personal integrity is rare and refreshing, especially in the recruitment business. She’s honest. It’s reassuring to know she’s interested in building a long-term relationship, rather than simply chasing a fee for a one-off transaction.


Peter Davison  Former Area Legal Counsel (Middle East)  British American Tobacco  UK

I used Elizabeth Williams to help me find counsel for a particularly difficult role. I needed a lawyer with hard to find skills for a challenging assignment and Elizabeth played a huge role in understanding my requirements in securing the right candidate. Not only did she immediately understand the type of experience I was looking for but also the type of person that would fit with us. She approached the brief with great professionalism and knowledge but also with great honesty and good humour. It was a pleasure working with her and I would thoroughly recommend her to others looking for lawyers in the Middle East.


Greg Sweeting  General Counsel  Twofour54  Abu Dhabi

Elizabeth is an extremely focused, hands on and tenacious recruiter who bases her work on thorough research of the client, the market and candidates. This approach is rare in the UAE legal market place, which she was the first to service locally in a truly professional manner five years ago. I have been extremely happy with the searches Elizabeth has undertaken for me and her track record has been 100%. I will continue to work with Elizabeth as new recruitment needs arise.


Dean Sheehan  Senior Legal Director  Pepsico  Dubai

From the outset, EWS stood out from the crowd. There was a genuine interest in going beyond my CV to find out about me as a person but also to ensure that her clients’ detailed requirements were met. It was immediately obvious to me that Elizabeth had an in depth knowledge of the MENA legal market... She always made me feel valued as a candidate and was extremely supportive throughout the recruitment process, but managed to do this in a way which still left you in no doubt that she was duty bound to leave no stone unturned for her employer clients. Elizabeth is a first class professional and combines this professionalism with a friendly and wholly accessible service. I have no hesitation in recommending Elizabeth Williams and her team, not only to candidates but also to employers who will have their interests represented to the highest order.