Blue Pencil

Our Team

Our dynamic and dedicated team of highly-skilled legal recruitment specialists have an in-depth knowledge of the legal markets worldwide and always aim to produce an efficient and professional recruitment experience for both clients and candidates.

Liam Mooney

Managing Director of Blue Pencil



Liam founded Blue Pencil in 2002 and is the Managing Director. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1996 and subsequently qualified as a UK solicitor. Liam primarily focuses on recruiting Partners and teams into major international law firms both in the UK and internationally, as well as developing the overall corporate strategy of Blue Pencil. He has particular experience of advising international law firms who are looking to develop offices in new jurisdictions. His market knowledge is highly regarded by both clients and candidates and his contacts are second to none. In 2014 Liam won the Arabian Business, Business Mentor of the Year. for his contribution and support to local businesses in the Middle East. In August 2015, Liam was named as a finalist in the Gulf Capital SME Awards, as the “Business Leader of the Year”.

Chris Lipscomb



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Chris is the COO of Blue Pencil and joined in August 2017, having previously been the HR Director of the largest law firm in the Middle East, Al Tamimi. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). Aside from over 27 years’ experience in the HR/People Management arena, Chris was recognised in February 2017 as one of the 100 most influential Global HR Professionals at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai. Areas of his expertise include recruitment as well as the delivery of learning and development solutions for lawyers and professionals working in the legal arena. Chris has also successfully coached many senior lawyers into Partnership roles and is especially well equipped to work with senior candidates looking for their next promotional move to Partnership.

Chris White



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Chris began his career in legal recruitment with Blue Pencil in 2005 before moving to another leading legal recruitment firm based in London. Chris subsequently returned to Blue Pencil in 2017 and now has over 13 years’ experience in the permanent legal recruitment market where he has worked with candidates at the most senior levels in law firms. Prior to working in the recruitment sector, Chris had graduated with a degree in law and worked in private practice for a leading regional legal 500 firm. Chris specialises in placing Partners into private practice. In his career to date, Chris has focused on working with UK/US and International law firms in London, Off Shore, Middle East and Asia Pacific markets. He has developed a well-established client base and is often called upon to assist law firms with some of their more challenging recruitment briefs. 

Simon Kilvert-Jones

Associate Director



Simon joined Blue Pencil in 2019 after a successful career working as a Senior Recruiter across a range of sectors including defence, banking & insurance as well as I.T. where he was closely connected with the ongoing digital transformation projects in central government. Simon is now making full use of the strong candidate/client management skills he has acquired throughout his career in his role as an Associate Director working within the legal sector. When he is not engaged in recruitment related matters, Simon is something of a Francophile and can be found in his family’s home in the South of France sampling the local produce.

Nik Turner

Associate Director


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Nik re-joined Blue Pencil in March 2019 as an Associate Director. Nik has previously had extensive legal recruitment experience working for a boutique firm of International Legal Recruitment Specialists where he worked across jurisdictions with a particular emphasis on the Asia Pacific market. Prior to this, Nik had actually started his legal recruitment career with Blue Pencil in 2005. Nik specialises in placing Solicitors and Partners into private practice and has an established international network of clients and candidates. Nik also  has experience of the Off-shore markets including Cayman Islands, Bermuda and British Virgin Islands. With 15 years of legal sector recruitment experience, Nik has worked closely with many major UK/US international law firms to assist them with their overseas resourcing requirements including Magic Circle firms. Outside of work, Nik enjoys spending time with his young daughter and is a keen squash player.

Mark Hazelton

Senior Legal Recruitment Consultant



Mark joined Blue Pencil in March 2020, having previously worked for 6 years as a Senior Recruitment Consultant based in the South West of England. Much of Mark’s previous work has related to Director level/senior managerial recruitment within the professional engineering/construction sectors. Prior to his career in recruitment, Mark was a successful entrepreneurial businessman who led and owned a number of award winning establishments within the hospitality sector. He has an extensive network of contacts across various disciplines and brings with him a client focused skill set developed both from his time in business as well as in recruitment. Outside of work, Mark is a keen Bristol RFC supporter and is struggling with improving his golf.