Media Centre

Our people are regularly featured in national, trade and local press, giving comment on topical issues or featuring in articles on issues in which they are experts.

To speak to or interview any of our media spokespeople, please contact Gemma Hayes at ClientsFirst on 01625 613640.


Phil Jepson – Chairman

Phil works with legal practices to help them grow their businesses and works with lawyers to help develop their careers.



Together with a former legal firm partner and colleague, Phil set up Jepson Holt in September 2004. Prior to this, he practised as a lawyer for 15 years during which time he was a partner in three Top 50 law firms where he headed teams, departments and an office. he joined a specialised legal executive search firm, Longbridge International in 2001, becoming Director in 2003.

Phil’s broad sector knowledge has resulted in many successful assignments particulary across the areas of business mergers, acquisitions and strategic consulting.

Phil’s expertise covers:

Management Consulting
Executive Search
Business Strategy
Leadership Development
Change Management
Talent Development

Phil is also available for speaking engagments across the UK, including presenting at conferences and holding workshops. He is an experienced public speaker and previous engagements have included:

360 Legal Group
Manchester Law Society
Chester & North Wales Law Society
Managing Partners Forum


MBA, Business Administration
Llb (Hons), Law

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Matthew Draper – Director

Matthew is a Director of the company and is a leading figure in our Client Led practice.



He began training as a solicitor but changed career paths in 1997, when he joined the consultancy which pioneered executive search in the UK legal market. He is one of the most experienced legal head hunters in the UK. Matthew has also worked in Asia with a major international search firm.

Matthew has huge experience in client led executive search and senior recruitment in the legal sector and working with senior individuals and teams to help them move to new firms.

Matthew’s expertise covers:

Executive search and strategic recruitment
 Legal firms specialising in the education and healthcare sectors
Talent Development

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