Simmons ups its game on female partners

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  • It's all very well for a firm, when finally faced with the reality of its shockingly poor record when it comes to diversity, to talk about 'examining' this or 'renewing support' for that. The story that The Lawyer should look at is whether these vague promises result in any material change.
    I'm sceptical, but hope I'm proved wrong

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  • A positive move but will flexible working and family friendly hours become part of the working environment?
    Or will women still be penalised for daring to have a career and raise a family?

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  • wasn't Simmons the first City firm to have a female Senior Partner?

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  • Again, Simmons plays the PR charm offensive to hide the fact that its H1 financials have been poor. As a client faced with a breach of contract, IP infringement, among an array of other corporate litigations worth millions (sometimes billions), I wouldn't care about the race, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or gender of my legal counsel. All I'm concerned about is its performance and how I can come out of such difficulties with minimal legal/financial/reputation risk as possible, given the hefty billings I would need to handover. Simmons should focus more on performance than crisis management and maybe then, it will attract more clientele.

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  • This is the firm who announced in July the appointment of 8 male partners - no women!

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