Simmons & Simmons has ramped up its UK banking practice, appointing its fourth partner in two months, taking on White & Case asset finance associate Mark Moody. Moody has recently acted for BNP Paribas, Société Générale and for various airlines. The move follows high-level banking hires as it aims to double its headcount. In September the firm landed securitisation partner Bodo Schaar from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Simmons has also hired two senior associates as partners – Simon Middleton from Allen & Overy and Simon Schiff from Lovells.