Simmons & Simmons has promoted four new associates to its partnership, representing a drop of 80 per cent on last year’s bumper crop. In 2008 the firm promoted 18 new partners to its ranks (TheLawyer.com, 7 May 2008). Two of this year’s new partners are in financial markets, one is in corporate and one is in information, communications and technology (ICT). They are all men. Only one of the four, ICT partner James Cotter, is based in the UK, with two based in Italy and one in Paris.