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Simmons & Simmons has picked up KLegal IT partner Michael Sinclair for its technology group
Sinclair, who resigned from KLegal last week, was not among the six London partners KLegal has just made redundant (see news story, front page). The Lawyer understands that Sinclair is heading straight for the top echelons of Simmons' equity structure. Sinclair will join the firm as a fixed-share equity partner, as do all new Simmons' partners, and then be made up to full equity in the next round of partner promotions. Sinclair joined KLegal in September last year from IT boutique Tarlo Lyons. He approached KLegal for a job because one of his main clients was the law firm's accountancy parent KPMG. Sinclair has been brought in to work alongside Simmons head of IT David Barrett. It is understood that Sinclair will not be bringing clients with him but will be employed to cope with the IT department's workload. Simmons was recently named sole counsel for Europe and Asia, excluding India, for Indian IT company Wipro Technologies. The IT department also advises the Home Office on systems for the National Probation Service and the Cabinet Office on citizens portal ukonline.