Simkins partners mull split

The partners at West End media and entertainment firm the Simkins Partnership are considering a split later this year.

A group of partners is understood to be planning
to go it alone when the lease on the Whitfield Street
office expires in December. Sources are blaming the prolonged downturn in the media sector for the split, which is described as “entirely amicable”.

The firm refused to comment on the negotiations at this early stage and it is unclear whether the Simkins name will continue after the division. The identity of the departing partners is also unclear, although they are likely to come predominantly from the general media side of the practice.

A source close to the firm confirmed that discussions were underway, adding that “the end of the lease is the natural trigger point to make a break”.

The firm’s senior partner Julian Turton said there was “a load of wild stories going around” about Simkins. “It’s our policy not to make any comment on partnership matters,” he added.

Simkins is a 26-partner firm best known for its market-leading entertainment practice. It is especially well known for music, theatre, photography, advertising and film and TV work, and it acts for a range of clients including Sony, Hat Trick, Sir Cliff Richard and novelist Nick Hornby.