News UK Simmons copies Linklaters by slashing client count By The Lawyer 10 November 2008 23:35 13 December 2015 22:10 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 10 November 2008 at 10:57 Greed @ Simmons & Simmons This is clear proof of the greed at Simmons & Simmons. They take more than they can swallow. The inside culture is terrible at this law firm and they should review that before selling to clients their services. They should look at the dead wood that manages this law firm. In London, they should review their hiring policy and keep an open mind that London now has diversity. Focusing on just hiring Brits is not the way to go. Diversity is coming to London and they should embrace it rather than have to follow others, again. This law firm should review the quality of their work and people that get hired to catch up with the rest of the world. Old policies put in place by dead wood partners do not work anymore. This is why we see that London law offices are left behind when comparing them with the rest of the world. Cut bureaucracy and discrimination in London. Move with the world and embrace divesity and other nationalities. They can perform much better than any Brits that Simmons & Simmons is hiring. Diversity is what gives a country a new and fresh approach to things. Wake up Simmons & Simmons until is not too late and stop following others. Initiate and be more of an example rather than a follower with old ideas driven by old greedy dead wood partners. Reply Link Anonymous 10 November 2008 at 13:32 Re Greed’s comments Have you worked at Simmons & Simmons recently? That isn’t an English accent – it’s an Aussie one. I think that Simmons are on the right track – they were when I was there – but of course there is still a lot of dead wood, remnants of the old school. A lot of the dead wood are the client relationship people, of course, so perhaps that is the only greedy part – not getting rid of underachievers because they bring the money in… but this is a business not a university, isn’t it. Reply Link Anonymous 10 November 2008 at 13:56 Cutting clients….. More like getting dumped by their clients. Reply Link Anonymous 10 November 2008 at 14:02 eggs and baskets probably not the greatest idea…. Reply Link The world's number one business lawyer 10 November 2008 at 14:49 Oh dear…. I think Dawkins may have misunderstood what Linklaters is doing on this issue….. Reply Link Anonymous 10 November 2008 at 15:46 Re Re Greed’s comments It is proof that Simmons & Simmons is hiring Brits as per the other commentator of Greed’s comments who is unwilling to accept diversity. Simmons & Simmons is hiring people who cannot accept diversity. A law firm is a business, unfortunately a very dishonest business recognized by the law society. Clients start to recognize that they get less value for the money in the UK and less talented solicitors, only dead wood with old principles gained in the old school. If there are young solicitors, they are brainwashed by old partners and thus forced to act like them and bring no change at all to the practice of law. Only those who embrace diversity and lived in other countries could bring about new change. No wonder that clients dump Simmons & Simmons. They have to come clean somehow and make an excuse as in this article. They are followers with a long way to go and generations to pass in order to achieve excellence in the practice of law. Diversity is key to the practice of law and law society should look at all UK law firms to realize that there is an immediate need for change in order to compete with other law firms such as the US. Reply Link Anonymous 10 November 2008 at 16:27 Anonymous’s comments are incomprehensible and incoherent Reply Link Anonymous 10 November 2008 at 17:03 re Anon.. the one with the chip Having worked at Simmons, I can confirm that there is diversity. They have a few “experienced” trainees, and a fair number of asian solicitors (in both senses of the term). I think the problem is people who go in with a chip thinking that the world owes them a living and opportunity because they are part of a minority group. There are plenty of white, middle class men who do not get into Simmons because they don’t cut the mustard, although you might think they would get in to this allegedly white,middle class firm. What drivel from that poster – diappointed that the caste system doesn’t still guarantee you a job? Reply Link In-house lawyer 11 November 2008 at 16:12 They’re better than most…. I think Simmons have really upped their game in recent years. They have diversified their practice and have some real stars in areas such as funds and litigation where they were previously only top notch in employment. I am not quite sure what being a key global client means but good luck to them. I see them and Herbert Smith as a bulwark against the arrogance of the magic circle. Reply Link The world's number one business lawyer 12 November 2008 at 14:22 What has diversity got to do with this? Maybe I am just confused but the article seems to have nothing whatever to do with diversity so why are most of the posts here about an alleged lack of diversity at Simmons? Reply Link Anonymous 13 November 2008 at 03:54 Anonymous SS may be on the right track but they are still not a patch on Herbert’s. There are a couple of second tier firms that are a genuine alternative to the MC. SS just isnt one of them – having worked with them extensively on corporate matters, they are a long way off! Reply Link Anonymous 13 November 2008 at 06:56 because… initial comment is from someone suffering from huge chip on shoulder… Reply Link Anonymous 14 November 2008 at 16:19 Hmm – global clients Fine as long as you assume that clients just want to work with Simmons and you can get away with being a bit ropey in some areas. There are certainly a fair few ropey lawyers there.. so let’s hope that none of these massive clients have the ability to have panels or to know the legal market… oh… Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.