Tributes for US partner

NEW York law firm Dewey Ballantine has paid tribute to its London founding partner Rupert Simpson, who died of leukaemia last month.

Simpson, 43, started as an associate in the firm's corporate department in 1986 and was made up to partner three years later.

In 1990 he relocated to London to build an office with Deweys' European associates Theodore Goddard. He worked in the UK for three years as managing partner of European operations.

Deweys' management committee co-chair Everett Jassy said: “He was a wonderfully up person who would make anyone he was speaking to feel good. He was very brave and courageous to the end.”

Born in Chicago, Simpson was educated at Harvard and the University of Chicago as well as Oxford University.

He recently became chair of Deweys' new business development committee, a post he held until his death on 22 November.

Theodore Goddard senior partner Stuart May said Simpson was a “great Anglophile” who was “very much at the heart of building our successful relationship with Dewey Ballantine”.

“He was extremely popular with partners and staff here. He was regarded very affectionately.”