Richard Simmons

Rich is The Lawyer’s features editor. He was previously editor of The Lawyer’s student publication Lawyer 2B, and therefore covers everything to do with legal education, training contracts and pupillage, as well as lawyers’ ongoing career development. Also falling within his remit are topics including diversity in law, pro bono and access to justice.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

Three new London partners for BCLP in first post-merger promotions round

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has made up 23 lawyers to partner in its latest promotions round, with the majority being legacy Bryan Cave lawyers. It is the first set of promotions since Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) merged in April. Eighteen lawyers have been promoted across the United States, while three solicitors – all […]

Hong Kong

The speed read: Slaughters gets techy, Asia gets busy and the super-exam gets costly

News stories about legal education remain very well-read, yet despite this our conversations with lawyers across the City indicate many are still in the dark about the forthcoming changes to how solicitors qualify. Another chance to get up to speed presented itself this week, as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced more details of how […]

ballot

The speed read: Ince’s Daddy issues, female barristers and management elections

This week opened with the confirmation that the merger between Gordon Dadds and Ince & Co would indeed go ahead. The £110m deal will create the UK’s largest listed law firm by revenue. Gordon Dadds boss Adrian Biles called the Ince brand “iconic”, which is stretching things rather, but it was certainly a venerable old […]

Aldgate

Ropes makes up one in London in largest-ever promos round

Ropes & Gray has prioritised its US offices in the firm’s most recent promotions round, with nearly two-thirds of new partners hailing from across the Atlantic. The firm has made up 24 partners in its largest promotion round ever. Last year Ropes made up just 12 lawyers to partner, compared to 11 in 2016. One London-based […]

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