Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons

Rich is The Lawyer’s deputy editor. He has a particular focus on firms outside the UK top 50.

He was previously editor of The Lawyer’s student publication Lawyer 2B, and as such also has an interest everything to do with legal education, training contracts and pupillage, as well as lawyers’ ongoing career development.

Election 2024: The Conservative lawyers vying for your vote

A Birketts partner, Mayer Brown’s pro bono head, associates from Clifford Chance and White & Case, a Twenty Essex barrister and a part-time law student are among the Conservative candidates hoping to be elected to the Commons for the first time.

Beyond the Bubble: Lester Aldridge’s big London play

South: A couple of weeks ago Lester Aldridge and Mackrell Solicitors announced their forthcoming merger. Beyond the Bubble, in association with LexisNexis, caught up with the former firm’s managing partner Matthew Barrow to get the lowdown on what it means for the two firms. For South Coast firm Lester Aldridge, this is very much a move […]

Not from Guildford after all

London’s commuter towns find themselves in a difficult position. We’ve reported in the past on how Tunbridge Wells firm Cripps has had to adapt to increased post-pandemic poaching from City giants, and how Reading risks being killed by the Elizabeth Line. Now it’s time to look at Charles Russell Speechlys which, it turns out, is […]


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Browne Jacobson hires EY team as it aims to double London headcount

Browne Jacobson has taken a team of five lawyers, including two partners, from EY in London as it looks to grow in the UK capital. Rowan Armstrong and Alex Mason are both commercial tech specialists. They are set to join Browne Jacobson in June, along with a legal director and two associates. Both Armstrong and Mason […]

There aren’t enough PRs, say PRs

Journalists aren’t natural champions of PRs, but sometimes we sympathise. Cleaning up the mess of lawyers behaving badly. Calming down those who haven’t been ranked in the latest directory release. Trying to pitch tedious not-quite-scholarly articles to uninterested reporters. Getting asked ‘can we just have a leaflet?’ by people who don’t comprehend the breadth of […]