Richard Simmons

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.

catching up race

Taylor Rose MW passes £70m and ‘considers options’ for future growth

Taylor Rose MW, one of the newest entrants to The Lawyer UK200, has an increase in revenue in 2021/22, and is considering its future options having massively increased turnover in the last half-decade. Taylor Rose’s revenue was around £10m in 2017 but in 2020 it acquired the much larger McMillan Williams (MW) in a pre-pack […]

Howard Kennedy passes £60m for first time

Howard Kennedy returned to growth last year with a 6.3 per cent increase in turnover from £56.9m to £60.5m. The firm had seen slight a dip in turnover in 2021/22 from £57.1m to £56.9m, although net profit maintained an upward trajectory that year, having risen from £15.2m to £16.4m. That figure has risen again, by […]


Fieldfisher latest to launch Belfast training contract

  Fieldfisher is to take trainee solicitors in its Belfast office for the first time. Two current employees, Hollie Ferris and Leo McSweeney, will begin the Legal Practice Course in September and will eventually qualify as solicitors in England & Wales after completing their study and two years of work experience Applications were open to […]