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.

Beyond the Bubble: Why location still matters

Browne Jacobson reaps the benefits of being on the ground Cardiff: Browne Jacobson is in Wales, and about blinking time too, some of its clients might say. The firm has a plethora of Welsh institutions on the books, not least Natural Resources Wales, Local Government Association Wales, Qualifications Wales, and the Welsh Government, for which […]


The leaves are falling, and so are profits

Back in June, this column waxed lyrical about the coming of summer, swooping swallows, barristers sipping Pimms and the start of The Lawyer’s UK200 research. Well, summer’s gone and the roses have finished blooming. The swallows have returned to South Africa, the barristers are trudging into court and UK200 data analysis is at an end. […]

Beyond the Bubble: The recruitment agency with a stake in a law firm

TRMW ❤s JVs Manchester: If there’s one thing hybrid firm Taylor Rose MW loves right now, it’s a joint venture. In April The Lawyer reported on its opportunistic expansion into Australia via a partnership with GTC Group. Taylor Rose CEO Adrian Jaggard told us at the time the firm had planned to focus on domestic […]

Fast Financials: IPOs are out; private equity investment is in

House of Brands copycats stalk Shakespeares’ strategy Shakespeare Martineau is a bit complicated to describe these days. It’s now the largest constituent part of Ampa, a ‘House of Brands’ which also includes South East firm Mayo Wynne Baxter and a bunch of other legal and non-legal services. All partners are members of Ampa’s equity rather […]

Fast financials: Bye-bye, pandemic profits

All hail Hill Dicks “It’s back to business as usual,” comments one managing partner on the fog that has descended on baseline profits at the latest financial year-end. Revenues may be ticking upwards, but after the boom induced by the cost-cutting pandemic comes a bottom-line lull boosted by rampant inflation. For insight on the trends […]

Fast financials: What’s the deal with CC in Asia?

Latest financials What’s the deal with CC in Asia? Clifford Chance joined the £2bn revenue club as it announced its financial results on Wednesday. The magic circle firm saw a nearly 5 per cent rise in turnover, growing from £1.969bn to £2.062bn. Profits and profits per equity partner (PEP) remained flat following the bumper year […]

UK200: Fast Financials

Welcome to Fast Financials, the weekly column where The Lawyer digs a little deeper to give context to the financial results that are now coming through. Whatever your role in a law firm, this will help you make sense of the current financial climate. Trendspotting There’s growth, but money’s still tight for anyone hoping for […]