Richard Simmons

Editor, Lawyer 2B

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Revealed: The Lawyer Awards shortlist 2018

Today The Lawyer reveals the shortlist for The Lawyer Awards 2018, in association with Travelers, the legal industry’s biggest night of the year. This year, over 70 judges across private practice, in-house and the Bar debated entries from a record number of law firms and companies to narrow down the shortlist for the 28 categories. Our panel of judges […]

Jonathan Blair Womble Bond Dickinson

Hot 100 career quiz: Jonathan Blair

Name: Jonathan Blair Position: Co-chair and UK managing partner Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson Trained at: Wragge & Co In Hot 100 for: Leading Bond Dickinson into a major US merger. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I did my training at Wragges in Birmingham in the late 1980s and as a […]


Allen & Overy makes up two women in 20-strong promos round

Allen & Overy has made up 20 lawyers to partner in its 2018 promotions round. Four associates have been elevated in London. They are Hannah Valintine in banking, John Kicken in capital markets, James Freeman in litigation and Andrew Cork in corporate. Kicken started his career at Cravath in America and is New York-qualified, while Cork, […]

Elizabeth Bradley, head of corporate tax group, BLP

Hot 100 career quiz: Elizabeth Bradley

Name: Elizabeth Bradley Position: Partner, global head of tax Firm: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Trained at: Berwin Leighton Paisner In Hot 100 for: Taking tax to the top of BCLP’s agenda. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? While I was a corporate trainee, I was asked to attend a closing meeting […]


Swiss firms must innovate to get a piece of the action

Switzerland’s stability in a volatile world is fuelling its economy, and local law firms are having to innovate to compete with global players The Swiss market is in good shape but that does not mean there are no challenges to face. The Lawyer asked for the opinions of some of the market’s leading figures on […]

Adrian Beltrami QC 3 Verulam Buildings

The Hot 100 career quiz: Adrian Beltrami

Name: Adrian Beltrami QC Chambers: 3 Verulam Buildings Position: Barrister, Joint head of chambers In Hot 100 for: Defending banks in many of the biggest finance cases in the UK courts. Read his full Hot 100 entry. What’s your most vivid memory from being a pupil? I particularly remember, on my first day, being locked in my pupil […]

Sally Davies Mayer Brown

The Hot 100 Career Quiz: Sally Davies

Name: Sally Davies Firm: Mayer Brown Position: Partner In Hot 100 for: Becoming Mayer Brown’s first female London senior partner. Read her full Hot 100 entry. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? There was a particularly hideous checking exercise of a trial bundle. There had been some photocopying errors, which meant the whole set […]

Rod Freeman, Cooley

The Hot 100 career quiz: Rod Freeman

Name: Rod Freeman Firm: Cooley Position: Partner In Hot 100 for: Combining product liability law with tech expertise; Grenfell Tower fire public inquiry. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee/pupil? I started my career in a small high-street firm in the suburbs of Sydney, where I was given […]

Taylor Wessing partner promotions 2018

Taylor Wessing makes up three to partner in UK promotions round

Taylor Wessing has made up three lawyers to partner and five more to senior counsel in its latest UK promotions round. The three new partners are Katie Chandler, Lerika Joubert and Edward Story. Chandler and Story both trained at Taylor Wessing, while Joubert joined from Slaughter and May in 2013, having previously practiced in South Africa. A […]

Julia Boyle Telefonica

Hot 100 career quiz: Julia Boyle

Name: Julia Boyle Organisation: Telefonica Position: Deputy GC Trained at: Norton Rose In Hot 100 for: Work opposing the judicial review of Ofcom’s spectrum auction last year and negotiating renewal of rights to O2 events. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? The only one I’m prepared to admit […]

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