Simmons exits prompt new TMT strategy

Simmons & Simmons has pledged to focus on organic growth in its London communications and outsourcing group following the loss of two-fifths of its London partner capability in a matter of months.

The most recent exit was Peter Brudenall, who left to join the London office of Hunton & Williams yesterday (17 September). His exit follows the departure of former group head David Barrett, who has retired from the partnership for life as an independent consultant.

Barrett was a pioneer of IT law, launching IT teams at Theodore Goddard, Dibb Lupton Moorhead (now DLA Piper), and Arnold & Porter before moving to Simmons in 2000.

The head of the group Michael Sinclair said the firm would not be seeking a replacement for Brudenall: “We hit a milestone for the practice this year when Alex Brown made partner having started as a trainee. Our strategy going forward will be to grow the group organically.”

Simmons’ London communications and outsourcing group now has three partners and nine assistants.

UK and Australian-qualified IT specialist Brudenall, who joined Simmons in 2001 from Baker & McKenzie as a senior solicitor, joined Hunton’s global technology and outsourcing practice as a partner yesterday (Monday 17 September). His recent matters include advising on major outsourcing projects in the utilities, retail and financial services sectors.

Brudenall will work closely with London-based outsourcing and privacy partner Bridget Treacy, who joined the US firm from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. The pair will focus on developing Hunton’s strategy of coupling outsourcing experience with global information management advice.