Simmons vows organic TMT expansion

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 that of Peter Brudenall, who left to join the London office of Hunton & Williams last week (17 September). His exit follows the departure of former group head David Barrett, who has retired for a new 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 new 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,” he said. “Our strategy going forward will be to grow the group organically.”

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