Ex-Simmons head Dawkins defects to Bingham

Bingham McCutcheon has scooped former Simmons & Simmons managing partner Mark Dawkins for its London financial institutions litigation group.

Mark Dawkins
Mark Dawkins

Dawkins stepped down as managing partner in April 2011 after two terms in the role. He was beaten to Simmons’ senior partner position by fellow litigator Colin Passmore in a contested election later that month.

Bingham’s litigation co-head Robert Dombroff said building up the firm’s financial institutions litigation practice in London was among its highest priorities.

London managing partner James Roome added that Dawkins was a “great strategic fit” for the firm.

In a statement Dawkins said he wanted to return to full-time fee-earning. “The opportunity to join and build upon Bingham’s successful financial institutions litigation practice was too good to miss,” he said.

A spokesperson for Simmons & Simmons said: “We would like to thank Mark for the significant contribution he made to Simmons & Simmons during his 28 years here, and wish him well at his new firm.”