Simmons & Simmons has made up 10 lawyers to partner in its annual round of promotions.
Bucking the trend shown by other firms, the majority of those made up – eight – hail from the firm’s London office. The remaining lawyers were made up at the firm’s Doha and Rome offices. In 2011 the firm made up 13 to partner, six of whom were based in London (5 May 2011).
Of the new partners making the grade in London Jayne Bentham and Emma Kendrick-Jones are commercial litigators; Michael Gavey and Scott Parker are IP lawyers; Iain Duncan is a projects specialist; Iain Macfarlane is a real estate lawyer; Jason Valoti focuses on financial markets; and Ian Wood is a corporate lawyer.
In Doha and Rome, the firm has made up dispute resolution and construction law specialist Philip Norman and debt capital markets lawyer Piergiorgio Leofreddi.
Five of the new batch of partners trained at the firm.
In a statement, Simmons senior partner Colin Passmore said: ‘‘These candidates impressed with their ambition, experience, range of talent and commitment to the firm.’
‘‘In particular, a number of our new partners have worked in more than one of our 19 offices, and have also been on secondment with clients. This international outlook, together with their client-centred approach and experience in working in the firm’s priority sectors, will ensure they make a significant contribution to the firm’s ambitious growth strategy.’’