Outgoing personality

His exit had been rumoured for some time, but Simmons & Simmons confirmed the retirement of legendary global head of communications and outsourcing David Barrett today. See story.

Barrett was part of an illustrious in-house team at IBM in the 1980s that spawned such IT law luminaries as John Yates and Chris Hoyle of Beachcroft and Paul Beckett, who went on to run for parliament in the Isle of Man.

Barrett went on to launch Theodore Goddard’s IT group in 1989, before moving to Dibb Lupton Moorhead (now DLA Piper) in 1993, Arnold & Porter in 1998 and his final home, Simmons, in 2000.

Barrett was one of the profession’s most colourful characters. He was a real pioneer of IT law and quick to spot trends such as public sector outsourcing and offshore outsourcing.

The Lawyer can now reveal Barrett was affectionately known as General Noriega during his early career in private practice. Apparently this was because of a a perceived likeness to the former Panamanian dictator now languishing in a US prison. We hope the similarities end there.