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Partner promotions: Simmons adds eight new partners, half in London

Simmons & Simmons has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership ranks, just one more than the top-20 LB100 firm made up last year.

Half of the total promotions came in London, with one each in Frankfurt, Paris, Milan and Tokyo, with promotions falling across the firm’s corporate and commercial, financial services, disputes and real estate practices.

The firm made up two female lawyers this year, again one more than last year.

Senior partner Colin Passmore said: ‘Recognising and promoting the talent that exists within our firm is key to us achieving our ambitious growth plans. Ours is a high performance culture, and these eight outstanding individuals amply demonstrated their ambition, talent, and commitment to our clients and the firm.’

At the end of 2013 the firm reported an 8% increase in revenues for the half year for 2013/14, rising from £121m at the same point the year before to £130.7m.

The new partners are:

Ali Crosthwaite – real estate, London

Christophe Fichet – corporate & commercial, Paris

Craig Bisson – financial services, London

Devarshi Saksena – financial services, London

Laura Orlando – dispute resolution, Milan

Richard Kramer – corporate & commercial, Tokyo

Simon Whiteside – financial services, London

Thomas Scharfenberg – financial markets, Frankfurt