Firm Expands its Real Estate Group with New Hire

13 Oct 2016

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has expanded its real estate group with the addition of Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, who joins the firm’s London office as a partner* on Monday 17 October 2016.

Richard joins the firm from DLA Piper, bringing with him a wealth of experience in all aspects of real estate including real estate funds, private equity and real estate finance. He is known as one of the leading individuals in the market and is also rated highly by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

John Kelsey, head of the firm’s real estate group in London, commented; “We’re delighted to welcome Richard to our team of real estate lawyers here in the UK. We’re committed to continuing to grow our real estate capabilities and Richard has particular strengths that will complement our existing team. Richard has an excellent profile in the in the market and with our full service capability here at Simmons & Simmons Richard will have the perfect platform from which his practice can thrive.”

Jonathan Hammond, head of the firm’s financial markets group continued: ‘Richard’s arrival marks the continued development and investment in our real estate capability and expertise, while bringing real bench strength to our UK real estate team.”

*Subject to standard regulatory approvals.


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