Simmons & Simmons re-elects Jeremy Hoyland as managing partner

24 Oct 2018

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has today announced the re-election of Jeremy Hoyland for his third term as managing partner.

Since joining the firm as a trainee in 1989, Jeremy has worked in the firm’s Hong Kong and London offices and held several management roles. He was first elected as managing partner in May 2011 and his third term will officially commence on 01 May 2019.

A true impact

Throughout Jeremy’s tenure, the firm has experienced a series of substantial developments and growth.

  • The opening of six new offices (Beijing in 2011, Bristol in 2012, Singapore and Munich in 2013, Luxembourg in 2015 and Dublin in 2018) highlights the firm’s commitment to recognising, and meeting, the needs of its clients.
  • Revenue growth of almost 50% - an illustration of the firm’s ability to provide stability to clients while continuing to grow with compelling results. Over the past eight years, the firm have also seen improved profitability with a 53% increase in PPP.
  • Ongoing dedication and support of enhanced equality and diversity across the firm. Since 2011, the firm has seen a more than 100% increase in female partners. The firm’s diversity focus also reflects what it’s hearing from clients, as organisations increase their desire to work with more diverse and inclusive advisers.
  • In 2016 Simmons & Simmons became the first international law firm to implement flexible hiring. It has been consistently named in the Stonewall rankings and as a Top 50 Employer for the last three years.

What does the future look like?

As his new term begins, Jeremy, senior partner Colin Passmore, and indeed the whole firm will focus on building on their strengths and further embedding the sector focus to provide the best possible service to clients, while keeping innovation, a constant drive to adapt, and stability at the forefront.

Simmons & Simmons is certainly looking to the future. Jeremy’s third term coincides with the launch of various initiatives aimed at enhancing client focus and providing solutions to meet their growing needs. This includes the development of Adaptive - the firm’s flexible resourcing model that saw a turnover of £10m in the last financial year.

With an ambitious target for 30% of all annual partner and managing associate promotions to be women, the firm will continue to focus on ensuring training, alternative career paths and recruitment can assist in achieving these goals.

Innovation will also remain a focus as the firm looks to the future. Over the past year its new products, such as Translator and Disputes Aviator, have been a huge success and have a growing subscriber base. Jeremy is keen to maintain this focus and push the firm to further embrace the technologies that best suit their clients’ needs.

Senior partner, Colin Passmore added: “I am happy to welcome Jeremy into his third term, as are the rest of the partners. We have some ambitious plans for the future and I have no doubt he is the right person to have at the helm.”

Managing partner Jeremy Hoyland comments: “Over the past four years, we have seen developments in innovation, the use of new game-changing tools and technology and the rise of resourcing models that have had a real impact on the firm and our offering to clients. My focus now will be on driving Simmons & Simmons’ creativity and adaptability and further embedding our sector approach that we know is so important to our clients. The firm I know is bold and agile and these are going to be key attributes in dealing with the uncertainty in the months and years ahead.”

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