13 in Europe, Asia make partner at Simmons & Simmons

The firm’s aim of having at least 40% of its partner promotions be female has been exceeded for the third year running

13 in Europe, Asia make partner at Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has elevated to the global partnership 13 lawyers across eight of its offices in Europe and Asia.

The firm said that this was one of its largest promotion rounds over the last 10 years.

“The last year has been a time of unprecedented upheaval for our clients and this cohort of lawyers have been rightly recognised for their resilience and creativity in delivering smart solutions to new and complex challenges. Together, they demonstrate that our future is in very good hands,” senior partner Colin Passmore said.

The new partners will concentrate on supporting Simmons & Simmons clients in four global sectors, as well as on developing smart solutions for the current environment. Twelve of the partners practise from the UK and EMEA region while one operates from Asia.

The promotion round also reflects Simmons & Simmons’ active effort to showcase gender diversity in the firm’s leadership, as six of the new partners are women.

“I am therefore pleased and proud to see that once more our target of promoting at least 40% new female partners has been exceeded. In the last three years, just under half (47%) of our partner promotions have been women – demonstrating our ongoing commitment to gender diversity,” Passmore said.

The full list of Simmons & Simmons’ newly promoted partners is as follows:


  • Dimitri van Uytvanck – employment (Brussels)
  • Julia Gori – employment (Paris)
  • Tair Hussain – employment (London)
  • Cathrine Foldberg Moller – financial markets (Luxembourg)
  • Derek Lawlor – financial markets (Dublin)
  • James McKnight – financial markets (Dublin)
  • Oliver West – financial markets (London)
  • Zoe Arnautov – financial markets (London)
  • Annabelle Bruyndonckx – dispute resolution (Brussels)
  • Kirsten Kitt – dispute resolution (London)
  • Lydia Torne – dispute resolution (London)
  • Robbert Jansen – corporate and commercial (Amsterdam)


  • Christopher Ma – corporate and commercial (Hong Kong)

The new partners step into their new roles on 1 May. This will be the last round of partner promotions supervised by Passmore.

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