Simmons gears up for senior partner election process next year

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Simmons & Simmons is set to kick off the process to choose its next senior partner in the new year, as Colin Passmore approaches the final stages of his second term in the role.

Passmore, who was first voted into the senior partner role in 2011, was re-elected in August 2013 for a second term for a period of four years.

Both of his predecessors as senior partner – David Dickinson and Janet Gaymer – held the post for just two terms. Dickinson held the role from 2006 to 2011, following Gaymer’s tenure from 2001.

According to one partner at the firm, senior partners are currently limited to just two terms, although the possibility of Passmore running again has not yet been ruled out.

Another Simmons partner added: “The firm would certainly be open to people putting their names forward – but I don’t know if people will.”

colin-passmore-simmons-new-Article-201612020453Passmore (pictured) won the senior partner role in 2011 after seeing off competition from former managing partner Mark Dawkins. The post was also contested by five other partners – fellow former City litigation partner Philip Vaughan, who retired from the partnership last year, London corporate partner Charles Mayo, Paris managing partner Thierry Gontard and London energy partner Patrick Wallace.

Passmore, who joined the firm in 1986 and made partner in 1990, is also the relationship partner for key client Barclays.

Simmons managing partner Jeremy Hoyland was re-elected for a second term in November 2014 after an uncontested process, beginning a new four-year term in May 2015. He was first elected to the position in 2010, following a contested vote against German head Hans Hermann Aldenhoff.

Simmons declined to comment.