Simpson Millar LLP expands Commercial practice with three-partner hire


National law firm Simpson Millar LLP has expanded its Company Commercial Department by welcoming partners Philip Downing, Deborah Powell and Steve Esmond to its Leeds office.

Philip has joined the firm as Company Commercial Partner after spending 8 years with Leeds firm Brooke North where he was also a partner. He has experience in all aspects of non-contentious private company matters.

As Commercial Property Partner, Deborah has joined Simpson Millar from Eversheds in Leeds where she was a Real Estate partner and deals with all aspects of commercial property work.

Steve is an experienced employment lawyer having previously worked for Hammonds in Leeds and Shoosmiths in Nottingham, and joins the firm as Employment Partner. Steve deals with the full range of employment law issues.

Simpson Millar’s Managing Partner Peter Watson said of their appointment:

"This is a significant move for us – to welcome three people with such extensive experience from large corporate firms is a testament to our commitment to expand the practice and build our client base."

"Although a solid infrastructure is crucial to delivering consistently good and competitive legal services, this is still a people business and right now there are a lot of good lawyers out there looking for somewhere to make their mark."

"As many firms continue to cut back, we maintain an ongoing investment in the practice – building on our reputation as a forward-thinking national firm with opportunities for people and quality, value for money legal services for clients."

About the decision to join the firm and plans for the future, Deborah said:

"I am very confident about what we can offer to the firm’s existing clients, but particularly important is our offering to companies that want quality legal services but without a hefty price tag. As a team, we have the experience and the expertise to offer top quality legal advice on a wide range of commercial property, corporate and employment matters, but at a very competitive price."

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