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Simmons & Simmons has voted in its new partnership board, following the structural changes it made earlier this year to allow representation from its foreign offices for the first time.Nick Norris from the firm’s Hong Kong office and Stephen Walters from the firm’s Paris office have gained places on the board. They will be joined by four London-based partners: Colin Leaver, Colin Passmore, Richard Slater and Kevin Mooney.The non-executive board is effective immediately and is likely to have its first meeting in June. It will then be discussed whether any suitable non-executive partners will be allowed onto the board.The board, which will also consist of senior partner Janet Gaymer and managing partner David Dickinson, will have the function of deciding strategy. The executive, which also consists of Gaymer and Dickinson as well as the firm’s finance director and heads of department, will execute strategy. Simmons & Simmons is the latest firm to have restructured its board to open the management process to overseas partners and reflect the firm’s global ambitions.In March, Ashurst Morris Crisp created a European strategy board in order to reflect the firm’s continental presence.

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