Simmons appoints former Herbert Smith employee as new HR director
Simmons & Simmons has appointed John Lucy as its new director of human resources (HR) to replace former HR director Anita Tovell, who retired this July. Lucy, who was previously head of HR at Herbert Smith, took up the position earlier this month (6 October) after 10 years at the firm. He left the firm in March for a six-month sabbatical, during which time he trained as a mediator and did some consultancy work.During his time at the City firm Lucy was responsible for the global HR function, as well as overseeing the graduate recruitment function alongside the graduate recruitment partner.Lucy said: "How you manage intellectual capital is absolutely vital. Simmons convinced me that their vision was the same as mine as to how HR can add value to the practice, increasing its profile and profitability and making it a great place to work."Following Lucy's departure, Herbert Smith subsequently appointed Chris Lynch as its new global head of HR in May this year. Lynch joined the firm from Baker & McKenzie, where she was a director in the HR team. She joined Bakers in 2004 from Allen & Overy, where she was head of HR for the corporate department. Lucy added: "Herbert Smith went through a phenomenal change, which I got to be a part of, growing its commitment to individual development. I worked very much on a one-on-one basis for personal development, something that previously did not exist. That was probably the most satisfactory part of working with the firm."
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