Simmons hires first-ever COO to head business services functions

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has hired its first chief operating officer (COO). Darren Mitchell, who was previously global COO at Hogan Lovells, will start in the role on 28 February, responsible for business services functions and operations.

During his time at Hogan Lovells, Mitchell led the implementation of the firm’s future operating model. In this new role, we’re told that Mitchell will have a specific focus on managing the implementation of “cross functional programmes’ to support the firm’s strategic growth plans.”

Managing partner Jeremy Hoyland said: “The creation of this position is a strategic move as we look to continue Simmons’ growth. Darren’s extensive experience and expertise in programme management will be key to the delivery of our ambitious plans for the future.”.

Mitchell commented: “This is a unique opportunity to come in at an exciting point in the development of the firm. Over the last few years, Simmons has broadened its offering and demonstrated its innovative credentials with the formalisation of Simmons Solutions. I intend to build on this foundation and continue to implement evolutionary programmes to further enhance the reputation and capability of the firm.”