International law firm Simmons & Simmons has appointed Stuart Rowlands as its new global IT Director. Stuart has held a number of senior IT roles, and has over 15 years’ experience of delivering complex IT and business change projects for global institutions in the financial services and energy sectors. He has worked at Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and most recently, at RWE. Commenting on the appointment, Simmons & Simmons’ Managing Partner, Jeremy Hoyland, said: ‘Stuart’s wealth of hands on experience will play an important role in driving forward our global IT initiatives.’’ Stuart  joined the firm on 15 April and will be located in the firm’s Bristol office.