In 1959, Michael Simkins, then a fledgling City lawyer, met a talent agent, Leslie Grade, brother of Lew and father of Michael. He began to represent a group of up-and-coming entertainers and, fascinated by the business of the music and film industries, he started to build a group of clients from that world. With their encouragement, he set up his own firm in 1962.

The firm grew through the Sixties and Seventies. The Simkins Partnership became one of a small number of niche practices specialising in the legal and business side of the media and entertainment industries, and gained an unparalleled reputation for outstanding deal-making, uncompromising toughness and total confidentiality and discretion for its glamorous clientèle.

Over time, the firm grew further into more conventional areas of practice, such as property, corporate and employment, and in 2005 The Simkins Partnership was incorporated into a limited liability partnership.

Today, Simkins LLP is one of the foremost media and entertainment firms in the country and has developed an excellent reputation in other sectors too. Whatever practice area we work in, our lawyers always apply the same rigorous commercial approach adopted by Michael in the early days.