Press Release | Judicial role for partner at UK’s fastest growing fee sharing law firm

9 November 2022

A Yorkshire-based corporate partner with law firm Spencer West has expressed his gratitude at the firm’s flexible approach as it has enabled him to accept a role as a Deputy District Judge on the North Eastern Circuit.

Simon Ward will combine his new judicial role with his work at Spencer West advising businesses on corporate and commercial issues.

Dealing with interim applications in the County Court and High Court, as well as trials in the County Court on a wide range of civil matters, Simon Ward will be based at Leeds Combined Court Centre. In due course, he may be called to sit as a judge anywhere on the North Eastern Circuit from Sheffield to Newcastle, Bradford to Hull.

“Becoming a Deputy District Judge allows me to give back to the profession that has given so much to me,” says Simon Ward. “I am looking forward to the variety and unpredictability of the work, and the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life.”

Simon has 25 years’ experience as a solicitor in non-contentious corporate and commercial matters. Simon explains: “The judiciary is now much more open to appointing not only solicitors to the bench, but also those who have not previously worked in litigation, like myself.”

Spencer West is one of the fastest growing fee-sharing law firms in the UK. It now has 125 partners working across the UK and 25 partners based internationally. The firm’s growing number of international locations includes Brussels, Spain, Pakista, Cayman and Bermuda. Its flexible model allows its partners to work in a way that fits in with their lives.

“Spencer West’s flexible working model, supportive management and encouraging colleagues mean that I can pursue my judicial aspirations without compromising my career as a corporate and commercial partner,” adds Simon Ward.

Antoine West, Spencer West’s managing partner and co-founder commented: “At Spencer West we’ve taken a shift away from traditional law firm practice, which allows our partners to enjoy their lives and do what makes them happy. We’re very proud of Simon and I’m sure that he’ll excel in his new judicial role, as well as continue to deliver excellent results for his clients at Spencer West.”




Donna Black

MD Communications

On behalf of Spencer West LLP [email protected]

About Spencer West

Spencer West is a leading full-service international law firm advising businesses and individuals across the UK and globally, with core values of collaboration, entrepreneurship, and excellence.

The firm’s experienced lawyers are recognised experts in their fields from leading City, national and international law firms and senior in-house positions.

Working in a modern and dynamic way with autonomy over where, when and how they work, Spencer West lawyers view issues from their clients’ perspective to deliver the best results.

Spencer West’s international presence and global outlook enables them to advise on corporate, commercial, disputes, and private wealth matters across multiple jurisdictions. 



Antoine West
Managing Partner - Co-Founder
Antoine West is a Partner Solicitor at Spencer West. He specialises corporate and commercial, construction claims, commercial dispute resolution & professional negligence.
Simon Ward
Partner – Corporate & Commercial | Technology
Simon Ward is a Partner Solicitor at Spencer West. He specialises in Mergers, Acquisitions, Share/Asset Purchases, Shareholders’, Directors’ Service Agreements, HEI Collaboration/Consortium, SaaS Agreements, Software Development, Licensing & Support Agreements, Manufacturing, Franchising & Distribution Agreements.