Our firm is founded by Simeon Spencer and Antoine West - both of whom are City lawyers, entrepreneurs and have shared community values.
Meet Simeon Spencer
Back in the 80s, Simeon co-founded with the legendary Charlie Hicks a high-end food retail business, selling to top chefs who are now celebrated names. Hankering to be a lawyer, he qualified as a barrister then a solicitor and became Partner at Morrison Foerster and Morgan Lewis. Growing increasingly frustrated with the limitations of the traditional firm structure with high fees and billing targets, he set up his own boutique practice.
Meet Antoine West
Antoine trained and practised at Linklaters and was a Partner at several City law firms including HFW. After several years working for construction clients, he stepped down as a Partner to work flexibly for several companies in-house, working closely with the owners and finance directors, while establishing his own business for the development and construction of hotels.
Forming Spencer West LLP
In 2014, Simeon and Antoine found themselves on opposite sides of a corporate transaction. They quickly realised that they shared the same outlook and values – both coming from a corporate background but with an entrepreneurs' zeal to find new and better ways of doing things, more flexibly and with a greater focus on what is important. They collaborated and after a couple of years, Antoine merged his legal practice with the firm.
Community of talent
In mid-2018 Antoine and Simeon carried out a review of their plans for the firm. The firm at that stage was a successful, two Partner City law firm, profitable, with a strong ethos and a loyal and growing client base, with many clients going back 8 - 10 years.
The founders saw the opportunity to open the firm up to colleagues from excellent legal backgrounds and proven expertise, who also were business people and collegiate so that there would be strong shared values.
They looked at all sorts of business models for the firm and concluded that a modified fee-sharing model was the best approach. The model takes the best elements of the traditional law firm and the best elements of the last generation 'disruptor' law firms, to create a new hybrid type of firm. This type of firm attracts legal experts regardless of the size of their practice, gives flexibility to its lawyers and provides support in the areas that matter, including 21st-century marketing support.
Growth of Spencer West
The firm's focus on technical excellence, a business person's approach and shared values, has proved a strong draw to numerous talented lawyers. In October 2018, the firm's lawyers comprised the two founding Partners. By August 2019, the firm had grown to 15 Partners.
Growing the firm
Antoine and Simeon have ambitions for the firm and are passionate about making it the best possible hybrid law firm that it can possibly be. They want the firm to push at the boundaries of innovation, from the business model, to use of video and digital content, technology to support flexibility, to developing their ethos of a community of lawyers, where every Partner and their family matters.
The firm is also growing numerically, as it attracts new talent in our City of London office and in other legal centres.