A managing associate at Simmons & Simmons has died, with the law firm in mourning this week.
Simmons senior partner Julian Taylor shared a heartfelt message regarding the death of Lucy Boyle, one of the firm’s managing associates, on LinkedIn on Wednesday.
He described Boyle, who joined the firm in 2019, as a “life force”, and as a “hugely popular” member of Simmons’ employment and benefits team.
Boyle passed away due to a brain aneurysm, a person close to the situation said.
The firm will also be organising a charity cycle ride in her memory, with proceeds to go to an organisation chosen by her parents, it added.
Andrea Finn, head of the U.K. employment, pensions and incentives group at Simmons said: “Lucy was a wonderful, vibrant colleague who will be hugely missed, not just by her employment team but by all who had the privilege of working with her.
“Across the firm, our thoughts are very much with Lucy’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.”
Boyle joined the firm as an advisory associate and was promoted to managing associate in July 2021.
Prior to her career at Simmons, she had trained as a barrister before moving to the Ministry of Justice, and then to Latham & Watkins as an associate. She also had stints at Deloitte and as a secondee at Monzo bank.
In the LinkedIn post, Taylor continued: “It’s the friend we will miss and the Lucy I will remember most fondly was at the forefront of anything fun – from charity bike rides, to lockdown wine clubs, to introducing us all to her dog Pickle (who made several appearances at department events). She was always there for people in the calmer moments as well – someone to turn to, a really supportive listener.
“At times like this, life simply doesn’t feel fair. But the devastation felt at her loss just reflects how well loved she was – and reminds us all of the importance of living life with joy and kindness, just like Lucy.”