Simpson Millar appoints new national head of family law

Simpson Millar has appointed David Lister as its new national head of family in a move that will strengthen its private client offering across the country.

Having practiced exclusively in high value and complex family law cases for more than a decade, Yorkshire-born Lister will support a growing team of specialist family lawyers operating out of offices in Leeds, Manchester, Central London, Kingston Upon Thames, Bristol and Lancaster.

He has joined Simpson Millar from Irwin Mitchell, where he was a senior associate.

Speaking following his appointment in Leeds, Lister has already announced plans to expand into other areas, such as Liverpool, where the firm already has a well-established office.

On his decision to join the firm, Lister said: “It was easy to align myself with the firm’s open lawyer proposition because, for me, it’s always been about the clients. Getting it right for them is my priority and my track record is testament to that.”

Sarah Ryan, who leads the firm’s private client arm, said: “David’s experience certainly belies his youth.  His energy and creative vision coupled with his ability to forge enduring client relationships on a national scale is what attracted us to him.”

Lister added: “It’s exciting to have joined a firm nimble enough to be able to react quickly to a rapidly changing legal market. Creating and delivering extraordinary separation solutions for ordinary people in ways that fit around family life and within budget is a key strategic aim.”