In 2017 Richard Perry got The Hedge Fund Journal’s “Outstanding Contribution” award for Hedge Funds – Law and Practice; a gong that Simmons & Simmons’ partner, Iain Cullen, has also received in previous years. Perry’s legal career began at Stephenson Harwood, where he qualified in 1990, after reading law at King’s College London. As a newly qualified assistant solicitor working with Andrew Sutch, his focus quickly transitioned from corporate transactional to investment fund work. By 1994 Perry had set his sights on the then emerging European hedge fund industry, and was lured to Simmons & Simmons by its strong reputation in the space. Perry rapidly made partner in 1999.