Bird & Bird boosts IT group with key hire

26 September 2005

International law firm Bird & Bird has just recruited a top rated IT partner from Linklaters. Joining the firm on the 1st of October, Stefan Bernhard will take a lead role in building the firm’s IT sector capability in Sweden, where he will be based. His appointment follows the hire of Christian Luthman, a tax partner from Linklaters who also recently joined the firm’s Swedish office.

Widely acknowledged as a leading name for IT law, with top ratings across the stable of legal directories, Stefan brings a huge range of experience to Bird & Bird. Described as "a doyen of the IT area” by Chambers & Partners and “the sharpest lawyer in the industry who knows the law inside out”, Stefan brings to Bird & Bird a wealth of experience having worked for large international companies and organisations such as Microsoft, IATA and ICC.

Commenting on his appointment, Michael Frie, managing partner of the firm’s Swedish office said:

“I’m delighted that Stefan is joining us. He really is a first class lawyer and with his expertise and knowledge of the IT sector, he will be a major asset”.

Stefan added:

“Bird & Bird’s focus on sectors is a key reason why I’m joining them. They have a strong focus on the IT sector in particular and have a leading reputation for their excellence in this field. Their business is international, a highly valuable asset for clients and this, along with their deep knowledge base, are very strong reasons to be joining them”.

For more information on this please contact Stefan Bernhard on +46 (0)70 554 03 02. For more information on Bird & Bird, please contact Larry Cattle on +44 (0)20 7415 6156.