With effect from May 1, International law firm, Bird & Bird, will be creating six new partners. Lorna Brazell and David Wilson (IP), Nicola Maguire (Corporate), Andrew Stobbart (Real Estate), Ruth Boardman (IT) and Isabel Evans (Banking/PFI). This brings the total number of partners to 80, a 30 per cent increase on last year. Brief biographies are enclosed below:
Ruth Boardman, has been working within the IT department of Bird & Bird for 6 years. She advises both public and private sector clients on software development, licensing, outsourcing transactions and e-commerce and specialises in the law relating to the protection and exploitation of information, covering data protection, confidentiality and intellectual property. Ruth is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Information Technology Law and Database Law.
Lorna Brazell is an IP specialist, advising clients on suitable and effective strategies for the protection of intellectual property. She works primarily on contentious intellectual property issues; patents and copyright litigation, across a range of industries, including computer software, electronics and biotechnology. She has also worked on a variety of issues relating to e-commerce, including the establishment of certification authorities, the legal status of encryption technology and the use of digital signatures.
Isabel Evans joined the Banking Group of Bird & Bird in 1998, having previously worked both in private practice at Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn and as in-house legal counsel for the Bank of Scotland. Isabel specialises in providing sector focused banking advice to clients operating in telecoms and technology industries. She has a particular experience in telecoms project finance transactions and IT/PFI transactions. Isabel represents clients in both the private and public sector in the UK and across Europe.
Nicola Maguire, joined Bird & Bird's Company Commercial department last year having previously worked in house at General Electric and at Cable & Wireless and in private practice at Freshfields. She has particular experience of private and public acquisitions and disposals and joint ventures, frequently with an international perspective, and also advises on a broad range of commercial issues.
Andrew Stobbart, who trained at Lawrence Graham before qualifying in 1995, is a property lawyer. He deals with all aspects of commercial property work for a wide range of clients but with a particular focus on providing specialist advice to clients in the telecommunications and high tech sectors. He also advises on outsourcing and PFI projects in both the private and public sectors.
David Wilson, joined the IP department in 1994, having spent a year in the chambers of Christopher Floyd QC where he qualified as a barrister-at-law. He specialises in contentious matters, in particular, patent litigation involving multi-jurisdictional disputes and work involving technical subject matters such as biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals. He also advises industry on commercial matters relating to intellectual property such as start-up agreements, distribution and licensing agreements.
For more information on Bird & Bird please contact Larry Cattle on + 44 (0) 20 7415 6156.