IP Partner Jane Mutimear
was named Client Partner of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2013 last night. In addition our client Richard Vary, Head of Litigation at Nokia, won In-house Lawyer of the Year at the ceremony held at Grosvenor House in London. Bird & Bird was also runner-up for TMT Team of the Year.
Jane was nominated as Client Partner of the Year by Nokia for her work with the company on disputes since 2006, including more than 70 separate patent troll-related actions involving 49 patent families, in the largest and longest running patent litigation in the electronics sector.
Adding her award to our TMT Team of the Year trophy from the Legal Business Awards 2013, Jane said: “I am thrilled to have won the Client Partner of the Year Award, which really recognises our commitment to excellence in client service. I would like to point out that this success is down to the hard work of a team including colleagues from across Germany, Italy and the UK, which has a seamless working relationship with Nokia."
Jane added: " I would also like to congratulate Richard Vary on his well-deserved win as In-House Counsel of the Year."
The Lawyer explained that: "[those] shortlisted for The Lawyer Awards upped their game in a grim market, with imagination and hard work the watchwords. The standard of entries this year was exceptional - those making it on to the list are true market-leaders."