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Beachcroft Wansbro-ughs has boosted its intellectual property (IP) practice by hiring Robin Fry as a partner
Fry has joined the national firm's London office from e-learning company 2Ends. He spent two years as co-director of 2Ends, which provides in-house continuing professional development programmes to law firms, and prior to that was a partner at Finers Stephens Innocent. He said he had been looking to return to private practice since the beginning of the year. "I'm very pleased to join Beachcroft Wansbroughs," he said. "They have a significant commercial capability and I share their vision for developing a corporate IP practice for the firm's health, IT and media clients. I felt I could make my mark as an IP lawyer in a firm where the practice is smaller than at a pure IP firm." Fry specialises in non-contentious IP matters, including copyright, licensing and anti-piracy. He said his role will involve servicing the firm's national IP requirements and tapping into its corporate client base to take IP beyond a support function. Simon Hodson, managing partner of the commercial division, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Robin to the firm. He'll strengthen the firm's existing IP practice, which is led by partners Anne Crofts, Jeremy Roper and Alan Wood."