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Bird & Bird has achieved a net partner gain after poaching partners from Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons but losing one to DLA.
Linklaters salaried partner Graeme Maguire will boost the firm’s IT group, while Simmons’ former head of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology market sector Gerry Kamstra is a notable addition to Bird & Bird’s leading patent practice.
DLA’s expansionist efforts continue with Bird & Bird partner Mark O’Conor joining the firm’s IT group when he finishes his paternity leave. O’Conor provides a mix of public and private sector experience.
The hire of magic circle partner Maguire will raise eyebrows as Bird & Bird confirms its aggressive expansion plans at a time when Linklaters is also looking to grow its IT and communications group.
Kamstra is Bird & Bird’s second recent hire from Simmons, following the recruitment of telecoms partner Rhys Williams.
Simmons’ senior partner Janet Gaymer said that Kamstra’s departure was not linked to the firm’s recent de-equitisation programme, adding that the firm was very committed to its IP practice.