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CMS Cameron McKenna has scored a major coup with the hire of Nortel Networks' general counsel to its technology group
David Roberts joins at the beginning of August and will head the firm's telecoms team, part of the CMS Technologies Practice Group. He has held his position at Nortel, the global manufacturer and supplier of telecommunications and internet networks, since 1998. At the same time, Richard Eccles will move to London from Brussels, where he heads the office, to specialise in telecoms and European Community (EC) regulatory issues. Both Roberts and Eccles will also be members of the CMS Technology Practice Group, which coordinates strategy and business for the specialism across CMS firms. Managing partner Dick Tyler said: "David is a highly-respected telecoms lawyer with very solid industry experience. His background from an in-house perspective with a major global telecoms player will bring added commercial acumen and first-hand knowledge of client expectations. Combining this with Richard's regulatory expertise will create a strong telecoms team." Roberts was introduced to the idea of moving over to Camerons by an old friend, Tim Hardy, a litigation partner at the firm. Roberts said: "Camerons was looking to expand into the technologies market; therefore, we seemed the perfect fit. I also liked all the people I met at the firm. "It's a change to go from in-house to private practice, but I hope I have a lot of commercial business skills from being in-house, which will benefit the practice as a whole and provide an added dimension. I also have in-house knowledge, so I know how companies expect their advisers to behave." Camerons is one of the law firms which advise Nortel on litigation matters. The company's annual legal spend is between £5m-£7m. Nortel will replace Roberts with an in-house lawyer from North America.