Charles Russell has scooped senior Faegre Benson Hobson Audley partner Michael Cover who joins as the firm’s head of contentious IP. He fills the position left vacant by Tim Bamford who joined Withers in December. Commenting on his move to the three-partner department, Cover said: "There are greater opportunities here and I have plans for growing the department significantly." Cover spent almost three years at Hobson Audley which he joined after three years as a partner at Mishcon de Reya. Before joining private practice he worked for 15 years at The Distillers Company, now Diageo, and Allied-Lyons, now Allied-Domecq. Robert Bond, head of Hobson Audley’s non contentious IP department, said: "Michael joined us to essentially deal with IP litigation, but he has made quite a move towards mediation and ADR, and this is not something we necessarily needed here as we have already got that expertise."