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Cobbetts’ Birmingham office has taken a partner from new neighbour Martineau Johnson. Mauro Paiano will join Cobbetts in November as head of contentious IP, moving just a few floors from Martineaus. The two firms recently took up separate leases at 1 Colmore Square in Birmingham. Paiano, who is taking an associate with him, specialises in advertising law. He will be Cobbetts’ fourth IP partner nationally. The hires signal Cobbetts’ commitment to developing its IP practice, which operates within the commercial department.