FAST appoints new GC

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has appointed Julian Heathcote Hobbins as general counsel to help tackle software piracy in the UK.

He will be supported by newly qualified barrister James Craig, who has been appointed legal counsel.

Hobbins was a legal assistant at Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard) before leaving in 2000 to complete his training. He joined FAST as legal counsel in 2001.
The new post of general counsel was created in response to rising levels of software piracy in the UK. Hobbins said: “Copyright is under attack. People tend to forget about software but it is the engine of business.

“I look forward to spearheading the federation’s push against software misuse.”
FAST receives external advice from a group of 30 UK law firms under the banner of the Federation Legal Advisory Group (FLAG).

The group meets three times a year to discuss the IT and IP law and also advises FAST’s member companies. Firms include Baker Mckenzie, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Field Fisher, Lovells and Wragge & Co.

FAST, the world’s first software anti-piracy organisation, was formed in 1984 to lobby parliament for changes to copyright law.

Recently it contributed to the Gower Review, an independent study into the UK’s International Patent laws.