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Freshfields has poached Richard Lister, the driving force behind BerwinLeighton'scommercial IT department, as it seeks to build its IP/ITpractice.Lister, 32, specialisesin telecoms, new media and e-commerce and willjoin Freshfields as a partner.Hisdeparture will come as a severe blow to Berwin Leighton, where he iscredited with havingbuilt up the corporate side of the firm's IT business.Berwin Leighton corporate partner,Andrew de Boyett, says: "Richard hasbeen a great success for the firm, and a measure ofthis success is thatFreshfields is taking him on at partner level."He is only 32 and hetrained with us and there is a measure ofdisappointment, but also one of inevitabilitybecause we are a medium-sizedfirm."Avril Martindale, head of Freshfields' IP/ITdepartment, says: "Richard isquite a rising star in IT, and in the e-commerce sector inparticular, andthis is an area in which we have a huge amount of work at themoment."Asked whether her department would be making any more lateral hires,Martindale
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