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Hardwicke Building has raided specialist IP set 7 New Square for two barristers to launch its own IP practice.
Mark Engelman and Ian Silcock joined Hardwicke last week (3 January) and will be practising IP law alongside existing Hardwicke tenant Graham Cunningham, whose technology-focused practice includes some IP work.
Hardwicke chief executive Ann Buxton said: "We feel that the sort of success we've had providing a modern and successful commercial environment will give them a very good platform from which to develop."
Prior to joining 7 New Square, Engelman worked as Dunlop Slazenger's in-house counsel, before which he was head of IP at The Body Shop.
Engelman said he saw good opportunities for cross-pollination between his practice and Hardwicke's general commercial team. "In my opinion, it will be the future of IP," he added.
The move comes 18 months after Hardwicke's civil and crime practices separated, with the criminal team setting up as 15 New Bridge Street. Hardwicke reported turnover growth of 16 per cent, reaching almost £10m in the first full year since the split.
7 New Square is left with six barristers, including one non-practising door tenant. Senior clerk Simon Coomber refused to comment on the moves.