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The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) is gearing up to unveil its first-ever general counsel, whose appointment is expected to be announced in the coming week.
The trade organisation, established in 1983 to protects members’ IP rights, is understood to have recruited from another in-house position to fill the new role.
His appointment from 1 May will be the first time Fact has taken on an in-house lawyer permanently after Wiggin associate Neil Parkes spent six months on secondment at the group from 2011 to early 2012 as its acting general counsel before being made up to partner in the media firm’s litigation practice last year.
It is thought part of Parkes’ temporary role was to scope out requirements for the general counsel position in advance of a permanent appointment.
Fact combats online, hard goods and source piracy and works with the police, Trading Standards branches, HMRC, the UK Border Agency, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and other agencies in the UK and abroad.
In addition to Wiggin’s Parkes, whom Fact continues to instruct, the organisation mandates Russell Cooke, as well as Belfast-based Edwards & Co for actions in Northern Ireland in addition to barristers sets QEB Hollis Whiteman and 5 Paper Buildings.
For more on Fact and copyright enforcement in the DVD trade, see The Lawyer on Monday