Sony set to appoint two UK in-housers

Sony is ramping up its European in-house capability by creating two new roles based in the UK.

The company has set up Sony Home Entertainment as a new business unit and is on the hunt for a legal counsel to join the enterprise as its first and only lawyer.

The US arm of Sony is also in the process of hiring its first IP lawyer to be based in the UK.

The new European IP lawyer will be based in the UK following a 12-month stint in Sony’s US headquarters to get to know the business.

The role will focus on IP licensing matters and will create a bridge between the US offices and Sony’s agreements with European telecoms companies, with the lawyer reporting to the vice-president for IP.

The company is looking for a US-trained lawyer with experience of working at a US firm.

The move mirrors that of US food company Kraft, which created a new European IP role this year, hiring Howrey senior associate Calum Smyth.