DLA ramps up intellectual property with hire of Harbottle & Lewis partner

DLA has continued to strengthen its intellectual property (IP) practice with the hire of Harbottle & Lewis partner Richard Penfold.
Penfold will work with head of IP Jeremy Dickinson, who joined from Hammonds in 2002, to further grow the practice.

Penfold said: “I’ve known Jeremy Dickinson for some years, through the marketplace and through the INTA [International Trademark Association]. I was interested in the opportunity to build the practice in the UK and overseas, within a big firm on an international basis.”

Penfold, who arrived at DLA on 13 April, has already received instructions from client Zurich Financial Services.

Penfold has previously advised Virgin Enterprises in the landmark One in a Million cybersquatting case, V2 Records and the group Liberty X in defending a passing off dispute, and the Spice Girls in their Europe-wide litigation against Panini, the Italian sticker book publisher.

This is the second departure from Harbottles this month, with lawyer Elizabeth Kiernan moving to work in-house at Publicis (The Lawyer, 12 April).