Bird & Bird has launched a Spanish employment practice with the hire of Uría Menéndez senior associate Daniel Cifuentes.
Cifuentes will start at the UK firm as a senior European counsel and is charged with developing the new practice in Madrid.
The firm is looking to have a self-sustaining employment practice of around five lawyers in Spain.
Commenting in Spanish newspaper Expansión, Cifuentes said: “The chance to start a new project was one of the most attractive aspects of the offer.”
While at Uría Cifuentes specialised in employment advice to pharmaceutical and technology clients.