Media and entertainment lawyers are on the move this week, with eight relocating to new firms.
Davenport Lyons is the biggest winner, gaining two new partners – Richard Moxon and Stephen Digby – and a highly rated associate, Melanie Haddad.
Digby, who will head up the intellectual property group, says Davenport Lyons wanted him to join because the firm recognised the growth of IP as a skills base.
“Withers [his former firm] has a strong mixed practice, but to develop a strong, credible IP practice, I needed to be in a firm with a wonderful brand name and reputation,” he says.
He adds that he is pleased with the “very strong team ethos among the partners”. His immediate mission will be to help resolve some of the problems caused by the new media issues being faced by clients.
Richard Moxon says he was attracted by the firm's commitment to education. He is keen to impart his skills, or “to leave a practice behind that can carry on the name”.
Moxon is a founding partner of Marriott Harrison, which is also losing salaried partner Geraldine East, who is going to A&L Goodbody.
Tony Morris, the partner who heads up the new media and music group at Marriotts, is upbeat about the departures. He says the firm has invested a great deal in developing IT and as implemented a training and recruitment programme.
The interactive entertainment and software practice is expanding, with fee income tripling over the past two years, he adds. The firm has recruited senior associate David Hinde from Schilling & Lom, who is now in the US on a profile-raising mission.
In addition to losing Stephen Digby, Withers has lost David Gebbie, former head of corporate finance, whose only comment is: “Watch this space”.