Fieldfisher has hired Bristows IT partner Hazel Grant to replace Eduardo Ustaran as the head of its privacy team.
Grant, who will begin work at Fieldfisher on 26 August, has been a partner at Bristows since 2009 and previously spent nine years at Bird & Bird. She specialises in data protection, and has worked for clients including the UK Government, security consultants and multinational technology corporates.
She will fill the vacancy left by Ustaran, who quit the firm last October to join Hogan Lovells. Despite being expected to serve an 18-month notice period, he started his new role in June 2014 (10 October 2013).
The hire follows that of Mark Webber earlier this month (2 July 2014). Formerly Osborne Clarke’s technology chief, Webber intends to relocate to Fieldfisher’s Silicon Valley office in the near future.
However, the firm has also witnessed a number of exits in recent months, including that of data protection and privacy partner Stewart Room for PwC Legal in April. Its head of trademarks, Mark Holah, also exited in April before resurfacing at Oxford IP boutique Sipara (11 April 2014).
Fieldfisher broke through the £100m turnover barrier for the first time in 2013/14, hitting the £104m mark following a 9.5 per cent increase on the previous year.
Net profit rose by 12 per cent, from £21m to £23.5m in 2013/14, while average profit per equity partner increased from £402,000 to £415,000 (7 July 2014).