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Field Fisher Waterhouse has poached Osborne Clarke IT partner Nigel Wildish. Wildish joins Field Fisher as a partner in the firm's IT & online law group. His recruitment follows the firm's capture of SJ Berwin's trademark and designs group, revealed in The Lawyer (22 March). Wildish will be working with technology companies providing a one-stop-shop for outsourcing, licensing and networking arrangements. Mark Abell, head of intellectual property at Field Fisher, says: "The whole online practice has just mushroomed, and our frustration has been that we have all this good work but we know that we can get three times this much work. "What we have been looking for is a big hitter in IT terms to build a bridgehead out there in the marketplace. Nigel will bring some good clients with him, which is welcome, but that is not what we were looking for." Abell says that as part of the continuing expansion of Field Fisher's intellectual property and IT business he is looking to recruit four more assistants. He would not comment on whether he would attempt to poach assistants who work with Wildish at Osborne Clarke. Wildish will take up his new post at Field Fisher in May.