Leading Dublin firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice has expanded its IP team with the recruitment of Alistair Payne from rated Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Payne’s recruitment is part of Mathesons’ decision to focus on highly regulated complex industries such as life sciences. He will be based in London and support the firm’s industry-focused groups as well as having standalone IP clients.
As a result of the recruitment of Payne and IP associate John Cahir, the firm has decided to split its IP and IT practices, which were previously a single group. Key clients of the group include Google, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.
Payne will head Mathesons’ non-contentious IP practice, while Michael Tyrell will be head of contentious IP and Don Macalees will be overall head of IP.
In March this year, Mathesons poached Elan’s most senior lawyer, its vice-president Tom Maher, to head its life sciences group.
Elan had a rash of departures from its legal team after it hived off its sales and distribution arm to Medeus Pharma in February.
Elan’s second in command, former senior vice-president and general counsel Colin Sainsbury, joined Irish firm BCM Hanby Wallace in January, while biotech lawyer Martin Kelleher joined Dublin firm Mason Hayes & Curran in April to launch a life sciences group.