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Nabarro Nathanson has boosted its capability for handling large-scale IT projects with hires from client Sun Microsystems and from the Manchester office of Masons.
Jeremy Newton was assistant general counsel at Sun Microsystems and will head the commercial IT and intellectual property practice at Nabarros' Reading office. He replaces retired partner Rosemary Martin-Jones. At Sun Microsystems Newton focused on distribution issues in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was previously a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, where he advised clients including the Home Office, the National Grid and General Electric on IT and-commerce procurement projects. He was also seconded to the Treasury Task Force to advise on the standardisation of IT PFI contracts. Nabarros' technology, media and telecoms (TMT) head Tony Bailes said that the hire would strengthen the firm's relationship with Sun Microsystems and had not caused problems. "It has been handled very amicably," he said. Newton joins with Masons partner Andrew Smith. A specialist in IT project work on public and private sector procurements, Smith started up and headed Masons' Manchester office IT group. He was previously at DLA. He will be based at Nabarros' London office. Bailes said that the department was gearing up to take advantage of the predicted growth in IT projects. "Large outsourcing contracts are a growth area, particularly as central government reinvests in IT," he said. Newton's international experience is also a boost to the group. Bailes said: "As a firm we are strengthening our best friend links with other firms with strong TMT practices." The firm's relationships for TMT work include a link with French firm August & Debouzy.