Olswang continues technology push with BLP hire

Olswang has hired an outsourcing and IT expert from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), the firm’s fourth technology appointment in the past six months.

Craig Rattray was a partner in BLP’s outsourcing department for three and a half years and will join Olswang later this month, also as a partner. Rattray specialises in outsourcing, IT and commercial procurement projects, particularly in relation to payment services. Clients include Barclays Bank and payment processing solutions provider BancTec, both of which Rattray has worked with since he was a partner at Addleshaw Goddard prior to joining BLP.

His hire is the fourth by Olswang in the tech sector over the past few months. In September, IT partner Ross McKean joined Olswang’s London office from Baker & McKenzie and outsourcing expert Ian Ferguson joined Olswang’s Singapore office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (26 September 2012). Renewables and outsourcing lawyer Martin Hammer joined the firm in Germany from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in May.

Rattray said that he joined Olswang because of its reputation in the tech sector and because he “wants to be part of a market-leading TMT practice”.

In a statement, Olswang CEO David Stewart said: “We have very ambitious goals which can only be achieved by enhancing our offering to reflect clients’ needs. Craig’s skills and background complement our existing TMT practice spread across eight offices in Europe and Asia. His specialist experience of working with some of the world’s largest financial institutions will further help differentiate us in the market.”