Powell Gilbert adds first new partner

• IP boutique Powell Gilbert has made up its first partner, bringing the total number of partners to six at the year-old firm. Rebecca Lawrence joined Powell Gilbert from Bristows in March 2007 as an associate. She specialises in biological sciences and has experience in IP litigation and anti-counterfeiting issues. Lawrence trained at Linklaters before moving to Bristows in 2000. Powell Gilbert was launched in March 2007 with five partners and associates from Bristows. The firm now employs 22 people, including seven associates and three paralegals.