Richards Butler scoops Microsoft work

Richards Butler has won Microsoft as a corporate client after being appointed ahead of regular UK corporate adviser Linklaters to advise on the technology giant’s latest UK disposal.

Partner David Boutcher led the team advising on the sale of Microsoft’s HR software company PWA Group to Northgate Information Solutions.

Richards Butler was appointed by Microsoft lawyers in Seattle, after a recommendation from the company secretariat, which the UK firm had previously worked for.

Richards Butler media and technology senior associate Alan Hawley also gained a potentially valuable introduction to Microsoft after advising on ongoing IT support issues.

Pinsents advised Northgate Information Solutions. Linklaters declined to comment.