Rouse Oxford team forms new boutique

A team of three lawyers from IP firm Rouse’s Oxford brands practice has broken away to set up a boutique based in the city.
The three-partner ­boutique, Sipara, was launched last week, with the firm claiming that 18 Rouse clients have, or are in the process of, migrating over.

Sipara has been launched by Rouse’s former commercial IP head Hugh Tebay and former trademarks chief Robert Furneaux. The pair have been joined by Rouse senior associate Rebecca Kaye, who has become a partner at the
new firm.

The team, which has worked together for a ­number of years, decided to split from Rouse after it decided to close its Oxford office, leaving fee-earners with the option of moving to its Canary Wharf base.

Tebay said: “It’s a team that’s worked together in Oxford for a long time. That’s why it didn’t feel like a start-up to our clients because we’re the same ­people they’ve always worked with.”

Tebay added that the new firm has already been asked to pitch exclusively for one new client in addition to those clients for which the team acted at Rouse.

Aside from the three partners, the firm has launched with two assistants and three paralegals.

Rouse did not return calls for comment.