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Niche IT firm Technology Law Alliance has poached Nabarro Nathanson partner Jeremy Newton.
The boutique was launched in 2003 and last year made a splash with the hire of client Gavin Wakefield, then general counsel of Cap Gemini. The firm has now taken on a partner from Nabarros' respected IT group.
Newton is based in Nabarros' Reading office, which is due to close down in July, but Newton denied that the closure had anything to do with his departure. He said he was attracted by the idea of working for a successful boutique.
Newton will complete the work that he is doing on the Metropolitan Police IT outsourcing transaction in October before joining Technology Law Alliance.
The Met Police deal has been a mixed blessing for Nabarros. Newton is the second partner in charge of that project to leave. Andrew Smith left the firm for Shaw Pittman in April 2003 before again jumping ship last year, this time for Morrison & Foerster.
Nabarros technology, media and telecoms (TMT) head Tony Bailes said: "The other partners from Reading will be joining at the end of July and our broad-based TMT practice continues as before. We'll be looking to build it at partner level."