LEADING digital media specialist Laurence Kaye has left to join Paisner & Co, becoming the fourth partner to desert The Simkins Partnership in the last three months.
Kaye has taken his 18-month qualified assistant Simon Harper with him and will become the third partner in Paisners' computer, media and IP group.
Kaye said he was attracted to Paisners' "very broad range of resources," and cited the firm's expertise in venture capital, competition and employment as particularly useful for his digital media practice.
Kaye follows film and music law specialists Tim Curtis and Lawrence Harrison and defamation expert Rod Dadak out of the firm. Curtis and Harrison left in March to launch their own niche firm Harrison Curtis. And at the same time, Dadak joined Lewis Silkin.
Commenting on the departures, Simkins partner Nigel Bennett said that the four had left for different, "perfectly valid" reasons that the firm understood.
Bennett added that 21-partner Simkins would continue to do digital media work - dealing with Web sites, intranets and extranets - through partner Andrew Forbes and assistant Robin Hilton.