Osborne Clarke’s head of technology media and telecoms (TMT) Simon Rendell has been appointed Vodafone’s acting UK head of legal. The unusual move to one of his key clients is a result of former UK head Ian Robino moving to head the information technology/ intellectual property (IT/IP) department at Vodafone Group, the central legal team for the international operation.
Rendell will head the UK team of 18 lawyers until a permanent replacement can be found.
He will report directly to the UK financial director, as well as reporting to group general counsel and company secretary Stephen Scott on a monthly basis.
Rendell is Osborne Clarke’s star TMT partner and a key rainmaker at the firm’s London office.
He is also an important figure in Osborne Clarke’s senior management, responsible for the co-ordination of the firm’s North American business alliances, as well as assisting with the development of Osborne Clarke’s European Alliance.
Rendell has been building Osborne Clarke’s relationship with Vodafone for some time and will hope that the secondment will bring them even closer.
Other clients include Yahoo!, Verisign, Apple and Electronic Arts.