Bird & Bird has managed to bring in a three-lawyer sports team from Hammonds to accompany the hire of rated commercial sports specialist Jonathan Taylor. Hammonds senior associate Max Duthie joins Bird & Bird as a partner, with a practice focusing on contentious disciplinary issues. Associates Iain Higgins and Anna-Marie Blakeley complete the team. Taylor said: "I do think this team can go out and match anyone. It means I've got people recognised in each discipline."