Bristows in renewed push on IT with TwoBirds hire

Bird & Bird has lost one of the rising stars of its IT practice to rival Bristows.

Toby Crick, formerly an associate at Bird & Bird, started today at Bristows as a partner. Crick will be working in the commercial IT and outsourcing practice headed by Mark Watts.

“We have been making a concerted effort to grow the IT and outsourcing side of the practice and realised we’d reached a point where we felt confident we could and should invest in this area in a more significant way,” said Watts. “Toby’s arrival is a very visible sign of this.”

Watts added that while Bristows’ non-contentious technology group was best known for advising IT suppliers, Crick’s arrival would signal an increased focus on a customer client base, particular in the financial services sector.