Linklaters IT partner joins Bristows

<a class=Linklaters IT partner joins Bristows” />Bristows has snared Linklaters IT partner Christopher Millard, who joined the firm as a consultant today.

Millard (pictured), who was the head of the magic circle firm’s global privacy practice, leaves Linklaters after six years. Prior to this he was at Clifford Chance for more than 18 years – 10 of which were as a partner.

Commenting on his move to Bristows, Millard said he was fulfilling a longstanding promise to his family.

“After more than 25 years in practice I had promised my family to spend less time in practice, so I’ve become more of an academic,” he said.

“I’ve become a part-time professor of privacy and information at Queen Mary, University of London, and a senior fellow at Oxford, but I also wanted to keep a hand in practice because I find it interesting, wanted to keep in touch with clients and stay at the cutting edge.”

Millard added: “It has got my family scratching their heads, though, over having several different hats due to the work-life balance thing, but they are happy and supportive of me.”

In addition to the promise made to his family, Millard said that the move would give him the opportunity to look at the market with fresh eyes.

“Magic circle firms have changed since I started 25 years ago, and so has the market,” he said. “Though the magic circle have technology teams, I was looking for a firm that had it as core to its business. That’s certainly the case with Bristows.”

Bristows IT co-head Mark Watts said Millard’s hire signals the firm’s commitment to becoming the go-to firm for data protection and informational law.

“For a long time Bristows has been known for being a leading specialist in IP, but we’ve been broadening our services and becoming a leader in technology is part of this,” said Watts. “Christopher is part of this as nobody has a bigger reputation in data protection and information law than him.”

A spokeperson from Linklaters said: “Christopher Millard retired from the partnership in July this year after a number of years working part-time in order to take up a number of academic and consultancy appointments. We wish him every success in his future career.”