DLA snaffles Harrods work from Hammonds

DLA's intellectual property drive given boost with Harrods' shift of allegiance

THE HARRODS Group has followed Hammonds former intellectual property (IP) head, Jeremy Dickerson, to DLA, despite Hammonds' rule that departing equity partners must wait two years before taking their client base with them.

Dickerson only joined DLA this July. The Lawyer understands that although Dickerson planned to respect his restrictive covenant, and has done so with every other client, Hammonds made an exception in this one case.

Hammonds is no longer being instructed by the Harrods Group, which includes the Ritz Hotel in Central London and Fulham Football Club, as well as the flagship Knightsbridge store, for IP. However, the group is still using the firm for planning work.

The Harrods Group was one of the firm's top 50 clients, despite only using it for IP work.

DLA managing partner Nigel Knowles is delighted that the Harrods Group has taken the active step of following Dickerson to the firm.

“It's fantastic that the Harrods Group has decided to move to DLA following Jeremy's appointment. It's a great client win because of where we want to move our IP practice in the City,” said Knowles.

DLA has been marketing its IP capability to its top corporate clients following Dickerson's arrival.