Hardwicke brings in academic for IT boost

Hardwicke Building’s new IP team has bagged a leading academic to strengthen its IT law capacity.

Hardwicke Building’s new IP team has bagged a leading academic to strengthen its IT law capacity.

David Bainbridge joins Hardwicke as an honourary tenant and will become a full tenant in due course. He becomes the set’s fourth specialist IP and IT practitioner, following the January hires of 7 New Square’s Mark Engelman and Ian Silcock.

Engelman, who heads Hardwicke’s IP team, told The Lawyer that Bainbridge will act as both an academic adviser as well as undertaking some advocacy work.

“He’s a very wonderful and exciting acquisition for us, because he’s got a great reputation,” said Engel-man. “He’ll increase the intensity and focus of the IT capability of this unit.”

Bainbridge is a professor in the finance, accounting and law group at Aston University, Birmingham, where he specialises on the relationship between law and emerging technologies.

Engelman said that, in the three months since its establishment, the Hardwicke IP team has been busy acting for clients such as AstraZeneca.