Google searches out Pinsents legal director

Pinsent Masons legal director Struan Robertson is leaving the firm later this month to join Google’s legal team as product counsel
as the internet giant ­continues its recruitment drive in London.

Struan Robertson
Struan Robertson

Robertson, a well-known figure in the technology ­sector, will join the search engine on 24 January.

He joined Pinsents from Scottish firm Semple Fraser in 2000, at which time he was also appointed editor of Pinsents’ technology ­
and e-commerce website

The move will see Robertson, who began his career as a corporate lawyer before moving into the technology arena, relocate from ­Pinsents’ base in Glasgow to Google’s London office.

Speaking of the move Robertson said: “It’s with a heavy heart that I must say goodbye to my friends at Pinsents as well as to the users of

“Working on the website has been a rewarding and tremendously enjoyable experience for me, but it’s time to move on.”

Pinsents partner and co-founder John Salmon said: “We wish [Robertson] all the best in his new role and I’m sure that he’ll be a real asset to Google.”

As part of a major recruitment drive Google is also in the process of bulking up its commercial, competition licensing, copyright and employment legal teams.