BLG trio strengthens Kemp Little’s commercial tech team

Paul Hinton

Former BLG partner Paul Hinton and former associate director Andrew Joint have joined Kemp Little as partners in the commercial technology practice.

Hinton specialises in financial services-related IT projects such as data ­platforms, while Joint is best known for deals in the ­professional services sector.

The firm has also hired a third lawyer from BLG in assistant Chris Hill.

BLG has struggled over recent years to build a non-contentious technology practice. In December 2006 technology partners Simon Shooter, Christian Bartsch and Chris Holder left the firm to join Bird & Bird.

However, incoming BLG chief executive David ­Jabbari said there was “no question” of the firm moving away from its broader ­commercial offering.

“Our strategy is to build a very strong non-contentious base that reflects our ­insurance sector practice,” said Jabbari. “Paul’s practice was developing in a slightly ­different direction to our vision. We wish him every success.”

Kemp Little senior ­partner Richard Kemp said the hires ­were “a significant development” for the firm.