Fujitsu hires signal private sector focus

IT contractor Fujitsu Services has boosted its in-house legal team with a double partner hire, scooping Olswang technology partner Clive Davies and CMS Cameron McKenna technology, media and telecoms head David Roberts.

The company has plans to boost its private sector IT work. Roberts joined Fujitsu as head of the private sector legal team last month and will lead the development of the group.

Fujitsu legal director Jonathan Smith said: “I think it’s no secret that we intend to increase our penetration of the private sector market. Our public sector work is very strong and we’re trying to balance the portfolio by getting more private work.”

He added: “In terms of legal resourcing, our intention is to keep as much of the transactional work in-house.”

Davies will concentrate on public sector IT projects when he starts in May.
Smith said: “[Davies] is an incremental hire in effect, as our public sector business continues to grow. He’s going to be fitting in to the existing team.”

Davies will report into Andrew Hooles, who heads the public sector team.
Davies said: “I’ve been in private practice for 17 years. I’m 54 and needed a career change and this opportunity came up.”

Roberts will report to group legal and commercial director Peter Rowley, who came on board in October 2005 from Marconi. Fujitsu Services has a total of 20 lawyers in the UK and 40 worldwide.

Partner Isabel Davies, who joined from Howrey last year, has replaced Roberts as head of Camerons’ technology group.