Field Fisher boosts IP disputes with DLA hire

DLA Piper has been hit by the loss of an IT litigator less than a month after making five redundant in its technology, media and communications group.

Partner Andrew Dodd has left the firm to join Field Fisher Waterhouse in the IP and technology dispute resolution group. He takes up the post on 8 September.

On 4 August DLA announced it was laying off three assistants, a legal director and an associate as part of a firmwide review of staffing levels. The cuts, which were all voluntary, coincided with the loss of IP partner Richard Penfold, who left for US firm Heller Ehrman.

Dodd has been a DLA Piper partner for seven years and specialises in the prosecution and defence of IT and telecoms contract disputes.

The hire is the third lateral of 2008 for Field Fisher in technology and telecommunications. Partners Katrina Dick and Hamish Sandison joined from Lovells and Bird & Bird respectively earlier in the year.

Group head Nick Rose said: “The firm has a strong telecoms sector capability with a range of clients, including Orange and Liberty Global, and Andrew’s expertise in contentious work will be a great asset.”

Dodd has worked with clients including IT companies EDS and TranSys, as well as COLT and Symbian in telecommunications.

He said: “Field Fisher’s thriving IP and technology dispute resolution group is an ideal fit for my practice and I very much welcome the opportunity to work there.”

The group will number seven partners once Dodd joins.