Hammonds’ beleagured IP and construction practices have suffered another blow with the departure of three more partners.
US firm Shaw Pittman is set to recruit its first lateral hire since last year’s exodus to Morrison & Foerster by taking Hammonds IP partner Phillip Rees. Meanwhile, in Birmingham, Cobbetts has hired construction specialists James Bessey and Mark Robinson.
Rees is the fourth IP partner to leave Hammonds in the past few months. Global head of IP Marija Danilunas left for LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae in November, while Jonathan Moore and Kathleen Harris, who joined the firm with Rees from McDermott Will & Emery, have also left.
Bessey and Robinson’s departures follow last year’s retirement of national construction head David Jones, Jonathan Hosie’s move to Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, and John Deacon’s hire by Hunton & Williams’ London office.
Cobbetts’ national construction head Mark Whittell said the hires would build the breadth of the firm’s construction practice, boosting it to nine partners.
Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley said: “[The departing partners] leave the firm with our best wishes. Hammonds maintains a full service IP capability in London and is expanding that capability across Europe. We’re confident that the majority of [the two construction partners’] work will stay with the firm and we plan to continue to grow the team.”
Shaw Pittman declined to comment.