Dentons adds to Hong Kong arm

Denton Hall has raided intellectual property specialist Willoughby & Partners to bolster its depleted Hong Kong office.

Bina Cunningham, an intellectual property and IT specialist, has been a partner at Willoughbys for two and a half years and her departure will leave the firm with just four partners.

Denton Hall is also taking on an assistant from Willoughbys, Amanda Telfer. She will join the firm's London office in October.

Cunningham's appointment will go some way to repairing the recent battering Denton Hall's Hong Kong office has sustained after losing four partners in four months, including the office head Christopher Clarke.

Shireen Peermohamed, managing partner at Willoughbys, says: “Bina had already said that she wanted to spend time in Hong Kong and she approached us about it earlier in the year.”

But she adds: “We were not able to accommodate that within the organisation.”

A Denton Hall insider says: “She is very well respected in her field. We were delighted to welcome her on board.”

At present Susan Payne, an intellectual property lawyer at Denton Hall's London office, is on secondment to its Hong Kong practice. Payne is likely to remain in Hong Kong until the end of the year.