Taylor Wessing wins EY Luther partner

EY Luther Menold has suffered another loss from its IT/IP practice, this time to Taylor Wessing as the UK firm goes head-to-head with Bird & Bird.

The hire is Taylor Wessing’s second technology recruitment this year. Earlier it raided Bird & Bird to boost its Munich operation with Reinhard Gaertner.

In Germany, technology lawyers at Taylor Wessing, Bird & Bird and Luther Menold have been on a constant merry-go-round over the last few years with specialists moving between the firms.

In 2002 Bird & Bird launched its first German office in Düsseldorf with eight partners from Andersen Luther (now Luther Menold), including chief executive officer Wolfgang von Meibom, who joined Andersen from pre- merger Wessing.

The following year, Bird & Bird set up its Munich office with lawyers from EY Luther Menold. Then this June, Taylor Wessing snatched a four-lawyer IP team from Bird & Bird led by Gaertner.

Taylor Wessing’s new recruit is telecoms lawyer Detlef Klett, who is set to join the Düsseldorf office in September. Klett is a regulatory specialist and joins partner Jan Pohle in Düsseldorf.

Taylor Wessing has five German offices – Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich – each with a strong IT/IP practice. On the technology side, its client list includes Fujitsu, Google, Konami, Microsoft and Siemens.