Bird & Bird loses former chairman to FFW…

Bird & Bird loses former chairman to FFW…” /> Bird & Bird has lost its former chairman and leading technology partner Hamish Sandison to Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).

Sandison stepped down as chairman in February 2007 after six years at the helm and has since been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Monmouth – a situation that caused certain factions in Bird & Bird to question his commitment to the firm.

Sandison ;told ;The Lawyer: “I’m delighted to be joining a firm that’s totally committed to public sector work, to the technology sector and to the quality of life of its staff as well as the needs of its clients.”

For FFW Sandison’s hire signals a huge commitment to its public sector practice, which now accounts for a quarter of the firm’s revenue. The firm hopes to exploit Sandison’s huge experience in ;this ;area, ;which ;he dominated during the 1990s.

Bird & Bird failed to secure places on some of the crucial sections of the Government’s new Catalist super panel last year – unlike firms such as FFW, DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons, which have demonstrated more commitment to the sector.

A Bird & Bird spokesperson wished Sandison well, saying: “Hamish Sandison is to leave the firm to join FFW, where he will continue to practise procurement and information technology law.

“He will also maintain his role as parliamentary candidate for the Monmouth constituency.”