A&O boosts IP group with top partner hire

Allen & Overy is expanding its intellectual property team with the arrival of Eversheds head of IP in the North, Robert Barry.

The leading contentious patent and trademark lawyer will join A&O’s London office as an IP partner on 22 May, boosting the firm’s IP/IT litigation practice to three partners and nine associates.

After qualifying as a barrister, Barry was a pupil to Nicholas Pumfrey before joining Bird & Bird where he worked for 12 years, becoming a partner in 1991.

He has considerable experience in IP litigation with particular emphasis on patents and trademarks, and has acted in many major disputes in the High Court, Patents county court and the European Patent Office, covering a range of technologies in a number of industry sectors.

Currently based at Eversheds’ Leeds office, Barry says: “Allen & Overy has a burgeoning intellectual property practice which reflects an impressive client base in growth areas such as biosciences and IT.

“I have been pretty happy here at Eversheds so I will be sorry to leave. But this was a chance I could not miss. I guess I have been lured back to the City.”

Meanwhile Sasha Haines, a senior associate working in contentious IP/IT at A&O, has been internally promoted to partner.

A&O head of IP Catriona Smith says: “Our new litigation appointments reflect the continued growth of A&O’s international IP practice.

“These new appointments highlight our commitment to further developing our IP practice.”