Kilpatrick Stockton is definitely not shutting down its London IP practice, despite the loss of department head Helen Newman. Honest. The fact that the partner who’s assuming leadership of the City group, Chris Woods, is based in New York is a mere detail.
Newman joined Olswang last week (2 July) along with her entire team of three senior associates and one patent and trademark attorney. And her secretary. So, there’s not a lot left to play with in London.
And this is really the reason why Newman is off. Kilpatrick hasn’t exactly showered its London office with resources recently, so growing a team without any obvious means of support was always going to be, as they say, a big ask. Now that it’s being led from New York, however, it’s obviously going to be a different story.