TLT turns to DLA Piper again for IP partner ahead of Manchester launch

TLT has sealed a third partner hire for its new Manchester office by recruiting DLA Piper IP disputes specialist Graeme Orchison.

David Pester
David Pester

Orchison will start at the Bristol-based firm on an unconfirmed date after more than 17 years at DLA Piper, which he joined in 1996 from Manchester’s Philip Conn & Co shortly after the collapse of the latter’s 29-day merger with Donn & Co (9 March 1996).

He will become a partner at TLT, joining Manchester duo Stuart Campbell and Emma Flower, who were both brought in as partners to launch the base. Campbell, a commercial lawyer, also joined from DLA Piper’s partnership in Manchester, while Flower was previously a legal director at Pinsent Masons.

TLT is aiming to expand the outpost to 20 to 30 people generating turnover of between £3m and £5m in its first 18 months (6 June 2013). The office is launching in Spinningfields this summer with with eight people including three partners and three assistants.

TLT managing partner David Pester said in a statement: “These strategic appointments support our aim to deepen our expertise and are in direct response to demand for services from some of our major clients based in the north of England. The launch of an office in Manchester supports our strategy to have a strong UK-wide presence from which to deliver services and also supports our industry sector focus.”