FFW enforces 18-month notice as privacy chief quits for Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells has hired Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) privacy and information group head Eduardo Ustaran, who is expected to serve an 18-month notice period which keeps him at FFW until May 2015. 

The move is a coup for Hogan Lovells, which has hired Ustaran as head of the firm’s European privacy and information practice.

However Ustaran will not start work at his new firm until May 2015, thanks to the lengthy notice period enforced by FFW.

An FFW spokesperson insisted the 18-month notice period was “usual” for a senior equity partner, adding:  “He is not on gardening leave at all and is still in the building. In fact it’s all very amicable.”

Ustaran joined the firm in 2004 and is set to join Hogan Lovells’ London office in the newly-created position of European practice head. Sources said Hogan Lovells was looking to recruit further at associate level for the European privacy and information practice, meaning Ustaran could be joining a much bigger team by the time he takes on the role in 2015. 

Hogan Lovells’ global privacy and information management practice co-head Christopher Wolf said: “We are seeing significant growth in privacy and data protection regulation and enforcement in the EU. We already have a strong privacy team in the US, London and in continental Europe in both UK and multi-jurisdictional data protection projects. 

“Eduardo will significantly boost our capabilities in this area. In particular, Eduardo has a highly-regarded track record in advising on complex and business-critical data protection issues, including his involvement in the development of the future EU data protection framework through his advisory role to the UK Ministry of Justice.”

A spokesperson confirmed that Ustaran was not due to join the firm until 2015.