Taylor Wessing has hired Herbert Smith technology partner Christopher Rees.
Rees joined Taylor Wessing as a partner earlier this week, and will straddle the firm’s technology and corporate departments. He had been a partner at Herbert Smith since 2000. Before that he was a partner at Bird & Bird.
Rees has been advising on data and technology issues for almost 30 years and gave his first lecture on data protection in 1984 – when the first act was still in the bill stage. He focuses on advising technology companies on transactions but is also experienced in dealing with information governance contracts and outsourcing systems.
In 2009, Herbert Smith moved Rees to its Riyadh office, where he stayed for over a year. Rees described the experience as “hardcore”.
Rees said about his new role at Taylor Wessing: “After 11 enjoyable years at Herbert Smith I thought it was time for a new challenge. I came back to London from Riyadh last year and, as often happens, came back a slightly different person, so I felt it was time for a change.
“Taylor Wessing’s a great firm for my practice. It wants to be the go-to technology firm and I want to be the go-to technology lawyer.”