Video games publisher raids Pinsents for first GC

Video games company Mastertronic Group has hired its first general counsel, snaring Pinsent Masons IP senior associate Nav Sunner for the job.

Sunner will support the company’s growth into wireless, mobile and console games, as Mastertronic branches out from PC game publishing.

Sunner said: “It’s an interesting point in the company’s life to join. Lots of things could happen.”

Sunner is Mastertronic’s only in-house lawyer, and is responsible for corporate, commercial and competition work as well as IP.

“On the outside it looks like you would be playing games all day,” said Sunner, “But it is the hardest legal discipline.”

Before joining Pinsent Masons, Sunner was head of legal at UK games publisher Codemasters, creator of classics such as Sensible Soccer and Micro Machines.