Ross was a senior associate at Theodore Goddard and then Addleshaws but has become disillusioned since the merger of the two firms.
“When the merger occurred the criteria for achieving partnership changed and became quite difficult for a lawyer in the media department. It’s much easier for a corporate lawyer,” said Ross.
Ross, who joins Wiggin as a partner, has a fantastic reputation in the music sector, building up a specific expertise in the internet and mobile sectors with clients such as Napster, Independent Media Distribution and Shazam Entertainment. He claims to have taken all his clients with him.
Ross’s move highlights a trend among music lawyers going niche in a consolidating sector, which has been found it difficult to adapt to technological advances.
“I’ve always wanted to be purely focussed on media. Theodore Goddard was a media firm. Addleshaws is not quite so focussed in that respect. It’s focussed on being a City firm,” claimed Ross.
Wiggin has also brought in Neil Parkes as a senior assistant from Collyer Bristow. Parkes specialises in contentious IP in the music, entertainment, sport and IT sectors.
Addleshaws was unavailable for comment.