Kemp Little hires for IP litigation launch

IT boutique Kemp Little has launched an intellectual property (IP) litigation practice after the hire of a senior associate from White & Case.

Paul Garland joins Kemp Little as a partner from the City arm of White & Case next week (16 April) to head up the new team, which will focus on IP and technology litigation. His experience includes advising on dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and the courts and on IP licensing matters, particularly for patents and trade marks.

Garland’s recruitment follows a strategy review held by Kemp Little last year, with the firm deciding to broaden the services it offers its technology clients. It is also planning to expand into areas such as competition law.

Commenting on the appointment, Kemp Little senior partner Richard Kemp said: “[Garland] brings top-class dispute resolution skills as we launch and build our litigation capability; and his expertise in brand exploitation and patents rounds out our non-contentious technology IP practice.”

He added: “Paul’s arrival and launching our litigation practice are important steps for us on the road to providing a comprehensive range of legal services for the technology marketplace.”

Meanwhile, the firm has promoted two new partners internally. Andy Moseby, who joined the firm from Olswang in 2002, becomes the fourth partner in the firm’s corporate group while employment specialist Chris Middleton, who joined the same year from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, also becomes a partner.

Both appointments came into effect on 1 April, while commercial technology partner Paul O’Hare was promoted to full equity status from the same date.