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Browne Jacobson attracts two significant lateral hires to its London base

14 March 2016
New partners - March 2016


Browne Jacobson is continuing to strengthen its Commercial and Technology Group in the City with two new key partner appointments.


Mark Gleeson who was most recently the partner leading  on UK and European data privacy at Squire Patton Boggs LLP is joined by Kathleen Fox Murphy, patent litigation specialist from Taylor Wessing LLP. 

Mark specialises in data privacy, cyber-security and freedom of information. He has a wealth of multi-jurisdictional experience gained from over 18 years spent in house and in private practice advising public and private sector clients, both national and international.  Mark provides strategic advice on data analytics, Big Data, monetisation and marketing to clients in sectors including financial services, retail, health and technology. He has counselled clients facing major cybersecurity attacks and regulatory and criminal investigations. He also brings his experience of supporting clients and industry bodies in lobbying on legislation including the General Data Protection Regulation and the Network and Information Security Directive. In 2015 he was recommended in Legal 500 for his work in data protection. 

With 18 years at Taylor Wessing LLP, Kathleen brings with her substantial patent experience particularly in patent litigation and patent strategy across the full gambit of industry sectors including telecoms, electronics, IT, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotech and banking. She has a wealth of expertise in bringing infringement, validity, interim injunction and damages actions before the UK Patents Court of the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Courts, involving some landmark decisions of the Patents Court, as well as oppositions at the EPO, multi-jurisdictional litigation co-ordination, patent portfolio strategy advice, and patent aspects of competition law. 

The two join a firm that has had an impressive twelve months including the firm’s IP practice being named as one of the world’s leading trade mark experts following publication of the latest World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 rankings and ranked in IP Star’s guide to world’s leading IP firms and practitioners for their expertise and work in the patent and trade mark contentious practice areas.

The firm’s data protection and privacy team have experience of advising global data companies on the privacy implications of their day-to-day operations and development of new technology. In addition the team also has expertise in the privacy issues associated with behavioural advertising and location information, browser-generated information and device recognition technologies. 

The technology team works with high profile clients in both the public and private sectors, and continues to attract some of the world’s leading brands. The  advice they provide ranges from advising on large scale, business critical IT projects, international patent litigation cases and complex, multi-jurisdictional data protection and privacy issues. In 2014 they strengthened their IT and technology offering in the City with the appointment of commercial technology partner Anthony Nagle previously of Morrison & Foerster.

The firm’s 21 strong IP practice extends over offices in London, Birmingham and Nottingham. It has extensive experience on various trade mark, design and copyright infringement matters and a premium client portfolio that includes: Bestseller, Camelot, Mace, Lloyds Banking Group and PZ Cussons (St. Tropez & Charles Worthington), amongst others.

These latest additions take the number of fee earners across Browne Jacobson’s five office network to over 400 in what has been a successful year for the law firm which saw them enter the Top 50 UK law firm rankings for the first time as well as recording solid first half financial results for 2015/16 with revenues totalling £30.8m, a 7.5% increase on the first six months of 2014/15.

Declan Cushley, partner and head of the Commercial and Technology Group and Intellectual Property team at Browne Jacobson commented on the appointments: 

“Having been focused on expanding our technology and IP practice in the City for some time, I am delighted to welcome Mark and Kathleen to Browne Jacobson. These latest additions build on what is already an impressive team and their arrival is a real boost for our London base and will be a great fit with our existing and prospective clients both nationally and internationally.Their varied backgrounds reflect the increasing diversity of expertise and services that we are able to offer all our clients which will, we believe, enhance the quality of service that we can provide. We expect this trend to continue and envisage announcing further hires in the near future.”

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