Kirkland strikes at A&O strategy with hire of IP head Dagg

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Allen & Overy’s (A&O) litigation international expansion strategy has been dealt a heavy blow today, as Kirkland & Ellis lands the hire of global head and London IP star Nicola Dagg.

Nicola Dagg
Nicola Dagg

This is the first IP litigation hire for Kirkland in London, and Dagg is expected to help service Kirkland’s existing US clients and bolster the firm’s existing seven-strong City-based IP practice.

Dagg, who was interviewed in The Lawyer‘s cover feature in April 2017 as part of A&O’s international strategy drive, emerged as one of the leaders of a new approach which was expected to create an investment bonanza in the IP practice. Alongside former global litigation head and now-US senior partner Tim House, the firm’s practice management planned to hire laterals in Europe, China and eventually the US to form a launching pad and leverage the firm’s influence advising high-profile corporates on day-to-day matters.

The start of this strategy was the recruitment of a team from Simmons & Simmons that included names such as Marjan Noor,  Marc Döring,  Mark Heaney and David Stone to build out the firm’s London IP litigation and trademark capabilities. According to A&O, this team is in charge of the firm’s strategy in London, supported by David Shen in China and Jan Ebersohl in Munich.

At the time of the feature, one litigation partner in London told The Lawyer that Dagg “put IP litigation on the map” at A&O. Dagg, who joined the magic circle firm from Hogan Lovells in 2006, has acted for clients such as Pfizer, Regeneron, Premaitha Health and Borehringer Ingelheim International. Pfizer is one of Kirkland’s major clients in the US, and there is understood to be a large overlap with her current clients.

A significant proportion of Dagg’s work involves the enforcement and licensing of patents; she has also acted on numerous disputes involving trade marks, copyright, designs and breach of confidence. In particular, she has experience in dealing with the legal and commercial aspects of matters with a high scientific and technological content.

She is expected to start at the firm in Autumn 2018.

The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker Q1 report shows that A&O acted on a total of four IP cases in 2018 so far. This compares to five in total throughout 2017.

Kirkland global management committee chairman Jeffrey Hammes said: “Her arrival expands our Europe-based talent in our market-leading global IP practice and we are thrilled to have her join us. Her experience is quite complementary to our existing practice and will be particularly useful to our life sciences and technology clients as they defend their intellectual property around the world.”

An A&O spokesperson said: “We would like to thank her for her contributions at A&O, and wish her all of the best in the future.”

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