Bristows welcomes a new partner this month at the same time as announcing the promotion of three associates to the partnership next May

07 Jan, 2014

Rosemary Choueka is to join Bristows as a partner in the Competition team. She joins from Lawrence Graham, where she was also a partner and head of EU, Competition and Regulation.  Rosemary specialises in EU and UK competition law and is also well-known for her public procurement work having advised both public and private sector bodies on procurement in the context of projects including business services, technology, infrastructure, regeneration, housing, development, leisure, culture and heritage.

Rosemary’s recruitment is the most recent in a series of hires for Bristows’ Competition team, which has grown very significantly since 2009 to its current strength of two specialist partners and several associates who focus on competition law supported by two trainee solicitors and one paralegal. The core competition team, which handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, is supplemented by a much broader group, for example in the context of dawn raids, where the firm has a specially trained rapid response team including more than 30 lawyers.

Pat Treacy, Head of Competition at Bristows, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Rosemary to our very busy team. Having gained experience at the European Commission and having subsequently advised businesses on all areas of competition law, she is also experienced in general EU law and on regulatory issues in sectors including technology, healthcare and waste. Our team has grown significantly over the past few years to cater for increased workload, so her arrival is very timely as increased competition focus on high technology industries seems likely to lead to greater demand for sector specialists with a deep understanding of competition issues.”

Three Partner Promotions

Dominic Adair, Jeremy Blum and Adrian Sim are to be promoted in May.

Dominic Adair will be working principally in the areas of patent litigation, life sciences and biosimilars.  Dominic trained with the firm and qualified in September 2004.  His background in Natural Sciences and Zoology give him an in-depth understanding of the issues facing the pharmaceutical industry.

Jeremy Blum works in brands litigation.   He is an IP specialist and has advised on many contentious matters involving patents, trade marks, copyright and confidential information.  He has advised on a number of high profile trade mark disputes before the High Court.  In addition, Jeremy is trained as an advocate and has appeared in a number of High Court and IP tribunals in New Zealand.

Adrian Sim is an information technology specialist and will be helping to further develop the firm’s flourishing digital media practice.  He joined the IT practice at Bristows in 2008 from the technology group of a large Australian law firm.

Mark Watts, Joint Managing Partner, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome such talented individuals to the partnership.  All three will be a tremendous boost to our two biggest sectors, Life Sciences and TMT, where we’ve seen a significant increase both in terms of volume and variety of work, from heavy patent and brands litigation to complex digital media and content licensing work. They’re also three outstandingly nice guys who will fit effortlessly into the culture that we’re so well known for.”

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