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DWF appoints City IP and Technology partner

International legal business DWF has appointed intellectual property and technology specialist John Benjamin, former Counsel at White & Case, as a partner in the firm's corporate team. Based in London, John will work with DWF's growing client base of technology, media and finance clients in the City and internationally.

John has played a key role in some of the technology industry's largest and most complex transactions and advises a client base of leading global financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies and FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 organisations on intellectual property, technology, privacy and freedom of information matters. He has led on a number of high profile technology and contentious intellectual property matters. He is noted for his expertise in privacy related litigation.

At White & Case John acted on a number of high profile contentious and non-contentious cases, including advising Sony on its US$1.9 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing, Vestel's aquisition of Sharp's white goods business and a leading social network on litigation matters across the UK, including reputation management, intellectual property and privacy claims. Prior to his role at White & Case John was seconded to Samsung and acted as its European General Counsel.

John commented on his appointment: "There is a significant opportunity in the legal market as companies are continually evolving to see technology and intellectual property rights as a core part of their business. Clients are increasingly looking for firms who have a deep understanding of the issues around information governance and related litigation. DWF's investment in technology and innovation, combined with its full service offering and growing presence in the City, provide an exciting platform on which to continue developing my practice, and I look forward to helping further develop DWF's capability in this fast-moving sector both here and abroad."

Alan Owens, Head of Technology and Communications at DWF, added: "John will be a significant addition to DWF and his expertise will play a major role as we continue to expand our work for global technology and communications companies and their customers across key sectors. As we continue to grow our practice in London, John will also engage closely with our national and international teams to help further develop the market leading services we offer to our clients."

John's appointment follows the recent appointments of corporate partners Richard Britain from Ince & Co and Patrick Eaton from K&L Gates in London and banking partners Christian Francis from DLA Piper in London and Alice Broadfield from Faegre Baker Daniels in Birmingham. DWF also recently appointed data protection specialist Elaine Fletcher, who joined in April 2015, prior to which she was Senior Privacy Manager at Asda.