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Clifford Chance hires Don McCombie as it continues to grow its Intellectual Property practice

20 June 2022

Clifford Chance hires Don McCombie as it continues to grow its Intellectual Property practice

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance today announced that Don McCombie has joined the firm as an Intellectual Property (IP) partner, based in London.

Don joins from Ashurst where he led on a broad range of IP and technology-related disputes and transactions for clients in the TMT, software, fintech and life sciences sectors. Don has advised on IP and commercial disputes before the English Courts, the European Patent Office, the UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices, and in arbitrations.

Stephen Reese, IP partner at Clifford Chance, comments: "We are delighted to have Don in our growing IP team to help our clients with their most challenging IP disputes and transactions. Don's breadth of practice, combining his contentious IP experience and complex transactional expertise in the tech and the financial markets fields, is a rare quality within the IP ecosystem. His skillset is a critical component to our IP practice and his appointment reflects the firm's commitment to invest in and grow our global IP practice together with supporting the firm's leading multidisciplinary Tech Group."

Don adds: "Clifford Chance has a fantastic reputation for advising on the most complex matters, with high-profile clients in sectors that are perfectly aligned with my own transactional and contentious practice. I look forward to contributing to the growth of the IP practice and the wider Tech Group, and working alongside a team of experts whose reputation in the market is unparalleled."

Clifford Chance's global IP Group comprises of IP specialists, who handle a broad range of IP disputes, prosecution and transactional work across the globe. The firm's integrated team has acted on some of our clients' most challenging and sensitive projects including, most recently, across Covid19 matters, and major transactions for Mondelez and O2/Virgin media.