FFW holds departing senior partner to notice period

October 12, 2013 Field Fisher Waterhouse has confirmed that it intends to hold a departing senior partner to his 18-month notice period. Eduardo Ustaran is FFW’s privacy and information group head, and intends to leave the firm to join the London office of Hogan Lovells, where he will manage the European privacy and information practice.

In a statement, FFW said that Ustaran would be leaving the firm on 1 May 2015. "He is not on gardening leave at all and is still in the building. In fact it's all very amicable," said a spokesperson. The firm explained that the notice period was part of FFW's member's agreement, and "usual" for equity partners, who are committed to stay with the firm for at least three years in that position.

Commenting on the hire, Christopher Wolf, Hogan Lovell's co-head of privacy and information management said: "We are seeing significant growth in privacy and data protection regulation and enforcement in the EU.

"We already have a strong privacy team in the US, London and in continental Europe in both UK and multi-jurisdictional data protection projects. Eduardo will significantly boost our capabilities in this area.

"In particular, Eduardo has a highly-regarded track record in advising on complex and business-critical data protection issues, including his involvement in the development of the future EU data protection framework through his advisory role to the UK Ministry of Justice."

"With Eduardo's arrival Hogan Lovells will have one of the largest and most experienced data privacy and information management practices in the world," added co-CEO David Harris.

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