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Willoughby & Partners: Press Release: Sir Hugh Laddie leaves High Court to join Willoughby & Partners/Rouse Legal: 22 June 2005


Rouse & Co. International, the international IP consultancy, and Willoughby & Partners/Rouse Legal, its associated UK law firm are delighted to announce that Sir Hugh Laddie, the Senior Judge of the Patents Court, will be joining them as a Consultant on his retirement from the High Court bench in the Autumn.


Sir Hugh, will be heading up the firm's embryonic IP arbitration and mediation practice and supporting its growing patent practice, as well as playing a more general role in its international IP business. He will be providing support and guidance of the highest level to practitioners throughout the business and helping develop the firm's internal and external training programmes.


Tony Willoughby, Senior Partner at Willoughby & Partners/Rouse Legal says “Sir Hugh is the first High Court judge to leave the Bench to join a law firm. We are thrilled that he has chosen to join us. His energy and expertise will be a major asset to us in the continued development of our business – particularly in the areas of patents, which we have been developing over the last few years, and ADR.


Rupert Ross-Macdonald, Chief Executive of Rouse & Co. International says “Sir Hugh is quite simply pre-eminent in his field. Given the very integrated and specialised nature of our business, I am certain that his knowledge and experience will play a very significant role - not just domestically but also internationally - in our future development as an innovative IP services provider. We are delighted to have him on board.”


For further information, please contact:


Tony Willoughby

(020)7345 8002


Rupert Ross-Macdonald

(020)7345 8082


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