Wrays Lawyers has enticed a former senior associate at K&L Gates, Tim Francis (pictured), to take on the role of principal and head of the firm’s Sydney office.
Wrays was the winner of this year’s Lawyers Weekly Boutique Firm of the Year award.
“I’ve been aware of Wrays for some time and have been impressed by the quality of the team. It was time to accept a new challenge in my career and Wrays, with its excellent work and client base, represented the ideal opportunity,” said Francis.
Francis is an IP specialist and has experience advising national and international companies on patent and trademark infringements, with cases heard in the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of NSW.
Prior to K&L Gates, he worked at Maddocks, Griffith Hack and Finn Roache Lawyers.
Wrays CEO Frank Hurley said, “[Francis] has worked for a cross section of industry ranging from pharmaceutical and medical companies, to fashion and sporting goods manufacturers.
“His passion for innovation and intellectual property protection, and his commitment to promoting a fair IP landscape conducive to innovation in Australia also makes him a good cultural fit,” said Hurley.
It is not all bad news for K&L Gates, however. The firm poached a finance partner from Squire Patton Boggs earlier this month and partner Robert Milbourne, formerly of Norton Rose Fulbright, in September.