Beatriz San Martin is the latest life sciences partner to leave Fieldfisher this year, following former IP colleagues Alison Dennis and Nicole Jadeja. San Martin, who specialises in life sciences patent disputes, joined Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer this week as a partner in its IP department. Some may see this move as Arnold & Porter’s replacement for IP star Christopher Stothers, who left in 2018 for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Freshfields needed a patent lawyer following the departure of Justin Watts in 2017. Life sciences regulatory lawyer Alexander Roussanov also joined Arnold & Porter this week as a partner in its Brussels office.

Dennis, a regulatory and transactions lawyer, was hired by Taylor Wessing in July to co-head its life sciences/healthcare practice, while Pinsent Masons recruited Jadeja in September to bolster its life sciences patent practice. Earlier this month Taylor Wessing further strengthened its life sciences practice by hiring IP transactions lawyer Adrian Toutoungi, a move that may well not be the last considering that it lost four life sciences lawyers in June. Toutoungi will join the firm’s Cambridge office in the New Year from Eversheds Sutherland.