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Kirkland & Ellis has hired Allen & Overy global intellectual property head Nicola Dagg in London.

Dagg will join Kirkland as a partner later this year.

“Nicola is one of the leading lights of the U.K. intellectual property community,” said Kirkland chairman Jeffrey Hammes. “Her experience is quite complementary to our existing practice and will be particularly useful to our life sciences and technology clients as they defend their intellectual property around the world.”

Nicola Dagg

Dagg joined Allen & Overy from legacy Lovells, where she was a partner, in 2006. She was appointed global head of the Magic Circle’s IP practice last year.

Allen & Overy has expanded its London IP practice with several hires in recent years, including four Simmons & Simmons partners in 2016.

Dagg handles the enforcement and licensing of patents. She also has acted on numerous disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, designs and breach of confidence.

In hiring Dagg, Kirkland delivers another blow to its Magic Circle rivals. Earlier this year, it hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer private equity partner David Higgins.

Kirkland also recruited the co-leader of Freshfields’ alternative capital group, Sean Lacey, last year.

An Allen & Overy spokesperson confirmed that Dagg has decided to leave the firm. “We would like to thank her for the contribution she has made during her time at Allen & Overy and wish her all the best for the future,” the spokesperson said.