April 3, 2023
Media, technology and IP law firm Wiggin LLP today announced that Lucia Carchedi (Chief Financial Officer), Peter Lewin (Interactive Entertainment) and Peter Dawson (Intellectual Property) have all been promoted to the partnership, effective from 1st April. In addition, Charis Shakespeare (Employment) and David Whitehead (Film & TV) have been promoted to Senior Associate.
John Banister, CEO at Wiggin said: “Lucia, Peter and Peter have made enormous contributions to the firm, and exemplify Wiggin’s core values. Their promotions follow our largest ever round of partner promotions last year, and a number of lateral partner hires. I’m delighted to welcome them to the partnership.”
Carchedi joined Wiggin two years ago, having previously worked both as a fee earner in an accountancy firm delivering services to law firms, and as a CFO in the legal sector. Her promotion continues a tradition of innovation at Wiggin, which was one of the first law firms to appoint a non-fee-earner to the partnership when John Banister became CEO in 2012. Charles Moore, Senior Partner at Wiggin said: “On joining the firm Lucia soon won the support and respect of the whole partnership. In an increasingly regulated arena, where firm growth, strategy and changing culture affect the business model, Lucia’s skills are a crucial component of the success of the firm.”
Lewin joined Wiggin in 2020 from interactive entertainment boutique Purewal & Partners. Lewin advises on the legal and business aspects of running a digital entertainment business, with a focus on deal negotiation, intellectual property exploitation and regulation. He works with a number of the world’s leading figures in the interactive entertainment industry – from game developers, publishers and distributors to esports and tech businesses. While based in the UK, Lewin regularly advises international clients on complex commercial and UK regulatory matters. He has supported clients of all sizes and at all stages of their journey. Lewin was recognised as a ‘Star Associate’ by Chambers and Partners in 2023, and has been described as “very diligent and hard-working, and has a good bigger perspective of wider industry issues. He’s very passionate about the industry, which always adds value.”
Dawson joined Wiggin in 2018 from an international law firm. He is a dual-qualified Trade Mark Attorney in the UK and Ireland and continues to represent clients at EU institutions post-Brexit. Dawson advises on the full spectrum of brand strategy, protection and management issues with a particular focus on digital exploitation and the media and entertainment sectors. He is a trusted advisor to household name brands and has played a key role in growing the firm’s trade mark practice. Dawson has been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ by IP Stars and as a WIPR Global Leader in 2022, and is described in Legal 500 as standing out for being “practical, smart and quick thinking” with “great client care”. He is future-focused and was a key contributer to the development of Wiggin’s trade mark collaboration platform, which was a finalist at the British Legal Technology Awards 2022.
The promotions follow a number of lateral hires in the last eighteen months: Mark Deem (technology & commercial litigation), Robin Shaw (media litigation), Marcus Bagnall (technology & communications), and Victoria Harris-Honrado (communications & competition).