The latest IP specialist to join the Bar from private practice is Paola Cirone who joined Group One Chambers and from last week is officially open for business! Paola (ex partner Bowman Gilfillan) follows Gavin Marriott (ex Bowman Gilfillan/Adams and Adams/Linklaters) in the same Chambers which sports well known IP Senior Counsel Philip Ginsburg (who featured in the recent ANC v COPE spat). Group One Chambers is situated in the relatively new commercial hub of Sandton (Gauteng) opposite the JSE and surrounded by major law firms and businesses, whereas most other IP Counsel chambers are located 40kms away in Pretoria near the local High Court and the Patent Office. Paola (contactable here) is not the only person to have made the jump; Reinhard Michau (ex Spoor and Fisher) and Ilse Joubert (ex Adams and Adams) have both done so successfully in recent years. Like England, South Africa has a split bar system.