The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising has hired a partner
from the law firm, Mishcon de Reya, as its new legal affairs
Simon Gallant, 38, joins the IPA in April after ten years at the firm,
whose clients included Diana, Princess of Wales. He is a media and
intellectual property specialist.
He will take over the reins from Philip Circus, who is leaving the IPA
after 20 years to practise through his own consultancy (Campaign, 16
Gallant will work as a legal consultant to the IPA for four days a week
on a flexible basis to ensure ’continuity of service to IPA
He will also work for Mishcon de Reya as a consultant.
He began his career studying law at the Universities of Wales and
Cambridge, before practising at firms such as Peter Carter Ruck &
Partners. He has also lectured in law at Bristol University and is an
author and speaker on media and intellectual law.
Nick Phillips, the IPA’s director general, commented: ’We’re pleased
someone of Simon’s calibre has been attracted to the job. The IPA’s
legal service has developed into one of our key member benefits and we
are keen to maintain and develop it.’