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18 February 2002

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Allen &
Overy
has boosted its environmental practice with the appointment of senior associate,
Justine Thornton. She moves from Simmons & Simmons where she has
practised for several years in the environmental
department.

Pinsent Curtis
Biddles
has recruited Tim Bruton, previously head of legal at leading reinsurance
intermediary Benfield Group, to head its national insurance and reinsurance
practice.

Burges
Salmon
has promoted five of its associates to the partnership: Collette Bewley
(pensions), Jane Bridgwater (employment), David Hall (litigation),
Richard Owen (property) and John Smith (project finance). The firm
now has 53 partners.

DLA’s Midlands branch has appointed Pinsent Curtis
Biddle’s former Birmingham head of private equity, Jim Lavery. He will
join the Birmingham office of DLA under corporate partner and office head Chris
Rawstron, although a date for the move has not yet been set.

Latham & Watkins has poached four competition
partners from US rival Wilmer Cutler & Pickering to launch a new Brussels
office. Marc Hanson and John Kallaugher, from Wilmer Cutler’s
London office and Andreas Weibrecht and Paul Poitras, from the firm’s Brussels office, will help launch the new branch.

Morison
Bishop Solicitors
has announced the departure of three of the firm's partners, effective from 1
August 2002. Responding to the announcement, the firm’s managing partner, Ewen
Dyce, said: "The pensions unit is a standalone part of the business which
accounts for only a small proportion of the total fee income. Mobility of
partners and staff is an increasing feature of the legal scene. As such, whilst
regrettable, the departure of the partners, their two assistants and
administrative staff will have a negligible effect on the whole business, which
remains strong." 

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