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13 March 2006

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People and places

Top-100 firm TLT has appointed Caroline Bulmer as CRM and proposals manager. Bulmer, who has worked at Clyde & Co, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP and Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard), heads up a new unit in the ten-strong business-development team, reporting to Leigh Lyons, TLT’s business development director. Bulmer will lead a team of three.

"Caroline's skills and experience add further strength to our ability to meet the needs of our clients" said Leigh Lyons, "I am delighted to welcome Caroline to the team."

People and places

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP (K&LNG) has made up 25 partners, across its UK and US offices.

The promotions, across the London, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington offices, will be effective as of 1 March 2006.

K&LNG chairman Peter Kalis said: “Our new partners are drawn from many offices and practice disciplines. They have distinguished themselves in the front lines of client service, and we look forward to their continuing contributions to the growth of the firm.”

Technology

Clayton Utz has become the first of Australia’s ‘big six’ law firms to roll out a digital-dictation workflow system firm wide in what is the largest implementation of dictation technology in the country. Clayton Utz has now provided BigHand digital-dictation software to over 1,200 users across the firm’s seven Australian offices.

BigHand worked in conjunction with local partner CCH Workflow Solutions (formerly Diskcovery) on the project. CCH Workflow Solutions has been a BigHand implementation partner in Australia for two years, and has led BigHand projects at four of Australia’s top-20 law firms.

Technology

David Thorpe, the former general manager for European operations at Thomson Elite and, most recently, sales director at Tikit, is joining Pilgrim Systems.

David has several years’ experience of the worldwide legal market and will be particularly responsible for guiding Pilgrim’s strategy in the marketplace going forwards.

“In my Elite days I saw Pilgrim as a very serious competitor. When I decided to make the break with Elite it seemed logical to consider hooking up with Jim Cummings and his team. After an in-depth review of LawSoft I was immensely impressed by what I saw. Pilgrim and LawSoft have a great future, and I wanted to be part of it,” said Thorpe.

Technology

Axxia Systems has launched an enhanced range of network support services to assist both existing clients and non-users. Focusing on infrastructure and system issues, the supplier will provide data validation and flexible disaster-recovery solutions plus a new bespoke security and facilities-management offering.

The specific services available are data validation, including both physical and logical tests of data; disaster recovery, providing subscription-based access to a range of proven continuity solutions such as hot stand-by servers, remote data links and office space; security, including network scans, virus checking and penetration testing; and facilities management, offering a choice of ‘hands and eyes’ or ‘eyes only’ system monitoring as well as the supply of specialised skills such as Unix administration.

People and places

International firm Latham & Watkins has announced the appointment of two partners, Daniel Friel and Sean Finn, to the European tax department at its London office. Both join the firm from Lovells.

Friel has previously advised private equity and corporate clients in numerous jurisdictions. He joined Lovells in 1990 and became a partner in 1996.

Finn has advised high-profile corporate clients and, prior to joining Lovells, was an associate in the tax department at Arthur Anderson.

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