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Clifford Chance has appointed a new finance director after searching for a year. Stephen Purse succeeds Christopher Merry, who quit in November 2003 for headhunting company Whitehead Mann. For the last year Clifford Chance has had an interim finance director, William Barnes. Purse has been finance director at Management Consulting since November 2001. Merry was finance director at Clifford Chance for four years.