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Pinsent Curtis is undergoing a radical management shake-up. It will cut its top executive team from five to three, appoint three non-executive partners to the board and national practice heads will be given greater control of budgets.

Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong tax group has been listed as one of the top five legal advisers in nine out of 10 specialist sectors in the region according to the International Tax Review.

Legal Monte Carlo ’99 Update: The Lawyer’s premier in-house and private practice legal event of the year is being joined by more top in-house counsel. This week counsel from BA, Shell, Reckitt & Colman, McDonald’s, Gillette Management, United Broadcasting & Entertainment, Ocean Group, The London Stock Exchange and The Body Shop International were among those joining the line-up.

The Director of the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors has given evidence at an industrial tribunal after being accused of overseeing a culture of racism while at the CPS. Peter Ross, formerly branch manager of the Bow Street offices of the CPS before joining the OSS three years ago, is accused of race and sex discrimination by senior crown prosecutor Maria Bamieh. An employment tribunal in South London heard him deny all allegations.

Simmons & Simmons has advised on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s largest equity offering this year, worth HK$4.5m. The firm’s team, led by Stephen Mok, worked on New World China Land’s listing on the exchange by way of a new issue.

Wallace & Partners represented international currency trader Joe Lewis’ Serex Enterprise in the u11.75m sale of its Hong Kong sourcing company Tamarind International to textiles business Stirling Group of Manchester, which supplies Marks & Spencer.

Robert Sayer beat David Keating by 12,819 votes to 7,062 to become the new Law Society president in an election which saw only 21.7 per cent of the profession vote – the lowest turnout ever. Irwin Mitchell’s senior partner, Michael Napier beat sole practitioner Trevor Murray, by 12,563 votes to 7,531 to become deputy vice-president. Kamlesh Bahl becomes vice-president.

Derek Larkin has been elected president of the Institute of Legal Executives which represents more than 22,000 members. Larkin specialises in criminal law and runs the crown court department at Birmingham solicitors John Morgan.

Barker Gotelee an agricultural firm in Suffolk has appointed ex-National Farmers Union chief legal adviser Sally Stanyer as a consultant. Stanyer led the group action against the beef export ban.

Rajeev Loomba and Nicholas Goudie have been appointed as district judges on the North Eastern Circuit.

Neil Cooper. Last week it was stated that Buchler Phillips partner, Neil Cooper, who has been appointed president of INSOL International, would leave his accountancy firm. He will in fact remain at the firm throughout his presidency. We apologise for the error.