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Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has appointed Andrew Wilkinson as its new managing partner following the departure of Paul Griffin to Herbert Smith. Wilkinson is one of the world’s leading bankruptcy lawyers and is one of the top fee generators at the firm. He says he is now looking to recruit across all areas.

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Davenport Lyons is recruiting the head of tax from Richards Butler to boost its growing corporate department. Leslie Powell has been at Richards Butler since 1973 and joins the group which now boasts 17 fee- earners of whom six are partners. Powell is due to join Davenport Lyons next January.

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Titmuss Sainer Dechert is launching a new extranet facility enabling whole transaction teams to work together with clients online. Called Doc-Share, the system is available through the firm’s website and allows documents to be sent, received, edited and filed in a shared online environment. Clients can access transaction documents 24 hours a day.

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Simmons & Simmons is recruiting a senior in-house counsel from Sydney Airports Corporation for its development and construction group in Hong Kong. Brett Vincent was responsible for advising on the construction work for the A$800m (£317m) upgrade of Sydney Airport for the Olympics this year and will be a senior lawyer at Simmons.

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Chubb Europe, a member insurer of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, is promoting its counsel for UK and Ireland to head of external affairs for Europe. Ranald Munro, who was previously group legal adviser and company secretary at L’Oreal, will be responsible for developing an external affairs strategy, lobbying and identifying new product opportunities.

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Gosschalks has appointed Simon Lunt as senior partner to replace Les Green, who died after an illness. The firm recently changed its strategy, abandoning its criminal law practice and creating five new departments. Lunt served 10 of his 24 years in his continuing role as company and commercial department head.

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Walker Morris has taken on the former legal director of Yorkshire Television Ralph Coyle to front a new media and broadcasting unit in the firm’s Leeds commercial department. Coyle, who joins as a director, will also advise corporate clients on establishing new media strategies. Prior to joining Yorkshire TV Coyle worked for French television station Canal Plus.

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DLA has recruited corporate partner Andrew Carpenter from the Leeds office of Pinsent Curtis. Carpenter will join DLA’s nine-strong Leeds corporate team, which is led by Alastair Da Costa, in July. Carpenter recently worked on the £70m institutional buyout of the Maccess Group and was also involved in setting up Pinsents’ technology group last year.

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Legal Monte Carlo 2001, the third Legal Monte Carlo symposium for in-house lawyers and lawyers in private practice, will take place from Thursday 1 February to Sunday 4 February 2001. For details, contact Abby Wallace on The Lawyer Events hotline on 020 7970 4772.