Digests

Denton Hall has been appointed by the Egyptian government to advise on its telecommunication regulation. London-based Denton Hall partner Nicholas Higham will work in Egypt with Bridget McKinney, head of its Cairo office, Denton Hall Fox & Gibbons. Meanwhile, Trowers & Hamlins has revealed it is to move into more permanent Cairo premises following the opening of its office there in May.

McDermott Will & Emery has raided Baker & McKenzie for the second time this year, poaching top telecoms partner Stephanie Liston. Liston joins US firm McDermotts to head its European communications practice hot on the heels of Fraser Younson, Bakers' former head of employment, who joined the firm in March.

Clifford Chance's London head of real estate practice Teddy Bourne is to retire in the autumn and will be replaced by Cliff McAuley. At 38, McAuley will become the youngest head of practice in the firm.

Hammond Suddards has joined an international network of 200 firms in an attempt to globalise. The firm's decision to join Commercial Law Affiliates (CLA) was taken after a two-year failed search for a merger partner abroad.

Freshfields is the first of BAe's 12 panel firms to commit to pro bono work. BAe changed its terms of engagement, first revealed by The Lawyer (8 March), to include a clause requiring firms to commit to pro bono work.

Credit Suisse Trust in Guernsey has made Trevor Kelham a director. Kelham is the first lawyer on the board of the offshore trust and trust management subsidiary of the private banking division of Credit Suisse Group. He will take responsibility for law and compliance. He joined Wragge & Co as senior manager of compliance in June 1997.

Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has become the first woman to head a high court division. Dame Butler-Sloss, who is a lord Justice of Appeal, will become president of the Family Division on 1 October. The present incumbent, Sir Stephen Brown, retires at the end of September.

The Law Society has attacked the Government's plan to make non-payment of child support a criminal offence and allow offenders' driving licences to be confiscated. Law Society president Michael Mathews says the sanctions are “out of proportion to the problem” and warns that they could raise human rights issues. He says child support maintenance should remain a civil matter.

Home Secretary Jack Straw has asked the Law Commission to review the “double jeopardy” law which states that people cannot be tried twice for the same crime. The request follows the MacPherson report on the Stephen Lawrence inquiry which recommended that prosecution should be permitted after acquittal where fresh evidence is presented.

The Young Solicitors Group Pro Bono Award Scheme winners have been announced. The winners are Slaughter and May lawyer Joanne Elizabeth Cross, Nick Scott and his team from Dibb Lupton Alsop in Manchester, Mary Ann Wright from Alexander Johnson and Gerard O'Toole from Hudgell & Partners.