Digests

PricewaterhouseCoopers' legal network is expanding into South Africa. Bell Dewar & Hall in South Africa has lost six of its 17 partners as it becomes the sixth firm to join the Landwell network this year.

Linklaters & Alliance's Swedish law firm Lagerlaf & Leman's ex-competition partner Jonas Bergh has joined the Swedish post office as an in-house lawyer. The privatised company is one of the firm's top clients. The Lawyer revealed his departure on 15 November.

Deloitte & Touche's Netherlands law firm AKD Prinsen is in merger talks with mid-size firm Van Wijmen Nouwen. A successful merger will create a top five Dutch practice. AKD Prinsen has merged twice this year.

Hammond Suddards has launched an independent business recovery consultancy under the name Hammonds Business Support. The division will be run by bankers and accountants and is aimed at small to medium-size companies which are likely to become insolvent.

Clifford Chance is reviewing its conflict procedures following its decision to merge with Rogers & Wells. Clifford Chance's head of litigation Chris Perrin is to give up fee-earning to concentrate on the review. John Potts replaces him as head of litigation.

Goldman Sachs has poached Baker & McKenzie partner David Geen as senior derivatives counsel. The move leaves global derivatives head Schuyler Henderson as the only partner in the London group.

Ernst & Young's new law firm has raided King & Spalding in Washington. Six tax associates will join McKee Nelson Ernst & Young. William McKee, who co-founded the firm in November, says the firm is on its way to achieving its goal of growing to more than 15 lawyers by January.

Maclay Murray & Spens has made up three partners and two employment associates. Rachel Carmichael will become a commercial property partner and Mark Macaulay will be made a construction partner in Glasgow. Euan Wilson will become a capital projects partner in Edinburgh.

The International Chamber of Commerce has agreed to extend its alternative dispute resolution services following submissions from leading London lawyers. Partners Chris Newmark of Baker & McKenzie and Dominic Spenser-Underhill of Rowe & Maw, and associate Robert Hunter of Lovell White Durrant are advising the ICC on the practicalities of increasing use of ADR.

Nelsons in Nottingham has recruited top personal injury lawyer Neville Radcliffe as a consultant to the firm. Formerly senior partner at Browne Jacobson until becoming a consultant four years ago, Radcliffe will advise the firm on personal injury and marketing, hoping to raise the profile of the 36-partner firm.

Herbert Smith has won an award for its contribution to education and business activities in Tower Hamlets. The firm won a community action award at Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership's annual ceremony for its involvement in a business mentoring scheme and its volunteer work with primary reading and numeracy initiatives.