Digests

Chadbourne & Parke and a former partner in the firm have settled a law suit claiming the ex-partner was wrongfully expelled from the firm in 1992. Stuart Rosenthal, who was investigated but not prosecuted for unlawful currency dealings in connection with Atlantic City casino winnings, was paid $460,000 (£288,000).

Edwin Coe, the 20-partner City firm, has taken on both partners at fellow London firm Maislish & Co. David Maislish, who set up the firm in 1977, and Joanna Dixey are both commercial lawyers. Maislish has been involved in high profile cases including the Guinness affair and the Piper Alpha litigation.

Edge Ellison is launching its own training consultancy – dubbed Springboard. Simon Ramshaw, the firm's managing partner, will be managing director of the scheme, which will offer clients training on developing marketing strategies and key account relationship building. Deputy senior partner Gil Hayward will take over the day-to-day management of the firm.

Herbert Smith successfully acted for Amey Rail at the inquiry into the Southall rail accident. Herbert Smith partner and solicitor-advocate Tom Custance appeared for Amey Rail, which maintains the track and signalling around Southall. The inquiry report says: “Neither the track nor the signalling equipment are to be regarded as a cause of the accident.”

Gateley Wareing is launching an e-services unit to deal with all legal issues relating to the internet. The 10-strong team, headed by senior associate Andrew Evans, will deal with domain name disputes, data protection and online contracting. The Midlands firm will draw on legal resources, IT and marketing for the initiative.

Buchanan Ingersoll, the US firm, has taken 15,000 sq ft for its new premises at Tower 42 in Old Broad Street. The Pittsburgh-based firm has an option on a further 6,000 sq ft as it expands its London health care projects practice, led by former Beachcroft Wansbroughs projects head Barry Francis.

Richards Butler's highly rated head of employment Georgina Keane is leaving the firm after four years to join Lawrence Graham. Tim Archer, senior partner at Richards Butler, will head the department when Keane leaves to co-lead Lawrence Graham's seven partner employment practice with Yvonne Gallagher.

Ernst & Young's legal network consultant, Andrew Daws has quit. Daws, who joined from Denton Hall three years ago, resigns as the accountancy firm appointed Arnheim Tite & Lewis' managing partner Christopher Tite and head of IT Mark Lewis, to the firm.

Vizard Oldham, the 15-partner London firm, has taken on three senior assistants to boost its public sector and health care litigation departments. Su Savill and Andrew Munro both join the health care department from Trowers & Hamlins and will deal with clinical negligence litigation for the NHS. Andrew Prior joins from Barlows in Guildford.

Pritchard Englefield has announced the appointment of a new partner to its employment practice. Howard Hymanson left employment specialist Fox Williams to join the City-based firm's employment law department as a partner, which is under the leadership of Belinda Avery.