The new general counsel of the Walt Disney Company has announced a shake-up of his legal department, which has led to the appointment of four deputies. As reported on www.the lawyer.com/lawyernews (9 July), the deputies will oversee corporate, litigation and employment, media networks and intellectual property (IP). "This new structure will enhance the ability of the department to focus on key strategic initiatives," said general counsel Alan Braverman, who joined Disney in January 2003. The deputies include new hire Terri Southwick, a former sole practitioner who joins the company as senior vice-president and deputy general counsel for IP. David Thompson will oversee corporate, Edward Nowak litigation and Brett Chapman media networks.