In brief: Blackburn to head Law Advisory Committee

Former Law Society councillor Bill Blackburn OBE , who has helped build up Franco-British legal relations, is to be the new chairman of the British Council's Law Advisory Committee. He takes over from Lord Justice Phillips. Blackburn, who began his career at the Paris office of Theodore Goddard in 1957, is now a consultant with a French firm and honorary president of the Franco-British Lawyers Society.