In brief: Herbert Smith appoints nine partners

Herbert Smith has appointed nine new partners with effect from 1 April. Pictured from left to right are the seven based in the firm's London office: Carol Shutkever, corporate; Alan Watts, commercial litigation; Bradley Phillips, tax; Andrew Lidbetter, commercial litigation and public law; Ben Ward, corporate; Sophie Quayle, planning; and Chris De Pury, commercial property. Also appointed were Ian Tokley in the China securities department in Hong Kong and Denis Chemla in the commercial litigation department in Paris.