In brief: London hosts US firm's first European office

Washington DC-based firm Shaw Pittman Plotts & Trowbridge is to open its first European office in London by the end of September. The firm is in the process of recruiting three English lawyers to join one US partner in setting up the office******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Sir John Wood, who is retiring from the International Labour Organization's (ILO) 20-strong committee of experts after 20 years .