Digests

Norton Rose has announced the promotion of 14 new partners in a move designed to meet the increasing demands of international clients and support the firm's strategic growth plans. The main expansion areas are banking and corporate finance, each with four new partners, and litigation with three new partners. In the international offices, Chris Viner will strengthen the corporate finance team in Moscow, John Inglis the banking and international project finance team in Bahrain, and Elena Tsohou the corporate and project finance resources in the Piraeus office.

Mundays has appointed Andrew Morton as a consultant. He will join the Surrey-based solicitors on 16 May this year, following his early retirement from Allen & Overy where he has worked for 34 years. His skills include a specialist knowledge in the Russian and eastern European markets and expert knowledge in the areas of distribution and franchising, commercial agreements and the ISDA master agreement.

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) board has appointed John Stonely as chief executive following the resignation of managing director Elizabeth Mullins. Stonely, who retires in June this year, will work with newly appointed Solicitors Professional Indemnity Limited managing director Paul Cusition to ensure the transition from the compulsory scheme to the new commercial environment runs smoothly.

Cremades & Sanchez Pintado of Madrid has become the first Spanish firm to merge with an Argentinian one. The three IT/IP partners will now be linked to Gallego & Martinez as part of a plan to develop a Latin American IT network of firms by the end of the year.

Pinsent Curtis has signed its first shares-for-fees deal with internet start-up Digital Sport Group. The firm will take a minority share-holding in the company in lieu of fees. The client, which aims to launch a series of online sports sites, is due to float on the AIM in June.

Arnheim Tite & Lewis, PricewaterhouseCoopers' associated law firm, has seen the departure of 29 of its staff, who have left to join the firm currently being founded by Christopher Tite and Mark Lewis for Ernst & Young. They include head of property Louise Gowman and 13 fee earners. The pair will be allowed to join Ernst &Young at the end of the month, together with 15 support staff.

Linklaters & Alliance has hired UK corporate partner Julian Berger from Simmons & Simmons Grippo and Italian banking partner Luigi Sensi of Shearman & Sterling's Rome office, to increase its presence in Italy. They are the first to be seconded from Linklaters to 18-partner firm Gianni Origoni & Partners.

Jeremy Cooke QC is to succeed Stephen Tomlinson QC as head of chambers at 7 King's Bench Walk. Cooke will take over in May following Tomlinson's appointment as a High Court judge. Cooke is a leading commercial silk who specialises in energy, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence and shipping and maritime law.

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