Digests

Grimaldi e Clifford Chance is to more than double its office space in Milan providing room for an extra 75 lawyers. According to partner Nick Wrigley, the firm will take over a building adjoining the existing one in Via Clerici in an area of the city traditionally known for its high concentration of law firms. It will provide staff with an extra 18,000sq metres of work space.

Kennedys is taking on Spanish lawyer Miguel Gallardo from DLA. His clients include Spanish banks Sabadell and Banesto. He will work alongside partner Philip Hartley to offer company, commercial and dispute resolution advice to clients with interests in Spain. Kennedys has an associate firm in Madrid called Araúz de Robles & Vélez.

Davis Polk & Wardwell has elected eight new partners. They are: Daniel Budofsky, Arthur Burke, Show-Mao Chen, John Crowley, Luciana Fato, Edmond FitzGerald, Warren Motley and Jeffrey Schwartz. Their appointments have been made to boost the firm's corporate, litigation, trusts and estates and employment practice departments. Davis Polk & Wardwell now has 140 partners in its offices in the US, UK, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan.

Travers Smith Braithwaite has helped save the life of Death Row prisoner Glenroy Bishop in Trinidad. The firm, whose team included partner Stephen Page, is on the panel of City law firms which assist Death Row prisoners from the Caribbean in appeals to the Privy Council in London.

DLA has promoted two lawyers to become pensions partners. Vikki Massarano-Salt, has eight years legal experience and joined the firm in 1998, and Kate Payne joined in 1995 and is based in the Sheffield office.

Harbottle & Lewis has lost a highly respected music partner, who is leaving after 19 years at the firm. Andrew Stinson will remain at the firm as a consultant but his departure leaves just two partners within the firm's music division.

Charles Russell has lost the head of its pensions and employee benefits department Andrew Hudson to Ashurst Morris Crisp. He will be joined at Ashursts by partners Diane Preston and Michael Calvert as well as assistant Alan Fowler. They will all join as senior assistants.

Minter Ellison has severed its alliance with Singapore practice Khattar Wong & Partners as it opens its first office in Hong Kong. The office will initially be staffed by one Chinese lawyer but further lateral hires will be made to fill the branch.

Demon Internet's head of legal has left the internet service provider after two and half years at the company. Karen Mason left the firm over two weeks ago but is understood not to have made a decision on her next post.

Seddons is taking on an employment partner from rival London firm Radcliffes. Julian Cohen will head the department and will handle contentious and non-contentious matters. The 15-partner firm is now focusing on employment as a key area alongside other main departments, company and commercial, litigation, property and media.