Sydney Conference

A Senior Freehill Hollingdale & Page lawyer Dr Ellen Beerworth will this week chair an Australian forum on product liability. The conference, which will take place in Sydney, will pinpoint preventative practice as the key to avoiding product liability suits. It follows on the heels of a spate of recent actions in the country involving asbestos, breast implants, pacemakers and packaged meat products. “Australia's tough new product liability laws, together with changes to procedural rules in the areas of class actions, litigation costs and contingency fees, mean that Australian companies and their legal advisers need to ensure litigation does not occur,” says Beerworth.

Oppenhoffs move

– Newly-formed German tax and corporate practice Oppenhoff Radler last week moved to new premises in Frankfurt. The result of a January merger between Radler Raupach Bezzenberger and Boden Oppenhoff Rasor Raue, the firm now incorporates more than 90 partners and 130 additional fee earners in offices across the globe. Between 45 and 50 lawyers took up residence in the new offices last Monday.

French signing

– Hampshire firm Blake Lapthorn has signed up French notaire Laurent Marsollier to work in its French property department. Marsollier's appointment follows a growth in the number of British clients purchasing property in France. A specialist in property, tax and succession law, he will head the department which also includes partner Michael Profit.