Partners on the move…

Dariusz Michalski has been made a partner at Chicago-based law firm Altheimer & Gray. He is based in the firm's Warsaw office and joins Altheimer's new European counsel Anna Milosz, the former Coopers & Lybrand director of legal, who left the firm after giving legal advice on its merger with Price Waterhouse in Poland last year.

Nichola Peace has been appointed by Scottish commercial law firm Maclay Murray & Spens as a partner at its associated English firm Maclays' commercial property department in London. She is currently a partner at London firm Walsh Lawson, which will be formally taken over by Kingsley Napley at the end of March.

Former partner at London-based Malkins, Michael Welch, has joined Park Nelson, as a partner in the corporate department. Welch is a licensed insolvency practitioner and a fellow of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency.

William Rykens-Weir has been promoted from practice developer to head of practice development at independent financial advisers Fraser Smith. The move is part of a drive to expand the company's business, particularly with legal and accountancy practices.

Mark Wippell has joined Allen & Overy as a senior corporate partner. He joins from Ashurst Morris Crisp, where he had been a corporate partner since 1990.