In brief: Goldsmith to head finance review panel

Former Bar Council chairman Peter Goldsmith QC has been appointed as the new chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel. He replaces 39 Essex Street head of chambers Edwin Glasgow QC who retires after completing his five-year term. The panel examines the annual accounts of public and large private companies to see if they comply with the Companies Act and acceptable accounting standards. Goldsmith, who is a tenant at commercial set Fountain Court, said he intends to combine his new role with an active practice at the Bar.