In brief: C&L appoints stamp duty expert Quinlan

Coopers & Lybrand has appointed Inland Revenue stamp duty solicitor Michael Quinlan to head its stamp duty group following a series of departures from its law team. Coopers had been planning to follow Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse in setting up a standalone law firm with Peter Preston, a former Theodore Goddard partner, at its core. But departures of lawyers over the last six months have brought the tax legal team from 14 to four, and Preston's contract has not been renewed. Coopers spokesman Roger White said the firm was still looking at its options for establishing a separate law firm.