NEWS IN BRIEF

Clifford Chance has hired nine partners in property, competition, finance and tax. They include property partners Robert Porter and Arthur Dyson from CMS Cameron McKenna, property partner Jonathan Solomon from Norton Rose and anti-trust litigator Elizabeth Morony from Linklaters. In New York, CC Rogers & Wells is taking on Donald Carden from O’Melveny & Myers, Isaac Grossman from Squadron Ellenoff and Kevin O’Mara from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. In Europe, CC is hiring Charles Roemers from PwC and Joorg Wulfken from Bankgesellschaft Berlin.

Olswang is forming a joint venture with developer client Minerva to acquire a proposed residential development at 90 High Holborn for more than £20m. The firm is pre-leasing 140,000sq ft of the 180,000sq ft building at a rent of £45 per sq ft. Part of the building will be used as space for start-up clients.

Pinsent Curtis has hired Simon Ramshaw to head its pensions practice. Ramshaw was managing partner of Edge Ellison prior to the firm’s merger with Hammond Suddards, announced in June. Pinsent Curtis’ pensions clients include TI Group, GKN Group and Cadbury Schweppes Pension Fund.

Arnold & Porter has hired telecoms specialist Michael Ryan from Coudert Brothers and Ian Kirby from DLA. At the same time, partner David Barrett, who joined from DLA in 1998 specialising in IT outsourcing, has left the US firm for health reasons.

Walker Morris has hired Eversheds‘ Manchester construction head Simon Anderson. He joins on 14 August. Walker Morris’ construction team, led by Martin Scott, specialises in contentious work.

Forsters has made up three partners by internal promotions. Kim Lalli and Helen Streeton handle commercial property, and Andrew Head specialises in commercial litigation. Forsters specialises in institutional property work.

Llewelyn Zietman is launching two websites in association with Judicium – eSettle, an insurance claims facility, and Freelawyer, a free consumers’ legal service. The websites will operate separately but under the Judicium umbrella, and Llewelyn Zietman will act as legal counsel on a range of issues.

Harbottle & Lewis has appointed two new partners. Lisa Bennett, who joined the firm in 1991, is responsible for corporate work including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Bob Mitchell, who joined in 1997, is head of the firm’s sports group. His practice includes constitutional and regulatory work, sponsorship and merchandising agreements and player contracts.

DMH has appointed four new partners to work in the commercial and private client departments. Mark Culbert and Justin Ellis work in DMH’s innovation and media group. Lynne Passmore is head of family and Alistair Rustemeyer is head of marine. The appointments follow the announcement that Carl Burton has joined the property department bringing with him a team of five.

Brick Court Chambers has recruited junior Marie Demetriou along with Martin Chamberlain from 4/5 Gray’s Inn Square which has also lost leading silk Stuart Isaacs and junior Karen Steyn. Magic circle set Brick Court is in the process of strengthening the junior end of the chambers.

4 Paper Buildings, the chambers of Jean Ritchie QC, has asked us to clarify our report of last week which indicated that three tenants had left 4 Paper Buildings for Littleton Chambers. We should have made it clear, and now do so that the chambers concerned were those of Lionel Swift QC.