News in brief

Allen & Overy‘s managing partner of litigation Andrew Clark will stand down in the autumn in order to focus on finding the firm a new home when its lease of One New Change expires in September 2006. Litigator and senior partner John Rink will help coordinate the project with Clark, who will be replaced by litigation partner Peter Watson. Rodney Barker, who retired as business services director last week, says that no decision has been made on five possible location options.