Partners on the move…

Stewart White, telecoms partner at Ashurst Morris Crisp, is set to move in-house at the end March. He will co-ordinate regulatory policy at the newly merged mobile phone group Vodaphone Air Touch. He will be liaising with Vodaphone's company secretary and its existing head of legal, Stephen Scott.

David Wightman, who specialises in commercial rural property and heritage property law, has joined the Wrigleys partnership.

Stephen White has been appointed senior partner of Manchester firm Cobbetts. White, who is former managing partner of the firm, is replacing Anthony Fielden who is standing down as senior partner and is set to retire in spring.

Francoise Snape has joined edge ellison from Birmingham City Council. She will specialise in criminal and regulatory work in the litigation and dispute resolution department.

Barton Taylor, former head of Russell Jones & Walker's commercial litigation department, is now a partner at Gouldens.

Duncan Norbury, Louise Straw, Harry Travers and Jane Glass have been appointed partners at Manchester criminal law practice Burton Copeland.

Insurance partner Vernon Southey is leaving Clyde & Co after 13 years at the firm.

Lynn Aglionby, Sean Angle, Ian Davis, Michael Pattinson, Nicholas Robinson and Tonia Secker have become partners at Trowers & Hamlins.

Andrew Adams has become a partner at Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson. He will head up its debt recovery team.

Paul Giles has been appointed an international tax partner at Nottingham-based Browne Jacobson.