In brief: Finance ace makes First move to Pinsents

David Macfarlane, a former director of the Securities and Futures Authority, is joining Pinsent Curtis as litigation partner to lead its City litigation team as part of its newly-launched Financial Institutions Real Solutions Team (First). First aims to offer a one-stop shop of legal expertise to City financial institutions. Macfarlane has spent the past two years as general counsel and director at commodities broker E D & F Man.