Stalwart director

Former Standard Chartered Bank company secretary Gay Welch has been appointed as legal director of investment company Stalwart Group. She will be the first legal director at the firm, which specialises in providing home income plans for the elderly. Welch will also be company secretary for the group, which was admitted as a member of the Personal Investment Authority last year. A spokesman says the company relied entirely on external firms for its legal work before the appointment.

Strategies conference

Leading in-house lawyers have been lined up for a major London conference on strategies for successful management this week. Speakers include British Coal Pensions Schemes solicitor Julian Collins, National Power's head of legal services, Stuart Wheeler and Peter Coleman, director of legal affairs at Grand Metropolitan Estates. Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith QC will also speak on 'Exploiting the modern Bar'. The conference is at the Copthorne Tara Hotel on Thursday and Friday this week. Information on 0171 582 2423.