Legal Monte Carlo update. Reed Elsevier, Coca-Cola Schweppes Beverages, AOL, Somerfield, Autoglass, AWE, Cargill Financial Markets, The Lottery Heritage Fund, The Commonwealth Development Corporation, Cattles plc, Haliburton UK and Ster Century are among the top in-house counsel who have signed this week to attend Legal Monte Carlo 99 in November. To book, call Nichola Welch on 0171 970 4673.

The Lawyer and Unicef's Child Rights Lawyer Award has a new judge. Peter Harris, the former Official Solicitor will join Baroness Scotland QC, Sir John Waite, David Hershman and Andrew McFarlane QC on the panel of judges for the Child Rights Lawyer Awards held by The Lawyer and UNICEF. The closing date for nominations is Thursday 21 October. The award will be presented at an evening reception at the Law Society's Chancery Lane Headquarters on 16 November. For further information, please call Alex Charlwood on 0171 970 4665.

Minter Ellison, the Australian law firm with offices in London, has won a five-year struggle to gain a licence to practice in China. Another Australian firm, Deacons Graham & James, has, meanwhile, picked up a third licence to practice there. Both will open offices in Shanghai.

Sinclair Roche & Temperley is battling to keep Korea's second-largest conglomerate Daewoo afloat. Head of company and commercial Kevin Dean is leading a team of six London-based lawyers and four in Hong Kong, advising Daewoo UK, Daewoo Cars and Daewoo Hong Kong. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising Daewoo in Seoul.

Denton Hall has won a pensions test case for Equitable Life at the High Court. Norton Rose advised the policy holders representative defendant, David Hyman.

Dibb Lupton Alsop's head of operations, Andrew Chappell, is to quit the firm at the end of the year to set up an online stamp collecting service with his father. The Bradford-based partner, who for the past two years has run Dibb Lupton Alsop jointly with managing partner Nigel Knowles, has been with the firm for 20 years.

Simmons & Simmons has appointed three new laterally-hired partners. Cameron McKenna's international derivatives regulation partner, Ned Swan, joins the London office. Fiona Loughrey, employment head at Baker & Mackenzie Hong Kong, joins the Hong Kong office. Finance partner Ibrahim Mubaydeen has joined the Abu Dhabi office from local firm Al Tamimi & Co.

Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn, the transatlantic law firm, has taken over the five-partner Azerbaijan firm, Wicklow Group in Baku. This will form Salans' fifth office in the former Soviet Union. Alum Bati, Wicklow's managing partner, has been made a Salans' partner and heads the new office.

Shaw Pittman. In last week's survey of US firms in London it was stated that Shaw Pittman partner Andrew Dunlop joined the firm from Dibb Lupton Alsop when it was, in fact, Freshfields.