Wilde & Partners, the niche 8-partner trade finance and banking firm, is taking on the head of commercial property from Edward Lewis. Jeremy Dening joins the London firm as a partner at the same time as two other senior assistants take partnership – Martin Smith in property and Philip Jones in non-contentious receivables finance.

Allen & Overy is advising Kohlberg Kravis Roberts on a £625m recommended cash bid for Wassall, which owns several businesses. Partners Alan Paul and Mark Dighero lead the A&O team.

The Bar Council is being challenged in the High Court by a student who says its policy on admissions to qualify as a barrister is unfair. The applicant says it is wrong that her exam for the Bar Vocational Course at Cardiff University was not based on multiple choice questions as it is elsewhere.

Olswang has scored a victory in the Court of Appeal allowing the Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar to use the name “Budweiser” with no other distinguishing wording. IP partner Andrew Inglis led the Olswang team in the latest round of the battle between the Czech brewer and US beer giant Anheuser-Busch over the brand name.

Sherrards in Hertfordshire is merging with niche commercial and property practice Peters & Company to form a six-partner south-east firm. Sherrards has grown from a two-partner firm with four solicitors in 1995 to a fee-earning and support staff of more than 50.

Memery Crystal, the Southampton law firm, has snatched up David Hansel from collapsed firm Edward Lewis to head its IP and digital technology unit. Memery Crystal corporate partner Lesley Gregory says that the practice has witnessed a huge surge in the IT area.

Crutes, one of the North's leading firms, has opened a third office in Newcastle. The 21-partner firm has taken a newly-renovated four-storey building to house its employment, commercial property, conveyancing, housing association and health departments – a total of four partners and 30 other staff. The firm also has a Sunderland office.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius, the US firm, has closed its offices in Singapore and Jakarta. The two offices, which opened in 1996, closed at the end of December. Two partners from the Singapore operation have joined Latham & Watkins' operation in the city. The closures leave Morgan Lewis with international offices in London, Brussels, Frankfurt and Tokyo.

Shoosmiths has poached two associates from City firms. Iain Gilbey joins the firm as head of planning from Ashurst Morris Crisp and will continue to act for a number of his existing large-scale residential and retail development clients. Pensions lawyer David Thompson also moves to Shoosmiths from Rowe & Maw.

CMS Cameron McKenna is advising the National Grid Group on the placing of 30 million shares of Energis worth £1bn, reducing the group's shareholding to 36 per cent. The proceeds of the sale will be used by National Grid for general corporate purposes including a share buyback programme of up to £400m. The team was led by corporate partner Sean Watson.