Veale Wasbrough has appointed a new head for its expanding clinical negligence team. Leading clinical negligence lawyer Gary McFarlane, a member of the Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA) referral panel, has joined the Bristol firm as a partner. He has previously been in charge of healthcare groups in London and Manchester.

Warner Cranston has recruited two new employment lawyers to join its existing team of five to cope with an increasing workload. Shireen Shaikh, a qualified barrister, joins as an associate in London from British Telecommunication's legal department. Jane Hobson comes from DLA in Sheffield to join the Coventry office as a senior associate.

The Employment Lawyers Association has elected Jane Mann as chairman. She was chosen during a ballot at this year's annual general meeting and will head the association's new management committee. Mann has practised as an employment and immigration lawyer since qualifying in 1981 and is a partner at Fox Williams where she is head of the firm's employment department.

Masons' partners now total 95, following the appointment of a further seven. They are: Sue Beech, Tim Fogarty, Jonathan French, Martin McCann, Fraser McMillan, Mark Tiggeman and George Wheeler-Carmichael. Twenty senior associates have also been appointed, bringing the total number of senior associates to 60.

Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins has announced the internal appointments of three partners and three associates. John Heaphy, Philip Raven and Neil Walker will increase the number of partners in the East Midlands firm to 47. Mark Keeley, Kathy Pickup and Rachel Roberts have become associates.

Poole & Co's employment law team has been joined by Roger James of Shoosmiths in Northampton. His specialist areas include discrimination and dismissal claims and contract disputes. Solicitor Anna Bunning has been appointed to its personal injury department.

Mourant du Feu & Jeune of Jersey is now open for business in London as part of the firm's ambitious expansion plans. Three of the group's 20 partners are now based in the capital at 35 New Bridge Street, Blackfriars. Managing partner Richard Jeune says the City is home to many of the firm's most important clients, and by having a presence in London he hopes to develop existing relationships and build new ones.

Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober's leading corporate partner Andreas Rittstieg, has, according to fellow partners, left the firm to move into corporate finance. A leading Bruckhaus lawyer says: “There were reports in the press that he was setting up his own boutique firm, but that is not the case. He has made a personal decision to leave the law and become a business angel. We wish him well.”

EU interactive, the online LAWTEL service for Europe, launches on 24 May at Lincoln's Inn. Rachel Lesiter, head of Centaur Legal, publisher of The Lawyer, LAWTEL, EU interactive, and interactive-lawyer.com, and producer of Legal Monte Carlo,will launch the new service. To attend the launch party email launch@EUinteractive.com or call 020 7970 4849.