News in brief

5 Fountain Court barrister wins bar award
Simon Michael, of Birmingham set 5 Fountain Court, has won the 2001 Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award. He received the award for establishing a pro bono scheme in Bedford and Luton Coroners' Courts and for his work with Victim Support Bedfordshire Road Traffic Service. The award was judged by the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith QC (left), Bar Council chairman Roy Amlot QC, Mr Justice Penry Davey and president of the Liverpool Law Society Edward Goldsmith. Naomi Rovnick
DLA hire boosts Hong Kong office
DLA has hired commercial and e-commerce specialist Jason Carmichael from Singapore-based technology company Unifize. Carmichael will join the firm's Hong Kong office after his 18-month-long post as vice-chairman at Unifize. He has worked in the Hong Kong offices of Richards Butler and Deacons. In July, corporate finance partner Andrew Lui joined DLA's Hong Kong office from Denton Wilde Sapte. Brendan Malkin
Gouldens draws Curtin from Finers
Gouldens has recruited Finers Stephens Innocent partner Richard Curtin to its corporate recovery and insolvency practice. Curtin, a Finers partner for 10 years, is a specialist in contentious insolvency matters. His arrival is set to complement the insolvency practice of partner Barry Donnelly and non-contentious partner Adrian Owen. Kathryn Hobbs
Double partner defection hits Orrick
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe partners James Bartlett and Conor Downey have joined DLA. The two partners will be in charge of setting up a securitisation and capital markets practice in DLA's London office. Both Bartlett and Downey are following in the footsteps of Ian Johnson, their former boss at Orrick. He resigned as head of Orrick's London office in March to join the project finance group at DLA.
Herbert Smith loses partner to Landwell
Herbert Smith corporate partner Mark Satterly is moving to Landwell, the law firm tied to accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is the second M&A partner to join Landwell's London office in the last three weeks. Satterly was a salaried partner at Herbert Smith. Helen Power
Anchor Trust makes firm choice for new panel
Housing adviser Anchor Trust has appointed four firms to its first formal property and development panel. Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees and Bradford-based Gordons Cranswick will share work in the North; Manches is covering the South and Birmingham firm Anthony Collins will cover the Midlands region. Anchor Trust is a non-profit organisation. Naomi Rovnick
BLP builds planning team with Wimpey work
Berwin Leighton Paisner has won George Wimpey (UK) as a new client for its planning and environment team. The firm has received its first instruction from Wimpey, advising on the development proposals of McLean Homes and Stannifer in Lympne, Kent. Partner Tim Smith (left) is leading the team. Naomi Rovnick
Although it was stated in an article entitled 'Bar probes 4 KBW over Claims Direct payments' (24 September) that the chambers in question was that of Robert Rhodes QC, some confusion appears to have arisen. The article was not about the chambers of Timothy Raggatt QC, which is at the same address.