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Zurich Professional managing director and former Solicitors Indemnity Fund head Elizabeth Mullins (left) has left her job and is believed to have retired from the profession. Mullins joined Zurich Professional last July but resigned just eight months later. However, she agreed to stay until the end of May to oversee Zurich's launch into the second year of professional indemnity in the open market.

Tite & Lewis has made up Jon Edgell, James Robinson and Alison Welterveden to the partnership. Edgell is based in the financial services group and focuses on IT, e-commerce and outsourcing. Robinson works within the industrial products group and specialises in European Union, competition and trade law. As leader of Tite & Lewis's technology, communications and entertainment industry group, Welterveden has expertise in IT, e-commerce and data protection law.

Joseph Tan Jude Benny Anne Choo (JTJB) has initiated a law office franchise system in a fresh approach to expanding its global reach. The Singapore shipping specialist aims to create a network of franchised firms, using the JTJB name, inter-referring work but not sharing profits. The first interested party is Vancouver-based shipping boutique Koh. On the back of the Canadian franchise, JTJB intends to spread the network to cities with major ports, namely New York, Bombay and Montreal.

The National Farmer's Union has promoted Colin Hall (right) to chief legal adviser, replacing Richard Vidal, who joined the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Three years ago Hall joined the union's Hampshire offices, where after six months he became head of the department. In his new role he will oversee the six-lawyer London team and a national cohort of around 25 legal advisers. He is currently seeking a lawyer to fill his vacated space.

KLegal has promoted six members of the firm. James Bullock, head of the tax litigation team, will be a partner and Mark Whitehouse becomes a director in the same department. Other promotions to director are John Buyers in IT & telecoms, Suzanne Gill in the real estate team, John Langan in corporate and commercial, and Patrick Wheeler in intellectual property. All the appointments take effect from October.

Boyes Turner is taking on the Thames Valley-based partners from Nabarro Nathanson's private client team. Peter McGeown and Denise Drammis will join the Reading-based firm in September. This follows the decision of Nabarros to stop handling private client services, as reported in The Lawyer (25 June). Head of Nabarros' private client team Jim Edmondson, partner Caroline Kirby and senior solicitor Helen Bryant all went to Farrer & Co.

Bates Wells & Braithwaite family law partner Frances Hughes is leaving to set up her own niche family law practice. Her entire department, which includes partners Pauline Fowler and Alex Carruthers, is leaving with her to set up the new firm, to be named Hughes Fowler Carruthers.

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has recruited tax lawyer Abigail Day from accountancy giant Arthur Andersen. She will be a tax partner in Barlows' corporate and finance group. Day, who trained as a lawyer with Norton Rose, worked for Arthur Andersen for five years. She is particularly experienced in transactional, corporate restructuring and M&A work within the finance sector.

Correction: in an article last week (9 July) it was stated that Atrias became Tarlo Lyons' client on the recommendation of Citibank. In fact, the recommendation came from Tarlo Lyons client Deutsche Bank.