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Barlow Lyde hires Herbert Smith corporate lawyer
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is taking on corporate lawyer Pollyanna Deane from Herbert Smith. Deane will focus on M&A, demutualisations and other restructurings, and securitisations. She also specialises in the development of alternative risk products in the life assurance industry. Barlow Lyde's head of corporate and finance John Longdon says the life industry is a growing area and Deane's arrival will fill a gap at the firm. Vanessa Pawsey
Eversheds creates quality position
Eversheds is taking on its first-ever director of quality. Hazel Ryan joins the firm from the London office of DLA where she was a partner and head of tax. According to Eversheds' head of client services Geoff Harrison, she will be responsible both for the legal and the client care side. She takes over from John Northan, who retired last month. Northan's responsibility was limited to quality assurance on the legal side. Vanessa Pawsey
Brabners keeps its place on Emap panel
Brabner Holden Banks Wilson has retained its place on the Emap panel. Last week, Emap announced it was shaking up its entire panel (The Lawyer, 12 November). Brabners, which has worked for Emap for 10 years, undertakes media, employment and some competition rules commercial work for the publishing and radio giant. Head of litigation Mark Manley will continue to lead the Emap team at Brabners. Naomi Rovnick
Herbert Smith replaces real estate head
Herbert Smith has appointed James Barnes as its new head of real estate. He replaces Iain Rothnie who is moving on to fill the shoes of outgoing London executive partner Tim Parkes. Parkes is becoming head of the firm's Asia practice (The Lawyer, 10 September 2001). All three positions become official on 1 January 2002. Barnes will not be sitting on Herbert Smith's partnership committee, the firm's management board. Naomi Rovnick
Freshfields Milan takes on Chiomenti quartet
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has poached four partners from Italian law firm Chiomenti Studio Legale. Massimo Benedettelli, Marzio Longo, Bruno Castellini and Renato Paternollo will all join the firm's Milan office on 16 November. They will work in corporate, real estate, banking, securities and tax law. Vanessa Pawsey
SJ Berwin boosts Paris office with Latham hire
SJ Berwin has scooped a sixth partner for its Paris office, hiring M&A lawyer Laurence Pinot from Latham & Watkins. The move follows the recent hire of Pierre-Louis Perin from the French arm of Deloitte & Touche. SJ Berwin opened its Paris office at the beginning of the year when it hired private equity rainmaker George Pinkham from Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn. Vanessa Pawsey
Beiten's Prague office moves to White & Case
Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener has lost its Prague office to US firm White & Case. The move follows shortly after the news that the German firm will merge with the legal arm of big five accountancy firm KPMG. Czech corporate partners Boris Brazdil and Vaclav Jerman will now join White & Case's 30-fee-earner Prague office. Vanessa Pawsey
In last week's special report on property it was incorrectly stated that Rowe & Maw acted for Barclays Bank in the Harris appeal. Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn HRK were the instructing solicitors in this case.
Hammond Suddards Edge has not divested itself of its interest in Devonshire Claims Services as stated in the Insurance column of 5 November. Devonshire Claims Services continues to work very closely with Hammond Suddards Edge.