SJ Berwin has appointed seven new partners. In London they are: Alex Leitch (litigation); Lewis Myers (property); Andrew Harris, Graham Nicholson and Mark Sanders (private equity group). In Madrid they are: Jullo Veloso Caro (corporate banking); and Javier Vicente Climent-Pallarés Morera (corporate tax). It has also recruited former Wilde Sapte IT director Simon Kosminsky.

Hollis Whiteman Chambers in Queen Elizabeth Building has appointed a new senior clerk. After 26 years in the position, Michael Greenaway is becoming the set's first chambers director, while Will Whitford, after 29 years as Greenaway's first junior, is taking over as senior clerk.

Radcliffes has appointed a further two lawyers to its partnership. They are tax specialist Clara Trounson, who joined last year from Linklaters, and commercial property lawyer Roger Thornton, formerly of Norton Rose.

Masons has promoted another lawyer to its partnership following the election of seven senior associates last week. Catriona Dodsworth's appointment means the construction specialist now has 96 partners. Dodsworth is a partner in the construction and engineering group.

Bircham & Co has re-elected senior partner Ian McCulloch and executive committee chairman Nicholas Brown. Both will remain in their roles for three and two years respectively. The firm, which includes parliamentary and public affairs division Dyson Bell Martin, now has 30 partners out of a total staff of 200.

Sinclair Roche & Temperley is appointing four new partners across its international offices. Julie Clegg, who specialises in shipping finance, becomes a partner in London, while company and commercial lawyers Neil McGregor and David Stabb are promoted in Bucharest. In the Hong Kong office, corporate litigation expert Anthony Hill takes up partnership.

C&I Group chair Edward Smethurst says the Law Society's proposal to take away its £50,000 funding has caused “indignation and upset” among the group's members. Subject to approval of a report published last month by the Sections and Specialisation Task Force, eight Law Society groups including C&I must become self-financing within the next three years.

Holman Fenwick & Willan has announced eight new partners, bringing the total number of partners to 80. They are: Sybille Ellebode-Merlier (Paris); Henry Fung, Richard Wilmot and Andrew Kinnison (Hong Kong); Bill Kerr (Singapore); Stéphane Selegny (Rouen) and Jonathan Webb (London).

Cartwrights of Bristol and Cardiff has appointed Ian Poole as a partner. Poole has been with the firm since 1987 and has extensive experience in industrial disease, public liability and road traffic accident claims.

Tods Murray has furthered its expansion into the Scottish legal market with the appointment of new banking associate Joyce Ferrie. Ferrie, who joins from an in-house team at British Linen Bank, the former merchant banking arm of the Bank of Scotland, specialises in property finance.