News in brief

Ashursts wins partner for Singapore practice
Ashurst Morris Crisp's Singapore office has acquired a new partner. Susan O'Rourke joined the firm's new energy, transport and infrastructure department, which opened in July. She was formerly at Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where she worked on oil and gas cross-border transactions.
Lovells' Walker beats rivals to stay senior partner
Lovells has re-elected senior partner Andrew Walker for another two years. His role was contested by head of corporate Hugh Nineham and competition partner Simon Polito. Managing partner Lesley MacDonagh has also been re-elected for a four-year term after an uncontested vote.
Dentons woos Deacons partner for Hong Kong
Denton Wilde Sapte has hired one of Australian firm Deacons' senior partners. The firm welcomed Peter Wintle to its Hong Kong office. Wintle has 20 years of commercial and banking litigation experience in Hong Kong.
Gibson Dunn continues London hiring spree
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has appointed its twelfth partner for the London office. Nicola Green (right) joined the London corporate group, increasing this year's partner intake to six. Bernard Grinspan, the firm's chair of the European operation, said that her appointment was part of a growth initiative. Green was at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood before joining Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.
Speechlys appoints Osborne Clarke partner

Speechly Bircham has appointed employment partner Chris Southam from Osborne Clarke. Southam specialises in all aspects of employment tribunal and non-contentious work, industrial action and boardroom disputes. The Speechly Bircham employment team now has eight members and the firm plans to double the size of the group over the next few years.
Lovells and Simmons lead Euro court dispute
Lovells Boesebeck Droste and Simmons & Simmons have taken lead roles in a new European legal group. Professor Winfried Tilmann, an intellectual property partner in Lovells' Dusseldorf office, and Simmons' trademark partner Kevin Mooney are vice presidents on the European Patent Lawyers Association. The group argues that it is impractical for one European court to deal with all patent litigation and recommends that a collective of states creates a specialised patent court.
Arnold & Porter takes on former US official
Arnold & Porter has hired John Barker, a former deputy assistant secretary for the nonproliferation controls in the US Department of State. He joins as of counsel in the Washington DC office. He has worked on national security plans and led US negotiating teams in more than 20 countries.
Hammonds makes property head Midlands chief
Hammond Suddards Edge's head of property Mark Newcombe will become head of the firm's Midlands practice when James Retallack steps down in October. Newcombe became head of property in the Birmingham office in 2000, when Hammond Suddards merged with Edge Ellison. Newcombe will be replaced by Ann O'Meara. Retallack is leaving to be group resources director at Aggregate Industries, a client of Hammond Suddards Edge.
Following last week's profile entitled 'The Fight Goes On', the Law Society has asked us to point out that Fox Williams is acting for Robert Sayer and Jane Betts in the forthcoming Kamlesh Bahl employment tribunal appeal.