Herbert Smith has elected Richard Bond as its next senior partner. Bond, head of corporate, will start his five-year term on 1 April 2000, succeeding Edward Walker-Arnott , who is standing down after seven years as senior partner. Bond was elected in an uncontested vote last Thursday.

Dibb Lupton Alsop's director of marketing Gillian Khan is leaving to take up a similar post at Berwin Leighton. Legal management consultant Peter Coleman from Independent Corporate Mentoring will take over Khan's role at Dibbs.

Trowers & Hamlins partner John McHugo has been appointed the chairman of the Middle East Association, a trade association for Middle Eastern business. He takes over from Richard Owens of trading group Inchcape.

Baker & McKenzie has set a Russian legal precedent in a case for pharmaceutical client Pfizer. A Russian laboratory was found guilty of manufacturing the group's patented heart disease drug under a patented process but without a licence. The Moscow office describes its victory as a landmark decision on procedure and admissibility of expert evidence in the Russian courts.

Christopher Forwood QC, of Brick Court Chambers, has been appointed as the UK representative of the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg, part of the European Court.

Field Fisher Waterhouse has made up five assistant solicitors to partner status, with effect from 1 October. The new partners are David Wilkinson in the corporate department, Andrew Lafferty in the commercial litigation and arbitration law group, Hayley Stallard in the advertising and marketing group, Barry Fishley in the IT and on-line law group and Matthew Lohn in the professional regulatory group.

Simmons & Simmons is appointing its first pro bono co-ordinator, Belinda Lodge, this month to promote and organise pro bono activities in the firm. The firm's existing work includes acting for individuals on death row in Jamaica and Trinidad, and volunteering at Battersea Legal Advice Centre.

The Law Society is reviewing the administration of its staff pension scheme after actuaries noticed £87,000 missing from the pension funds in August. Late payment of pension contributions is a criminal offence. However, the shortfall has now been returned to the scheme.

Cuatrecasas in Spain is merging with Portugese firm Goncalves Pereira Castelo Branco & Asociados, opening offices in New York and searching for new alliances with law firms in Italy and France. The two firms have been in an alliance for three years.

Shawn Coulson, an international firm with more than 200 lawyers formed by a merger between eight US and European firms, is due to launch next month. The new firm will be led by US firm Shawn Mann in Washington DC and English firm Moon Beever in London.

Clarification Further to last week's survey on advocacy services offered by leading city firms, Allen & Overy has four solicitor-advocates, all of whom are partners. The firm also has 12 accredited mediators.