Linklaters has made up 28 new partners, including 12 in overseas offices. The corporate department gained 10 new partners and the firm says it will grow because of expansion in European M&A work.

Stephenson Harwood has lost reinsurance partner James Crabtree who is leaving next month for Birmingham firm Pinsent Curtis. Meanwhile shipping partner Graham Burns is preparing to take a leave of absence until next January. Hugo Jenny, a former Stephenson Harwood partner, who left for a corporate tax career at Watson Farley Williams, is on his way back to join them again next month.

Nicholson Graham & Jones has made up employment lawyer Jane Liddington and private client lawyer Carole Cook to partner level. Liddington was formally a partner at Howes Percival and joined Nicholsons in May last year. Cook's promotion brings up the private client department to four partners.

Hardwicke Building, the London mega-set, has hired a new tenant but lost another. Kerry Bretherton, formerly of Arden Chambers, who is a specialist in housing, landlord and tenant and local government matters, joins the property team, now 21-strong. Gerry Forlin, a prominent junior counsel in major accident inquiries, is quitting to join 2-3 Gray's Inn Square.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is the first state or local bar association in the US to approve multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). The board of governors voted last week to allow MDPs that are at least 51 per cent-owned by lawyers.

New Court Chambers, George Carman QC's dissolving set, has found homes for two more tenants. Paul Stewart, a senior junior PI and clinical negligence specialist who also has a significant employment practice, joins Lamb Chambers. Joel Donovan joins Cloisters along with Yvette Genn from 2 Garden Court and William Latimer-Sayer from 2 Mitre Court.

Shearman & Sterling in New York has appointed a non-lawyer to its executive board. Clinton Kendrick is described as “an international financial services executive and entrepreneur” and was previously chief executive officer at Matrix Global Investments. Other board members are senior partner Stephen Volk, managing partner Whitney Pidot and European co-ordinator David Heleniak.

MacIntyre Strater International, a global multidisciplinary network of professional services firms, is adding three more law firms to its list of members. US firm Tiffany & Bosco, Canadian legal practice Adessky Poulin, and German lawyers Ahlers & Vogel join its ranks from the beginning of next month.

Miller McLean, head of legal at the Royal Bank of Scotland, is to retain his position after the NatWest merger. McLean will also be company secretary. He was picked over NatWest's legal supremo Christopher Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is considering his next move, perhaps a return to his old firm Slaughter and May.

CMS Cameron McKenna is setting up an exclusive alliance with 180-lawyer New York firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood. The association will focus on structured finance work. The move was initiated by Camerons' new managing partner Dick Tyler.