Shaw Pittman, the US firm, has appointed Karen Knab to the newly-created post of executive director. Her arrival coincides with a period of expansion for the Washington DC-based firm, which has added 100 lawyers in the past year to take it to a total of 370. She arrives from the same position at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is strengthening its aviation and reinsurance teams with the appointment of two senior solicitors. Sue Barham joins the aviation team from Norton Rose and Kathleen Ford joins Barlow’s reinsurance and international risk team from Equitas where she was a reinsurance claims counsel in its claims unit.

Clarke Willmott & Clarke will no longer offer training contracts to Legal Practice Course graduates because of the cost of retaining newly-qualified solicitors. The south-west practice, which takes 10 trainees annually, will meet demand for growth by employing paralegals and recruiting qualified solicitors.

Pinsent Curtis’ Leeds office has taken on Dominic Marshall from Davies Arnold Cooper. Marshall joins the banking team which also recently recruited Mark Davies from Addleshaw Booth & Co and now comprises nine partners and 26 lawyers.

Curtis Davis Garrard has appointed two new partners. Peter Measures joins the Heathrow-based firm from Clyde & Co to work on asset and project financing. David Gardner, an associate with the firm, has also been made a partner, specialising in shipbuilding and offshore construction.

Davies Wallis Foyster is appointing two new partners. Carl Bruder, who qualified in 1990, specialises in licensing advocacy and was invited to head the firm’s licensing team. Gavin Perry qualified in 1994 and works in the insurance department where he specialises in credit hire litigation acting for the insurers.

Nelsons is merging with three Leicester-based firms to establish its fourth office in the East Midlands. Ironsides, Tollers and Greene Deavin are all coming together under the Nelsons name to give the firm a 14-partner Leicester practice. The firm already has offices in Nottingham, Derby and Grantham and the merger brings the total number of partners to 59. Last year Nelsons picked up two other firms in the region – Derby-based Gadsbys and personal injury practice Alfred Sevier & Son.

Hill Taylor Dickinson’s finance director Anthony Pennington has died. He suffered a massive heart attack and died on 26 March aged 56. Hill Taylor Dickinson chairman Robert Wallis says: “Tony will be sadly missed by all the partners and staff. Our thoughts are with his wife Tara, children Sally and Neil, and his many friends at this difficult time.”

Addleshaw Booth & Co advised the organisers of the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games on the contract establishing the BBC as host broadcaster of the event. Senior IP assistant James Whittaker advised Manchester 2002 and Manchester City Council on the deal.

Last week’s issue of The Lawyer carried a photograph with a caption for Phyllis Bennett on page two. The photograph was actually of Lesley Lintott who was also quoted in the story. The Lawyer apologies to both Phyllis Bennett and Lesley Lintott for the error.