Clare Short's son made TJG partner

The son that cabinet minister Clare Short gave away for adoption as a baby is among the raft of year-end internal partner promotions announced last week.

Toby Graham, who was reunited with Short in 1996, becomes a commercial litigation partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett along with Simon Lovell (banking).

Simmons & Simmons has 10 new internal partners, making a total of 147 partners. In London, they are Colin Mercer (banking/cap mark), Charles Fuller (corp fin), Robert Leigh (corp), Richard Perry (fin services), Nick Benwell (lit) and Helen Shilling (corp).

The firm's new overseas partners are Frank de Paepe (Brussels), Daniel Liew (China), Enrico Zarttoni (Milan) and Frederic Cohen (Paris).

Richards Butler has made up six new partners, bringing its total international partners to 96. Andrew Bird (corp/comm) and Tom Hibbert (comm lit) are at the firm's London office. Delpha Ho and Michael Pepper (corp) and Nanette Kwong and Asha Sharma (ship lit) are made up to partner level in Hong Kong.

SJ Berwin has appointed three partners from within the firm Mark Mifsud (corp fin), Tom Usher (IP) and Simon Ricketts (planning/local govt) bringing its number up to 73.

Berwin Leighton's new partners from 1 May are James Buchanan (PFI), Andrew Eastwood (prop) and Peter Martin (corp).

Clyde & Co has three new internal partners from 1 May John Morris (construction) in London, John David (insurance lit) in Guildford, and Hong Kong lawyer Thomas Leung (PI lit/ dispute resolution).

Withers has appointed four new partners Robert Moruzzi and Maggie Stirling (lit), and Jane Dearle and Susan Satchell (private client) bringing the firm's partner total to 47.

Finers has made up two new partners Daniel Marks (PI/med neg) and Ashley Reeback (corp/comm).