Richard Murley (right), the Director General of the Takeover Panel, has accepted the panel’s invitation to extend his secondment until 30 November 2005. Murley, who works for Goldman Sachs, took up office in April 2003. First revealed on, 28 February

LSC appoints new chairSir Michael Bichard has been appointed as the new chair of the Legal Services Commission (LSC), the Department for Constitutional Affairs announced last week. His new role is the LSC’s most senior non-executive position and will run for five years. During his term of office, Sir Michael will oversee a full review of legal aid. He said that under his leadership the LSC would develop new programmes and services to ensure access to justice for the most vulnerable members of society. First revealed on, 3 March