News in brief

Bird & Bird has announced the appointment of six new partners. Lorna Brazell, David Wilson, Nicola Maguire, Andrew Stobbart, Ruth Boardman and Isabel Evans were made up on 1 May. It now has 80 partners, a 30 per cent increase on last year. Boardman is an IT lawyer, Brazell and Wilson are both IP lawyers, Maguire is in corporate, Stobbert is a real estate specialist and Evans is in banking.