In brief: Eversheds finds head for French desk

Eversheds has appointed French lawyer Olivier Morel to head its new French desk which will advise British and French companies working in both countries. Morel joins Eversheds from a 13-month stint as executive director of the London First Centre, an organisation that promoted the capital as a business centre.

Before that he was briefly the practice manager at Birmingham chambers 5 Fountain Court. Morel, admitted as an avocat a la cour in 1991, said Eversheds made him an offer he could not refuse.