News in Brief

Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ London office has recruited a senior assistant from Clifford Chance to set up its European consumer finance practice. Andrew McLean, who will become a partner specialising in corporate, commercial and consumer finance trans-actions, has been at Clifford Chance for 12 years, working in both its London and Tokyo offices.

Eversheds is launching a debt recovery system over the internet. The service,, allows clients to access and update records online. Eversheds’ clients can log-on to the service for free, as long as they have paid a fixed fee for debt recovery work.

Richards Butler is making up seven partners, pushing its worldwide partnership level past 100. Six of the new partners are based in the London office while one lawyer will gain promotion at the firm’s Paris office.

Olswang is bolstering its number of partners to 46 after announcing three internal promotions. Martin Davies specialises in commercial disputes specifically in media, entertainment and communications, Clive Gringras acts in internet law and Jane Moore advises media companies on a range of issues.

Taylor Joynson Garrett is promoting three associates to partner level. Jonathan Croucher, who has been with the firm since 1994, advises on employment law, and Tim Oldridge, who has been at Taylor Joynson for a year, becomes a partner in the corporate department. Property specialist Roger McDonald becomes a partner after three years at the firm.

The Insolvency Practitioner’s Association (IPA) has elected the founding partner at Benedict MacKenzie, Tony Benedict, and senior partner at Leonard Curtis, Keith Goodman, as president and vice-president respectively.

The Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has appointed Lord Hurd, former foreign secretary, as its chairman. Lord Hurd succeeds Sir Alex Jarratt who has held the post since 1990.

Finers Stephens Innocent has admitted three more lawyers to partnership. The appointment of Mark Brown, Sean Logue and Liz Uttridge will bring the number of partners at the firm to 41. Both Brown and Uttridge are commercial litigators while Logue is a commercial property lawyer.

McGrigor Donald’s previously all-lawyer public policy team has been boosted by the arrival of two Scottish public affairs experts. Adam Bruce, the director of the six-month-old team in Edinburgh, says that the need for public relations and legal expertise was clear from the start.

Michael Page Legal is extending its UK reach by opening offices in Birmingham and Bristol. The recruitment consultancy’s new offices will add to the company’s existing bases in London, Paris, Sydney and Melbourne.

The Lord Chancellor has nominated Her Honour Judge Ann Wakefield, Laura Mary Cox QC, Jeffrey Peter Burke QC, Nicholas Edward Underhill QC, Elizabeth Ann Slade QC and Brian Frederick James Langstaff QC to be judges of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.