News in brief

Spurs in-houser leaves after business review
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has lost its in-house lawyer John Ireland following a review of the club's business operations. His role as company secretary has been filled by Paul Viner and there are no plans to appoint a replacement to fill Viner's previous role as finance director designate. Chief operating officer and finance director John Sedgewick also left the club following the review. Eleanor Levenson
Schilling & Lom loses another partner
Schilling & Lom and Partners is losing a second partner in as many weeks, this time to Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners. Defamation partner Mark Thomson leaves Schilling & Lom just days after name partner Nicholas Lom jumped ship to join Simons Muirhead & Burton. Schilling & Lom is left with five partners, although it has recently hired Finers Stephens Innocent defamation lawyer Amber Melville-Brown. Claire Smith
Collyer-Bristow takes on insolvency partner
Collyer-Bristow has boosted its insolvency practice with the hire of partner Gilly Locke. Her move follows the dissolution of her previous firm, the Rosling Partnership. Locke has brought a portfolio of clients that includes accountants, insolvency practitioners, banks, companies and individuals. Locke's arrival takes the number of specialist insolvency practitioners in the Collyer-Bristow litigation team to two. Kathryn Hobbs
Carillion recruits new legal director
Carillion has appointed Richard Tapp as company secretary and director of legal services. The construction company has hired Tapp to replace Dirk Fitzhugh, who retires on 30 November. Tapp joins Carillion from Blue Circle Industries, where he has been company secretary and head of legal since 1996. The Blue Circle in-house team has been facing an uncertain future since the company was taken over by Lafarge in June. Kathryn Hobbs
Norton Rose hires pensions consultant
Norton Rose has recruited Alison Midgley as a consultant to its pensions team. Midgley was a pensions partner at Baker & McKenzie before joining Linklaters & Alliance as a consultant to its international pensions team. Previous work includes advising employers, trustees, insurance companies and investment providers on national and international transactions. Kathryn Hobbs
Barlow Lyde wins telecoms panel place
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has won a place on the panel for telecoms company Hutchison 3G. The firm will handle IT and e-commerce work for the company, after winning a place because of three months of work for the client. Hutchison 3G is one of five telecoms groups to have won a licence to operate a third-generation mobile phone network in the UK.
Bryan Cave appoints Nicholson Graham partner
Bryan Cave has appointed partner Peter Bond from Nicholson Graham & Jones to join its corporate and commercial group. The US firm established a commercial litigation practice in April and now has 10 partners in the London office. Nicholson Graham is looking to replace Bond and appoint a senior-level competition lawyer.
Manchester University has asked us to point out, following the article 'Pinsents on panel for Manchester Uni' (The Lawyer, 22 October) that it does not run its legal panel on a two-tier basis.
Following an article last week entitled '4 Field Court adopts shrink-to-fit tactics', Alison Green has asked us to clarify that she decided against joining the new Stone Chambers, but opted instead to join the chambers of Dermod O'Brien QC at 2 Temple Gardens, where she will continue to specialise in insurance and reinsurance law.