News in brief

In last week's news in brief piece it was incorrect to state that Olswang operates an “eat what you kill” profit share arrangement. It was also incorrect to suggest that Victor Timon had “jumped ship”. He has decided to return home to Ireland to be closer to his family following the death of his father last year. We regret this misunderstanding and we are happy to set the record straight.
Reynolds Porter hires DLA man
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has recruited DLA property partner Philip Boursnell (left) as part of a drive to strengthen non-core practice areas. The firm is attempting to market itself as a full-service firm. Boursnell said: “Improving the property department is just one part of that.” Boursnell, who had been at DLA for 14 years, said: “I couldn't see myself spending the last 10 years of my career there.” His entire client portfolio, including Parkridge Developments and Smiths Group, will join him. Kathryn Hobbs
IBA deputy executive director quits
The International Bar Association's (IBA) deputy executive director is leaving to set up a legal consultancy. Rachel Youngman has been with the organisation for 16 years and in her current post for three of those. Her successor has yet to be decided, although current executive director Mark Ellis is in the process of filling the vacancy. Youngman will leave on 2 November, the last day of the IBA annual conference, which is being held in Mexico.
Charles Russell boosts commercial property
Charles Russell has taken on Radcliffes London head of property litigation Robert Highmore, bringing the number of commercial property partners to 10. Charles Russell head of commercial property Amanda Crowe said: “Property is not a core area of Charles Russell. However, we are an important and large billing department. We're actively looking at partners at the moment.” Naomi Rovnick
Lathams merges with Stibbe's Paris office
Latham & Watkins and Stibbe Paris partners have voted to merge. US firm Lathams and the Paris office of European firm Stibbe announced that they would merge on 7 September. The merged firm will be known as Latham & Watkins. Former Stibbe managing partner in Paris Olivier Delattre will manage the 95-lawyer office. The two firms have been in merger talks since April (The Lawyer, 16 April).
CC defends Czech Republic
Clifford Chance has successfully defended the Czech Republic in a £500m claim submitted by Ronald Lauder over his investment in the first Czech private commercial television station, TV Nova. Lauder claimed he had suffered due to a breach of the Czech Republic-US investment treaty after the television station's licence holder withdrew the licence. According to Clifford Chance partner Jeremy Carver (above), who worked on the case, the claim arose out of a commercial dispute and should never have implicated the Czech Republic.
Field Fisher partner joins Lewis Silkin
Lewis Silkin has appointed employment partner Steven Lorber from Field Fisher Waterhouse. Lorber was at Field Fisher for 10 years. He will join Lewis Silkin as a junior partner. Two assistants from the employment department will accompany Lorber to Lewis Silkin. The Lewis Silkin employment department has also just recruited four assistants, bringing the total number of fee-earning lawyers in the department to 28.
It was incorrectly stated in The Lawyer's expert witness special report (20 August) that barrister Caroline Moore is at Collins Solicitors. She is actually a member of the product liability group at Lovells.