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Benchmark finds new MD for SCS

Appointment of new SCS Managing Director

Systems Consultants Services Ltd ("SCS"), today announces that it has appointed Bill Bird as the new Managing Director with effect from 6 September 2010.

Bill joins the group from Moorhouse Consulting where he has been working as a Programme Director. He led Hedra's UK defence and aerospace business between 2003 and 2007, having been a senior level consultant at KPMG in the defence field from 2000-2003. Between 1991 and 1999 he held senior roles with Rockwell UK and Boeing Defence UK. Prior to this he spent 16 years as an RAF officer, during which time he was awarded the MBE. Bill graduated from Cambridge University and holds an MBA.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Thomis, Chief Executive of Cohort plc and interim Managing Director of SCS, said: "We are delighted to have appointed Bill Bird as the new MD of SCS. He has extensive defence programme and management experience and the leadership skills required to take SCS forward."


Benchmark complete lateral Hires for Sidley Austin

Sidley snares Pinsents' insurance chief for City practice
12 March 2010 | By Matt Byrne

US firm Sidley Austin has hired two Pinsent Masons partners for its London insurance practice, including the head of Pinsents’ insurance group. Insurance head Martin Membery has joined Sidley along with Matthew Griffith, a Pinsents partner since 2004. Both lawyers are joining Sidley as partners to help develop the London office’s transactional and regulatory insurance and corporate practices.

Membery’s departure is likely to be particularly felt by the national firm. He was the head of two insurance-focused departments at Pinsents - the core insurance group plus the insurance sector group, which includes lawyers from different disciplines acting for insurance clients.
Pinsents partner John Salmon is to take over as head of the larger group, while the four partners who make up the smaller group will assume its leadership.

Memberyis known for advising on major insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes, with a particular focus on the defence of brokers’ errors and omissions claims.
On the non-contentious side, Membery advises on insurance distribution agreements (particularly on corporate partnerships), insurance and reinsurance wordings and regulatory issues as well as mergers and acquisitions of insurance entities.
A spokesperson for Pinsents said both lawyers were valued members of the insurance team and the firm wished them well.



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