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Company lawyers, personnel directors and chief executives are being urged to attend an international seminar on works councils hosted by Arthur Andersen and its associated law firm Garrett & Co at London's Waldorf Hotel next Tuesday. Leading lawyers from European Union countries will be offering advice on the legal advantages of installing voluntary councils before they are imposed on large companies with European operations later this year.

Garrett & Co's intellectual property practice has been boosted by the arrival of multimedia specialist Mark Sherwood-Edwards from Olswang.

Eversheds, the national law firm, has appointed Peter Gore, previously managing director of Debenham Tewson & Chinnocks' service company, as director of administration to the firm's national team.

John Wood, former head of the Serious Fraud Office and now a consultant at City law firm Denton Hall, will give his thoughts on the Maxwell case and suggest some ways of dealing with the problems faced by fraud prosecutors at a seminar being hosted by Denton Hall next Thursday.

Julie-Ann Lotter of Reynolds Porter Chamberlain beat off the challenge of Marion Stiff from Lovell White Durrant and DJ Freeman's Lavern Ingleton and Sarah Jones to win this year's London Legal Secretary of the Year title. She wins a week for two in Los Angeles in the event sponsored by Law Global and endorsed by The Lawyer magazine and the Institute of Legal Secretaries.

Viviana Durante, principal ballerina with the Royal Ballet, will open an art exhibition around the theme of dance at the gallery in the offices of Holborn solicitors Collyer-Bristow. Since converting part of its premises into a hanging space in 1992, the firm has held regular exhibitions by new and established artists. Although the gallery is private, visitors can view by appointment.