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Firefly given disputes brief; Bishopsgate recruits Stevens.

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has selected Firefly to promote its services following a four-way pitch. The not-for-profit organisation is the largest of its kind in Europe. It confidentially mediates many high-level business disputes and consults with major institutions and NGOs. The Firefly-led campaign, which starts in September, includes PR and digital comms.

- Bishopsgate Communications has appointed Laura Stevens to work in its financial services team as an account director.

She was previously head of PR at financial firm ETF Securities and, prior to this, spent more than four years at Penrose Financial. Also, Tom Walker joins Bishopsgate's natural resources team as an account executive from an investor relations role at Scandinavian Minerals.

- The Hemscott Advisers Rankings Guide for Q2 2010 shows FD maintaining its lead in terms of the number of listed clients. FD's total of 174 is 82 clients ahead of Buchanan Communications, with Pelham Bell Pottinger on 85. Brunswick leads in terms of FTSE100 clients, 28 ahead of Finsbury and FD.

- Peregrine Communications has recruited Emily Church as consultant for its retail financial services team.

She was previously an account manager at Polhill Communications and worked with clients such as Close Asset Management, Consumer Choices and Hendersons.

- CLS Holdings, the European property firm, has brought in Smithfield to advise on its investor comms and financial PR. The firm has an £800m portfolio in the UK, France, Sweden and Germany.

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