The week

- Burson-Marsteller and Smithfield have entered into a strategic partnership to provide financial PR services.

- Greenpeace's comms director Ben Stewart has been cleared of causing £30,000 of criminal damage by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court.

- The PRCA has found that only ten per cent of PR agencies understand the new laws on employing immigrants. The PRCA said the Government had failed to communicate legislation, in effect from November, which requires firms to secure sponsorship licences for their foreign employees.

- Talk PR has made three redundancies in the past month. One senior account manager and two junior account assistants were made redundant.

- China Private Equity Investment Holdings has hired financial comms agency Biddick to advise on its forthcoming AIM flotation.

- Channel 4 has taken on digital specialist Hot Cherry to launch 4mations, an animations video-sharing website, this month.

- Premier PR senior account director and former Freud consultant Louise Foglia has joined online entertainment specialist Way To Blue as UK director.

- Bell Pottinger has opened a new office in Switzerland under new recruit and Swiss specialist Nick Miles.

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