News in brief

FINANCIAL: Marks & Spencer’s pension fund trustees have hired Smithfield to handle PR following entrepreneur Philip Green’s request for more information on the retailer’s pension liabilities. Green has until 6 August to make a formal offer for M&S.

TECHNOLOGY PR: Ruder Finn has issued a writ in the High Court alleging breach of contract against client services director Jo Perrin, Fite IT – which was bought by support services company Mears Group two years ago – and Fite MD Nick Lawrence. It is understood that Perrin left Ruder Finn last week.

AGENCY LAUNCH: Former Edelman UK chief James Thellusson has revealed details of his new agency, Glasshouse Partnership. Thellusson and former Ogilvy PR Worldwide director of consulting Tim Kitchin are founding partners, and former Visa Europe head of IT and operations John Chaplin has been named as executive chairman.

LAW FIRM PR: Clifford Chance has appointed Edelman as its first UK retained agency, following a three-way shootout against Financial Dynamics and Weber Shandwick.

CONSUMER PR: Channel 4 has appointed Shine Communications to promote The Summer Sessions, four music events that celebrate Caribbean culture ahead of its coverage of the West Indies test cricket this month.

AGENCY LAUNCH: Chime Communications has launched Bell Pottinger North, a Macclesfield-based subsidiary. Insight Marketing & Communications MD Chris Warham has taken on the additional role of BPN MD, with Insight director John Butters taking a full-time role as director.

CLARIFICATIONS: The Healthcare Communications Association is organising an event in September on ROI in healthcare PR, and not the Association of Healthcare Communicators, as stated last week. Lexis Public Relations has won the Balvenie whiskey consumer PR account, and not Lewis PR, as also stated last week.

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