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Bobby Moffett (43), was shot dead at point blank range in front of shoppers and children on Belfast's Shankill Road in May 2010.

Bobby Moffett (43), was shot dead at point blank range in front of shoppers and children on Belfast's Shankill Road in May 2010.

Bobby Moffett (43), was shot dead at point blank range in front of shoppers and children on Belfast's Shankill Road in May 2010.

International law firm Baker & McKenzie will today unveil three senior appointments to its global services centre in Belfast.

The firm is the latest multi-national law practice to open a services centre in the city.

James Richards has been appointed director of legal services to work with the firms' global practice groups.

He will lead a team of more than 90 legal professionals in Belfast.

Mr Richards recently returned to the UK after setting up the firm's English law merger & acquisition in Moscow. A spokeswoman said that as a partner of 17 years, he had "led many important initiatives both within the UK and internationally".

Tracey McCabe has been appointed director of human resources, after working as head of human resources and organisational development at Lagan Construction Group.

Brian Monroe has joined as director of finance and operations. He has worked for recruitment firm Grafton.

He was also part of the leadership team which set up law firm Allen & Overy's centre in Belfast.

Baker & McKenzie chairman Eduardo Leite said: "I am delighted we have secured the services of these outstanding individuals. It underlines the opportunities to serve our clients in new and dynamic ways."

The business announced plans for a centre in Belfast employing 250 people in August last year.

The centre will carry out legal and business services work.

It is the second centre of its kind established by the firm. The first was set up in Manila in the Philippines in 2000 and now employs nearly 700 people.

Belfast Telegraph