Scottish lawyer Lorne Crerar has been appointed as professor in banking law at Glasgow University, the first post of its kind in Scotland. Professor Crerar, who will take up the part-time appointment today, is a managing partner of commercial Glasgow law firm Harper Macleod.

Prof Crerar, who organises and lectures in banking law at the university, said he was delighted by the appointment.

He is retained as a legal advisor by several financial institutions and is the match solicitor to the Scottish Rugby Union and its advisor on disciplinary matters.

Sharp retires

SIMON Sharp, head of independent stockbroker Albert E Sharp, is to retire as the chairman of the company, but he will continue as its president.

Mr Sharp, 60 this year, steps down after having taken over the chairman's role in 1988. He will be succeeded by Bill Dacombe, the former chairman of Brown Shipley Stockbroking. Albert E Sharp, which acquired Brown Shipley last year, also owns intermediary Stirling Hendry.

Chippy chipper

FISH and chips chain Harry Ramsden's yesterday served up its latest half-year portion of figures, and said profits had fattened 19%, partly thanks to the expanding of the franchise into Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

The Guiseley, Leeds-based company made taxable profits of #202,000 in the six months to the end of March, up from #169,491 in 1996.