International Legal News

Does up-to-date website content mean no rest for the wicked?

Generating new content for websites takes time and resource, says James Noble.

HSF backs James Palmer in leadership challenge

A city stalwart, James Palmer is now preparing for a second term as head of the global law firm.

CMS Cameron McKenna dismisses Singapore managing partner

The international law firm has also reported Andrew Stott to the SRA.

DibbsBarker to close its doors after 17 partners head for Dentons

The Australian law firm has suffered a string of departures as Dentons acquires 17 partners.

How the gig economy impacts employment law

In this month's Bookshelf, The Global Legal Post's Editor-At-Large, Dr David Cowan, picks two books analysing the future of work and how it impacts employment law.

Ashurst boosts Australian M&A practice

The firm is recruiting in Brisbane and Sydney to expand its local and Asian client base.

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

Uber brings on Covington & Burling partner to prepare for IPO

The embattled company has hired one of the authors of the Holder Report which investigated a range of issues at Uber.

Stora Enso opts for AI contract analysis technology

The company's head lawyer is planning to run trials to pre-screen sales contracts.

Top tips for GDPR compliance: What every company and law firm should know

Fortune 500 Privacy and Data Officer and author of 'GDPR - Fix it Fast' Patrick O Kane outlines the key 'must do' GDPR tasks.

Paul Hastings raids Loeb & Loeb for new Century City operation

Five leading partners are exiting the high profile entertainment law firm to launch the office.

Latham & Watkins head steps down over sexual communications

The shock resignation of Latham & Watkin's chair and managing partner for engaging in inappropriate sexual communications has left the legal marketplace reeling.

Foreign law firms not permitted to set up in India

Foreign law firms are still not allowed to set up in India but can give advice on a 'fly-in, fly-out' basis, according to a long-awaited ruling.

Data breach law firm Mossack Fonseca is to close down

The Panamanian law firm will maintain a skeleton staff to comply with inquiries from the authorities.

Private equity fund acquires leading directory publisher Chambers

Chambers and Partners has been acquired by Inflexion led by legal entrepreneur Mark Wyatt.

Hunton & Williams brings commercial litigation team on board

Hunton & Williams is opening in Boston with a 14-strong lawyer commercial litigation team from a rival law firm

Lack of legal talent leaves law firms struggling on

UK law firms are finding it difficult to recruit lawyers with the right skills - putting more pressure on retention.

Pinsent Masons sells compliance business to Dow Jones

Pinsents has sold its New Law tech compliance business to Dow Jones.

Kinstellar targets investment opportunities in Uzbekistan

The law firm is opening in Tashkent with plans to actively recruit for the office.

Top law firms favour Columbia Law School graduates

Columbia is the most popular law school to recruit first year associates from, according to an ALM study.

LegalTech innovators should encourage transparency

Legal disruptors are carrying out research and development for the legal profession, a Chicago professor says.

Lewis Silkin to expand into Ireland

Lewis Silkin is the latest law firm to open a new office in Dublin.

Corporates ahead of law firms on innovation

Despite a huge industry that has evolved around promoting innovation in legal services, much of it is falling on deaf ears.

Blank Rome elects new managing partner

The 600 lawyer firm has announced its succession plan, with the head of litigation taking on the managing partner role.

Russell McVeagh to review its alcohol policy

The Auckland law firm has announced the move as part of its review into the firm's culture.

Chadbourne high-profile gender bias lawsuit settles

The firm has agreed a settlement of around $3 million to three female partners.

Wiggin sets up advisory business

The firm is expanding the services for clients through Overmorrow Partners, its new business advisory arm.

Around the house

A weekly round up of moves around the globe.

No Brexit trade deal could cost UK and EU companies £57bn a year

Law firm Clifford Chance says financial services and the automotive sector would be hardest hit in the absence of a deal between the UK and Europe.

Luxury elite lawyers and founders get ready for Luxury London

Around 250 of luxury's elite lawyers and businesses will join forces in London on 14/15 May.

Predictive coding yields low cost litigation results

BLP's use of predictive coding has yielded a positive result for its client.

Slaughter and May releases gender pay figures

The law firm reveals that women associates are paid more than men but, overall there is a disparity of 33.3 per cent in favour of male employees.

Dentons to combine with seven law firms in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia

The firm now boasts expertise in 73 countries after its latest move to expand its fast-growing network.

Regulator warns law firms over use of non-disclosure agreements

NDAs should not be used to cover up the reporting of potential misconduct, law firms are warned.

Allen & Overy resolves to improve gender balance

Allen & Overy is the latest firm to publish gender pay figures, revealing a 20 per cent gap between male and female employee earnings.

Australian firms in merger talks

Australian law firms McCabes and Curwoods confirm they are in talks to create a new law firm by July.

Corporate counsel trigger the new law revolution

Inhouse counsel are shaping the 'New Law' evolution as cracks in Big Law emerge, says Michael Siebold, chairman of Interlaw.

Van Bael & Bellis promotes Geneva head to partnership

WTO specialist Clotilde du Parc becomes a partner at the Brussels law firm.

Sports and music bodies account for most copyright cases High Court

Copyright disputes from sports and music rights holders continue to flood the High Court whilst Sky and BT are also top litigators.

Few lawyers see visible steps to rectify gender diversity

Few lawyers see visible steps to improve gender diversity whilst six in ten are aware of a gender pay gap in their law firms.

DibbsBarker 20-strong team exits in Brisbane

The team has defected to competitor Hall & Wilcox which is planning further expansion.

Lawyers harbour leadership aspirations

More male lawyers aspire to senior roles than their female counterparts with stress and work life balance a factor.

Rosenblatt muses over IPO

The city law firm is reported to be considering a flotation, following in the footsteps of Gateley, Gordon Dadds and Keystone Law.

Hogan Lovells partners exit to set up Baker McKenzie LA office

The team join from a range of sectors including consumer goods and retail, TMT and healthcare.

Portolano Cavallo called to represent Oscar winner

The Italian law firm represented Luca Guadagnino and his production company on the film winning the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay, 'Call me by your name.'

Insurers warned of technology disruption to claims landscape

The insurance landscape is rapidly changing with technology developments such as automation and cyber security risk reshaping claims.

Making a plan for fixed fees: The Microsoft way

Microsoft's Denis Garcia has provided tips for ensuring alternative fee arrangements work.

Helping women lawyers become top leaders

Women lawyers need strong back-up from their law firms to help them reach their potential. Kerri Reisdorff and Michelle Wimes discuss a range of measures Ogletree Deakins has put in place.

BHP Billiton GC joins Lighthouse BP

Randal Barker will join Europe's largest solar development company which has recently partnered with BP.

Property sector must brace itself for 2020 tech trends

Technology is set to play a major role in the property marketplace, reshaping the traditional world.

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

Russell McVeagh appoints external investigator amidst media storm

The law firm has responded to sexual harassment claims by appointing a high profile civil servant to investigate, amongst other issues, the firm's culture.

Law firms focus on client care and brand management

Client care and brand management are top of the list for law firms whilst Brexit is less of a worry.

Law departments look to AI to increase productivity

Whilst in-house counsel predict AI will make a major difference to their department, only six per cent have AI initiatives.

Pinsent Masons snaps up Freshfields projects co-head in Germany

Dr Martin Eimer joins Pinsents as new finance and projects partner in Germany.

Sidley launches UK life sciences practice with Bristow's head

Bristow's head of life sciences, Marie Manley, has jumped ship to head up the London team.

Senior female marketers paid 20 per cent less than male colleagues

The annual benchmark research also reveals that London law firms increased pay by five per cent.

Burford sets up insurance business for adverse costs risk

Litigation funder Burford is to create a new insurance business to address adverse costs risk in commercial litigation and arbitration globally.

Ashurst snaps up Slaughter and May counsel in Hong Kong

Frank Bi has joined the firm in Hong Kong as a partner for its Greater China practice.

Simmonds Stewart launches legaltech internship scheme

The New Zealand law firm has partnered up with its local university to provide tech and entrepreneurship placements.

DLA Piper announces merger with Chile law firm

Noguera, Larraín & Dulanto will join forces with the firm next month, the firm's second merger in the country.

Balfour Beatty signs legaltech collaboration with Pinsent Masons

The law firm will work with the FTSE company on legal technology design and implementation as part of its sole supplier arrangement.

Regulator cracks down on law firms over money-laundering compliance

The SRA has taken action against law firms not fully complying with money-laundering rules and says weak processes will not be tolerated.

Aggressive billing rates at elite law firms pay off

Top law firms are seeing big returns from aggressive billing rate rises.

Female chief legal officers earn 26 per cent less globally than male counterparts

Women are being short-changed at the top of corporate legal departments, other than in the US.

Modernising the courts: investing in technology

In the face of increasingly sophisticated international competition, are our courts doing enough to stay up to date? John MacKenzie of Shepherd & Wedderburn says there is more work to be done in the County Courts.

Mayer Brown expands private equity team in London

The US firm has hired Neil Evans from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as it grows its private equity department.

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin launches corporate investigations group

The New York law firm is responding to the growing risk of workplace misconduct for businesses of all sizes.

Adidas wins ECJ 'three stripes' trademark case

Adidas has won its long-running 'three stripes' trademark dispute against Shoe Branding Europe.

Law schools boycott Russell McVeague after sexual harassment allegations

The law firm is facing more opprobrium after New Zealand's law schools take action over the claims.

PLMJ launches artificial intelligence course

The Portuguese law firm is bringing together a wide range of experts to teach academics, scientists, lawyers and the curious the legal aspects of AI.

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

Baker McKenzie moves to create EMEA profit pool

The firm has created one profit centre from eight EMEA offices to be headed up by global antitrust partner Fiona Carlin.

Data and security challenges top the agenda for GCs

Data-related challenges are one of the top three concerns for Fortune 1000 companies with organisations under-estimating the human dangers.

RPC head of GC leadership business exits for Irwin Mitchell

The London law firm RPC has lost high-profile general counsel Bruce Macmillan from its business set up to assist GCs.

Disclosure failures endangering justice, say criminal lawyers

Criminal lawyers have called on the government and judiciary to work together to resolve disclosure of evidence issues.

American Red Cross GC departs over handling of sexual misconduct claim

The American general counsel of the charity stood down after press reports about his handling of an investigation.

Elite law firms need to regain their billing confidence

Elite law firms need to rediscover their confidence and charge more, says a former senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group.

Seoul law firm prepares to deploy law robots

The law firm, Dr & Abu, will use the robots to search through precedents and statutes.

Bryan Cave and BLP seal $900m transatlantic merger deal

The two firms, which revealed they were in talks last October, will join forces in April.

Russell McVeagh responds to sex on boardroom table allegations

Claims that law students and lawyers had sex on the boardroom table after a seminar and an evening of heavy drinking at Russell McVeagh have caused furore with the Prime Minister wading in.

AI roundly beats lawyers on contract review in a fraction of the time

A challenge by an artifically intelligent contract review platform saw lawyers beaten by the machine.

Simpson Millar makes 91 jobs redundant

The UK law firm put the programme in place last year in the wake of its investor, Fairpoint, going into administration.

Litigation funding enhances Singapore as dispute forum

Has Singapore missed a trick in not permitting third-party funding for all cases heard by the Singapore International Commercial Court, ask Charlie Morris and Lara Hofer of Woodsford Litigation Funding?

Latham & Watkins reports revenues over over $3 billion

The US firm has beaten all revenue records, according to the American Lawyer magazine as it starts compiling this year's law firm figures.

Baker Botts picks up Vinson & Elkins quartet

The four partners will be based in New York and Washington.

Cash rich Top 100 law firms ready for Brexit

With bank balances increasing to a total £1.4 billion, law firms have the cash reserves to withstand a hard Brexit.

NZ Law Society steps up action on sexual harassment in law firms

New Zealand law firms must take action over sexual harassment, according to the Law Society president.

Luxembourg prepares for opportunities after Brexit

What role will Luxembourg play in the current challenging international environment? Edouard D'Anterroches discusses business in the Grand Duchy after Brexit.

DLA Piper launches funds offering in Paris

The firm made the move following the arrival of three tax partners from Reed Smith.

Hunton & Williams joins forces with Andrews Kurth

The latest US law firm merger will create a 1000 lawyer law firm, moving it into the top 50 band of US law firms.

Merck CEO says mentorship is key

Kenneth Frazier, the former general counsel of pharma company Merck, who is now CEO, says mentorship is key to corporate progress.

Sidley Austin tops law firm billionaire club

The Chicago law firm has reported the highest revenues followed by White & Case.

Orrick recruits Watson Farley private equity partner

Orrick is continuing its focus on private equity for the energy and infrastructure market with the hire of Paul Doris from Watson Farley.

Former Skadden Arps lawyer pleads guilty in Trump probe

Alex van der Zwaan entered his plea in the Federal District Court in Washington DC.

Law firms join blockchain platform

A group of top law firms have joined forces with an enterprise software company including Baker & McKenzie and Clifford Chance.

GCs must influence boards to drive sustainability

General counsel are uniquely positioned to take over the sustainability agenda, according to a new book.

FCA chief admits to tax 'error of judgement'

The former Slaughter and May partner had invested in a film tax avoidance scheme which saw him repaying the Inland Revenue £114k.

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves across the globe.

Modernising the courts: digital access to justice

With court closures on the agenda, how does this impact the access to justice debate for the vulnerable, asks Francesca Kaye of Russell-Cooke.