International Legal News

Clifford Chance unveils expansion of global best delivery strategy

Firm to expand infrastructure across network with hubs in Singapore, New York, Dubai, London and a virtual European hub.

London remains top for commercial cases, but warned over 'complacency'

Annual survey confirms London's number 1 spot, but highlights potential challengers from Europe, Middle East and Asia.

South Korea first adopter of WIPO artificial intelligence translator tool

A new patent translation tool from WIPO claimed as 'ground-breaking finds a first adopter in Korea.

Norton Rose suffers major US defection

In a busy day for Norton Rose, the firm lost high-profile lawyer Abbe Lowell, who represented President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as a 15-strong life sciences team.

Samsonite shares suspended over governance and accounting claims

Luggage giant accused of 'questionable accounting practices' and 'poor corporate governance' as shares are suspended in Hong Kong.

Russian lawmakers soften on sanctions bill while sticking to punishing 'abettors'

Russia lawmakers to soften draft legislation on international sanctions, but keep criminal prosecutions for critics.

Corporate counsel need to get a seat at the table

The Global Legal Post attended the 2018 ACC Europe Annual Conference in Paris and heard a profession reflecting deeply on its role and pressing needs for the future.

Around the house

Some controversial changes mark a busy week in America for corporate counsel appointments.

Yelp calls on EU in renewed antitrust complaint against Google

Antitrust complaint by Yelp is revisited following EU's ruling last year that Google misused its dominance.

Most US and EU companies not ready for GDPR, reveals survey

Report reveals levels of unpreparedness, with one in four organisations unlikely to comply until end of the year.

US lawyer compensation report highlights solo and small firm earnings

Average earnings for solo and small-firm lawyers close to $200K report says, as IP tops list and most believe they are fairly compensated.

Lawyers show 'worrying lack' of cybersecurity knowledge

Warning signs as research shows clients at risk due to Australian lawyers' lack of cybersecurity knowledge.

Scottish Law Society launches fees transparency consultation

As legal services become increasingly commoditised, legal profession and consumer bodies asked for views on price transparency.

Employees can wave goodbye to waivers as US Justices rule on class action bans

The US Supreme Court has sided with employers as it cleared the way for the requirement of employees to sign away their right to pursue class actions in a controversial ruling.

As Linklaters look east, UK politicians scrutinise firm's Russian connections

Magic circle firm Linklaters has expressed surprise and concern over claims by British politicians that it refused to cooperate with enquiries into Russian corruption.

Most law firms report chronic underperforming partners and missed targets

Half of US law firms are not meeting their billable hour targets and the majority of partners are resisting efforts to change.

It's Miller time! Trouble brews over logos

A Korean beer logo being registered in the US has been challenged by US brewing giant MillerCoors, which could take two years to resolve.

Control of UK companies remains shrouded in mystery

According to new research over 57,000 UK companies are not declaring ownership, compromising fight against money laundering

New process eliminates exaggerated personal injury claims

Using Section 57 of Criminal Justice Act, Clyde & Co rolls out new process which generated savings of £2.2 million in 2017/18

The role of offshore investment for China's Belt & Road project

The Belt & Road initiative needs offshore investment to succeed, says Elise Donovan, Director, BVI House Asia.

US legal business improving, but firms under pressure

Research in US suggests firms are under greater pricing and operations pressure depsite improvement in business environment.

UK legal sector needs to adapt to a 'new normal' to thrive

As income and profitability falls, the UK legal sector may have taken a collective eye off the ball.

China overtakes US as global leader in foreign trademark applications

China is on course to overtake the US as the world's leading source of foreign trademark applications by 2020, according to new research.

Oslo court orders Statoil to pay $490m to COSL for cancelling rig contract

A court has ruled in favour of China Oilfield Services, finding Statoil's termination of drilling contract was unlawful.

Legal issues highlighted as Chinese consumers hold companies to higher standards

Reputational issues are now top of the agenda for Chinese companies as research reveals the impact of scandals, regulations, sovereignty and corporate governance.

Bryan Cave offers £5 NDA contract

Law firm BCLP is to offer £5 non-disclosure agreements with a new incubator product.

Report sheds light on SEC complaints

An NYU reports studying SEC records shedding new light on securities law enforcement decisions.

Around the house

From Weetabix to Cheesecake, a weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

Burberry sets aim at Target

The luxury brand has launched a lawsuit against the US retailer for using its signature check

In-house counsel offered guidance on buying legal tech

The LawGeex 2018 Buyer's Guide has just been released, featuring providers, user experience and a range of issues.

'Cosy club' of lawyers and accountants slated by UK parliamentary group

According to UK parliamentary committees, almost £4 million was paid to Carillon days before construction giant failed.

The Apple drops for Samsung

Apple is claiming that Samsung should pay over $1 billion for ripping off its patents, which Samsung says is a gross exaggeration.

Glittering night of awards for luxury law industry

Retail veteran Harold Tillman CBE receives industry accolade as Arrigo Cipriani and Jade Jagger join Luxury Law Summit 2018 in recognising a year of amazing achievements.

DLA Piper sets its sights on Dublin

New partner David Carthy has been hired by DLA Piper as firm sets its sights on Dublin.

CBS sues majority shareholder intent on forcing Viacom deal

The planned tie-up between media giants CBS Corp and Viacom is heating up as CBS sues Shari Redstone

Progeny launches ?Club Legal? for mid-tier businesses

Progeny launches legal and employee management support service offering transparency and fixed fees.

Asus 65 million euro price tag to settle competition case

It will take more than wonders by Asus' new product ambassador to maintain profitability after settling antitrust case.

Vietnam next big IP challenge as China protects its own high end market

On the eve of the Luxury Law Summit, a former Sony executive warns of challenges coming from the Vietnam market.

Internet platforms need to tackle anonymity to protect freedom of speech

Former judge warns of individuals and governments hiding behind anonymity protocols, and the danger of over-blocking content.

Cyber Unit chief tells ICO issuers to shape up or expect stiffer penalties

The head of the US Securities and Exchange Commission's cyber unit Robert Cohen warns of severe sanctions if regulation ignored.

Love-all in brand dispute as US court considers claims from Adidas and Skechers

In a ?love-all? decision a US court protects Adidas iconic Stan Smith shoe, but allows Skechers to keep triple-striped design

Luxury lawyers talk luxury business in London

Lawyers from the luxury industry will meet in London next week to talk luxury, swap numbers and collaborate on business challenges at the world's premier luxury summit.

Luxury leadership must reflect its diverse following, says The Boston Consulting Group luxury chief

Luxury companies must have a representative leadership structure which reflects the truly international clientele they sell to, says The Boston Consulting Group luxury expert Pierre Mercier in the run up to the Luxury Law Summit.

Minister claims two million diesel car owners could join Volkswagen class action

Government approves draft law for a class action suit against Volkswagen that could attract two million diesel car owners.

Biglaw firms sued for 'dereliction of duty' after licensing deal goes sour

A client has launched a malpractice suit claiming lawyers failed to advise the company of changes made to contract terms by Morgan Stanley.

London fending off Paris as number 1 spot for International Arbitration

London and Paris remain the top places for arbitration, according to a new study.

More class actions but less new staff to manage workload, reveals survey

The growing burden of class action suits is not being matched by recuitment strategies.

Around the house

From cannabis to novel-writing, a weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

US gender pay disparity even higher for female GCs

A new study from Barker Gilmore confirms that female lawyers are still paid less compared to their male counterparts - and the disparity is greater for GCs.

UK watchdog warns courts the digital revolution may be 'undeliverable'

Modernisation of UK courts is heading toward failure as watchdog warns of daunting challenge.

Life not so good as Prosecutors raid LG's head office in tax probe

South Korean prosecutors' raid is about alleged tax evasion, but also signals more reforms of role played by controlling families.

Casetext integrates AI into CARA research tool

AI is used in research tool to contextualise searches as Casetext rolls out new version of CARA.

Sexual harassment report reveals differing approaches globally

One in four women and one in six men have been sexually harassed during the course of their employment in Australia.

NY's crusading attorney general resigns after sexual assault exposé

Eric Schneiderman, who has thrived on being a committed social justice crusader, has resigned after sexual assaults exposed.

Alibaba alliance triples number of brand members

Over 100 brands have now signed up to global IP alliance founded Alibaba Group, a global platform for wholesale trade.

Interpretation is trumping truth in copyright law, says Arrigo Cipriani

Intellectual property law is becoming too complicated, says luxury icon Arrigo Cipriani in the run-up to the Luxury Law Summit next week.

Asian exchanges catch the AI market surveillance wave

South Korea's main bourse operator is the latest to join the wave of Asian exchanges implementing AI surveillance.

US Federal Trade Commission fully-staffed after three year hiatus

With major antitrust cases ahead the US Federal Trade Commission is fully staffed after a three years hiatus in top posts.

Sang-froid towards liberté, égalité and fraternité from France's women lawyers

New survey from public Defender of Rights and young lawyers' union in France reveals discrimination in the French legal profession.

SA media companies cough up over 61 million rand over cartel charges

South African Competition Commission squeezes media companies to the tune of $4.86 million, but wants more

Lawmakers in South Korea seeking to overturn cryptocurrency ban

Opposition in South Korea launching bill aimed at allowing the new cryptocurrencies, overturning government ban introduced last year.

Fast-tracked regulation puts Xiaomi on course for world's biggest IPO since 2014

Xiaomi's listing application seen as early vindication for Hong Kong's securities regulator and exchange operator aggressive reforms.

Heightened cybersecurity roles for in-house lawyers as breaches increase

New cybersecurity report reveals that In-house lawyers anticipate bigger roles and budgets as breaches increase.

Legal procurement profoundly impacting business, survey says

Legal procurement practices are profoundly impacting the world's largest companies, as habits change.

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

Workers win $5.1 million payout for employers 'cult-like' behaviour

Unusual "Onionhead" religion leads to workers getting $5.1 million in a complaint against employers 'cult-like' behaviour.

Barristers told to reject GDPR contracts drawn up by solicitor firms

The Bar Council has warned barristers not to sign contracts drawn up by solicitor law firms ahead of GDPR.

Channel Islands law firms putting Caribbean rivals in the shade

A survey by The Lawyer of top thirty offshore law firms shows Channel Island firms taking more of the top spots.

Pinsent Masons squeezes into top spot amongst UK law firm brands

Competition tightens amongst UK law firms, though alternative providers increase their competitive threat

Data risk - how luxury companies can avoid danger

A hacking attack is a company's worst nightmare. Sony's ex-general counsel Jonathan Pearl shares tips at the Luxury Law Summit.

Lawyer's excuse for court lateness outed by Instagram holiday snaps

A lawyer is fined $10,000 for lying about whereabouts to court, but Instragram screenshots confirm the camera never lies.

SEC charges Panasonic $143 million for FCPA and fraud violations

The SEC has handed Japan-based Panasonic Corp a demand of $143 million for charges including bribery and cooking the books.

MoFo faces claim that an ?old boys' club? culture clashes with "the mommy track"

Morrison & Foerster's big telecoms merger role is overshadowed by a $100 million proposed class action over maternity leave at the firm.

Rethinking IP law and jurisdiction

In this month's Bookshelf, The Global Legal Post's Editor-At-Large, Dr David Cowan, picks two books analysing Intellectual Property Law.

Scottish law firms asked to increase trainee pay

The Scottish Law Society is seeking higher rates to narrow pay gaps and keep the profession competitive.

US judge puts Xerox-Fujifilm global deal in limbo

The planned sale is temporarily blocked by a New York judge because of its "hopelessly conflicted" CEO.

Compliance professionals must play a bigger role in companies

With fraud and corruption rife and employees posing a threat to business, companies need to upgrade compliance functions.

Islamic bank retrieves $170 million as it uncovers internal fraud

Abu Dhabi's Al Hilal Bank has uncovered internal fraud as employees helped to steal over $170 million, most now retrieved.

It's Friday, go speak to a junior! Firms can do more on mental health

Survey reveals junior lawyers are reporting increased stress and firms can do more about mental health.

Former regulator bribery charge in China's ?cats and rats? finance industry

The former top insurance regulator is charged with abuse of power as China tackles its' "cats and rats" finance industry.

"Dishonest and duplicitous" behaviour of counsel costs Merck its $200 million payday

The "dishonest and duplicitous" behaviour of counsel barred a patent claim and ends the biggest-ever US pharma case.

Luminance extends AI platform to regulatory compliance work

An artificial intelligence platform for the legal profession has reduced time spent on GDPR compliance by 85 per cent.

World Intellectual Property Day 2018 celebrates women inventors

WIPO celebrates World Intellectual Property Day 2018 by releasing data celebrating women inventors and warning a gender gap persists.

Sustainable luxury in a dynamic world

With sustainability at the heart of luxury, from supply chain transparency to new materials, what are businesses doing to comply with their obligations?

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

Singapore-based GC influence growing in the boardroom and c-suite

GCs are more confident about their future influence and seek opportunities to grow beyond current role.

Prince relatives sue Walgreens pharmacy chain over singer's death

Relatives claim pharmacy chain Walgreens and an Illinois hospital failed to properly diagnosed and treat overdose days earlier.

Yahoo pays out $35 million for misleading investors after data breach

Yahoo!, now called Altaba, did not disclose for two years a 2014 data breach affecting over 500 million user accounts

Human rights claims against companies a matter for Congress, not courts

Human rights abuses are a matter for Congress, according to a US Supreme Court case on financing militant attacks.

Top 100 US law firms post biggest gains since 2010

Law firms are enjoying their highest growth since 2010, the latest AmLaw 100 report reveals.

Millennials redefine luxury landscape

Luxury leaders at next month's Luxury Law Summit in London will get a glimpse of the rapidly changing luxury marketplace.

ABA figures reveals US entry-level legal jobs down in 2017

US graduates seeking entry-level legal jobs found less opportunity last year.

Barclays Bank launches lawtech hub

Barclays Bank has joined forces with law firms and academia to launch a new lawtech hub in London.

European Commission unveils whistleblower protection

Commission is setting new EU-wide rules to protect whistleblowers and clarifies mechanisms and obligations.

Exxon challenges suit dismissal claiming allegations are political

Exxon is appealing against dismissal of case in which the oil giant claims federal investigation is retaliation on oil giant's climate change views.

US DOJ investigating AT&T and Verizon collusion claims

The US Justice Department (DOJ) is investigating collusion, which also involves the industry trade association.

Indian central bank crypto ban ?unconstitutional?

The Delhi High Court has issued a notice alleging a decision to end dealings with crypto businesses violates the constitution.

Mexico supreme court ruling undermines telecoms reform

Ruling by Supreme Court undermines reforms intended to weaken billionaire Carlos Slim's hold on market

Survey says IP Protection concerns holding back China R&D

AmCham survey reveals a lack of IP protection is preventing US firms using China for research and development operations.

Who are the top 10 female-friendly US firms?

After 12 years listing family-friendly firms, Yale Law Women has released the Top-10 female-friendly firms.