The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostMon, 15 Oct 2018en-gb(C) 2018 Global City Media LtdRegulators hesitance about sharing undermines financial crimefightingData markets ceo calls for standardized privacy laws and improved data sharing to fight the growth of financial crime., 15 Oct 2018Chief justice tells 'lukewarm' legal profession to step up on legal techOnce leaders, the Singapore legal profession has been 'lukewarm' and moving backwards, but needs to regain its edge in legal tech says CJ., 15 Oct 2018Harassment doubles, while two big law firms tackle their problemsSRA reports worrying rise, a big law firm parts company with partner, another admits failures - all in a day's work for UK legal profession?, 15 Oct 2018UK judge says there has to be an app for that!Lawyers will lose the youth market if they fail to adapt and provide legal advice rapidly via mobile phone, according to a UK judge., 12 Oct 2018Children's rights get a boost in Russia and VietnamRussian ombudsman supports bill extending powers of children's rights commissioners, while Vietnam opens consultation process with children., 12 Oct 2018The UK & Europe cryptocurrency race is onRace is on but compariable regulatory extensions suggests UK regulation of the cryptocurrency market would take two years, says legal director., 12 Oct 2018First follow-on cartel damages case reaches judgment in UKBritNed wins damages from ABB in €13m overcharging case as judge cites issues of justice, fairness and public policy., 11 Oct 2018Law firms fail to track procurement performance or ROIWhilst new business is a top priority for law firms, they do not track efforts well., 12 Oct 2018AAI paper calls for new merger control policy and key reformsThe American Antitrust Institute (AAI) has released a new paper setting out new a merger control policy and anticipating key reforms to come., 12 Oct 2018Judge rules Dutch government 'acting unlawfully' on climate changeRuling comes a day after climate scientists issued a call 'act now idiots,' and other cases are to follow., 10 Oct 2018Legal communication agencies launch Anglo-French strategic allianceAlliance brings together over 40 professionals dedicated to communication and marketing for the legal sector., 10 Oct 2018Allen & Overy partner jumps ship to Van Bael & BellisAllen & Overy competition partner Michel Struys has moved to Van Bael & Bellis in Brussels., 12 Oct 2018Legal directories criticised by law practitionersThe legal market is demanding that legal directories are made more accessible and transparent, especially as researchers make judgements., 10 Oct 2018Legal pricing experts partner to launch AI-powered pricing toolVirtual pricing service aims to offer accuracy and transparency and build client confidence in legal pricing., 09 Oct 2018ICOs not working as expected say regulatorsEU financial markets regulator to examines ICOs to determine road aged for regulation., 10 Oct 2018Firms enter into exclusive association for US expansionDWF has enters into exclusive association with Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP to expand firm's reach in the US., 08 Oct 2018Coming soon to a legal tech 'app store' near youTwelve top law firms back new platform to create what amounts to a lawtech app store., 09 Oct 2018HFW launches in Abu Dhabi as part of regional expansionBuilding on sector focus and middle east moves, HFW launches 20th international office with Abu Dhabi partner hires., 09 Oct 2018Law firm highlights shipping costs as shipowner calls for regulatory actionMoore Stephens sets out environmental regulation options, while shipowner at Malta Martime Summit says slow shipping 'realistic' option., 05 Oct 2018IBA launches global survey on bullying and harassment in the legal professionThe International Bar Association's Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) aims to provide an empirical basis for further action., 05 Oct 2018Canadian firm accepting crypto-currency for legal servicesCalgary firm McLeod Law is now accepting crypto-currency for its legal services, giving clients the option to pay in Bitcoin., 05 Oct 2018Maritime summit tackles cybersecurity and autonomous shippingCyber-attack risk and faster regulation needed to prepare for autonomous shipping lead talking points at 2nd Malta Maritime Summit., 04 Oct 2018Derling and Primus establish a new Baltic allianceNew Baltic alliance offers cross-border access and takes advantage of fast-growing Estonian firm established two years ago., 04 Oct 2018PwC leads the pack as big four strengthens presence in legal marketPwC Legal emerges as the new leader in 2018 in new brand index, which argues old and new law should fear the big four., 04 Oct 2018US law firms mergers hit record-breaking paceFirst three quarters of 2018 sees 79 combinations announced, and more are talking about it, while large firms are becoming serial acquirers., 03 Oct 2018Balancing competitiveness and environment tops the maritime agendaGlobal Legal Post is at the Malta Maritime Summit 2018, officially opened by the Malta transport minister, who also held tripartite meeting., 04 Oct 2018Susman Godfrey offers a 'first' for gender-neutral parentingFirm seeks innovation in benefits a change of policy to offer unlimited paid, gender-neutral parental leave for associates., 04 Oct 2018Cybersecurity overtakes artificial intelligence as law firms' tech priorityFear of reputational damage due to hacking pushes cybersecurity to the top of the agenda for law firms, according to new report., 02 Oct 2018Back office freedom in Excello Libertas launchA 'new law' firm announces support services platform to help law firms wanting to launch in the UK without big back office investment costs., 02 Oct 2018Technology law firm report casts doubt over the gig economyPermanent employees are the most 'flexible friend' of growing businesses, not the gig economy or AI, according to new report., 02 Oct 2018Report says Canadian government uses immigrants as AI 'lab rats'Top university report says the Canadian government could be violating human rights in its approach to testing artificial intelligence., 01 Oct 2018Scottish justice Committee backs alternatives to courtCommittee says alternatives are often better use of time and money and calls on lawyers to offer more information., 01 Oct 2018Australian barristers warned about bad behaviour after 'recent incidents''Recent incidents' prompt president of the NSW bar association to write to members warning of perils of e-communication and social media., 01 Oct 2018Cybersecurity firms in antitrust spat over product testing practicesIn an escalating dispute over product testing reports, NSS Labs launches lawsuit against major vendors and standards organization., 28 Sep 2018Nigeria recovers over $400 million in stolen state oil fundsWhile Nigerian investigators recoup over $400 in stolen state oil funds, an Italian court sentences two men in Eni and Shell Nigeria case., 28 Sep 2018Fintech innovation gets a legal boostInvestment fund 2018 winners announced by Simmons & Simmons, offering legal support as fintech comes to a tipping point., 28 Sep 2018What are you smoking?UK law firm issues first report on public opinion on legalization of medical cannabis, suggests wide-spread public support., 27 Sep 2018Exxon Mobil and Chevron reverse position on climate initiativeUS big oil changes direction on climate initiative, as group claims thirty percent of oil and gas output now within the group., 27 Sep 2018DWF bolsters Dublin with real estate partner hireThe fast-growing law firm has expanded its international construction and real estate team., 27 Sep 2018Gaps showing between awareness and investment in UK law firmsMajority of UK law firms are not Investing in technology fast enough to meet client demands, according to new survey., 26 Sep 2018Law Society taskforce focused on culture changeThe New Zealand Law Society inaugurates 'culture change taskforce' to change the legal landscape., 26 Sep 2018Legal recruiter and diversity champion to bolster transatlantic businessLegal search company Mlegal Group, has appointed Melinda Wallman as a partner to further strengthen the firm's transatlantic capability., 26 Sep 2018PwC UK and Fragomen forge immigration strategic allianceFirm's alliance aims to integrate services and capitalise on global burgeoning mobility ecosystem., 25 Sep 2018Poland's controversial judicial reform could force 27 judicial retirementsConcerns about change in Poland's supreme court law leads to referral on grounds of incompatibility threatening judicial independence., 25 Sep 2018UK not patently clear on court post-BrexitNew guidance from UK government shows a change of heart on unified patent court under a 'no-deal' scenario., 25 Sep 2018Simpson Thacher first global firm to shut up shop in SeoulFirm cites strategic reasons for withdrawing from South Korean capital, decision not because promise of open market was revoked., 25 Sep 2018Enivronmental review clears way for controversial Keystone XL routeUS state department review, called for by Montana judge, states pipeline's new route would not harm environment., 25 Sep 2018Firms face threat of legal action over Ostroleka C coal power projectAs Poland prepares for major climate conference, shareholders vote on project while lawyer activists threaten legal action., 24 Sep 2018Doughty Street chambers mourn human rights campaignerSir Louis Blom-Cooper has died aged 92., 21 Sep 2018Marine Le Pen to defy court order to undergo psychological examinationFrench court orders divisive far-right politician to undergo psychological assessment after she disseminated images of extreme violence., 25 Sep 2018Singapore acts to tackle fake news regulationCommittee offers 22 recommendations to fight fake news, but says there is no silver bullet to deal with the issues and caution is needed., 25 Sep 2018UK law's supreme MeToo momentBritish legal history will be made when women form the majority on the bench to decide case in UK highest court for first time., 20 Sep 2018Spanish lawyers release scathing report on legal systemBarcelona bar association warns of collapse in courts due to overload resulting from European court decision on mortgage contracts., 20 Sep 2018Parisian law firm creates digital transformation brandAfter nearly 100 years in business, law firm is rewriting the rules with a new team dedicated to digital transformation called Gide 255., 20 Sep 2018Dentons expands pan-Asia ambitions with Zain additionIn a second ASEAN move this year, the global law firm has added Malaysia's Zain to its global network., 19 Sep 2018UK bumbling along in the crypto wild west as lawmakers want high noonUK treasury committee calls for an end to the 'wild west' crypto markets and wants regulations to protect investors., 19 Sep 2018Pro bono donation of $15 Million by US big law in environmental honourUS big law unites to honour late environmental attorney Nancy McFadden with sustainability investment, as support voiced nationally., 19 Sep 2018Law Society flags concerns over UK anti-terror legislationSolicitor's body shares their concerns over UK anti-terror legislation, calls for more oversight to protect confidentiality rights., 18 Sep 2018Maritime industry and government promote UAE's new Arbitration LawThe UAE maritime sector has teamed up with the government to promote the emirates as am arbitration destination., 18 Sep 2018Scottish survey highlights violence against legal professionalsLegal professionals are increasingly victims of violence and threats says Scot's Law Society, proposes recommendations., 18 Sep 2018German court delays YouTube intellectual property caseMusic producer working with singer Sarah Brightman waits on Der Bundesgerichtshof as the court seeks input on interpretation issues., 18 Sep 2018China calls for global collaboraton on AI ethics and lawChina's president and vice-premier tell AI experts collaboration needed on the ethical and legal aspects of AI and intellectual property., 18 Sep 2018Korea to expand class action lawsuit system after BMW firesA number of incidents involving BMW cars catching fire has led to government action on changing the rules of class action in South Korea., 18 Sep 2018Simpson Millar £50m investment to boost consumer market ambitionThe UK firm has acquired Liverpool firm EAD in bid to attain market-leading position, expects more deals to come., 14 Sep 2018Lost in translation - what exactly did the two Koreas agree on?Confusion has emerged over different English versions of Panmunjom Declaration submitted to UN., 14 Sep 2018BSB launches consultation on transparency rulesFollowing competition study, the UK bar confident as it launches consultation on transparency draft rules., 14 Sep 2018US law school forced to close settles class action suitThe Charlotte Law School has reached agreement with former students in a $2.7m settlement proposal., 13 Sep 2018Border deal between Serbia and Kosovo expected by next SpringThe sanctity of state borders, a cornerstone of public international law, is coming under increasing scrutiny as foes strive for a land deal., 13 Sep 2018Ashurst finds an alternative route to BrisbaneAshurst strengthens alternative legal services capability in APAC with global delivery centre launch in Brisbane., 13 Sep 2018Littler just got biggerEmployment and labour specialists expands network with a foothold in Brussels with Reliance tie-up., 12 Sep 2018Society backs online education resourceThe Law Society of England and Wales has backed a new free education resource aimed at future lawyers., 12 Sep 2018US court rules London's National Gallery can keep 'Stolen' MatisseMatisse's heirs claim painting was stolen in the wake of second world war, but appeal court upholds 2017 ruling., 12 Sep 2018Human rights legal challenge over UK torture authorisationsHuman rights group launches a legal challenge against UK government for authorising criminal acts abroad as calls for an enquiry mount., 11 Sep 2018Law firms taking the pledge on mental healthABA calls on firms to pledge to tackle lawyer mental-health and substance-use issues., 12 Sep 2018US threatens sanctions against 'illegitimate' ICCUS national security adviser John Bolton slams ICC over Afghanistan report, IBA gives angry response., 12 Sep 2018Online lawyers to offer 'smart contracts' next yearSmart contracts for everyday legal transactions will use blockchain technology as legal and blockchain providers join forces., 12 Sep 2018Vietnamese Justice ministry fights to curb 1000's of unlawful documentsAccording to a justice ministry report, unlawful documents issued in Vietnam are on the increase and offers some solutions to curb the rise., 10 Sep 2018Ringing the changes Blank Rome latest to hire innovation supremoAs the legal industry changes the way they do business, Blank Rome has joined the roll of law firms hiring a cio, and 30 new hires predicted., 12 Sep 2018US attorney-general wants to talk big techState attorney-generals are being summoned to discuss whether tech companies are 'intentionally stifling' free speech, 07 Sep 2018India's supreme court decriminalises gay sexAfter years of protest and many days in court, the supreme court reads down India's section 377 which criminalised 'carnal intercourse.', 07 Sep 2018Gender and racial bias in legal profession exposed by latest ABA StudyWomen doing 'office housework'and women of colour mistaken for janitors are everyday biases in the legal workplace - ABA study says., 07 Sep 2018ING to pay 775 million euros fine in money-laundering caseING insists wrongdoings detected during investigation period are due to collective deficiencies at all levels of management, not individuals., 06 Sep 2018Gwyneth Paltrow in the goop over lawsuitThe actress, who founded the Goop website, agrees to pay up in vaginal egg lawsuit, after accusations she used pseudoscience to sell products., 06 Sep 2018Justice gets a shot in the arm with landmark rulingA landmark win by Hogan Lovells, hailed by the Law Society as a shot in the arm for justice, in principle of client-lawyer confidentiality ruling., 06 Sep 2018ULaw keeps good company as a lord replaces a dame as chancellorULaw has appointed former Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger as chancellor, succeeding inaugural chancellor Dame Fiona Woolf., 05 Sep 2018Swiss law firm licenced to set up ABS in LondonLALIVE is looking to capitalise on new arbitration business in London and bring in academics with public international law expertise., 05 Sep 2018Philippines citizens file ICC complaint accusing Duterte of murderPhilippine families file ICC complaint accusing president of murder during his war on drugs, who in turn accuses ICC of politicisation., 05 Sep 2018Qualifying as a lawyer just got harder in SingaporeThe city-state has introduced a stricter bar exam and longer training to qualify to practise law., 04 Sep 2018Indian court orders guilty pharma firm to donate to Kerala disaster fundCourt directs firm to deposit a sum of Rupees 1.5 million towards the Kerala relief work in the aftermath of the recent floods., 04 Sep 2018Vietnam Bar urged to forge ahead with judicial reformVietnam President asks the bar association for an effective strategy for judical reforms and international integration., 04 Sep 2018Riyadh to host first Saudi Law Conference end of monthJustice minister to host legal profession as legislative changes take place in context of Vision 2030, Aramco's IPO, Yemen and Qatar., 03 Sep 2018Pipeline hits more legal problems as Canadian court reverses approvalThe Canadian Federal Court of Appeal rejects Trans Mountain 'flawed' expansion plans, wants indigenous people consulted., 04 Sep 2018Injury lawyers tell UK inquiry grieving families left to fend for themselvesAssociation says families face 'unfair' battle through means-testing for legal aid at inquests, while public authorities access top-level advice., 04 Sep 2018Ban on Islamic book in Russia breaches freedom of expressionSiding with applicants, ECHR tests limits of Russia's religious freedom and anti-extremism legislation, sees no justification for book ban., 31 Aug 2018Canadian lawsuit aims to do a 'big tobacco' on PharmaForty opioid manufacturers and distributors hit by British Columbian class action lawsuit, claimants want 1990s 'big tobacco' legislation., 31 Aug 2018Missouri voters reject 'right-to-work' law in major win for unionsAhead of US Labour Day weekend voters in Missouri strike down so-called 'right-to-work' law in crucial organised labour victory., 31 Aug 2018Lawyer in lewdness charges at high-end health clubManhattan lawyer charged at the Equinox club on Wall Street, the club for the rich and famous faces a number of sex-related lawsuits., 31 Aug 2018UK and Nigeria in legal sector partnershipA new initiative to drive partnership between legal professionals in the UK and Nigeria announced by PM Theresa May on visit to Lagos., 31 Aug 2018Etro sued over 'decades' of gender, race, age and disability discriminationItalian fashion house Etro has been hit with a lawsuit alleging the brand 'has long concealed a dark and malevolent secret.', 31 Aug 2018New report reveals extent of housing crisis among former prisonersPeople who have been to prison are 10 times more likely to be homeless, according to a new report citing a 'public safety crisis'., 29 Aug 2018