The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostMon, 26 Jun 2017en-gb(C) 2017 Global City Media LtdBlucora hires new Chief Legal Office after pre-decessor decides not to relocate to new HQBlucora Inc - the Irving, Texas-based provider of technology-based financial solutions - has hired Ann Bruder as its new Chief Legal Officer and Secretary., 26 Jun 2017New law in Vietnam would force lawyers to inform on clientsA new article to the penal code has been passed by the Vietnamese National Assembly which would force lawyers to inform on their clients to authorities., 26 Jun 2017Australia inks deal with Japan to aid financial services expansionThe Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced the completion of a framework for co-operation with the Japan Financial Services Agency (JFSA) aimed at promoting innovation in financial services in both countries., 26 Jun 2017Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig welcomes new Chief Operating officerDunlap Bennett & Ludwig has hired DeAnna Burke, PMI certified Project Management Professional and formerly project manager with an international Fortune 100 company as the firm's new Chief Operating Officer., 26 Jun 2017Nixton Peabody gives over office space to LGBTQ startupsGlobal law firm Nixon Peabody has dedicated the lower level of its San Francisco office to an R&D incubator focused on advancing and supporting startups led by LGBTQ founders., 26 Jun 2017Increased legal spending favours global and top-tier law firmsAustralia's biggest consumers of legal services have dramatically increased their spending on legal advice with the big winners being global and top-tier law firms., 23 Jun 2017Inaugural General Counsel Up-at-Night Report highlights key challenges and concernsALM Intelligence and global law firm Morrison & Foerster have today announced the inaugural results of the General Counsel Up-at-Night Report at ALM's SuperConference in Chicago., 23 Jun 2017Global business lawyer Hemant Batra joins leadership team of not-for-profit Goeman Bind HTOGoeman Bind HTO, an international not-for-profit think tank and research advisory has announced that globally acclaimed policy specialist and corporate lawyer, Hemant Batra is to join its leadership team., 23 Jun 2017Former Akin Gump Litigator launches new patent and technology counseling law firmSamar Shah has launched a new San Antonio based boutique law firm, Shah IP Law, PLLC to concentrate on intellectual property counseling with an emphasis on patent portfolio development, patent prosecution and other advanced prosecution strategies., 23 Jun 2017Norton Rose Fulbright and Henry Davis Yorktake merger on cardsGlobal law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and leading Australian law firm Henry Davis York are exploring a potential combination that would create one of the largest providers of legal services in Australia., 23 Jun 2017Legal marijuana a $5-billion boost to California's economyCalifornia's legal market for marijuana is set to be worth more than $5 billion - and a destination for pot-loving tourists., 22 Jun 2017Legal profession provides pro-bono support to Grenfell Tower victimsThe legal profession has stepped up efforts to provide support to the victims of last week's fire at Grenfell Tower in West London., 22 Jun 2017More than half of business owners don't understand employment law jargonA survey of 250 business owners has discovered that 54 per cent of business owners were baffled by employment law jargon., 22 Jun 2017ACC launches exclusive cybersecurity serviceThe Assocation of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has launched a new third-party cyber due diligence service, Vendor Risk Service, to help law department leaders identify and mitigate risks among their organisations' third-party vendors., 22 Jun 2017African and Chinese law firms sign MOU to boost investments in AfricaAfrican and Chinese laws firms via Lex Africa and the Global Chinese Speaking Lawyers' Association have signed an MOU to boost Chinese investments in Africa by improving the confidence of Chinese entrepreneurs operating there., 22 Jun 2017ANSYS appoints Janet Lee as General CounselANSYS is adding to the ranks of its executive team by bringing on legal veteran Janet Lee as General Counsel and who will help the engineering simulation leader navigate sophisticated legal topics as it enters the next phase of its growth., 22 Jun 2017Leasehold umbrella group submits proposals for reformA group of associations have got together to draft new proposals for leasehold reform in the UK., 21 Jun 2017Chatbots get the thumbs down for complex legal adviceWhilst most would refuse to take advice from a robot for complex cases, one in five British people would put their faith in an automated, robotic service - such as a chatbot - to provide simple legal advice., 21 Jun 2017Lex Machina expands legal analytics platform to commercial litigationLex Machina - a LexisNexis company - has expanded its Legal Analytics platform into commercial law in efforts to expand the tool beyond patent, trademark, copyright, securities, and antitrust law and to cover every federal practice area., 21 Jun 2017LGBT legal advocacy group Lambda Legal to open Washington DC officeLambda Legal, an LGBT legal advocacy group, is to open a Washington DC office in a move to intensify its work against the Trump administration and increase fundraising., 21 Jun 2017Legal expertise helps BVI drive over $1.5 trillion of investment globallyThe British Virgin Islands' legal services and legal framework is helping to drive over $1.5 trillion of investment globally - the equivalent to two per cent of global GDP - according to a report released today., 21 Jun 2017Tulane University establishes energy law chair with appointment of European expertKim Talus, a European scholar of energy law, has been named the inaugural holder of the James McCulloch Chair in Energy Law at Tulane University Law School., 20 Jun 2017KCAB International Arbitration Committee appoints new presidentKap-You KIM, a senior partner at Bae, Kim & Lee, has been appointed to head up the Korean organisation., 20 Jun 2017Clio recognises law firm excellence and innovationCloud-based legal practicemanagement software leader Clio has launched The Reismans - an inaugural programme set up to recognise clients who demonstrate law firm excellence and innovation., 20 Jun 2017Orrick enhances parental support for staffOrrick has announced several enhancements to the ways the firm supports lawyers and staff who are parents including a contribution to a college fund for children of employees., 20 Jun 2017Cambridge law student legaltech company LawBot relaunchesLawBot X is launching in July in seven countries with the new platform hosted on Facebook messenger and was founded by four Cambridge law students., 20 Jun 2017Philippine DFA seeks international law firm partnerships to assist Filipinos with legal troublesThe Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is seeking to increase retainer agreements with law offices in other countries to help aid Filipinos with legal issues, especially those on death row., 19 Jun 2017ABS firms shy away from private equityFirms licensing as alternative business structures have not taken advantage of private equity, with an inability to present the information to investors as one reason given., 21 Jun 2017Law firms fail to satisfy clients across the boardLaw firms are still failing to meet client expectations from fees to technology, according to new research., 20 Jun 2017Indian academics support law review at inaugural China India Legal ForumLegal risks whilst investing in India was top of the agenda whilst a review of the law was also explored., 19 Jun 2017Texas enacts 'anti-Sharia' lawTexas has signed into law House Bill 45, known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) prohibiting the use of any foreign law in the state's courts, specifically in family cases that involve marriage or parent-child relationship matters., 19 Jun 2017King & Spalding snaps up Ropes & Grey finance duoThe firm has appointed finance partners Mark Wesseldine and Fergus Wheeler in London., 19 Jun 2017Special prosecutor Mueller boosts his team for US Russian investigationMr Mueller is hiring for the team which is probing a range of issues related to interference in last year's US election., 16 Jun 2017GCs demand greater cybersecurity precautions from law firmsLaw firms have come under pressure from general counsel to up their game on cybersecurity with some of the largest law firms in the spotlight., 16 Jun 2017CMS pioneers business training for its future lawyersCMS is poineering a unique internship scheme which includes business training at a top Swiss business school., 16 Jun 2017Herbalife appoints acting general counselThe top lawyer at Herbalife who signed the nutrition and supplement company's $200 million settlement last year with federal regulators over allegations of deceiving customers has moved to another role in the company., 16 Jun 2017Hogan Lovells joins forces with Boston boutiqueThe global firm now has a presence in Boston as it moves to strengthen its life science and healthcare practice., 16 Jun 2017Connecticut animals now have their own lawyersIn a first for the US, a law passed by the state of Connecticut means that abused animals now have a voice in court., 15 Jun 2017European workers prepare for mass Brexit from FTSE companiesEuropeans working in top British companies have little support from their employers over Brexit, feel discriminated against and are preparing to leave the country, according to a Baker McKenzie survey., 15 Jun 2017Australia's largest ever human rights settlement tops $90 millionThe Australian government is set to pay $70 million in compensation to more than 1900 asylum seekers detained at Manus Island. The landmark deal is thought to be Australia's largest-ever human rights-related settlement., 15 Jun 2017Conflicts stall Norton Rose merger talksPotential conflicts have stalled the merger talks between Norton Rose Fulbright and New York firm Chadbourne & Parke whilst German law firm Luther is reported to have turned down overtures from Addleshaw Goddard., 15 Jun 2017President Trump nominates legal luminaries as judgesPresident Trump has announced a new round of 11 judicial nominations including three nominees for high-profile federal appeals courts with five of the nine circuit court nominees announced current or former law professors., 14 Jun 2017Simpson Thacher & Bartlett downsizes and rents office space to boutique legal practiceLitigation boutique firm Holwell Shuster & Goldberg has subleased nearly 60,000 square feet from much larger law firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett., 14 Jun 2017Fake law firm fined for unlawfully obtaining personal informationA former UK Claims Organisation manager has pleaded guilty to more than 10 offences of unlawfully obtaining personal data. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,600 as well as a victim surcharge of £15., 14 Jun 2017Law firm joins forces with Dutch foundation to sue VolkswagenUK law firm Harcus Sinclair is collaborating with a Dutch foundation to launch legal proceedings against VW in the Netherlands., 14 Jun 2017EU takes legal action against three countries for refusing to take refugeesThe European Union has launched an 'infringement procedure' against the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland for failing to comply with a 2015 agreement to harbour asylum-seekers., 14 Jun 2017Qatar hires US legal heavyweight on $2.5 million contractThe law firm of former US senator and US Attorney General John Ashcroft has been appointed to help the Qatar Government to advise on its crisis including legal work on international counter-terrorism finance laws., 13 Jun 2017Bryan Cave opens notary office in FrankfurtStefan Skulesch is one of only 300 notaries in the city., 13 Jun 2017President Trump being sued over foreign government paymentsDonald Trump is being sued by officials in Washington and Maryland who accuse him of accepting payments from foreign governments through his business empire., 13 Jun 2017Covington picks up Chadbourne project finance teamAround 20 lawyers have now defected to Covington & Burling in the lead up to Chadbourne's merger with Norton Rose Fulbright., 13 Jun 2017Law firms must face up to the millennial challengeAt a time when clients are demanding more for less, firms are having to contend with millennial lawyers and their different priorities, including a more balanced life., 14 Jun 2017New Japanese law passed to allow Emperor abdicate¬∑Japan has passed a law to allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate - making him the country's first monarch to abdicate in 200 years., 12 Jun 2017Ince & Co advises shipping companies to plan for prolonged Qatar disruptionUncertainly remains over Suez Canal access and transhipment options with companies doing business there advised to act with caution., 12 Jun 2017Sidley Austin partner to head legal aid nonprofitThe head of Sidley Austin's litigation practice is leaving to become the new Executive Director for Chicago's largest legal aid organisation LAF, formerly known as the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago., 12 Jun 2017Law firms set to become obsoleteLaw firms are increasingly irrelevant to the delivery of legal services, hampered by their structural defects and the inability to deal with client dissatisfaction., 13 Jun 2017HSF searched by police in Belfast in drugs investigationThe Belfast offices of Herbert Smith Freehills has been searched by police as part of an investigation linked to drugs in another part of the city, according to local reports., 12 Jun 2017Lawyers vindicated over claims of hounding British troopsLeigh Day lawyers accused of hounding British troops with false war crime claims have been cleared of all wrongdoing. Martyn Day, Sapna Malik and Anna Crowther were told 20 misconduct charges had not been proved., 12 Jun 2017Pinsent Masons shores up Irish operation with Dublin launchThe UK law firm has joined the Brexit brigade heading for the Irish capital and, separately, has also invested in a diversity consultancy., 12 Jun 2017Norton Rose in merger talks with Australian law firmThe firm issued a statement confirming the discussions with Henry Davis York., 09 Jun 2017Haynes and Boone snap up Rosenblatt duoUS law firm Haynes and Boone CDG has launched a new corporate practice in London with the hire of two Rosenblatt partners including its head of corporate., 09 Jun 2017Gide opts for new-gen building with green spacesGide is moving to new premises in the heart of Paris next year in a move which will incorporate herb gardens and new-gen workspaces., 09 Jun 2017Ravel Law acquired by LexisNexisThe artifical intelligence company provides software which can predict the arguments which would win over a judge., 09 Jun 2017UK election casts a shadow over BrexitLawyers are speculating whether the UK's shock election results will soften the approach to Brexit whilst also saving the Serious Fraud Office which was under threat from the government., 09 Jun 2017New app delivers Indian legal judgment updatesIndian court judgments can now be accessed through a recently launched app which selects information from multiple courts across the country., 08 Jun 2017Uber fires over 20 employees after law firm probeUber has fired more than 20 employees after a law firm probe at the company into a number of complaints including sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination - both those in management and in lower level positions., 08 Jun 2017Celebrity chef's father-in-law jailed over business hacking attemptCelebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law is jailed for six months for conspiring to hack a computer system relating to the chef's business interests in a case that went ahead against the wishes of chef Ramsay who has reconciled with his in-laws., 08 Jun 2017Big firms shy away from representing Trump on RussiaFour major law firms are reported to have declined White House requests to represent President Donald Trump in the Russian investigations., 08 Jun 2017Chinese cyber-squatter targets global law firmsLaw firms should be aware that their brands could be being used without permission in China after a number of global firms discovered their names were being used illegitimately., 08 Jun 2017Firms spending millions writing biz plans that just gather dustWhile, on average, a large law firm may typically spend a quarter of a million dollars creating an annual business plan the harsh reality is that few are actually maximising the investment and carrying it out., 07 Jun 2017Firms spending millions writing biz plans that just gather dustWhile, on average, a large law firm may typically spend a quarter of a million dollars creating an annual business plan the harsh reality is that few are actually maximising the investment and carrying it out., 08 Jun 2017Longer jail terms likely for terrorist offencesThe UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated that jail terms for terrorism offences could be significantly increased., 07 Jun 2017LexisNexis releases new solution to assist with risk and compliance challengesLexisNexis UK has today launched LexisPSL Risk & Compliance, the latest addition to its suite of leading practice support solutions., 07 Jun 2017Former US Senator returns to law at New Orleans energy practiceFormer US Senator David Vitter, who left the Senate in January after two terms and 25 years in elected office, has made a return to practicing law by joining the New Orleans office of Butler Snow - a firm with a focus on energy issues., 07 Jun 2017AI moves up small and medium sized legal firms' agendasSmall and medium sized legal firms both understand the importance of the use of AI (artificial intelligence), regard it as an opportunity to be embraced and do not feel threatened by its impact on their business model., 07 Jun 2017Diveristy increasing in legal sector as number of lawyers soarsLawyers from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds have more than doubled in the last decade, with 16 per cent (19,145) of solicitors now from those backgrounds., 06 Jun 2017Calls made for mandatory continuous education for Barbados lawyersThe Barbados Bar Association has been called upon to set up mandatory continuous education for all its lawyers, magistrates and judges with Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson saying it should follow the example set by other Caribbean jurisdictions., 06 Jun 2017Pinset Masons buys specialist diversity and inclusion business Brook GrahamPinset Masons has acquired D&I business Brook Graham. The news comes shortly after the firm bought a 20 per cent stake in New Law outsourcing business Yuzu., 06 Jun 2017Thailand's Weerawong hires capital markets partner from LS HorizonBangkok-headquartered Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners has appointed capital markets and corporate acquisitions expert Khemajit Choomwattana as a partner from local firm LS Horizon., 06 Jun 2017Investment in technology and talent key to client service excellence and the future of the legal professionIn-house departments must invest heavily in technology and talent to keep pace with the objectives of the broader business, says Deloitte's legal services survey, Canadian legal landscape 2017: Issues and trends facing Canadian in-house counsel., 06 Jun 2017UCLA School of Law receives $2m gift to aid diversityThe UCLA School of Law has received a $2 million gift from longtime supporter David Sanders to create and endow a distinguished scholar position and provide support in perpetuity for a legal journal., 05 Jun 2017Lawyer accused of defrauding US Government of close to $600 million has disappearedA disability lawyer set to be sentenced in the US next month for defrauding the government of almost $600 million has disappeared, the FBI has said., 05 Jun 2017Denmark drops 334-year-old blasphemy lawDenmark has repealed a 334-year-old blasphemy law that forbids publicly insulting a religion, such as the burning of holy books., 05 Jun 2017No way to legally postpone general ElectionIt has emerged that there is no way to legally suspend or delay the general election following Saturday's terrorist attack(s) in London., 05 Jun 2017Women GCs in Fortune 500 companies on the riseThe number of women appointed to general counsel jobs in the Fortune 500 increased sharply in 2016 and how they are hired for the GC role is changing which could dramatically increase the number of women leading legal departments., 05 Jun 2017Philippines body considers landmark human rights petition over climate changeA group of applicants has asked the Philippines Commission for Human Rights to consider whether some of the world's biggest companies have violated the rights of millions of people., 02 Jun 2017NZ Law Society raises alarm over employment proposalsLegislation removing employment protections causes serious concerns, NZ Law Society says., 02 Jun 2017Egypt's President approves controversial NGO lawEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed a controversial NGO law which is now in effect in a move widely condemned by international NGO groups and members of the US Congress., 02 Jun 2017Andersen Tax & Legal launches in CologneAndersen Global has launched in Cologne with the addition of a new member firm., 02 Jun 2017New AI platform launched for legal technologyA next generation, deep learning platform that applies the latest advancements in both machine learning and cloud computing to solve the complex data analysis challenges presented in the practice of law has been launched., 02 Jun 2017Womble $400bn merger creates new breed of transatlantic law firmBond Dickinson and Womble Caryle's transatlantic 1000 lawyer combination, Womble Bond Dickinson, made them members of the elite Global 100 set., 02 Jun 2017Dentons launches Myanmar officeDentons has launched an office in Myanmar through the acquisition of a seven-strong local team led by partner Mark Livingston., 01 Jun 2017Baker McKenzie enters new economy with Legal CollabBaker McKenzie launches the initiative for multidisciplinary collaboration aimed at addressing pressing issues in the new economy., 01 Jun 2017New board at NautaDutilh has no chairperson to encourage 'togetherness'The new board will not have a chairperson, but will instead operate based on 'togetherness'., 01 Jun 2017Kennedys seals global insurance merger dealInternational law firm Kennedys has today completed its merger with leading US insurance firm Carroll McNulty & Kull (CMK), creating a global insurance practice that will offer clients unrivalled coverage and expertise in all their key markets., 01 Jun 2017Osborne Clarke reports 12 per cent revenue increase in 2017International legal practice Osborne Clarke has announced its 2016/17 year-end financial results with income of €245.1 million, representing a 12 per cent increase on revenues in the previous year., 01 Jun 2017EU targets lawyers in tax-avoidance clampdownBrussels is preparing to crack down on lawyers and accountants running tax-avoidance schemes for clients., 31 May 2017China launches controversial cyber security lawChina is to implement its controversial cyber security law this week despite foreign firms warning about its impact on their ability to do business there., 31 May 2017Facebook claims Germany's fake news law would see legal content deletedFacebook has claimed a new German law that would force social media companies to pay up to €50 million if they fail to remove hate speech and false news would encourage tech companies to delete legal content in order to avoid fines., 31 May 2017Hogan Lovells boosts pay for junior lawyersHogan Lovells has boosted pay for its junior lawyers by five per cent with the newly qualified now receiving £75,000 per year., 31 May 2017US Federal reserve fines Deutsche Bank $41 million over money laundering violationsThe US Federal Reserve has fined Deutsche Bank $41 million after it was found to have failed to screen billions of dollars in potentially suspicions transactions., 31 May 2017