The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostMon, 19 Feb 2018en-gb(C) 2018 Global City Media LtdSMEs have no faith in lawyers to solve business problemsSmall businesses do not believe lawyers provide a cost effective means to resolve legal issues and should be a last resort when solving business problems., 16 Feb 2018Declining income forces American Bar Association to restructureThe ABA has introduced a redundancy programme as it prepares for a major restructure due to declining membership., 16 Feb 2018Former Linklaters partner jailed over sexual assaultThe court heard that Linklaters had conducted a proper investigation at the time., 16 Feb 2018Simmons & Simmons gears up for Dublin launchThe firm has poached the ex-head of A&L Goodbody's London office, Niamh Ryan, as it announces plans for a 40 strong operation., 15 Feb 2018Clifford Chance buys Carillion legal armThe global law firm has picked up the 60 strong paralegal team from the contractor which collapsed last month., 16 Feb 2018Hogan Lovells teams up with Elevate to create flexible lawyeringThe law firm is drawing from its alumni pool to create a team of freelance lawyers., 15 Feb 2018Turkish tie-up for DWFDWF has expanded into Istanbul with an exclusive alliance with local firm Ozkan Law., 14 Feb 2018Dentons partner leaves after sexual harassment probeA former partner at Scottish legacy firm Maclay Murray & Spens was asked to leave the global legal giant after an investigation found his 'behaviour fell well below expectations'., 14 Feb 2018US law officers seek to end forced arbitrations in workplace sexual harassmentAll 56 US attorneys general wrote to Congress seeking legislation to protect victims of sexual harassment in the workplace., 14 Feb 2018White & Case sets up Houston practiceThe firm has brought on four partners and is planning a raft of other hires for the office., 13 Feb 2018Court upholds arrest warrant for Wikileaks founderJulian Assange's lawyers argued that his arrest for failing to answer bail was no longer in the public interest., 13 Feb 2018BLM joins forces with LSE on AI insurance predictability projectThe firm has embarked on a mission to predict outcomes on volume litigation and complex claims., 14 Feb 2018Jones Day is strongest law firm brand in the USThe firm has beaten Skadden for the second year running whilst alternative legal brand Axiom is starting to make tracks., 13 Feb 2018Clyde & Co snaps up four partner Ince teamClyde & Co has turned to rival Ince & Co to staff up its latest international foray., 12 Feb 2018UK litigation funders' war chests hits £1 billionLitigation funders are looking for new areas to finance, with class actions, arbitration and asset tracing now on their menu., 12 Feb 2018Ex-Sidley partner Matthew Cahill cleared in tax case as CPS admits 'wholesale failures'A leading city lawyer has had charges against him dropped as the CPS admits to yet another 'disclosure' failure., 13 Feb 2018Ashurst forms “joint operation” to practice Chinese lawGuantao launches Joint Operation Office with Ashurst in Shanghai Free Trade Zone., 09 Feb 2018Paris court to hear English casesThe French justice ministry has opened an international commercial court in Paris that will hear cases in English, to capitalise on Brexit., 09 Feb 2018UK law firms reveal gender pay gapLaw firms in the UK have started to disclose their gender pay gap figures., 12 Feb 2018Dubai trials go paperlessAll cases at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts will be dealt with electronically from 1 July, as the government plans to go paperless by 2021., 08 Feb 2018Hong Kong's top court frees student activistsThree democracy activists are freed, but court upholds stricter sentencing guidelines for future public order and unlawful protest offences., 07 Feb 2018Kennedys grows Puru officeFour-strong commercial litigation team leave Peruvian firm Barrios & Fuentes Abogados., 07 Feb 2018Litigation funder “sells” US portfolioAustralian-based litigation funder, IMF Bentham, "sells" its US cases to its American parent company., 07 Feb 2018Solicitor numbers in Ireland rise as economy booms and “Brexit effect” surge of English lawyers plateausThe number of solicitors practicing in Ireland has grown by 3.5% over the last year., 07 Feb 2018Vanessa King takes over the reins at O'Neal WebsterPartnership of BVI firm O'Neal Webster appoints successor to Kerry Anderson., 07 Feb 2018Pomerantz recovery on behalf of Petrobras investors reaches $3 billionA $50 million settlement with Britain's largest pension fund, followed a previous $2.95 billion deal agreed earlier this year., 07 Feb 2018Canadian claim served by InstagramToronto court allowed service to be done by social media app., 06 Feb 2018British hacking suspect will not face extradition to USLauri Love's appeal against extradition succeeds, but he will face trail in the UK., 09 Feb 2018Baker McKenzie in spotlight over alleged sexual assault cover-upLaw firm could face investigation by regulator for "confidential settlement" over alleged sexual assault., 06 Feb 2018ABA protests against anti-money laundering legislationFears that new legislation could jeopardise legal privilege has seen the ABA take action., 05 Feb 2018Tips for law firms developing a digital matter strategyLaw firms are resisting going digital but, says Simon Elven of Tikit, it is time they considered developing a digital matter road map., 05 Feb 2018Lawyers need meaningful work to be happyIncome and rank are more likely to reduce happiness with authenticity instead rated more important for wellbeing., 05 Feb 2018Bird & Bird deploys artificial intelligence technologyThe law firm has invested in AI to assist with new contract review for M & A due diligence., 02 Feb 2018Norton Rose energy and infrastructure team defects to Winston & StrawnA team of top energy and infrastructure partners have exited Norton Rose for Winston & Strawn., 02 Feb 2018LOD launches office in GermanyThe legal services company is launching its flexible lawyering model in Munich., 02 Feb 2018CMS Cameron McKenna firms revealed profit dip before mergerThe three firms revealed a profit decrease in the latest published accounts., 01 Feb 2018Top-rated Skadden partner Michal Berkner joins CooleysThe London office of Cooley has hired M&A deals partner Michal Berkner., 01 Feb 2018AI could improve sentencing outcomesAI would produce less human errors in sentencing, according to two Australian professors., 02 Feb 2018K&L Gates pulls in partner duo from Melbourne firmLocal Melbourne law firm Mills Oakley has lost two of its infrastructure partners to the US firm., 31 Jan 2018Hunton & Williams advises on $1.8bn Cambodian Expressway projectHunton & Williams is advising on the $1.8 Billion Cambodian Expressway Project as part of the Chinese One Belt, One Road initiative., 31 Jan 2018Hogan Lovells joins forces with FTI Consulting on data governanceIn the latest legaltech collaboration, the two will devise contract and data solutions for corporates., 01 Feb 2018Taylor Vintner launches business leader platformThe law firm has assembled a group of thought leaders as part of its 'Zebra project' to reimagine the world of work., 30 Jan 2018Cooley opens second Chinese office in BeijingCooley is going against the trend of recent US law firm exits from China with the announcement of a Beijing office., 30 Jan 2018Top London law firms pay females 24 per cent less than malesNot only are they paid less, they believe cronyism is a factor in awarding compensation., 31 Jan 2018Lawyers optimistic on NAFTA talksNAFTA renegotiations are restarting despite Canadian government officials previously expressing pessimism at the potential for a deal., 29 Jan 2018LexisNexis makes $580 million acquisition in digital identity businessThe company has made a big play for the digital identity space with the $580 million acquisition of ThreatMetrix., 30 Jan 2018Hausfield launches new French practiceHeaded by the ex-general counsel of Michelin, the firm is targeting clients who have been the victims of anti-competitive behaviour., 29 Jan 2018Businesses spend $1.5 million on global data protectionNearly half of global companies are struggling with data protection and privacy issues., 29 Jan 2018Top UK law firms suffer dark web password breachThe UK's top law firms have been targeted by the dark web, according to reports., 26 Jan 2018India considers establishing new consumer protection agencyA proposed bill provides penalties for advertisers and endorsers., 26 Jan 2018Linklaters joins forces with pioneering legaltech consortiumThe Magic Circle law firm has partnered with the Accord Project to launch a new consortium working with smart contract technology, blockchain and legal tech companies., 26 Jan 2018Reed Smith boosts Paris with White & Case teamProject and asset finance partner Victoria Westcott joins Reed Smith's financial industry group in Paris alongside three lawyers., 25 Jan 2018CCBE backs Microsoft over Irish email storage caseThe CCBE is supporting Microsoft in a case which would dramatically expand the US government's power to seize electronic communications stored outside the US., 25 Jan 2018Troutman Sanders to shut up shop in AsiaThe Atlanta-headquartered firm has reviewed its strategy and opted to close three offices in China., 24 Jan 2018Law is one of the best paid sectors in the UKOutranked only by finance, lawyers have the best earning potential of all the sectors., 25 Jan 2018Gordon Dadds buys second law firm since listingThe AIM-listed law firm is on the acquisitions trail with its second SME law firm purchase., 24 Jan 2018CLOC Institute launches in LondonThe leading US group of legal operators descended on London today for its first overseas event., 23 Jan 2018Norton Rose cyber and data heads exit for CooleyThe former US co-chairs of Norton Rose Fulbright's data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice group have joined Cooley., 23 Jan 2018Littler expands European footprint with Italian moveThe US law firm has added another European destination to its global office portfolio., 23 Jan 2018Australian law firm mergers set for take-off in 2018Australia could be in for a bout of merger mania this year as two law firms announce plans and another is said to be ready to propose., 23 Jan 2018Linklaters promotes technology head to COOMatt Peers will head the city law firm's global operating strategy with a focus on technology to provide a competitive edge., 22 Jan 2018Squire Patton Boggs bags three Dentons partnersThe firm is opening an office in Atlanta headed up by Dentons partner Ann-Marie McGaughey., 22 Jan 2018Quinn Emanuel breakaway team forms new law firmAn eight partner group has defected from the firm in a highly unusual move., 22 Jan 2018The world of pessimistic securityPessimistic security, embedded artificial intelligence and GDPR will reign supreme in the legal sector in 2018., 19 Jan 2018Linklaters appoints new head of ChinaThe firm has promoted its head of capital markets in Asia to take over from corporate partner Fang Jian., 19 Jan 2018GDPR is an opportunity for European business, not a threat, says professorEuropean companies will steal a march on the rest of the world on data privacy., 22 Jan 2018Legal departments bypass smaller firms despite preferring themSmall firms can be more innovative but are less likely to pass the muster with GCs when searching for suitable law firms., 22 Jan 2018Ogletree Deakins in $300m lawsuit over gender discrimination claimA shareholder at the US employment law firm is suing for $300m over alleged gender bias, a claim strenuously denied by Ogletree which points to its wide ranging initiatives to redress any imbalance., 18 Jan 2018Charles Russell brings top sports boutique on boardCharles Russell Speechlys and Couchmans join forces to create what they claim is a new model for legal services in sport., 18 Jan 2018Clients will demand security guarantees from law firmsA leading IT consultant says security will top the list of client demands going forward as companies wake up to the cyber vulnerabilities of their law firms., 17 Jan 2018Clyde & Co targets Mayer Brown duoThe law firm is continuing to expand its insurance team with the latest hirings in London., 17 Jan 2018Mainz 05 obtains landmark ruling on tempory contractsA top German football team has won as landmark ruling for temporary player contracts in team sports., 17 Jan 2018GDPR could be used as a weapon against SMEsThe new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could be used as a weapon against businesses by dissatisfied customers or protesters, says Collyer Bristow., 16 Jan 2018Gordon Dadds makes first law firm acquisition since listingThe AIM listed law firm has paid £3.4m for a technology boutique with an international clientele., 20 Jan 2018Law firm AKD expands in Luxembourg in response to Brexit demandThe Benelux law firm has recruited two lawyers from leading Luxembourg firm Arendt & Medernach to expand its investment funds practice., 16 Jan 2018Baker McKenzie creates role to capture new opportunities in legalThe law firm has turned to global consultancy firm AK Kearney to find a chief services officer., 16 Jan 2018King & Wood Mallesons launches virtual trainee programmeIn an innovative move, the firm is creating Australia's first law virtual internships for students interested in working in global law firms., 15 Jan 2018It's the Kodak moment for law firmsBold innovation-and not just jumping on the latest tech hype-is a necessity rather than a choice, as smart legal providers up their game to deliver more than automation, says Wayne Ramsay, Chief Strategy Officer at Exigent., 16 Jan 2018Leading Israeli law firms mergeThe two firms will become one of the largest outfits in Israel delivering cross-border legal services., 15 Jan 2018Singapore makes major move into legaltechThe country has announced a programme focused on building up tech expertise for the legal marketplace., 15 Jan 2018The law of unintended consequencesIn 1988, the Law Commission recommended one of the most radical reforms in the history of landlord and tenant law in England and Wales, the abolition of so-called 'original tenant liability'. Bill Chandler of Hill Dickinson discusses., 15 Jan 2018Quinn Emanuel to represent Steve Bannon in Russian investigationThe litigation law firm is also representing other members of the White House., 12 Jan 2018US lawyer rating service Avvo bought by Internet BrandsThe US legal ratings website will be part of the company which bought Martindale-Hubbell., 12 Jan 2018Law firms face declining productivity but must resist return to failed strategiesDeclining productivity is costing law firms an average of $74,100 per lawyer each year, according to the latest research from Georgetown University., 15 Jan 2018Ireland positions itself as post-Brexit legal hubIreland is the latest European country to position itself as a leading centre for international legal services in the aftermath of Brexit., 12 Jan 2018Weil Gotshal Budapest team joins Bird & BirdThe Weil Gotshal 20 strong team will start at the new firm next month., 11 Jan 2018Burford Capital triples funding commitments last yearThe litigation funder invested $1.3 billion into the fast-growing litigation funding marketplace as it extends its finance offer., 11 Jan 2018Jones Day lawyers defect to Holland & Knight in Mexico CityThe team is headed up by Luis Rubio who will manage the Holland & Knight office., 11 Jan 2018Littler appoints data analytics chiefEmployment law firm Littler is upping its focus on data analytics as well as developing technology solutions for clients., 10 Jan 2018Legal sector is leading the way for paperless workingLawyers are ahead of other industry sectors when it comes to working without paper., 10 Jan 2018Deloitte set to take on traditional law firmsThe Big Four accountancy giant is the latest to enter the legal playing field with major plans to develop its offerings to corporates and compete with law firms., 11 Jan 2018Transitioning leaders - why firms get it wrongNew leaders need to get on with the job, says management guru Patrick McKenna who muses over the problems of the long slow goodbye., 16 Jan 2018Locke Lord names new London managing partnerThe US firm has appointed James Channo to run the office with the aim to build up the London practice., 09 Jan 2018Gianni Origoni picks up top IP group in RomeHeaded up by Massimo Sterpi, the Studio Jacobacci lawyers join Gianni Origoni's Rome office., 09 Jan 2018Class action law firm Milberg joins forces with pharmaceutical litigation law firmThe two have combined forces to take on global corporations, particularly focusing on commercial and pharmaceutical litigation, class actions and whistleblower issues., 08 Jan 2018Slaughter and May ex-partner to chair city regulatory bodyCharles Randell will oversee financial regulation in the run-up to Brexit in the high-profile post., 08 Jan 2018Macfarlanes avoids election for senior partnerThe firm has opted for a collaborative approach to appointing the next leader as its veteran senior partner Charles Martin prepares to hand over the mantle to the next generation., 08 Jan 2018Making movesThis week's appointments includes a hot trade hire for Kirkland & Ellis in Geneva and a move by Linklaters to strengthen its Washington DC office., 05 Jan 2018Baker Donelson co-founder diesLewie Donelson, who founded the firm in 1954, set out to create a full service practice with broad expertise., 05 Jan 2018US law firms increasingly 'potent' in LondonThe big-hitters are part of a Club of 15, which are leaving other firms on the sidelines when it comes to getting big-ticket work, says Citi., 05 Jan 2018