The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostTue, 23 May 2017en-gb(C) 2017 Global City Media LtdJoe Macrae's Mlegal goes on global expansion driveTop legal recruiter Mlegal has acquired a Californian recruitment company as it plots a global expansion strategy., 23 May 2017Allen & Overy takes client to court over 'unpaid' feesAllen & Overy is suing a former client for $343,448 for what it claims are unpaid fees., 23 May 2017Standard Chartered Bank's former senior regulatory counsel rejoins Hunton & WilliamsJuan Azel, Standard Chartered Bank's former head of legal has rejoined his old firm Hunton & Williams as it boosts efforts to expand its global banking and regulatory compliance practice., 23 May 2017Australian law firms see no wage growthLaw firm salaries largely stood still in Australia in 2016 with wages growth across the legal industry dropping to a record low of one per cent., 23 May 2017Record 12,000 take part in London's Legal WalkA record 12,000 walkers took part in the 10 kilometer London Legal Walk to raise money for free legal advice services., 23 May 2017Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom makes double hire from White & CaseSkadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has made a rare double hire in the city bringing on board White & Case global private equity co-head Richard Youle and fellow private equity partner Katja Butler., 23 May 2017Italy passes law to fight cyber-bullyingThe Italian parliament has passed a law designed to tackle cyber bullying of children after a number of minors committed suicide., 22 May 2017White House denies lawyers researching impeachment proceduresWhite House lawyers have denied that they are researching impeachment procedures following a spate of newspaper reports., 22 May 2017Sullivan & Cromwell sets up Brussels officeUS law firm Sullivan & Cromwell is to establish an office in Brussels headed up by Michael Rosenthal who headed up Wilson Sonsini's Brussels practice., 22 May 2017Law Society vows to defend privilege following ENRC rulingCompanies can no longer assume that private documents, including interview records used for internal investigations, will be protected after a controversial High Court ruling., 22 May 2017Global legal services market valued at nearly $600 billionThe global legal services market had total revenues of $584.4bn in 2016 and over six million practitioners., 22 May 2017'Club deals' back in vogue for private equity dealmakersDeal sizes are returning to their pre-2008 levels owing to the 'dry powder' accumulated by private equity firms., 19 May 2017Nestle loses legal fight to trademark four-fingered KitKat barsNestle has lost the latest stage of its legal battle with Cadbury to trademark Kit-Kat's four-finger shape in Britain., 19 May 2017Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice joins OslerOsler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has announced that the Honourable Marshall Rothstein, QC has joined the partnership and will be based in Vancouver., 19 May 2017IBM's new Watson tool could slash spend on outside counsel by a thirdA new tool using IBM's Watson could help inhouse legal teams save save up to 30 per cent on their annual outside counsel spend., 19 May 2017Institutional investors increasingly involved in global and antitrust litigationInstitutional investors have moved beyond traditional US securities litigation efforts to focus on damages in non-US jurisdictions and antitrust violations., 19 May 2017Tesco faces further legal action on accounting scandalTesco is facing the prospect of another legal challenge over its accounting scandal after lawyers called on retail investors to back fresh action against the supermarket chain., 19 May 2017Private prosecutions can help luxury companiesPrivate prosecutions can be helpful in the fight against counterfeiting but must be used with caution, says Adam Glass of Lewis Silkin., 18 May 2017Andersen Global heads to Nigeria with new partnershipAndersen Global is to have a presence in Nigeria with the addition of the practice formerly run under WTS ADEBIYI & Associates., 18 May 2017Seyfarth Shaw axes 40 lawyers across US officesChicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw is understood to have laid off 40 lawyers in the US - across all levels - and an unknown number of staffers., 18 May 2017Redgrave expands In California, Ohio and MinnesotaInformation law specialists, Redgrave Information Law, has made a number of significant new appointments across offices in San Francisco, Cleveland and Minneapolis., 18 May 2017Legal firms say use of tech will have greatest impact on businessUK lawyers believe that technology will have the greatest impact on their firms over the next five years but Scottish lawyers and their English counterparts are at odds over its importance and the challenges of implementation., 18 May 2017Dentons makes it onto Standard Chartered's overhauled global legal panelFor the first time Dentons has won a spot on Standard Chartered's global legal panel while Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Baker McKenzie, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells, Slaughter and May and Linklaters have all been reappointed., 18 May 2017Managing partners confused over legal tech strategyLaw firms are divided over leading the technology revolution or being a 'fast follower' as they struggle to cope with the changing attitudes of clients., 17 May 2017Global trade groups appeal to Beijing to postpone cyber lawGlobal business groups have joined forces in an appeal to Chinese authorities to postpone enforcing a cybersecurity law they say violates Beijing's free-trade pledges., 17 May 2017Six legal tech start-ups make Mishcon de Reya's innovation incubatorLondon-based innovation investor L Marks and Mishcon joined forces to invited 19 early stage and growth technology start-ups with products or services applicable to the legal industry to to pitch their products Dragon Dens style., 17 May 2017Independent bespoke law firms stealing business from larger competitorsIndependent law firms are stealing a larger share of the market by offering their clients a more bespoke service, a LexisNexis report has revealed., 18 May 2017Facebook users get new legal right to delete teenage postsFacebook users will be given a new legal right to wipe clean all photos, messages and information that they put online before turning 18 under a new manifesto pledge announced by Prime Minister Mrs Theresa May., 16 May 2017Aussie legaltech firm launches in UKLegaltech firm LawAdvisor is expanding into the UK and has announced it has secured new funding, and is launching a new service., 16 May 2017Barrister Emily Egan earns almost €1m from StateBarrister Emily Egan earned nearly €1 million in fees last year for representing the State in High Court actions - more than 10 per cent of the total €9.4 million paid out to barristers by the State Claims Agency., 16 May 2017Quinn Emanuel hooks New York Kirklands IP litigatorThe litigation heavy-hitter picked up Steve Cherney who specialises in high profile IP patent cases., 15 May 2017Art and Luxury join forces at the Luxury Law Summit 2017Luxury and art have long been bedfellows. As 200 luxury leaders arrive in London for the annual Luxury Law Summit, artist Mark Dickens discusses doing a collaboration deal with Formula One maestro Bernie Ecclestone., 15 May 2017UK's biggest divorce award sees ex-wife win £453 millionUK's biggest ever divorce award sees billionaire forced to pay out £453 million to his ex-wife., 15 May 2017ABA warns lawyers updated tech needed to protect client infoLawyers need to take more steps than just using unencrypted email to ensure client information is safe from security breaches, states a recently released formal ethics opinion from the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility., 15 May 2017Lawyers say bogus Wells Fargo accounts could rise to 3.5 millionWells Fargo & Co may have opened as many as 3.5 million unauthorised customer accounts, according to lawyers seeking approval of a $142 million settlement over the practice., 15 May 2017Columbia Law School receives $15m from Greene FoundationColumbia University has secured the largest single grant in the history of the school after receiving a $15 million gift from the Jerome L Greene Foundation., 16 May 2017Jaguar Land Rover GC wins Luxury Law Lifetime Achievement AwardJaguar Land Rover general counsel Keith Benjamin has won this year's Luxury Law Lifetime Achievement Award., 12 May 2017London corporate partner to head up Linklaters US businessLinklaters corporate partner Tom Shropshire is to lead the firm's US practice, with Scott Bowie set to retire just two years after taking up the posiiton., 12 May 2017'Gay cake' case makes it to Supreme CourtThe UK Supreme Court will hear legal arguments in the “gay cake” case this autumn - a move welcomed by The McArthur family, who run the Ashers Baking Company at the centre of the case., 12 May 2017Lawyers and business warned over impending GDPR deadlinesBusiness leaders have just over a year to prepare for major changes in data protection and privacy law, legal firm Pinsent Masons has warned., 12 May 2017Legal firms pitch for William Hill panelTime is running out for Law firms after they were invited by bookmaker William Hill to pitch for its new UK panel which is widely anticipated to reduce from its current its current six-strong roster., 12 May 2017Clyde & Co expands IP capacity in KuwaitClyde & Co has expanded its IP network in the Middle East with an office in Kuwait., 11 May 2017CMS wins on cricket pitchThe firm was selected by the England and Wales Cricket Board on account of its enhanced TMT offering following the mega-merger on 1 May with Nabarro and Olswang., 12 May 2017Water crisis lawyers seek nearly $43 million in feesA number of lawyers and law firms for Kanawha Valley residents and businesses are asking a federal judge to approve payments of up to nearly $43 million in legal fees., 11 May 2017China releases two human rights lawyers after almost two yearsChina has released two prominent human rights lawyers who had been detained for 22 months after allegedly confessing in court to collaborating with foreign organisations and media to damage Communist Party rule., 11 May 2017Legal tech start up gets funding to provide access to justice for vulnerableA legal tech start-up has won funding from the UK's leading social tech funder to develop its speech-to-text tool., 11 May 2017Fox News seeks new CEO amid legal woesParent company to Fox News, 21st Century Fox, is understood to have begun the hunt for a CEO to take the reins of Fox News as the division faces an increasing number of lawsuits., 11 May 2017Hackers fined $8.9 million for hacking law firms and cashing in on informationThree Chinese stock traders were ordered to pay $8.9 million in fines and penalties for hacking into two law firms and stealing information about mergers and acquisitions in the offing and then using the the information to trade stocks., 11 May 2017Clyde & Co expands with Mexican law firm mergerClyde & Co is expanding its Latin American presence with the opening of its first office in Mexico via a merger with Mexican law firm Garza Tello & Asociados., 10 May 2017Dentons grows in Latin America with Brazil allianceDentons has plans to form an alliance with Brazilian firm Vella Pugliese Buosi Guidoni - well known for its civil litigation work on high-profile cases and its work with local companies on M&A., 10 May 2017Shareholder activist tries to force out Dulux paint chairmanAn activist investor in Akzo Nobel is making a legal bid to force the removal of the Dulux paint owner's chairman., 11 May 2017United faces legal action over death and cremation of giant rabbitUnited Airlines could once again be facing court action after a giant rabbit died on one of its planes from London to Chicago and was then cremated by the airline within hours of its demise., 10 May 2017Silicon Valley IPO legal guru joins SECThe Securities and Exchange Commission has hired a lawyer with experience working on prominent initial public offerings to lead the its public company filings division., 10 May 2017IP concerns top luxury law agendaLuxury companies are seeing a rise in IP litigation but some complain of public apathy to the concept of IP rights, according to research for next week's Luxury Law Summit., 09 May 2017Egypt passes new law to cut red tape and attract investmentEgypt has passed an investment law to streamline doing business in Egypt and create incentives it hopes that it will bring back investors' after years of turmoil., 09 May 2017BBC attacks Sir Cliff Richard for 'grossly unreasonable' legal feesThe BBC has attacked Sir Cliff Richard over his legal bills on lawyers for his legal action over the broadcaster's coverage of a police raid on his home., 09 May 2017Law firms enjoy third successive year of growthSize counts as law firms enjoy a third year of growth with net profits at their highest for three years and income per equity partner almost doubling in larger firms., 09 May 2017Andersen Global announces Andersen Tax & Legal in PortugalAndersen Global has announced a new presence in Portugal with the addition of Nobre Guedes, Mota Soares & Associados (NGMS), a law firm serving both public and private entities., 09 May 2017Former executive of bust NYC law firm convicted of fraudA former executive of a now bankrupt major New York law firm has been convicted of fraud with charges upheld that he hid the struggling firm's finances before it collapsed in 2012., 09 May 2017New Finnish competition boutique launchesMentula & Väätäinen Attorneys opens its doors today for business, a spin off from Merilampi Attorneys., 08 May 2017KWM Italian corporate team defects to McDermott Will & EmeryMcDermott builds up its transactions expertise in Italy with the arrival of KWM's corporate and transactional team., 08 May 2017Legal and professional fees in IBRC liquidation top €214mProfessional and legal fees related to the special liquidation of Ireland's IBRC - the Anglo Irish Bancorp and Irish Nationwide holding group - have reached more than €214.5m, according to information published by the Department of Finance., 08 May 2017Lawyers ditch the suits after UK's largest legal mergerLawyers have been given a dressing down after the mega-merger of CMS Cameron McKenna, Olswang and Nabarro and told they can ditch the suits., 08 May 2017Eversheds snaps up energy expert as partnerEversheds Sutherland (International) has hired energy expert Richard Streeter as a new partner in a bid to bolster its energy and infrastructure practice., 08 May 2017Judge calls HSF's £100 million legal fees in RBS case 'staggering''Staggering' is how Justice Hildyard described the the costs of RBS' legal advisers at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in the case concerning its controversial £12 billion rights issue in 2008., 08 May 2017Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas establishes 'innovation lab' and appoints AI headIndian law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has launched an 'innovation lab', to explore cutting edge technology and different delivery models to the practice of law., 08 May 2017Kennedys and Carroll McNulty & Kull merge to create global insurance power-houseInternational law firm Kenneys is to merge with insurance leading US firm Carroll McNulty & Kull (CMK) in efforts to create a truly global insurance practice., 05 May 2017Brexit provides opportunities for Irish lawyers, says Irish BarThe Bar of Ireland has signalled that it believes Brexit provides 'significant opportunities' for the Irish legal profession., 05 May 2017Global hashtag trademarking on the rise but slows in the USThe trademarking of hashtags has increased dramatically with global growth of 64 per cent in 2016 from the previous year but slows in the US., 05 May 2017Romania's constitutional court upholds anti-corruption lawIn what has been hailed a major victory in Romania's anti-corruption fight, the Constitutional Court has upheld a law preventing people with convictions from serving as ministers., 05 May 2017Ashurst announces formal alliance in SingaporeAshurst has entered into a formal law alliance (FLA) in Singapore with ADTLaw, formerly ADTvance Law following approval from the city-state's Legal Services Regulatory Authority., 05 May 2017Morgan Lewis DC hires two from DentonsTwo partners who opened an office for Dentons in Virginia two years ago have left for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as partners in Washington DC., 04 May 2017Top international experts set for Helsinki International Arbitration DayHelsinki International Arbitration Day 2017 on Thursday, 18th May 2017 will see some the world's leading international arbitration and dispute resolution experts descend on Helsinki., 04 May 2017Shoosmiths makes up six new partnersNational law firm Shoosmiths has announced six new partners in the firm's May promotions., 04 May 2017Lawyers reticent to move jobs amid Brexit uncertaintyWhile lawyers in general are being reticent to move roles in an environment of uncertainty post Brexit, demand for family lawyers and personal injury lawyers is soaring., 04 May 2017NZ Law Society wants lawyers to state ethnicity to guage diversityThe New Zealand Law Society is now asking all applicants for a practising certificate to state their ethnicity in efforts to gain an accurate picture of lawyer diversity., 04 May 2017DLA Piper, Bird & Bird and Simmons announce global promotionsDLA Piper has promoted 46 lawyers to its partnership around the world. Seventeen of the new partners are US-based, 12 are across continental Europe, four in the UAE, two in China and two in Australia., 03 May 2017Osborne Clarke extends Asian footprintInternational legal practice Osborne Clarke has entered the mainland China market after admitting new Shanghai-based firm, Zhang Yu & Partners to its international network., 03 May 2017Signature Litigation opens Gibraltar officeBoutique city disputes firm Signature Litigation has opened an office in Gibraltar and has hired a new partner to head it up., 03 May 2017SeedLegals named Red Herring Top 100 Europe winnerSeedLegals, the world's first legaltech platform for startup funding rounds, has secured the accolade of becoming the Red Herring Top 100 winner., 03 May 2017Ireland's richest man faces £1 million legal billIrish billionaire Denis O'Brien has been ordered to pay all the legal costs for his failed High Court action over remarks made in the Irish parliament about his banking details - a move set to cost him an estimated €1 million., 03 May 2017Nike appoints new European General CounselNike has appointed its Senior Director of Global Brand Protection Bill Berner as its new European General Counsel., 03 May 2017Osborne Clarke heads for ChinaThe UK-based law firm has admitted Shanghai-based firm, Zhang Yu & Partners, to its international network, its first foray into China., 02 May 2017Linklaters partner snapped up for Italian board appointmentsThe lawyer has been appointed chair of Allianz Italy and deputy chair of Borsa Italiana., 02 May 2017Brazil strikes in opposition to labour and pension law changesMuch of Brazil came to a standstill on Friday as demonstrators took to the streets in a general strike to protest proposed changes to labour laws and the pension system., 02 May 2017Law firm sues insurer after ransomware attackA lawsuit filed in US District Court claims that an unknown person or group held a US law firm captive for months by encrypting its files and then demanding $25,000 in ransom paid in anonymous cyber currency to restore access., 02 May 2017Lack of language skills thwarting UK law firms expansionUK law firms face a major problem in making inroads to the growing emerging marketplace - the ability to communicate in local languages., 02 May 2017United settles with man dragged off planeUnited Airlines has settled out of court with a passenger who was physically removed from a plane and bloodied during the incident which was caught on video and circulated around the world., 02 May 2017Billion dollar merger of three city law firms marks biggest in UK historyThree London law firms officially merged yesterday, creating the sixth biggest legal practice in the world and generating more than €1 billion in annual revenue., 02 May 2017Clifford Chance refocuses Southeast Asia operationsThe law firm is closing down its Thai office and ending its Indonesian association., 28 Apr 2017Shortlist announced for Luxury Law AwardsContenders for the Luxury Law Awards come from an array of leading luxury companies and their advisers. The winners will be chosen on 16 May at the Luxury Law Summit., 28 Apr 2017Norton Rose investigations duo exits for Morgan LewisNorton Rose Fulbright has lost its global head of investigations as the firm prepares to merge with Chadbourne & Parke., 28 Apr 2017Debevoise launches crisis response group to advise boardsThe US law firm is bringing together a global team to sort out the 'really big messes' companies get into., 28 Apr 2017Lacourte Raquin Tatar adds new partners from Allen & Overy and GideFrench law firm Lacourte Raquin Tatar is adding three new partners and one counsel from the Paris-based practices of Allen & Overy and Gide., 28 Apr 2017Herbert Smith Freehills to open ALT office in South AfricaGlobal law firm Herbert Smith Freehills is set to extend its Alternative Legal Services (ALT) business to Johannesburg, South Africa., 28 Apr 2017Chinese ministries move to protect lawyers' rightsFollowing a number of violations of lawyers' legal rights which have garnered global scrutiny, Chinese authorities are to establish mechanisms to respond quickly to cases that harm solicitors' professional rights., 28 Apr 2017Former Baker Potts partners go it aloneThree former partners at Baker Potts LLP have stepped out on their own forming Houston-based civil trial law firm Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC., 27 Apr 2017NRA affiliate sues California for banning assault riflesNRA state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association has filed a lawsuit aimed at overturning a sweeping set of control bills signed into law last year including banning assault rifles which says it is 'unconstitutional'., 27 Apr 2017Ladbrokes Coral Group Plc restructures legal teamFTSE-listed Ladbrokes Coral Group Plc has restructured its executive legal team. The team will now be led by Lindsay Beardsell who joined the company as Group General Counsel last January., 27 Apr 2017Bowmans partner Africa's first Insol International PresidentAdam Harris, a partner at pan-African law firm Bowmans, is the new president of Insol International - which also represents the first time Africa has produced the top office-bearer at the world's leading insolvency association., 27 Apr 2017