The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostSun, 17 Feb 2019en-gb(C) 2019 Global City Media LtdLong before MeToo there was Moya QuinlanPioneer Moya Quinlan was buried today in Dublin, a 'beloved icon' and first woman president of Law Society of Ireland, who died aged 98., 15 Feb 2019UK & EMEA gets a big handBigHand, a technology support partner to law firms, announces formation of newly expanded account management teams., 15 Feb 2019European Commission expands dirty money listEnhanced list of third countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes include Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Panama., 15 Feb 2019Lawyers take to the streets in Delhi strike actionLawyers who took to the streets of Delhi supported by 1.7 million nationally as profession demands budget allocation for lawyers' welfare., 14 Feb 2019South Africa gets new antitrust lawPresident signs competition amendment bill into law, but not all lawyers in the country are convinced., 14 Feb 2019'Common law' marriage a hit and 'myth' affairLaw society sends a Valentine day message to avoid the popular 'common law' marriage myth and suggests giving the gift of security., 14 Feb 2019Oracle in a watchdog fightOracle accuses government labour watchdog of 'secret' pact with plaintiffs' attorneys, and says existing claims 'doomed to fail.', 13 Feb 2019US M&A deals top $1.5 trillionUS domestic deals weather geopolitical storms to drive the market says new report by White & Case and Mergermarket., 14 Feb 2019Antitrust authorities frustrated deals hit EUR46.3 billion markRecord number of merger notifications in 2018 as global M&A volumes soar, creating challenges for transformative deals says A&O report., 13 Feb 2019Morgan Lewis swoops on 15 Lawyers From Squire Patton BoggsUS firm Morgan Lewis prepares for March 1st Abu Dhabi opening by grabbing Squire's Middle East and Washington DC teams., 12 Feb 2019New Zealand's 'dormant' class action litigation 'crying out' for reformClass action litigation in New Zealand is relatively rare according to new research, as The New Zealand Law Society highlights issue., 12 Feb 2019More 'poorer' than 'richer' divorce settlementsA 13% rise in court disputes over money between divorcing couples in the last year is offset by less money being dished out, says law firm., 12 Feb 2019Law study turns spotlight on electric industry cybersecurityNeed for free flow of information and regulatory disconnect highlighted as industry and US intelligence community worry over cyberattacks., 12 Feb 2019Lawyers need to tell storiesTo promote story-telling as key communication skill for lawyers, BYU Law is to host first national storytelling competition for law students., 12 Feb 2019Court extends Linklaters gagDirector threatening to speak out about 'ongoing struggle' with women in the magic circle was absent from court as gag order extended., 12 Feb 2019Treaty half-way to helping 'dangerous profession'Spain is latest country to accede to IMO Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety, helping a dangerous profession but more needed., 08 Feb 2019From Detroit to DublinAmerican-Irish merger announced as Clark Hill merges with O'Gradys Solicitors in softly-softly approach to the European market., 08 Feb 2019DWF heads for LSE Pre-Brexit listingLaw firm DWF is heading for a pre-Brexit March £75m listing on the London Stock Exchange, but partners face five-year lock-up period., 08 Feb 2019Art for law's sakeReed Smith's firmwide 'arts for wellness' month promotes emotional and physical benefits of art, and part of signing the ABA wellbeing pledge., 07 Feb 2019IBM Watson talking AI with law firmsIBM Watson Legal discussing new AI opportunities with select number of US and UK law firms, gives notice of big announcement later this year., 07 Feb 2019Council of Europe procures document management solutionThe Council of Europe partners with Tikit to select NetDocuments as its document management choice., 07 Feb 2019Linklaters forges exclusive Crowdcube partnershipExclusive partnership offers long-term tech and legal support, and hope to keep close contact with the tech giants of tomorrow., 06 Feb 2019Data breaches higher than EU figures suggestOver 59,000 personal data breaches reported across Europe since introduction of gdpr as EU starts to flex muscles with fines, says survey., 07 Feb 2019KPMG in French 'coup'President of biggest law firm in France Fidal accuses KPMG of 'coup' against the profession after 130 lawyers decamp to accounting giant., 06 Feb 2019Freshfields intensifies moves in dispute resolution and arbitrationFreshfields appoints new global and London heads of dispute resolution, and appoints first US head of international arbitration., 05 Feb 2019A&O launches training contract in BelfastNew contract gives flexibility and offers graduates compelling prospects say A&O training leaders., 05 Feb 2019Kirkland, Latham get an energy boostNew energy partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins add new M&A specialist partner, as firms expand energy practices., 05 Feb 2019Law clients behaving badlyPrice-driven client consumerist behaviours are undermining lawyer integrity and compromising service delivery, claims research paper., 12 Feb 2019Cooley expands into continental EuropeOpening of Brussels office solves some post-Brexit uncertainty, while competition lawyer joins from German law firm Noerr., 05 Feb 2019Clyde & Co expands in Germany with Hamburg officeFirm hires marine cohort in further expansion in continental Europe with the opening of an office in Hamburg., 05 Feb 2019Evidence of 'massive' rise in AI patents highlighted in WIPO surveyNew WIPO's technology trend study probes artifical intelligence, finds IBM and Microsoft are leaders of a recent global upsurge in AI patents., 01 Feb 2019Former ABA president launches diversity instituteHilarie Bass to work with companies to promote more women to senior leadership and power., 05 Feb 2019Law academy launches 'future lawyer' initiativesSingapore Academy of Law marks anniversary of legal innovation programe with new initiatives., 01 Feb 2019Luxury Fashion puts best footwear forwardWith luxury lawyers gearing up for the Luxury Law Summit in April, new data reveals spending is on the rise in US online luxury fashion sales., 01 Feb 2019This is not 'fake' newsNew York attorney general sends clear message in settling with sellers of 'fake' online followers and 'likes' in first US settlement of its kind., 01 Feb 2019Hard-hitting campaign says justice in escalating crisisLaw Society launches campaign highlighting the system of justice in England and Wales on its knees as crisis escalates due to neglect., 30 Jan 2019ALSPs and Big 4 exceed expectationsMarket for alternative legal service providers sees growth exceeding expectations as firms and corporates expand use, report reveals., 30 Jan 2019Van Bael & Bellis strengthens trade and competition teamsThe Brussels law firm has made two key appointments to its partnership., 30 Jan 2019Scottish strategic partnership has global ambitionsLaw Society of Scotland and Scottish lawtech firm Amiqus Resolution build on existing relationship to advance global ambition., 30 Jan 2019Mental health chief calls on firms to 'stamp out' bullying and harassmentRise in stress levels sees biggest rise in bullying and harassment at law firms, while women and younger lawyers the majority callers., 30 Jan 2019Greenspoon Marder accused of racial biasKorean-American lawyer who joined Greenspoon as part of 2016 merger alleges bias followed a decades-long pattern at his prior firm., 30 Jan 2019Full steam ahead!Law firm highlights greatest challenges facing shipping industry while UK presents regulatory strategy for autonomous shipping and environment., 28 Jan 2019Elevate raises global stakes with Hong Kong acquisitionFirm makes yet another acquisition with Cognatio Law as firm furthers ambitions to expand global and regional reach., 30 Jan 2019Fewer partnership disputes in 2018 could reverse in 2019Research reveals number of partnership disputes heard in UK High Court drops 20% but Brexit disruption and rule changes could change all that., 28 Jan 2019French firm in governance shake-upFounded in 1924 Jeantet shakes up its governance, appointing partners who joined the firm as part of its external growth strategy., 25 Jan 2019'Legal rebels' break into ChinaIn latest expansion plan, alternative law firm Rimon Law opens its first office in China., 25 Jan 2019Russian lawyer sentenced for murder and fraudA lawyer and police officer sentenced 13 years for their role in organizing murders in St Petersburg., 25 Jan 2019Law tech company finds London callingLaw tech company handling routine legal work expands to Europe with new London base, and plans to expand into Asia-Pacific by year-end., 24 Jan 2019UK reform 'grinds to halt' while US sees active yearMixed regulatory fortunes in approaches to economic crime highlighted as law firm Wilmerhale gives status reports., 25 Jan 2019Four global banks fined for Korean forex riggingGlobal banks colluding with Korean companies rack up 693 million won and warned of consequences of further breaches., 25 Jan 2019SEC 'gag orders' under scrutiny in 'enormously significant' lawsuitUS think tank sues SEC in federal court to challenge decades-old 'gag orders when settling defendants in civil enforcement actions., 23 Jan 2019Compliance failures inflicting self-harmNearly half of Chinese and Hong Kong companies go ahead with deals despite compliance concerns, according to Baker McKenzie survey., 23 Jan 2019France slaps Google with a €50m fineUnhappy with Google's gdpr response, French regulator slaps fine on US giant for making data management harder for users., 23 Jan 2019Dentons in Venezuela comboProposed combination is the latest in a succession of deals in a rapid expansion in Latin America., 22 Jan 2019Deloitte research highlights new leadership traitsLaw firm leaders will find insight in report identifying leadership personas needed in fourth industrial revolution, but tech 'mismatch' is a worry., 23 Jan 2019Law firms diversity is somewhat diversePinsent Masons named the most inclusive employer in UK survey, while Linklaters report suggests little change., 23 Jan 2019New kids on the blockFieldfisher has launched Cummings Fisher as a specialist hedge fund, derivative and alternative investment management-focused law firm., 21 Jan 2019The fightin' Irish burger beats 'trademark bully'Irish chain wins David v Goliath burger wars with US giant McDonald's as 'Big Mac' not properly registed trademark, though appeal possible., 21 Jan 2019Bar Council revolutionises membershipLegal profession disruption leads Bar Council of England and Wales to open up its membership., 23 Jan 2019CLOC strengthens board and appoints presidentAs legal operators meet in London today, CLOC's European arm appoints VMware's Aine Lyons to the board and promotes Google's Mary Shen O Carroll to the role of president., 21 Jan 2019Legal operators converge in London next weekWith legal operations an increasingly powerful group, Aine Lyons, deputy general counsel of VMware and one of the founders of industry body CLOC, gives an insight into next week's event in London., 18 Jan 2019Cryptoasset sector looks set to expand but will face roadblocksLaw firm offers cautiously optimistic outlook for cryptoassets, but despite success in 2018 raises doubts over ICOs., 18 Jan 2019M&A trends to watch for in 2019Morrison & Foerster M&A forecast flags strong growth and tech trends, but warns on US and China deal-making and shareholder acitivism., 18 Jan 2019Funding aims to level legal playing field in AfricaAfrican Legal Support Facility (ALSF) receives a EUR 4 million grant facility from Germany's development bank to promote better deals., 18 Jan 2019Love is all aroundCartier loses trademark fight in Singapore as IPOS says love 'is meant to be shared' and French luxury jeweller should not have a monopoly., 17 Jan 2019The fourth is strong with this oneā€¦Jenner & Block appoints partner Craig C Martin as the firm's next chair, only fourth firm lawyer to serve as firm chair in a 105-year history., 17 Jan 2019C'est si bon for Signature LitigationCity of London specialist disputes law firm Signature Litigation launches in Paris, and also announces revenue increase of 35% to £16.3 million., 17 Jan 2019What's in a name?Singer Rihanna sues father for use of her Fenty trademark after repeated demands to stop mispresenting an association., 16 Jan 2019SEC brings charges in Edgar hacking caseThe Securities and Exchange Commission announces charges against nine defendants in scheme to hack into the SEC's EDGAR system., 16 Jan 2019Luxury law speaker takes top robotics finance postRobotics firm UiPath appoints Luxury Law Summit 2019 keynote speaker Marie Myers as chief financial officer., 16 Jan 2019HSBC a $250 billion blockchain busterBank reveals FX deals volume in blockchain over last year, breaking down barriers in the finance sector but regulatory concerns remain., 15 Jan 2019UK taskforce to tackle £14 billlion economic crime problemTop government ministers will jointly chair a government taskforce to tackle the estmated £14.4 billion a year economic crime problem., 16 Jan 2019Gibson Dunn launches AI and automated systems groupGibson, Dunn & Crutcher has launched a new practice group focused on artificial intelligence and automated systems., 16 Jan 2019The billion dollar plus rise and fall of employment litigationWorkplace class action report charts billion dollar plus stunning rise and fall in settlement values, as Supreme Court's Rulings take centre stage., 14 Jan 2019HFW's unveils new Saudi associationFirm continues to develop Middle East practice with regional partner, eyes more dispute resolution opportunities., 15 Jan 2019Firms say regulatory compliance is constraining financial services growthDemand for financial services falls for first time in five years as regulation becomes key factor with concerns over compliance., 14 Jan 2019Banking report calls for EU-wide coordination on crypto-assetsAuthority publishes assessment of the applicability and suitability of EU law to crypto-assets, highlighting risks caused by diverging reponses., 11 Jan 2019Fetal heartbeat at the centre of new abortion fightNew bill banning most abortions once a fetal heartbeat detected introduced Kentucky, critics warn of more legal battles ahead., 11 Jan 2019Who to trust? New association promotes merger expertiseA core group of solicitor, accountancy and consultancy professionals create 'one-stop shop' association for mergers., 11 Jan 2019Davis Polk & DLA Piper top merger market dealsDeals fall for first time since 2010 as Mergermarket, the M&A data and intelligence provider, releases 2018 report with league tables., 11 Jan 2019Black/African-American associates lag behind in US law firmsDespite Gains in Overall Representation of Women, Minorities, and LGBT Lawyers at Firms, Gains for Black/African-American Attorneys Lag., 14 Jan 2019Allen & Gledhill forges Indonesian allianceAn alliance with Indonesian firm Soemadipradja & Taher expands network, boosted by introduction of new foreign partner., 10 Jan 2019Pinsent Masons hits bullseye with Frankfurt presencePinsent Masons Frankfurt opening third location in Germany, expands network and hits a bullseye headcount of 180., 09 Jan 2019Anglo-Indian partnership in paradigm shiftFirms revise relationship in response to shift in India's trade paradigms, 09 Jan 2019DLA Piper expands new Dublin officeIt's not so much Brexit hype as a booming economy inspiring DLA to boost its new Dublin base with four-partner hire., 09 Jan 2019Saudi Arabian justice ministry announces divorce by text for womenSaudi women will now be receiving divorce notice by text message, ensuring women know about marital status change., 08 Jan 2019United Nations treaty on cross-border mediation named after SingaporeNew convention providing for the cross-border enforcement of mediated settlement agreements is republic's first named UN treaty., 08 Jan 20192018 was a record year for US law firm M&As106 deals announced in 2018, in a year where 'we have never seen so many law firms in play.', 08 Jan 2019Sex, lies and VenezuelaFormer top Venezuelan supreme court judge flees to US to denounce Nicolas Maduro, but government flags sexual harassment allegations., 08 Jan 2019Hogan Lovells to enhance simulation pilot for partnersAfter 2018 pilot success, firm will enhance digital leadership programme using simulated law firms to train new partners in 2019, 07 Jan 2019Ireland's legal community aims to charm post-Brexit business from UKAs 2019 Brexit pressure mounts, Irish government backs 'timely' legal bid to become go-to post-Brexit international legal services hub., 08 Jan 2019Eversheds Sutherland partner found dead after inappropriate behaviour allegationThe retail finance partner's body was found a day after being accused of inappropriate behaviour at a Christmas party., 03 Jan 2019New Year Honours List awards HMRC GCA number of lawyers made the grade for the latest UK honours list., 31 Dec 2018DWF brings in expertise for 2019 floatThe fast-growing law firm has brought in a host of big names for its reported 2019 listing., 08 Jan 2019K&L Gates celebrates the New Year with Singaporean combinationThe US firm is the latest to seek out a local firm in the city-state., 31 Dec 2018Jenner & Block promotes London litigation expert in latest partnership roundThe Chicago firm has promoted London litigation expert Lizzie Shimmin to the partnership in a move to strengthen its London office., 21 Dec 2018A Merry Christmas and see you in 2019!The editorial, creative, commercial and administrative team of GLP wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2019., 07 Jan 2019High growth, slow payment and brand defining US legal businessUS law enjoys strongest growth in almost a decade, getting paid remains problematic, branding counts - here's the outlook for 2019!, 21 Dec 2018Uber is three strikes but not out in LondonTaxi company Uber has lost its third case in three years as the Court of Appeal criticises its 'complex and artificial' employment contractual arrangements but it will appeal the decision., 21 Dec 2018UK litigation funder 'war chests' hits record high £1.3 billionWith a 31% annual increase, supply of capital is far outstripping demand as litigation funders increasingly look to arbitration to deploy funds., 20 Dec 2018