The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostSat, 25 Mar 2017en-gb(C) 2017 Global City Media LtdCompanies face a sustainability nightmare down the trackCompanies are having to take a renewed interest in sustainability as the pace of regulation increases and social trends change., 24 Mar 2017Being a lawyer is a total boreLawyers and people employed in the legal sector are the most bored in the workplace with 8 out of 10 admitting they find their job a humdrum drudge., 24 Mar 2017Positive trends in law firm flexibility, but bias impedes usageWhile the availability of flexible work arrangements has increased in law firms, not all lawyers and staff are using the policies for fear it would adversely affect their careers., 24 Mar 2017Hong Kong's legal sector set for shake up as top brass steps downHong Kong's legal sector is set for a major shake up as those at the helm of the city's courts and the Justice Department are expected to leave within the term of the next chief executive., 24 Mar 2017Brexit could see UK lawyers banned from EU workA House of Lords report has highlighted the harsh reality of Brexit for the UK legal sector, which it says will suffer if Government does not strike a trade deal., 24 Mar 2017Italian and Indian law firms team up to boost cross-border businessItalian Law Firm CBA Studio Legale e Tributario has entered into a joint venture with Singhania & Co after signing an agreement at the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai., 23 Mar 2017Akin Gump to move HQ to Dallas' Union projectInternational law firm Akin Gump has confirmed its corporate office will move to three floors within The Union Dallas, a mixed-use development under construction near Uptown Dallas leasing about 68,000 square feet of office space., 23 Mar 2017M&A activity in the Baltics hit record high last yearThe resilience of the Baltics was reflected in M&A activity, which reached record-breaking levels in 2016., 23 Mar 2017Luxury Law Awards: Deadline for entries approachingDo you know of a rising star in the luxury law sector or are you part of a law department which has excelled? If so, why not enter for this year's Luxury Law Awards. The deadline has been extended to 29 March for entries or nominations., 24 Mar 2017DLA Piper team jumps ship to Dentons in GeorgiaDLA Piper is to close its Georgian operation with its 11-strong team set to launch a new office for Dentons., 22 Mar 2017Brexit - biggest legal train crash in modern historyRobert Bell of international law firm Bryan Cave LLP has deemed Brexit to be the 'biggest legal train crash in modern history' and more complex than Henry VIII's break with Rome., 22 Mar 2017India court latest to give rivers human statusOnly a week after the Whanganui River in New Zealand became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person, a court in northern Indian has given the Ganges and Yamuna rivers the status of 'living human entities'., 22 Mar 2017Past decade has seen hundreds of US firms mergeUS law firms have been merging apace in the past 10 years with some 688 law firms joining forces between 2007 and 2016., 22 Mar 2017Bank of England's legal spend triplesThe Bank of England's (BoE) average annual legal spend has more than tripled during the past three years., 21 Mar 2017Nine-strong trade marks and IP disputes team to join BristowsBristows is significantly boosting its trade marks and IP team by hiring nine new lawyers., 21 Mar 2017Law firm open calls centre in basement to handle VW complaintsLondon law firm Harcus Sinclair has set up a dedicated call centre in its basement with 20 extra staff to handle the number calls it is receiving from motorists seeking compensation from VW., 21 Mar 2017Bowmans advise in one of largest sub-Saharan Africa financing dealsPan-African law firm Bowmans advised Helios Credit Partners on a landmark transaction representing one of the first significant financings by a private credit fund in sub-Saharan Africa., 20 Mar 2017Egyptian lawyers hold nationwide strikeLawyers in Egypt held a nationwide one-day strike on Saturday to protest a jail sentence against eight of their colleagues., 20 Mar 2017Caterpillar hires Kirkland & Ellis for federal investigationCaterpillar retained Kirkland & Ellis to represent the company in the investigation that triggered a federal raid on its headquarters two weeks ago., 20 Mar 2017Cayman Islands approves Legal Practitioners LawFollowing a week of hot debate, the controversial bill regulating the operation of Cayman Islands law firms and lawyers was approved unanimously on Friday., 20 Mar 2017Burford Capital sees income soar 60 per centLitigation finance firm Burford Capital has experienced a 50 per cent uptick in turnover to $163.4 million with profit after tax up 75 per cent to $115 million due to increased demand for litigation finance., 17 Mar 2017Stewarts Law and Enyo merger talks collapseThe firms have walked away from creating a potential £80 million disputes firm., 17 Mar 2017NZ River recognised as a 'legal person' in world firstThe Whanganui River revered by Maori has been recognised by parliament as a 'legal person', in a move believed to be a world first., 17 Mar 2017Yale still the best law school in the USYale Law School is the top law school in the US - an accolade it has secured for the past 23 years since rankings from US World and News Report began., 17 Mar 2017Tech giants ratchet up fight against Trump travel banThe world's top tech giants have stepped up their battle against President Donald Trump with more than 50 companies filing papers against the US President's revised travel ban., 16 Mar 2017Company law tightens in SingaporeLawyers operating in Singapore or representing local operations should get prepared for significant changes to the law governing companies which comes into effect at the end of this month., 16 Mar 2017Boies Schiller shuts 20 strong $38m corporate practiceBoies Schiller & Flexner is disbanding its 20-lawyer corporate practice, with the majority of the team heading for Paul Hastings., 16 Mar 2017Queen about to sign Brexit Bill into historyThe Queen is expected to give Royal Assent to the Brexit Bill in the next few hours, paving the way for British Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50., 16 Mar 2017Linklaters, PwC, Hogan Lovells win roles in £400 million Gov contractThe UK government has slashed the number of law firms on its central legal panel after a structural overhaul but it is good news for Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and PwC which have won new spots., 15 Mar 2017Viacom names new General Counsel in legal department reshuffleViacom is promoting one of its in-house attorneys Christa D'Alimonte as its next Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary., 15 Mar 2017Europe says headscarves can be banned in workplaceEurope's top court has paved the way for companies to legally ban headscarves in the workplace., 15 Mar 2017Holland & Knight picks up Freshfields aviation teamThe US firm's move is a boost to its London office which opened up last year by acquiring transportation firm Clark Ricketts., 14 Mar 2017Yahoo hires new lawyer in $1 million pay dealTech giant Yahoo has named a new general counsel less than two weeks after Ronald Bell resigned from his position after it was found that the company's legal team failed to sufficiently investigate a serious data breach in 2014., 14 Mar 2017Internet-connected sex toy maker settles lawsuit for $3.75 millionWomen came out on top in case they took against a vibrator manufacturer after they realised highly personal data was being gathered via its mobile app regarding customer product use including date and time of each use and selected vibration settings., 14 Mar 2017Stricter anti-money-laundering reforms for NZ lawyersLawyers, real estate agents and accountants are set to face tougher anti-money-laundering rules under a bill introduced to Parliament in New Zealand., 14 Mar 2017Cayman lawyers bill review to continue in privateThe Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly members are meeting privately in a bid to reach a compromise on the hotly debated controversial Legal Practitioners Bill., 14 Mar 2017California set to ban sex between lawyers and clientsThe State Bar of California has approved an ethics rule that would see lawyers facing discipline for having sex with their clients., 15 Mar 2017'Marketplace' launched for female lawyersSherika Ponniah has launched My Legal marketplace as she believes more women than men have been graduating with law degrees for decades, but the numbers don't add up when it comes to the number of female partners and leaders in large law firms., 15 Mar 2017New tool launched to drive legal innovation and efficiencyEversheds Sutherland's consulting arm has launched a matter lifecycle management solution for legal teams powered by Repstor called ES/Unity., 14 Mar 2017McDermott to consolidate Italian operationsMcDermott Will & Emery has announced that it will close its Rome office in September with the firm's Milan office to take centre stage for its footprint in Italy and the region., 13 Mar 2017Therium becomes Germany's first full service litigation funderTherium Group is launching operations in Germany making it the country's first full service litigation funder., 13 Mar 2017Boies Schiller hires HSF's global head of public international lawUS litigation firm Boies Schiller & Flexner has hired Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) global head of public international law Dominic Roughton for its London office., 13 Mar 2017US Attorney says via tweet he was firedUS Attorney Preet Bharara revealed at the weekend that he had been fired, one day after the Justice Department asked him and 45 other Obama-time federal prosecutors to resign., 13 Mar 2017New tech-savvy legal team to cut through AI 'Hype'Bryan Cave has set up a tech-savvy team from its offices around the world to cut through what it calls the 'hype' surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) in law firms., 17 Mar 2017Ropes & Gray splits to create cheaper IP offering for clientsRopes & Gray is creating a new IP spin-off firm with offices in New York and Silicon Valley utilising some 100 staff lawyers., 10 Mar 2017Robot lawyer gives free legal advice to refugeesJoshua Browder donned his DoNotPay technology 'the world's first robot lawyer' and, while originally designed to help people get out of paying parking or speeding tickets, it has been adapted to give free legal advice to refugees., 10 Mar 2017Harvard Law School scraps LSAT entrance testHarvard Law School is scrapping the LSAT entry test after 70 years and, from the autumn, applicants may submit their scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Law School Admission Test., 10 Mar 2017Merger could create £82 million turnover firmBrowne Jacobson and Beale & Company are in merger talks in a move that could create a super firm of 1,000 people and an £82 million turnover business with offices in eight cities., 09 Mar 2017South Africa cancels withdrawal from ICC - for nowSouth Africa has informed the UN that it is cancelling its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC)., 09 Mar 2017Linklaters former senior partner appointed bank chairmanRobert Elliott, former senior partner and chairman of Linklaters, has been appointed chairman of Permanent TSB Group Holdings plc., 09 Mar 2017PwC launches Hong Kong legal practiceThe Big Four accountancy firm has entered the legal fray making hires from King & Wood Mallesons and O'Melveny & Myers., 09 Mar 2017Morgan Lewis embraces remote workingThe firm is the latest to announce a remote working programme for associates in its US and UK offices., 08 Mar 2017Top 50 US law firms partner charge 40 per cent more than next tierPartners in the largest 50 firms now command hourly partner rates 40 per cent higher than partners in the second largest tier with M&A partners commanding the largest fees., 08 Mar 2017Clients of the Future: Slaughter and May selects the chosen onesIn a novel way of attracting future clients, Slaughter and May has gone down 'The Apprentice' route and selected fintech's best., 07 Mar 2017African Americans still under-represented at US law firmsAfrican Americans are the most underrepresented minority group among associates and partners at law firms but 2016 was the first year there was any improvement since 2009, according to a nationwide survey., 07 Mar 2017India fudges decision on foreign law firmsInternational law firms seeking clarity around operating in India will be disappointed that no decision has been made after months of head holding on the issue., 07 Mar 2017Linklaters boosts US government risk team with top DOJ hireThe Washington arm of the magic circle firm is targeting regulatory work with the hire of a senior government insider., 07 Mar 2017Sparke Helmore joins forces with Perth law firmThe Australian law firm's merger with Jarman McKenna creates a 700-strong law firm., 06 Mar 2017Court finds against departing HSF Melbourne partnersA group of partners who left HSF to join White & Case are not allowed to poach clients or staff for a further six months, a court has decided., 06 Mar 2017California bar exam pass score could be loweredAfter decades of California law school graduates being disadvantaged by a minimum passing score on the CA bar exam, set significantly higher than peers in other comparable states, the system is to be investigated., 06 Mar 2017Carey Olsen advises on blockchain technology launchCarey Olsen teamed up with Northern Trust and global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright on the launch of their Blockchain financial technology product in Guernsey., 06 Mar 2017Legal automation is more of a perception than reality, research claimsIn a rare bout of good news for law firms, AI and automation has had less of an impact on their practices than is commonly believed, a study by two US professors has found., 03 Mar 2017Ogletree Deakins expands European operationThe US law firm has hired a team in Paris, adding to its London and Berlin practices., 03 Mar 2017Hill Dickinson sees Sheffield office depart to KennedysThe firm will close the office as the team prepares to join Kennedys in April., 03 Mar 2017Eversheds tackles modern slavery riskA wide range of companies are now at risk from modern slavery legislation., 03 Mar 2017Winston & Strawn Paris team departs to Reed SmithThe eight strong team will join Reed Smith's tax practice in Paris making it one of the biggest in the French capital., 02 Mar 2017Seyfarth Shaw first female partner diesBarbara Lundergan joined the firm at a time when few women pursued a career in law., 02 Mar 2017Polycentric Dentons continues on its global acquisition missionThe Netherlands is the latest destination for the world's 'first polycentric firm' which has also just become the first global law firm with a footprint across Central America., 02 Mar 2017Ministry of Justice confirms probate fee hikeThe Ministry of Justice has confirmed that probate fees in England and Wales will rise by as much as 9,000 per cent from the start of May despite strong opposition from legal sector., 02 Mar 2017JPMorgan deploys software to reduce legal contract workThe bank has created software which reviews deals in seconds - a task that took lawyers some 360,000 hours every year., 02 Mar 2017Dentons becomes first global law firm with footprint across Central AmericaDentons has joined forces with Costa Rica-based Muñoz Global making it the first global law firm to have a footprint across Central America. The combined firm will be known as DentonsMuñoz., 02 Mar 2017Game app comes into play for UK legal hiresOne UK law firm is using game-testing app to help hire trainees in a new move for the legal sector., 01 Mar 2017Law firms accused of owing Cayman Islands millions in feesInternational law firms practicing Cayman law without a licence are under fire from opposition members of the Legislative Assembly on the offshore center who say they owe the nation $50 million in fees over the past decade., 01 Mar 2017Singapore's multi-million dollar programme to help law firms become tech savyA S$2.8 million programme was launched yesterday (Monday, February 27) to help small and medium-sized Singapore law firms adopt technology., 28 Feb 2017Private equity invests in UK family law firmFamily law practice SFL has received private equity funding to grow its practice., 27 Feb 2017RPC advises Zebra on acquisition of Tiger's UK storesCity-headquartered law firm RPC has advised Zebra A/S, the Copenhagen-based parent company of Danish homewares retailer Flying Tiger Copenhagen, on its acquisition of UK stores., 27 Feb 2017New regulatory approach to improve advocacy standards within Youth CourtsThe Bar Standards Board (BSB) has agreed new measures to improve standards of advocacy within Youth Courts., 27 Feb 2017Domain name legal disputes hit record highThe number of legal disputes worldwide over domain names has reached a record high in the past year as companies fight off overseas cyber squatters., 27 Feb 2017Legal protection for whistleblowers 'ineffective', say lawyersWhistleblowers need better legal protection because they are far easier to identify in the digital era, warns a report just published by media lawyers., 24 Feb 2017On Norton Rose merger day nine partners depart for Baker BottsNine Norton Rose partners have joined Baker Botts in Houston on the same day their firm revealed a merger with Chadbourne & Parke., 24 Feb 2017First ever London lateral partner hire for Slaughter and MayIn a first ever move, Slaughter and May has made a London lateral partner hire attracting Herbert Smith Freehills pensions head Daniel Schaffer., 21 Feb 2017Supreme Court on the hunt for new JusticesThree seats are up grabs in the Supreme Court - including that of the President., 17 Feb 2017Lawyers still needed in the machine world, Law Society reassuresThe human touch will be critical for future success despite the legal sector embracing disruptive technologies., 17 Feb 2017Court of Appeal allows class action lawsuit to proceed against Workplace Safety and Insurance BoardThe Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision and allowed a major class action lawsuit against the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to proceed., 17 Feb 2017Rising number of carve-out deals providing legal opportunitiesCarve-outs are becoming more prominent as a way for corporates to unlock value from their non-core enterprises, currently accounting for 10 per cent of all M&A activity globally., 16 Feb 2017New partner and former RAF pilot boosts Ashfords aviation offeringFormer RAF pilot Jim Morris has joined Ashfords as a partner and head of the firm's expert aviation team., 16 Feb 2017Housing White Paper a 'confused approach' to private rental sector, says CAThe Conveyancing Association (CA) has attacked 'a confused approach' to the private rental sector (PRS) in last week's Housing White Paper from the Government., 16 Feb 2017Seven partners exit Kirkland & Ellis for Sidley AustinSeven partners have left Kirkland & Ellis for Sidley Austin, citing the firm's 'team culture' and efforts 'to move forward as a truly global firm' as core reasons for the dramatic exit., 16 Feb 2017Haynes and Boone CDG expands London officeHaynes and Boone CDG has expanded its London office with the addition of three partners who will bolster the firm's finance, shipping, and energy practices., 15 Feb 2017Pinsent Masons expands corporate team with private equity hirePinsent Masons boosts its corporate team with the appointment of corporate partner and private equity specialist, Kieran Toal., 10 Feb 2017Innovation report shows technology reshaping the legal sectorTechnological innovations are reshaping the legal sector and solicitors have huge opportunities to enhance the way they work and the service they offer their clients, according to new research from the Law Society., 10 Feb 2017ALSPs now a $8.4 billion dollar global market - and growingFifty-one percent of law firms, 60 percent of corporations using Alternative Legal Service Providers (ALSPs) in at least one service category. An additional 21 percent of law firms and 14 percent of corporations planning to use an ALSP in next year., 07 Feb 2017Quinn Emanuel forms shareholder group for BT legal actionLitigation heavyweight Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is investigating a potential class action against telecom BT Group over an accounting scandal which wiped nearly 20 per cent from the company's stock value last year., 06 Feb 2017Management pay up 8 per cent at Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerManagers took home more in 2015/16 despite a sharp slowdown in revenue growth at the firm., 06 Feb 2017Lawyer fined for calling himself the country's 'top' criminal barristerMichael Wolkind QC of 2 Bedford Row certainly isn't one to shy away from the hard sell…, 02 Feb 2017Norton Rose Fulbright angling for New York tie-upThe firm is reportedly in late-stage merger discussions with New York law firm Chadbourne & Parke., 02 Feb 2017Public Interest Lawyers saga ends with Shiner struck offThe solicitor labeled an 'army ambulance chaser' by the conservative factions of the British politics and media has been struck off after being found guilty of misconduct., 02 Feb 2017NewLaw gets vote of confidence as LOD turnover skyrocketsFilings with Companies House reveal a double-digit uptick in revenue at Lawyers of Demand over the last year., 02 Feb 2017Kirkland guards against currency fluctuations with new salary capUS-headquartered firm Kirkland & Ellis has placed a cap on salaries for all of its London-based associates., 02 Feb 2017Eversheds Sutherland transatlantic tie-up goes liveThe combined firm has lifted the curtain on its new leadership team as the tie-up between Eversheds and Atlanta-based firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan officially goes live today., 01 Feb 2017