The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostTue, 17 Oct 2017en-gb(C) 2017 Global City Media LtdGCs disgruntled over communications with law firmsThey are also calling for more commercial awareness from their external advisers., 16 Oct 2017Rouse expands Cambodian operationCambodia is emerging as a hotspot for IP work., 16 Oct 2017Profits decrease at half of UK law firmsUK law firms are suffering from increased competition, poor adaption of cutting edge technology and rising fee-earner costs., 16 Oct 2017Fieldfisher strengthens alternative services offeringThe law firm has joined forces with South African partner Cognia Law to offer a range of new services to clients., 16 Oct 2017Ghana judge criticises 'get-rich quick' lawyersThe top judge said that an increasing number of lawyers were putting money over ethics., 13 Oct 2017LegalZoom optimistic over UK company despite £2m loss in first yearLegalZoom is launching a range of services through its UK ABS and predicts a profit for the company going forward., 13 Oct 2017PwC launches flexible lawyering armThe accountancy giant is set to compete with law firms for companies in need of flexible resourcing solutions with its latest New Law offering., 16 Oct 2017SFO Most Wanted: Dead or Alive?The UK compares badly with other jurisdictions when it comes to whistleblowing. Dominic Carmen says legislation is urgently needed to protect them., 16 Oct 2017Allen & Overy hires first global head of eDiscovery from EYThe law firm is overhauling its litigation services globally as it looks to offer new solutions to clients., 13 Oct 2017LeClairRyan acquires Pizzo & HamanThe Virginia law firm will bring the firm's 23 employees on board., 12 Oct 2017Dewey executive fined one million dollars over collapsed law firmThe Chief Financial Officer of the collapsed law firm escaped a prison sentence., 12 Oct 2017Law firms ignore business fundamentals in favour of innovationInnovation has taken over as the 'must-have' for many law firms whilst many are still failing to communicate with clients., 16 Oct 2017New Florida litigation firm highlights technology capabilitiesThe law firm, which is involved in suing Herbalife, is highlighting its use of technology to maximise strategic advantages for its clients., 11 Oct 2017Baker & McKenzie tops the polls for brandThe global law firm is most recognised by clients in a number of areas whilst runner-up, DLA Piper, benefited from its broad footprint., 16 Oct 2017Hogan Lovells set to close Mongolia operationThe law firm will continue to work with the local partnership which is setting up a new practice., 11 Oct 2017Forces of change in legal marketplace too powerful for Magic Circle to avoidPartners may be making more money than ever but they cannot remain immune to the powerful forces of change engulfing law., 11 Oct 2017Bird & Bird sets up base in San FranciscoThe UK law firm is targeting Fortune 500 clients through its new representative office., 10 Oct 2017US mergers increase whilst Europe slows downGlobal M&A slowed down last quarter but there are still bright spots, particularly on the US front, according to Mergermarket research., 10 Oct 2017Axiom hires technology chief to devise new tech solutions for clientsThe alternative law provider is looking to create new solutions for clients with its first chief technology officer hire., 09 Oct 2017Family courts suffer impact of growing number of litigants in personFamily courts are finding the rapidly increasing number of litigants in person a drain on resources., 10 Oct 2017DAC Beachcroft transfers NZ operation to Wotton + KearneyThe Australian law firm will take over the Auckland and Wellington offices of its UK alliance partner., 09 Oct 2017Law firms need to start trusting business development professionalsIn a shrinking legal services marketplace, business development and marketing professionals could hold the key to success - but they must be trusted to do so., 09 Oct 2017New real estate practice group at SchalastGerman law firm Schalast has established a new real estate group with two high profile hires., 06 Oct 2017Simmons & Simmons opens Dublin operationThe City of London law firm is beefing up its funds operation as it hires Mason Hayes & Curran's head of funds., 06 Oct 2017Smart contracts company is Garrigues legal tech choiceStart-up Finboot, which creates a digital platform for smart contracts, has won the first Legal Tech Competition organised by Garrigues at South Summit., 06 Oct 2017Freelance lawyers get happiness trainingHappiness is the secret to a productive freelance lawyer, says Vario which has set up a training programme to discover the secrets., 05 Oct 2017Reputation management in the digital ageCrisis management needs careful handling to ensure the strategic needs of the company tally with litigation risk, says Benjamin Thiele-Long of Infinite Global., 06 Oct 2017Milbank Tweed seeks to cut back on New York legal secretariesThe law firm is moving offices and has offered its legal secretaries a voluntary pay-off., 05 Oct 2017Law firms not up to speed on their competitionLaw firms are scoring low marks for their insight on the competition, with most intelligence reactive rather than proactive., 05 Oct 2017Garrigues joins AI revolutionThe Spanish law firm, which is hosting the first legal tech competition in the country, has created a robot to streamline its processes for its lawyers., 04 Oct 2017Dentons combines with Peru's Gallo Barrios PickmannThe fast-expanding firm has launched in one of Latin America's strongest and fastest-growing economies., 04 Oct 2017Ireland vies for dispute resolution role post-BrexitAs the main EU common law country post-Brexit, Ireland could become a centre for international dispute resolution but needs government investment, the Irish Law Society says., 05 Oct 2017Freshfields partners in Tokyo spin-offThe new boutique, Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo, will become a member of the Freshfields international group of law firms., 04 Oct 2017CBS lawyer fired over social media comments on mass shootingsThe company took the steps after comments, since deleted, on the lawyer's social media account., 04 Oct 2017Businesses face insolvency over data breach finesBusiness say they face the risk of insolvency if they had to pay new maximum fines for data breach., 03 Oct 2017DWF ties up with Australian insurance boutiqueThe UK firm will enter an association with insurance specialists MVM with a merger expected to follow., 03 Oct 2017May's Florence speech: a new dynamic or damp squib?As the Conservative Party's conference begins, Bryan Cave partner Robert Bell analyses the impact of the prime minister's Brexit speech., 03 Oct 2017UK's largest law firms could be hit by new corporate governance plansLaw firms could be forced to adopt the new Corporate Governance Code under “comply or explain” conditions imposing a serious burden on the law firms involved., 03 Oct 2017Law firms are no longer trusted advisorsAs legal services are increasingly commoditised or brought in-house, law firms are seen as service providers rather than trusted advisors, according to a top US marketing director., 03 Oct 2017Kennedys snaps up Paris team and expands in AsiaUK law firm Kennedy is continuing on its international acquisition trail to build an insurance powerhouse with new operations in Paris and Bangkok., 02 Oct 2017Capgemini hires new general counselMaria Pernas joins the outsourcing company from Atos., 29 Sep 2017European dealmakers prepare for M&A surgeDealmaking appetite in Europe has seen a swift turnaround following the shock of last year's Brexit vote, according to new research., 29 Sep 2017Corrs raids Allens in Papua New GuineaAllens has lost its lead partner in PNG as Corrs establishes a new operation headed up by Vaughan Mills., 29 Sep 2017Browne Jacobson signs deal with Chinese law firmThe UK law firm has linked up with South China's Guanghe to collaborate on a number of projects., 28 Sep 2017Tech companies want speedy and private dispute resolutionArbitration is a better solution for tech companies than litigation but it needs to be faster., 02 Oct 2017K&L Gates sets up Trial AcademyThe law firm has devised the initiative in the US not only to train next generation litigators but to provide resources for trials., 28 Sep 2017UK law firms lag behind top US law firmsBrexit could play a role in the slowdown for London's top law firms., 27 Sep 2017Canadian University offers $80K funding for AI winnersRyserson University has launched the AI Legal Challenge to bridge the gap between AI and legal., 27 Sep 2017Dentons set to join forces with Uganda's largest law firmThe fast-growing global law firm has linked up with 12 partner KAA, the largest local law firm., 27 Sep 2017Australian legal tech firm launches digital platform to select barristersBarristerSELECT will locate the right barrister for a job, using the expertise of barristers' clerks., 25 Sep 2017Big Four accountancy firms gain ground on law firmsLaw firms are right to be worried about the latest invasion of the Big Four which are moving in on significant tracts of traditional law firm territory., 27 Sep 2017Online divorce website acquires a law firmThe service, which provided documentation for uncontested divorces, is expanding its reach., 25 Sep 2017PFI contracts come under scrutiny by Labour PartyA future Labour government in the UK would attack PFI contracts, the Labour Party conference has heard., 27 Sep 2017Multinational companies size up European tax investigationsAt tomorrow's GC Futures Summit, expert Conor Quigley QC will discuss the latest trends in state aid investigations whilst Lloyds Bank general counsel Kate Cheetham sheds light on how she implemented a diversity programme with impact., 27 Sep 2017Clients want fewer but deeper relationshipsLaw firms can create more balanced partnering arrangements with clients as corporates increasingly spurn multi-law firm relationships, says White & Case business development head, Matthew Fuller., 25 Sep 2017Bedell Cristin wins US$200m trust dispute for plaintiffs in long-running Crociani caseThe plaintiffs in a long-running trust dispute have been successful, resulting in the reconstitution of a trust fund worth $200 million., 22 Sep 2017Australian law firm hails use of digital currencies for its businessLehman Walsh has embraced digital currencies and adopted a progressive approach to new technology which it claims is paying dividends., 22 Sep 2017Legal change leaders head for London summitA group of legal change leaders from some of the world's top corporates and financial institutions will gather in London next week., 21 Sep 2017Clyde & Co joins forces with blockchain expert to launch consultancyThe law firm is launching a first-of-its-kind smart contracts consultancy with access to an international team of software and IT engineers., 21 Sep 2017Ashurst liberates workforce to work in 'smart' wayAshurst has launched what it describes as 'a new smarter working initiative' in the UK., 22 Sep 2017PwC Legal establishes Washington officeThe accountancy giant has established an office in the US capital but will not be practising local law., 21 Sep 2017Women partners seldom earn top pay at law firmsMen remain overwhelmingly the best paid in US law firms with women far behind., 21 Sep 2017Hogan Lovells offers voluntary retirement programme in the USThe law firm has offered voluntary retirement to hundreds of US business support staff, following on the heels of its proposed cuts in London., 20 Sep 2017CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre poaches HSF teamThe French firm has boosted its real estate practice by adding a team of 12 from the City of London law firm., 20 Sep 2017Hogan Lovells moves legal support team out of LondonLaw firm Hogan Lovells is the latest law firm to move back office staff to offices outside London., 19 Sep 2017Reince Priebus is wooed by US law firmsThe former White House Chief of Staff looks set to earn millions as law firms woo him following his departure from the Trump team., 19 Sep 2017Board members lack insight on personal liabilitiesMost company directors are not aware of individual personal liability that board members can incur for incorrect tax returns in some jurisdictions, such as Italy, Germany and Greece., 19 Sep 2017Private prosecutions group launchesThe PPA will lobby on behalf of private prosecutors as well as acting as a forum for experts., 19 Sep 2017Tech entrepreneur develops law firm of the futureA top US entrepreneur aims to create the leading technology-based law firm competing with BigLaw., 19 Sep 2017Covington set to open in Dublin in Brexit moveThe US law firm is setting up an office specialising in life sciences and tehcnology in the Irish capital., 18 Sep 2017Ogletree Deakins snaps up employment teamOgletree Deakins has hired the team of four from Montgomery McCracken to join the firm's Philadelphia office., 15 Sep 2017Reed Smith invests in client managementThe firm is aiming to manage its business with the purchase of a sales-based system which looks after the entire client cycle., 18 Sep 2017DLA Piper targets EU-Greek businessThe law firm is looking to capitalise on new opportunities next August when Greece's third economic adjustment programme ends., 15 Sep 2017HSF clients want AI solutionsArtificial intelligence will recast the relationship dynamic between legal providers and clients., 14 Sep 2017Turkish Airlines appoints Eversheds Sutherland as sole providerThe law firm will use its network to provide global legal services for the airline which has introduced efficiencies across the business., 14 Sep 2017CMS partners with Saudi Arabian law firmCMS has signed an exclusive partnership with Saudi Arabian law firm Feras Al Shawaf., 14 Sep 2017Bell Pottinger goes into administrationThe shamed PR firm, which represented a wide range of clients including law firms, has collapsed., 13 Sep 2017Half of rape jurors make guilty verdict before deliberationJuries are not making a proper assessment of the evidence in rape trials, according to new research,, 13 Sep 2017Gide sets up in Tehran and boosts its presence in the Middle EastThe French law firm is the first to obtain a licence to practice in the country., 13 Sep 2017Pinsent Masons consults over making secretarial roles redundantThe law firm is reviewing personal assistant (PA) roles and has consulted with those at risk., 12 Sep 2017City law firms remain defiant despite Brexit, as regional firms stutterCity law firms have demonstrated resilience to tough political and economic conditions this year as growth overtakes that of regional law firms., 11 Sep 2017Partners Employment Lawyers joins up with Excello LawLondon-based Partners Employment Lawyers has joined forces with agile working national firm Excello Law., 11 Sep 2017McGuire Woods chair steps down after 11 yearsRichard Cullen, who currently represents Vice President Mike Pence in the Russian investigation, will remain at the firm., 11 Sep 2017European banks are at the mercy of US regulatorsNew data reveals that European banks are under disproportional enforcement pressure from US regulators and receive significantly greater penalties than their US counterparts., 11 Sep 2017BLP creates client technology role in litigation deptA review of litigation operations has seen the firm hire three partners from competing firms and a new focus on client technology., 11 Sep 2017Innovation in disruptive timesThis year's GC Futures Summit brings together leading general counsel to discuss what innovation means for them., 11 Sep 2017Irish law firm adopts artificial intelligence platformMcCann FitzGerald and Neota Logic have joined forces to create AI-driven legal services solutions., 08 Sep 2017Wilson Sonsini disruptive team to join Cooley in Silicon ValleyA team of next generation leaders representing disruptive high-growth companies are exiting from Wilson Sonsini to join competitor firm Cooley., 11 Sep 2017Most boards unprepared for crisis, say legal departmentsCompanies are poorly prepared for a crisis with one in three admitting they have no crisis management plan in place., 08 Sep 2017Lonely Planet joins forces with LawAdvisorThe iconic travel guide company Lonely Planet has helped design and implement LawAdvisor Corporate as part of its digital transformation., 07 Sep 2017Two Philadelphia firms create nationwide mergersThe two law firms in the city are merging to create nationwide presences., 07 Sep 2017ECJ rules in landmark Intel caseEurope's top court has ruled for Intel in one of the longest running cases in the Commission's history which could have potential implications for Qualcomm and Google., 07 Sep 2017Jenner & Block boosts Washington with former acting US solicitor generalIan Gershengorn will chair the firm's appellate and supreme court practice as well as working in the complex commercial litigation division., 06 Sep 2017Hogan Lovells real estate Warsaw team departs to Greenberg TraurigUS law firm Greenberg Traurig has hired 11 lawyers from the Warsaw office of Hogan Lovells including the head of real estate., 06 Sep 2017Marketing and BD focus is key to law firm successHighly successful law firms have greater business development, marketing and technology focus, according to new research., 07 Sep 2017Eversheds Sutherland goes on the expansion trail with Nordic takeoverThe global firm has taken over the Russian offices of Hannes Snellman and poached a seven-strong team from Simmons & Simmons in Luxembourg., 06 Sep 2017UK elite law firm partners earn over £2 million a yearStar performers in elite UK law firms now earn over £2 million, according to the latest figures from the Lawyer., 05 Sep 2017Landmark European judgment on emails finds against companyCompanies must inform employees if their emails are being monitored, according to the European Court of Human Rights., 05 Sep 2017World's 'most influential legal thinker' steps downA witty US judge, who spearheaded a revolution in the economic analysis of law, has retired from the bench., 05 Sep 2017How artificial intelligence can help solve GDPR issuesBusinesses face an almost impossible task preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation. But, says Tim Pullan, artificial intelligence software could be the answer., 11 Sep 2017