The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostWed, 23 Aug 2017en-gb(C) 2017 Global City Media LtdHerbert Smith Freehills selects May Tai to head ChinaThe respected mediator will oversee the 300 partner strong Greater China region., 22 Aug 2017Lawyers procrastinate for over an hour a dayFrom chatting, surfing the web and engaging in social media, lawyers are prone to a bout of proscrastination every day. The good news for their bosses - accountants are worse., 22 Aug 2017Kirkland & Ellis pick up Ropes & Gray teamFive top Ropes & Gray partners have jumped ship to US law firm Kirkland & Ellis., 22 Aug 2017Bryan Cave sets up global team targeting data centre clustersThe US firm is focusing on the burgeoning market for data centres globally., 21 Aug 2017Pemberton Greenish hires new CEOThe private client firm was looking for an executive with proven experience growing a law firm., 21 Aug 2017China looks to lead in legaltechWith more than 100 legaltech companies in China, China is gearing up to become a market leader in the legal space., 22 Aug 2017Former A&L Goodbody managing partner James Osborne diesJames Osborne, former head of Dublin law firm A & L Goodbody and one of Ireland's best-known lawyers, has died., 21 Aug 2017Slow growth for law firms in 2017Law firms are set for bigger expenses and slower growth in 2017, according to Citibank's quarterly report., 21 Aug 2017Washington DC law firm shrinkage bad news for property marketLaw firm shrinkage has led to Washington DC's largest oversupply of office space in years, 18 Aug 2017Opportunistic law firms succeed in changing their fortunesOnly a small number of opportunistic firms are making the big changes needed to increase revenue and market share., 21 Aug 2017Law Superstore acquired by property moves websiteThe latest UK legal comparison website has been taken over by, 18 Aug 2017Belfast firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin sets up new human resource businessCleaver Fulton Rankin is planning to offer human resources consultancy with more complex legal employment advice., 17 Aug 2017DLA Piper hires AIG deputy general counsel to boost insuranceNicholas Kourides joins the firm's New York office in a move to strengthen its financial services division., 17 Aug 2017Flint Bishop beats revenue targetsThe UK firm's successful year saw it grow revenues by 11 per cent and appoint new partners., 17 Aug 2017Patents shoot up for new legal services technologyLaw firms and legal tech companies are behind the growth of patents in the legal marketplace with the US leading the way., 18 Aug 2017Canadian lawyers prepare to thwart latest version of ABSCanadian law firms are keeping up the fight against non-lawyer ownership of law firms in the struggle against alternative business structures., 16 Aug 2017Woodsford offers litigation boutique innovative $20m financing dealWoodsford Litigation Funding has signed a $20m global portfolio financing facility with litigation boutique Lewis Baach to offer clients an expedited, one-stop arrangement for the financing of high value litigation., 16 Aug 2017King & Spalding opens in Chicago with 'marquee hire'King & Spalding is to open an office in Chicago, headed up by former US attorney Zachary Fardon., 16 Aug 2017Legal Tech extravaganza gets to grips with Artificial IntelligenceArtificial intelligence may no longer be cutting edge but law firms need to embrace it., 16 Aug 2017Steptoe & Johnson seek arbitration for gender claimThe US law firm is refuting claims of gender bias and demanding arbitration clauses be enacted., 15 Aug 2017PwC expands managed services divisionPwC has hired a manager from Axiom to continue growing its commercial contracting division., 15 Aug 2017Bishop & Sewell sweeps up Fisher MeredethBishop & Sewell will take over the family firm as part of its expansion strategy creating a £9 million business., 15 Aug 2017Corrs hires ethical hacker as it launches cyber rapid response teamThe Australian law firm is ready to rock when it comes to data breaches, hacks or cyber security issues., 15 Aug 2017Australian index recognises new ideasA diverse mix of innovative legal professionals have been recognised in the Australian innovators index., 14 Aug 2017Australian law firms report positive business outlookBusiness is booming in Australia but there are clouds on the horizen, law firms report in the latest bank research., 14 Aug 2017Trilegal snaps up former ICICI Bank corporate legal headThe firm has appointed Kannan Rahul as a banking and finance partner in its Mumbai office., 14 Aug 2017Law schools out of step with changing marketplaceProfessor Richard Susskind has highlighted the gap between innovation, law firm leaders, law schools and the pace of change., 14 Aug 2017Miller & Chevalier replaces WilmerHaleMiller & Chevalier will now represent Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager, in the Russian investigation., 11 Aug 2017Hill Dickinson in talks with Keoghs over insurance businessHill Dickinson is looking at transferring part of its insurance division worth £23m to Keoghs., 11 Aug 2017Driving innovation across the legal marketplaceLaw departments are calling on law firms to innovate but are law firms listening? Research would suggest that collaboration between the two has some distance to go., 16 Aug 2017Australians view accountants as more ethical than lawyersOnly politicians and estate agents are viewed as more unethical than lawyers in an annual governance poll., 11 Aug 2017Lawyers could face prosecution over sanctions reporting in the UKLawyers are now subject to prosecution by the UK government if they do not comply with sanctions reporting obligations., 10 Aug 2017Top law firms lead charge in fight against Trump transgender moveWashington's WilmerHale and Boston's Foley Hoag are involved in the lawsuit against President Trump and the military., 10 Aug 2017Mueller team left behind high-paid WilmerHale partnershipsThe team investigating possible collusion between Russia and the President Trump's election campaign were high earners at their law firms., 10 Aug 2017Avvo does not measure up for New York Bar AssociationPopular US lawyer rating service Avvo has met with disapproval from the New York Bar Association over its 'marketing' fee., 10 Aug 2017Former KWM staff likely to receive settlementAdministrators for the collapsed European arm of KWM admitted a 'technical breach' of redundancy conditions., 11 Aug 2017Texan law firm uses jet as officeTexan law firm Patterson + Sheridan has come up with a novel way of doing business in Silicon Valley., 10 Aug 2017Dewey ex-partners urge mercy for former CFOA number of Dewey ex-partners have written to a New York judge asking that their former chief financial officer Joel Sanders be spared a jail sentence., 09 Aug 2017Data law forces social media outlets to delete information on requestThe UK has introduced a new Data Protection Bill allowing people to erase online histories which could see social media outlets face fines of up to £17 million if they fail to delete information when asked., 09 Aug 2017Pinsent Masons snaps up Norton Rose partners to open in PerthThe firm, which is on a global expansion trail, has launched its third office in Australia., 09 Aug 2017Cambodian official accused of comparing lawyers to cows faces court actionA Cambodian government official has been attacked for comparing lawyers to cows and now faces court action., 08 Aug 2017Mixed growth pattern for US law firms in last quarterWhilst the market struggled in the last quarter, BigLaw pulled slightly ahead, according to Thomson Reuters., 08 Aug 2017DMH Stallard merges with Rawlinson ButlerTop 100 law firm DMH Stallard and regional law firm Rawlison Butler are joining forces. The combined firms will be known as DMH Stallard, with 70 partners and a combined turnover of £30 million., 08 Aug 2017Law Society partners with cybersecurity expertsThe Law Society of England and Wales has partnered with a cyber security company as its lawyers face increasing security risks., 08 Aug 2017Reputation expert Paul Tweed sets up new global advisory firmA new corporate international advisory legal practice - Tweed - will take on the social media giants for corporates, politicians and CEOs over reputational, privacy and data issues., 09 Aug 2017Edinburgh festival hosts cybercrime warning for arts organisationsThe world famous Edinburgh Fringe festival is the perfect opportunity for cybercrime, a local law firm warns., 08 Aug 2017Law firms under pressure as demand flattens for legal servicesLaw firms are under pressure to drive profits through operational efficiency as demand for legal services remains flat., 08 Aug 2017Kennedys expand Australian operations with Melbourne officeThe firm has recruited a local team for its seventh office opening this year., 07 Aug 2017Clyde beefs up South African insurance practiceThe firm has taken a small team from Hogan Lovells to shore up its South African insurance practice., 07 Aug 2017Vannin Capital launches NYC office as part of 12-month growth planInternational dispute resolution funder Vannin Capital (Vannin) has added three new investment directors to open an office in NYC - the company's second office in the US and eighth globally., 07 Aug 2017GCs need to develop a personal brandGeneral counsel are looking to develop their profiles to boost their role in corporate life., 08 Aug 2017Italian law firm finds itself on wrong side of the law amid mafia allegationsAn Italian law firm has found itself in the docks and been ordered to compensate hundreds of British investors regarding an off the plans luxury Italian property development linked to organised crime., 04 Aug 2017Baker McKenzie deploys bespoke artificial intelligence for M&A and transactional workThe firm will employ new artificial intelligence tools across nine offices to achieve faster and more comprehensive contract review on M&A and other transactional work., 04 Aug 2017Withers in first successful application for non-dom status in ItalyItaly has launched its non-dom programme at the beginning of this year with Withers assising its client with the first successful application for non-dom status in the country., 04 Aug 2017US commercial cases decline over eight yearsCommercial cases in the US have declined each year since 2009, a new report has found, in a business worth $6 billion to law firms each year., 04 Aug 2017Kering strikes up landmark agreement with Alibaba over IP enforcementKering and Alibaba Group have agreed to cooperate over intellectual property and joint enforcement with Kering dropping its lawsuit against Alibaba., 03 Aug 2017Australian law firms offer sign-on bonuses as they compete for talentAustralian law firms are starting to pay sign-on bonuses as the competition for talent heats up., 03 Aug 2017Morgan Lewis gains approval from Law Society to operate in Hong KongMorgan Lewis has received formal approval from The Law Society of Hong Kong to form an association with Luk & Partners solidifying its presence in Greater China., 03 Aug 2017Brexit fears overshadow UK's pole position as leading EU legal hubWith Britain having the largest footprint in legal and accounting, a report commissioned by the City highlights the contribution of the sector to the economy and warns of the dangers ahead., 03 Aug 2017Garrigues hires Lino Torgal to head up energy departmentLino Torgal of Lino Torgal & Associados joins as a partner of Garrigues succeeding João Rosado Correia who left for Miranda., 03 Aug 2017Chadbourne Latin American team joins Winston & StrawnThe 10 partner New York-based team have been involved in some of the region's largest and most innovative transactions., 02 Aug 2017Harvard Law Alumni Directory accidently listed Anthony Scaramucci as deadAnthony Scaramucci has been wrongly reported as dead in the latest edition of the Harvard Law alumni which alumni started receiving last week., 02 Aug 2017Quinn Emanuel confirms early talks with Williams & ConnollyInitial contact has been confirmed although there is no indication of follow-up. However, the two firms would make a powerful litigation outfit if combined., 02 Aug 2017Baker McKenzie posts $2.67billion revenues in uncertain timesWhilst growth has slowed since last year, the firm increased revenues and profits. The global firm also revealed it made $20 million from alternative legal services., 02 Aug 2017Garrigues head of energy and projects departs for MirandaLisbon-based international law firm Miranda & Associados has hired Joao Rosado Correia as a partner., 02 Aug 2017L&G America launches service to provide life insurance quote with a SelfieLegal & General America has launched new website to allow people obtain a life insurance quote by submitting a 'Selfie' making it the first in the life insurance industry to roll out selfie-quoting technology., 02 Aug 2017Four law firms advise on $14.6bn Discovery Communications buy out of ScrippsDiscovery Communications Inc and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc have signed a definitive agreement for Discovery to acquire Scripps in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $14.6 billion, or $90 per share., 02 Aug 2017TransPerfect Legal Solutions teams up with Onna TechnologiesGlobal e-discovery and legaltech company TransPerfect Legal Solutions (TLS) has partnered with Onna Technologies., 01 Aug 2017Baker McKenzie expands London banking & finance and IT practices with three new partnersBaker McKenzie has expanded its London banking and technology practices with the appointment of three new partners joining the firm in September from Freshfields, Travers Smith and Morrison & Foerster., 01 Aug 2017Reed Smith re-elects Sandy Thomas as global managing partnerThe firm's 11th leader in 140 years begins his new four-year term today., 01 Aug 2017Slaughters represents BAT in SFO investigationBritish law firm Slaughter and May is representing British American Tobacco (BAT) in a formal investigation into 'suspicions of corruption' at the tobacco giant., 01 Aug 2017Mayer Brown brings in bank duo to strengthen AsiaMayer Brown has brought in the Standard Chartered Bank duo to strengthen trade finance and structured finance offerings in Asia., 01 Aug 2017Dentons appoints Noor Kapdi as CEO of newly established Africa regionNoor Kapdi has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the firm's newly established Africa region., 01 Aug 2017The making of a star GCWhat makes a general counsel stand out from the crowd? This year's GC Summit features those who make the grade based on new research., 31 Jul 2017Buoyant Australian M&A market raises spectre of more hostile bidsAmerican and Japanese bidders are stalking Australian companies as 2017 M&A activity heats up with health, IT and agribusiness predicted to be the future hot areas., 31 Jul 2017Noted environmental lawyer joins Baker BottsChris Carr has joined the Baker Botts enviromental practice based in San Francisco as part of its plan to further boost its offering to clients from California., 31 Jul 2017Arthur Cox big winner in Nama's €39m legal feesSince 2010, Ireland's bad bank has paid out more than €39 million in fees to law firms with Arthur Cox being the largest beneficiary - receiving more than €3.6 million between its Dublin and Belfast offices., 31 Jul 2017Lawyers under attack for 'ambulance chasing' Grenfell Tower fire victimsBritish Home Secretary Diane Abbott has lashed out at the legal profession saying that survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are being intimidated and hounded by 'ambulance chasing' lawyers., 31 Jul 2017European Commission launches infringement against Poland over measures affecting the judiciaryThe European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland by sending a Letter of Formal Notice, following the publication in the Polish Official Journal of the Law on the Ordinary Courts Organisation on Friday., 31 Jul 2017Trump's transgender military ban sees lawyers line up to opposeLawyers are flexing their muscles to act should President Trump's tweet on a transgender military ban come into force., 28 Jul 2017Steptoe grows UK trade controls practice in run-up to BrexitThe US firm has moved a top trade lawyer from Washington to London to boost the UK and European team., 28 Jul 2017Scottish law firm Brodies reports £66.7 million revenuesScotland's largest law firm saw revenues grow by 2.4 per cent in its financial year to the end of April with profits before partner distributions up 2.6 per cent to £31.7 million., 28 Jul 2017Magic circle commercial litigator Andrew Jones joins Vannin CapitalLitigation funder Vannin Capital has hired Linklater lawyer Andrew Jones as its investment director., 28 Jul 2017Munich law firm GLNS opens its doors in LondonGerman law firm GLNS has set up shop in London to woo hedge funds and shareholder activitists as Brexit looms., 28 Jul 2017Litigation funder Burford Capital reports best results everLitigation funder Burford Capital is enjoying a good year, posting its best results ever as well as success in an Argentinian arbitration and a new funding package for claimants against a truck cartel., 27 Jul 2017Dillon Eustace hires NAMA lawyer to head up propertyThe Dublin law firm has an eye on the Irish and European real estate lending markets., 27 Jul 2017Kennedys launches 'Dragons Den style' Ideas Lab for employees to pitch tech innovation productsKennedys has launched its Ideas Lab as part of its drive to continue to develop and deliver 21st century legal services., 27 Jul 2017Cyber risk to law firms at all time high as legal regulator reports £3.2m stolen in three monthsA record number of cyber thefts from law firms has been reported in the first quarter of the year with more than £3 million stolen with house moves the main target, according to the latest report from The Solicitors Regulation Authority., 28 Jul 2017Luxury lawyers line up for Jimmy Choo $1.35bn acquisitionGlobal fashion house Michael Kors is to acquire luxury footwear and accessories brand Jimmy Choo with the city's top luxury law firms on hand to advise., 28 Jul 2017Linklaters snaps up Clifford Chance private equity expertLinklaters is expanding its German private equity practice by hiring Clifford Chance's Christopher Kellett., 26 Jul 2017EU to start legal action against Poland over law reformsThe European Commission has annouced today that it is prepared to start legal action against Poland. The move comes in the wake of a law reforming the judiciary that undermines the independence of judges and thus breaks EU treaty rules., 26 Jul 2017Record number sits California Bar ExamMore than 10,000 people have applied to sit the July California Bar Exam which is currently underway - the highest on record - according to The Recorder., 26 Jul 2017Morton Fraser returns profits of £7m - up 46 per cent in four yearsAfter increased annual billings, major investment in IT and some key hires Morton fraser has seen profits soar 46 per cent in the last four years to £7 million., 26 Jul 2017'Robo-Lawyer' launched for property investingLegal and fintech startup Bootstrap Legal, brainchild of seasoned lawyer and crowdfunder GC Amy Wan, has launched software that automates the drafting of complex legal paperwork for those raising capital for property projects of $2 million and under., 27 Jul 2017Starmer turns down Mischon Academy roleShadow Brexit minister Sir Keir Starmer had come under attack from opposition politicans over a proposed role at the law firm., 25 Jul 2017Permanent Court of Arbitration to open first Asian officeThe Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is to open an office in Singapore - the first in Asia and only the second one outside its headquarters in The Hague., 25 Jul 2017Global legal analytics market set for major hike as law firms become more productive and profitableThe global legal analytics market is projected to grow from $451.1 million in 2017 to $1.86 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.7 per cent during the forecast period., 26 Jul 2017Courts Service of Ireland issues email security warning to lawyersThe Courts Service of Ireland has issued a warning to law firms about a scam email which presents itself as to from the Supreme Court office in Dublin., 25 Jul 2017Dee J Kelly Foundation gives $1.25mn gift to GW Law which hits $1bn fund-raising targetThe Dee J Kelly Foundation, named after Dee Kelly Sr JD, a graduate of Texas Christian University and George Washington University Law School, has given GW Law a $1.25 million gift., 25 Jul 2017Clayton Utz continues raid on EY forensic deptThe Australian law firm has nabbed two more EY experts as it continues to build its forensic services practice, an area traditionally the domain of accountancy firms., 24 Jul 2017