The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostMon, 17 Jun 2019en-gb(C) 2019 Global City Media LtdLegal teams to grow next six monthsDriven by litigation and data privacy concerns early half of US law firms and companies plan to expand legal teams within the next six months research predicts., 17 Jun 2019Football and music disputes dominating UK High CourtPremier League football may be in recess and music festivals in full swing, but football and music bodies are very busy in court., 17 Jun 2019Woman law pioneer honored for lifetime achievementLegal profession gathered in Dublin for Irish Law Awards, but the real stars of the show were a retired judge and counsel in controversial cervical smear case., 17 Jun 2019DWF celebrate Spanish dealExclusive association with RCD follows on from recent international deals to expand global reach., 14 Jun 2019Damning report reveals a criminal justice system on brink of collapseLaw Society of England and Wales reports says urgent intervention needed to save the criminal justice system in England and Wales., 14 Jun 2019ICO bombarded “just in case”UK is higher than most among EU jursidictions in notifying regulator on GDPR breaches, but “just in case” says law firm., 14 Jun 2019Rare and well doneLinklaters pledges support to new software set to revolutionise graduate law recruitment., 13 Jun 2019Dentons combines with Zimbabwean elite firmFirms' combination with MawereSibanda aims to position both firms to meet client needs in Africa and around the globe., 13 Jun 2019Ex-Sidley's partner Matthew Cahill joins gunnercookeDisruptor law firm gunnercooke is accelerating the growth of its London practice with the hire of ex-Clifford Chance and Sidley Austin capital markets veteran Matthew Cahill., 13 Jun 2019Greenberg Traurig throws a recurve ballFirm launches Recurve as “first-of-its-kind” global shared services platform to transform delivery of range of services for legal industry., 12 Jun 2019Vietnam launches first mediation centreInternational commercial mediation centre launches in Hanoi and signs cooperation agreement with law faculties., 12 Jun 2019ATZ Law Chambers rebrands to A&K TanzaniaAnjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) in Tanzania has taken over the practice of ATZ Law Chambers and expanded its leadership team., 12 Jun 2019Law firms in helicopter horrorNew York helicopter crash-lands on Sidley and Willkie offices in early afternoon tragedy, firm safely deploys emergency proocols., 11 Jun 2019Addleshaw Goddard elevate “disruptive and innovative” fintechsThe Addleshaw Goddard Elevate 2019 cohort has been announced, with nine innovative fintech businesses awarded a position., 11 Jun 2019From HSF to MBE for ALT leader!Herbert Smith Freehills partner appointed an MBE for services to the Northern Ireland economy and innovation in law., 11 Jun 2019Simmon & Simmons goes Dutch on constructionFirm partners with Dutch think tank by co-initiating new early contractor involvement model., 11 Jun 2019Latham & Watkins scoop fintech pairFirm expands fintech practice with prominent Washington DC hires, capturing two experienced partners from Crowell & Moring., 10 Jun 2019Pay now, argue later?Launch by Pinsent Masons and QMUL School of Arbitration of survey aims at efficiently resolving international construction disputes., 11 Jun 2019True cost of counterfeiting under the microscopeEUR 60 billion lost every year across the EU due to counterfeiting in 13 key economic sectors, though IP specialist firm questions the true costs., 07 Jun 2019Law firm has a craicLook into your Irish/English dictionary to see what a craic is, but it involves lawyers having fun as firm celebrates a decade in Dublin, and also launches crisis and cyber service., 07 Jun 2019UK lawyers fear “disruptive” Big 4Many UK lawyers fear they will struggle to compete as big accounting groups aggressively expand into legal services., 07 Jun 2019Gliding into SingaporeSingapore Academy of Law launches legaltech accelerator called GLIDE to attract startups and international talent in “less saturated” market space., 06 Jun 2019Dentons jump in revenue but with a little less PEPScottish merger highlighted as Dentons reports a 13 per cent rise in revenue for the financial year but PEP only grew in the same period by 4 per cent., 06 Jun 2019Schoenherr moves into Upper AustriaAfter being on the radar for some time Vienna-based firm strengthens its Austrian presence with opening of new office in Linz, Upper Austria., 06 Jun 2019HSF to exit BerlinBerlin exit as Herbert Smith Freehills refocuses on Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, leaving even less international coverage in the city., 06 Jun 2019Privacy app taps into $5 billion marketSilicon Valley law firm Wilson Sonsini is selling CCPA advice starting at $7,500, earning over $100,000 in sales first week for its privacy app., 05 Jun 2019Bird & Bird find a new baselineBaseline merging with Valeocon to bolster Bird & Bird management consulting business., 05 Jun 2019Norton's team follows trail to KennedysFirm bolsters global marine and energy practice with hire of 12-strong team from Norton Rose Fulbright, following move by finance director., 05 Jun 2019Falling filings still yield $1.8 billion damagesFirst annual Lex Machina litigation report shows over $1.8 billion in ERISA-related damages awarded 2016-2018 despite decline in filings., 04 Jun 2019AI silos threaten justiceAd hoc use of complex algorithms in the justice system needs urgent oversight says the Law Society of England and Wales in new report following a year-long investigation., 04 Jun 2019Osborne Clarke enters the Dragon's DenFirst cohort attends 'Dragons' Den' event with expert panel from Firstminute Capital, Founders Factory and Osborne Clarke., 03 Jun 2019Counting the cost of GDPROver half of UK global businesses believe they are failing to comply with data privacy regulations costing an average of £840,000 annually., 05 Jun 2019Ince rebrands six months into mergerInce simplifies brand as Gordon Dadds name take a back seat and most entities will be known simply as Ince., 03 Jun 2019Van Bael & Bellis revamps management teamCompetition and trade law firm Van Bael & Bellis has restructured its management with founder Jean-Francois Bellis appointed as chair., 31 May 2019Sweden introduces “beer contract”Failing to meet a friend for a beer will cost $50 for breach of contract, which is still marginally cheaper than buying a round of beers for your friends in Sweden - perfect story to end the week!, 31 May 2019Financial regulators set their priorities in SydneyMembers of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) met at the organization´s 44th Annual Meeting in Sydney hosted by ASIC to discuss priorities., 31 May 2019Research highlights entrepreneurial spirit in UK legal marketOver 520 new law firms planned for the next year as lower costs of technology and successful IPOs feature amongst factors encouraging more entrepreneurship amongst lawyers., 31 May 2019Eversheds sets out stall on Chicago's Magnificent MileEversheds Sutherland opens in Chicago two years after combination, and brings in White & Case real estate veteran lawyer to head up the office., 30 May 2019Kirkland & Ellis kicks off wellbeing programKirkland launches a firmwide wellbeing program and hires expert in field to lead initiative to tackle issues related to mental health and substance misuse., 31 May 2019Linklaters in Beijing openingFollowing Shanghai free trade zone deal, Linklaters' China joint operation partner Zhao Sheng law firm is to open Beijing branch., 31 May 2019Italian merger creates largest independent firmBonelliErede and Lombardi e Associati merger gets the green light, though there has been some fallout as lawyers leave for other firms., 29 May 2019Firms in Korea and Myanmar collaborationKorea's Yulchon has forged a collaboration arrangement with ZICO Law in Myanmar, building on historic ties between the two nations., 29 May 2019UK data privacy fines increase by £2mIncreases in 2018 impacted even before GDPR fines begin to kick in says PwC privacy report, while marketing key culprit., 29 May 2019The "gift of feedback" with a global resonanceTwo female plaintiffs deliver the “gift of feedback” to Irish bar conference while barrister calls legal delays a “national disgrace” - messages for lawyers in all jurisdictions?, 29 May 2019Freshfields launches Freshfields LabFreshfields Lab is new collaborative space to accelerate innovation as a core part of the Firm's digitization strategy with first location in Berlin., 28 May 2019DAC Beachcroft in charity collaborationFirm to support 1,200 small charities through pro bono legal guidance in partnership with Aviva., 29 May 2019Lawtech lacking in trustBritish Consumer watchdog issues paper raising concerns over lawtech and lack of consumer trust, and provides regulatory checklist., 24 May 2019Bird & Bird's “no-brainer”Firm launches dpo and gdpr representative services to help clients comply with gdpr, new managing director says "no-brainer" to offer service., 24 May 2019Canada launches digital charterCall to modernise legislation as charter promotes 10 principles aiming to build a foundation of trust for Canadians in the digital sphere., 24 May 2019KPMG adds to Asia legal presenceBig four firm expands its legal offering to Indonesia with domestic firm alliance, next stop Shanghai., 24 May 2019Hogan Lovells in trademark platform collaborationFirm further enhances its trademark management efficiency with Anaqua, a new platform supporting a global collaboration., 24 May 2019ICJ launches first appThe International Court of Justice embraces lawtech with app becoming first international judicial body in Netherlands, appoints new registrar., 24 May 2019JAMS in NY and LANot traffic jams for a change, but new international arbitration centers which have officially opened in Los Angeles and New York., 22 May 2019Singing the legal bluesSongwriters call for more freedoms and less regulation during ASCAP “Stand with Songwriters” on today's advocacy day., 22 May 2019Sheppard Mullin puts "money where its mouth is" on genderFirm sponsors LA Galaxy OC women's soccer team, part of the successful Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise LA Galaxy, which hit the big time with David Beckham., 22 May 2019EU Council to impose cyber-attack sanctionsNew framework will allow the EU and its member states to be more resistant and to respond to cyber-attacks with sanctions., 22 May 2019Lander & Rogers launches lawtech hubMelbourne lawtech hub formally launched featuring new startups and scaleup, with new intake also due in September., 21 May 2019William Fry un-Corked!William Fry has announced the opening of a new office in Cork, expanding the number of offices globally to six., 21 May 2019Legal partnering to foster access to justiceLow-income Americans to get help as American Bar Association joins forces with Legal Services Corporation to launch legal tech donation effort., 20 May 2019Latham & Watkins boosts Tokyo with 3 MoFo hiresFirms says group brings formidable M&A experience to Latham, further strengthening the firm's practice in Japan and globally., 20 May 2019Singapore tackles low legaltech take up amongst law firmsThe Law Society of Singapore launches initiative to encourage local legal firms to adopt new technology with only 12 per cent adopting technology solutions., 20 May 2019Knowledge gap in legal ops and lawtechFewer than one in four respondents report using machine learning or AI in their legal operations and technology, says a Bloomberg Law report., 17 May 2019New legal billing platform powered by AICash flow and billing ensures “one hundred percent” compliance - law firms spend over $200 million per annum on e-billing, says provider., 17 May 2019Courts in Japan to embrace the webJapanese courts to use web meetings to connect judges and counsel in suit preparations, planned for 2020., 20 May 2019Firm sees strong market for smart insurance contractsClyde & Co launches first-of-its kind off the shelf connected parametric insurance contract for insurers through its smart contract consultancy., 16 May 2019Norton Rose Fulbright pioneers document automationFirm joins forces with Syke Legal Engineering citing client demand for greater collaboration between law firms and other legal providers., 16 May 2019US Senator George Mitchell on flying visitChairman emeritus of global US law firm DLA Piper, Senator George Mitchell, flies into Dublin to mark opening of new office., 17 May 2019DLA Piper launches AI practiceFirm announces launch of Artificial Intelligence practice and flags its thought leadership credentials., 15 May 2019Baker McKenzie Selects iManage CloudNew global work product management platform combines secure information governance and collaboration., 15 May 2019Legal profession at risk of mental health hypocrisyShocking indictment of legal profession in global survey, suggesting a clarion call that profession needs to go beyond campaigns and embed good behaviours., 15 May 2019South Africa implements paperless courtsSouth African OCJ is implementing paperless digital courtrooms nationally after selecting provider of digital evidence management., 15 May 2019Study raises the bar on judicial stressAustralian study on mental health raises concerns for the judiciary of burnout, alcohol abuse and sleep disorders among judges and magistrates., 14 May 2019London remains top for maritime arbitrationHFW research shows London, which last week hosted a global international disputes week LIDW19, has 80 per cent share of global maritime arbitration market, despite Brexit fears., 15 May 2019Clyde & Co latest firm to get physical in DublinMore Brexit action in Dublin as firm opens Dublin office to ensure its Irish law insurance practice can continue to operate seamlessly as the UK leaves the EU., 15 May 2019Harvard law professors to lose positionsFirst African-American faculty deans in Harvard's history lose house positions, one being Harvard law dean representing Harvey Weinstein., 13 May 2019Mindful lawyers sign upMental Health Awareness Week inspires nine law firms to sign up to the Mindful Business Charter committing to better working practices for mental health and wellbeing., 13 May 2019Dentons pilots behavioural health programIn launching its Ginger programme, firm says emotional well-being among lawyers and professional staff continues as a priority., 10 May 2019LIDW19 ends on a highAs London International Disputes Week draws to a close, a commercial courts report highlights London's record year, while organizers are optimistic the inaugural LIDW will be back next year., 10 May 2019Osborne Clarke opens up Delhi officeFirm builds on longtime relationship firm in opening of Delhi office with two Partners, issues internet of things regional report., 10 May 2019Brexit legal effect “exaggerated”Speaking at the inaugural London International Disputes Week, top British judges put the impact of Brexit on UK courts in perspective., 09 May 2019Addleshaw Goddard takes on BCLP team to set up in HamburgAddleshaw Goddard breaks into Germany with hire of Hamburg BCLP lawyers, extends firm's global reach. Updated with BCLP response., 09 May 2019New litigation service launchedEuropean law firm Fieldfisher launches FeeSolve litigation funding service., 10 May 2019Conga Unveils New Artificial Intelligence EngineCompany Launches Conga AI AnalyzeSM, surpasses 900,000 users on its digital Document transformation suite., 08 May 2019SRA warns profession about money launderingSolicitor's body in England and Wales review shows too many law firms falling short on anti-money laundering, 08 May 2019Top 80 Spanish law firms hit €2.7 billionRevenue of the top 80 law firms in Spain totals over €2.7 billion as Garrigues takes top spot but international firms take 7 of 10 spots., 08 May 2019London to get new disputes hearing centreAs London International Disputes Week (LIDW19) kicks off, Delos arrives in London with a new hearing centre and the relocation of its president, while the Scotland highlights benefits and next year's ICCA in Edinburgh., 07 May 2019BCLP rolling out machine learning solutionBryan Cave Leighton Paisner makes a strategic global commitment to embed Kira within high-volume workstream., 07 May 2019TokenSoft ends its due diligence on law firmsAfter recent SEC guidance, TokenSoft is accepting clients from broader set of law firms as market sees tokens as "regulated instruments.”, 07 May 2019HSF does a high five in SpainHerbert Smith Freehills expands disputes offering in Spain bringing in five-strong arbitration and litigation team from five-year old local practice., 03 May 2019EY launches smart contract testing serviceBig Four firm announces launch of EY Smart Contract Analyzer, a smart contract testing and security service for the public Ethereum blockchain., 07 May 2019ICN tips its CAP at fairness with new frameworkCreation of the CAP illustrates close collaboration within the international competition community says ICN chair., 07 May 2019DWF announces first acquisition since IPOGroup announces plan for first international office since IPO, and takes on 85-strong team from K&L Gates former Warsaw office., 03 May 2019Trial abuse to be exposed “one case at a time”The Clooney Foundation joins forces with partners to launch TrialWatch initiative in systematic approach to highlight abuse at trial worldwide., 02 May 2019Baker McKenzie breaks down walls in MexicoFirm launches two internal programmes to break down barriers to healthier work-life balance and inequality in parental leave., 02 May 2019Nearly nine out of 10 legal cats prefer cybersecurityAccording to a new Canadian survey, nearly nine out of 10 lawyers are aiming to increase their cybersecurity resources., 01 May 2019Linklaters launches lawyers on demand serviceStarting in UK, but with plans to go global, Linklaters has launched Re:link as a new platform for experienced contract lawyers., 01 May 2019Legal robotics partnership aims for the next levelDeloitte Legal teams with UiPath to target legal firms. You can find more robotics law in the Robotics Law Journal., 01 May 2019Slaughter and May collaborates with cohort of sixSlaughter and May announces the first cohort of legal tech developers for its new legal tech programme, natually called Collaborate., 30 Apr 2019UK Parliament turns spotlight on London as arbitration centreLondon is gearing up as GLP reports from Parliament and CIArb annual meeting - also full coverage of next week's London International Disputes Week (#LIDW 2019)., 30 Apr 2019Mishcon de Reya launches early-stage tech programmeFirm launches its M:Tech programme offering free legal advice and mentoring to early-stage tech businesses., 01 May 2019