The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostFri, 24 Feb 2017en-gb(C) 2017 Global City Media LtdLegal 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 2017Management pay up 2 per cent at Pinsent MasonsHowever, the firm's highest-paid partner took home 5 per cent less last year., 01 Feb 2017Ashurst expands in Italy with new competition hireInternational firm Ashurst has hired Gabriele Accardo as a new competition and EU counsel in its Milan office., 01 Feb 2017RPC taps Miller as new managing partnerInsurance head James Miller has been selected to succeed Jonathan Watmough as the firm's new managing partner., 31 Jan 2017Dechert posts revenue bump following strong show in LondonStrong growth in the US firm's London office has helped buoy Dechert to a near 3 per cent revenue rise., 31 Jan 2017Clyde & Co to open in Washington DC and Chicago following Troutman Sanders raidClyde & Co is launching two new offices following the hire of a 10-partner team from international firm Troutman Sanders., 30 Jan 2017DAC Beachcroft nabs former KWM slot on Royal London real estate panelThe firm's hire of former King & Wood Mallesons counsel Helen Murcott has helped secure its spot on the prestigious Royal London Mutual Insurance Society's real estate panel., 30 Jan 2017Fieldfisher to launch alternative legal services unit former Ashurst heavyweightFormer Ashurst securities and derivatives head Christopher Georgiou is heading up a new business services unit at Fieldfisher., 30 Jan 2017High school drop-out to be sworn in as Australia's first woman chief justiceIn three days' time, Susan Kiefel's extraordinary legal career will reach new heights as she assumes leadership of the High Court of Australia., 27 Jan 2017Bryan Cave welcomes new M&A heavyweight to German practiceFormer DLA Piper Frankfurt managing partner Dr Kirsten Girnth has made the switch to Bryan Cave., 27 Jan 2017Management pay packets 7 per cent larger at Allen & Overy last yearTogether, the firm's management group took home a total of £13.6m in 2015/16., 27 Jan 2017Aspiring top-tier lawyers still face 'class ceiling', says new reportProfessionals from higher-income backgrounds are still earning more in the UK's 'traditional' professions, like medicine and law, than their peers., 27 Jan 2017Slaughters and Cravath advise on $30bn Johnson & Johnson takeover bidJohnson & Johnson is making a $30bn play for Swiss biotech firm Actelion., 26 Jan 2017Greenberg Traurig unveils list of new clients following KWM hiresThe addition of six former King & Wood Mallesons partners to the Greenberg fold has added 10 new clients to the firm's roster., 26 Jan 2017Goodwin Procter nabs securities heavyweight from Freshfields in New YorkFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost US securities litigation head Marshall Fishman to a rival firm., 26 Jan 2017Law Society urges firms to harness the power of automationLet the machines take care of the brunt work and get back to human lawyering, the Law Society has said., 25 Jan 2017Highest-paid partner takes home £1.3 at Dentons UKMEAGlobal megafirm Dentons has reported a 7.7 per cent lift in revenue across its United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa business., 25 Jan 2017DWF rescues claims management firm Triton from administrationThe bolt-on deal will add more than 200 staff to the firm's UK headcount., 25 Jan 2017Reed Smith picks up 50-strong team from KWMThe mass hire has increased the firm's European headcount by 10 per cent in one fell swoop., 24 Jan 2017Washington handover cycles top trade talent back into firmsAkin Gump is the latest firm to capitalise on the small army of top-tier legal talent re-entering private practice as new US President Donald Trump takes office., 24 Jan 2017Supreme Court rules against Government in Brexit appealAs widely anticipated by pundits on both sides, the Supreme Court has affirmed that the UK Government will need to seek the approval of Parliament before triggering Article 50., 24 Jan 2017PI reforms could cost 28,000 UK law firm jobs, warn economistsPersonal injury firms will have their margins pushed to 'unsustainable levels' if the Government pushes ahead with its planned shake-up of small injury compensation., 23 Jan 2017Victoria's Secret gets tough on supply chain ethicsThe world-famous luxury lingerie brand is stepping up its corporate social responsibility efforts with its new Forest Products Procurement Policy., 23 Jan 2017Morgan Lewis loads up for Hong Kong launch with raid on OrrickNine Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partners have defected to US rival Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to help launch the firm's flagship office in Hong Kong., 23 Jan 2017Legal innovation is crucial for 2017Integreon CEO Bob Gogel gives his predictions for 2017 with innovation topping the 'must do' list of resolutions for law firms., 20 Jan 2017First ever 'para-law' firm launches in the UKThe controversial new venture will allow unlicensed paralegals to do the bulk of case work in order to drive down costs for clients., 20 Jan 2017Addleshaw's £5m scuffle with former partner Haywood settled in arbitrationAddleshaw Goddard has settled the arbitration proceedings brought against the firm's former real estate head Mark Haywood., 20 Jan 2017Jenner & Block promotes 18 new partners worldwideLuxury Law Award 2015 finalist Kelly Hagedorn has made the cut to become the first new partner in Jenner & Block's London office., 19 Jan 2017KWM arises from the ashes in EuropeIt was less than 24 hours after the administration of King & Wood Mallesons' European arm before KWM 2.0 landed in London., 19 Jan 2017Commercial property offers way out for buy-to-let landlordsLeading City lawyers say it is 'eminently sensible' for buy-to-let investors to consider commercial property, but warn of 'completely different legal principles', 19 Jan 2017Weil Gotshal litigation veteran chooses new firm over retirementThough he's finally saying goodbye to life in BigLaw, 71-year-old Weil, Gotshal and Manges litigation boss James Quinn isn't ready to hang up his hat yet., 19 Jan 2017FTSE 100 companies launch 'rule of law' networkBusinesses are gearing up to play a role in overseeing the rule of law in countries where they operate., 18 Jan 2017Trump presidency a boost for immigration lawyersThe Trump presidency looks set to boost work for immigration lawyers., 18 Jan 2017Breaking: King & Wood Mallesons is calling in administratorsThe day has finally arrived..., 17 Jan 2017Norton Rose Fulbright launches new Brexit-era trade treaty practiceThe firm wants to help clients engage with the UK Government as it moves forward negotiation Britain's trade and economic position after leaving the European Union., 17 Jan 2017Reed Smith makes up five new partners in LondonFive London lawyers have made the cut in Reed Smith's 25-strong global partner promotions round., 18 Jan 2017Baker McKenzie predicts drop-off of M&A deals amid Brexit uncertaintyA new forecast report from law firm Baker McKenzie has predicted that corporate deal activity will slump in the United Kingdom this year while skyrocketing across mainland Europe., 16 Jan 2017One in three trainee solicitors being paid below recommended minimum salaryMany law firms in England and Wales have chosen to shun the minimum salary recommendation for trainees put forward by the Law Society., 13 Jan 2017Bircham Dyson Bell takes on KWM Cambridge officeThe London-based firm is expanding beyond the bounds of the capital for the first time., 13 Jan 2017City lawyers still unconvinced about trainee 'super exam' proposalThe Solicitors Regulation Authority's updated proposal for a new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) has once again failed to win over the City of London Law Society (CLLS), which insists it remains essentially unchanged., 13 Jan 2017Linklaters lawyer sought by police following train rage attackAn attorney at top City firm Linklaters is being sought by British Transport Police in connection to a 90-minute verbal assault on a train from London to Leeds., 13 Jan 2017Government predicts defeat in Brexit legal challengeSeven of the 11 Supreme Court justices hearing the Government's appeal are expected to uphold the High Court's ruling on the process surrounding Article 50., 12 Jan 2017Record QC round sees 113 new silks and greater diversityThere were more applications to take silk this year than in any since 2009/2010, but a smaller percentage made the cut., 12 Jan 2017Goodwin Procter hires 26 lawyers as KWM drops lawsuitKing & Wood Mallesons has agreed to drop its lawsuit against Goodwin Procter and corporate partner Richard Lever as part of a deal that will see 26 KWM lawyers find a new home at the US firm., 12 Jan 2017Dentons announces new offices in Mexico and BarbadosGlobal megafirm Dentons has opened its second Mexican office in the northern city of Monterrey, as well as a new outpost in Barbados., 12 Jan 2017Dechert picks up four-lawyer antitrust team from Cadwalader in BrusselsCadwalader's Brussels office head Alec Burnside is among the new recruits., 11 Jan 2017IICSA locks in new lead counsel to replace Emmerson2 Bedford Row barrister Brian Altman QC has been called in to rescue the flailing inquiry., 11 Jan 2017Barclays cancels salary payments for all KWM EUME staffStaff at King & Wood Mallesons will no longer receive weekly salary payments for January., 11 Jan 2017Judge cleared of wrongdoing after calling defendant a c***The controversy surrounding Judge Patricia Lynch QC has fueled heated debate around how judges should respond to abusive behaviour in their courtrooms., 10 Jan 2017Market confidence up among law firm leaders, survey findsThe majority of US law firm leaders are expecting demand for legal services to make modest progress in the coming year., 10 Jan 2017Freshfields downsizing secretarial team by up to 180 staffAround 180 personal assistant (PA) roles have been placed under review., 10 Jan 2017KWM pushes back administration dateBeleaguered King & Wood Mallesons is buying time as it attempts to negotiate an eleventh-hour deal with the firm's Chinese partnership., 10 Jan 2017US law firms failing to attract and retain black women lawyersEven as other underrepresented groups are making incremental gains, the progress of black women among the ranks of the corporate law remains stagnant., 09 Jan 2017Lawyer develops customised computer keyboard for frustrated legal professionalsA new keyboard designed just for lawyers is designed to take the multi-click frustration out of inserting section symbols into legal briefs., 09 Jan 2017Kennedys enters new formal association in ItalyKennedys has formalised its relationship with three-office Italian firm Studio Legal Rinaldi Associati (RASS)., 09 Jan 2017Goodwin rescues KWM trainees for first ever London intakeGoodwin Procter will be taking on five young lawyers who previously held training contracts with embattled King & Wood Mallesons., 09 Jan 2017Taylor Wessing trials video game 'character test' for trainee applicantsA psychometric testing game called 'Cosmic Cadet' will be used to help single out star applicants., 06 Jan 2017Arrested Turkish fashion designer fears for his life, says lawyerA well-known fashion designer was beaten and arrested in Turkey earlier this week., 06 Jan 2017Two lawyers hired to help smooth over staff disputes at FIFAFIFA is hoping that two specialist labour lawyers might be able to help mediate conflicts with staff as the world football governing agency enters a period of seismic change., 06 Jan 2017Baker McKenzie picks up seven lawyer team from KWMEmployment partner Carl Richards and private equity partner Will Holder are among the new recruits rescued from King & Wood Mallesons., 06 Jan 2017City lawyer found guilty of racially aggravated assault at Christmas PartyAn Ashurst-trained lawyer has been found guilty of assaulting a 27-year-old woman at the end of last year., 13 Jan 2017Addleshaw mulls tie-up with German firm LutherA German merger could be the next step in Addleshaw Goddard's European expansion., 05 Jan 2017Skaddens loses Europe competition co-head Venit to DentonsGlobal megafirm Dentons has hired competition veteran James Venit from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom., 05 Jan 2017Harvard Law dean Martha Minnow announces departure from roleHarvard Law School has confirmed that dean Martha Minnow will step down from her post at the end of the current academic year., 05 Jan 2017Clifford Chance bosses pocket 7 per cent pay riseThe combined pay packets of Clifford Chance's 12-member executive leadership team swelled to £15m for the 2015/16 financial year., 05 Jan 2017Latham & Watkins disputes chair announces move to Signature LitigationGrowing disputes boutique Signature Litigation has scooped up Simon Bushell as a new partner., 04 Jan 2017Pay halted at KWM as administration loomsAround 100 staff, including some fee earners, have been affected by the freeze., 04 Jan 2017Dixon quits Law Society over slow reform progress'I cannot in good faith continue to be CEO of an organisation that is not prepared to change.', 04 Jan 2017DWF arrives in Paris with takeover of local firmDWF is continuing its international expansion through a tie-up with Parisian local Heenan Paris., 03 Jan 2017Biglaw attorney killed in Christmas Eve house fireProminent Canadian technology lawyer Geoffrey Taber perished on Christmas Eve with his wife and two children in a fire at their Ontario vacation cottage., 03 Jan 2017Link Legal merger creates top 15 Indian law firmIndia's law firms are embarking on a consolidation path with Link Legal the latest to announce a merger., 03 Jan 2017Three Chinese nationals to face charges over US law firm hackThe trio pocketed around $4 million in illegal profits after stealing nonpublic information about mergers and acquisitions from two major US firms., 03 Jan 2017DLA Piper bills over a million for Heathrow runway adviceDLA Piper and Allen & Overy are two of the beneficiaries of the Heathrow runway project., 02 Jan 2017Former employee sues Google over alleged workforce censorshipGoogle's confidentiality policies violate Californian labour laws and effectively amount to spying on its own workforce, a former Google employee has alleged., 22 Dec 2016Law firm heavyweights advise on largest industrial gas mergerCravath, Sullivan & Cromwell, Linklaters and Hengeler Mueller are advising on a merger between industrial-gas giants US Praxair and German Linde., 02 Jan 2017Addleshaw and White & Case advise as CCL Industries buys InnoviaAddleshaw Goddard and White & Case advise as Canadian CCL Industries says it will buy British Innovia Group from The Smithfield Group., 22 Dec 2016Kirkland & Ellis slashes shares for top equity partnersLitigation partners have been hardest hit by a shake-up of profit allocations at Kirkland & Ellis., 21 Dec 2016KWM China in talks to acquire Dubai, Germany, Italy and Spain teamsKing & Wood Mallesons' Chinese arm is reportedly considering taking on large chunks of the verein's troubled EUME business to help launch its presence in Europe., 21 Dec 2016Mid-tier firms struggling to lift profitability, warns new reportThe profitability gap between the United Kingdom's most elite firms and those further down the ranks is getting wider and wider, sparking concerns that fee pressures are weighing down mid-level competitors., 21 Dec 2016