The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostSat, 21 Jan 2017en-gb(C) 2017 Global City Media LtdLegal 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 2016UK banks could sue European Union if denied transitional deal, say lawyersFinancial institutions are looking to policymakers to give the industry ample time to adapt to the legal and regulatory changes brought by Brexit, and could sue if they don't get their way., 20 Dec 2016Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins take star roles on Parkdean Resorts acquisitionHoliday park giant Parkdean Resorts has been sold to Canadian investment heavyweight Onex for £1.35bn., 20 Dec 2016Clyde & Co sees 17 percentage turnover rise for the first halfCurrency movements and a string of tie-ups have helped propel Clyde & Co to a robust half-year result., 20 Dec 2016Homelessness crisis emerging out of legal aid shortages, say lawyersLegal challenges to eviction notices are down 18 per cent, despite repossessions skyrocketing to record highs., 19 Dec 2016DLA Piper and Greenberg Traurig pick up teams from sinking KWMFirms are swooping in to scoop up available talent from King & Wood Mallesons' embattled EUME arm., 19 Dec 2016Eversheds partners vote through transatlantic tie-up with SutherlandYears of searching for a US-based merger partner have finally paid off for Eversheds., 19 Dec 2016Lawyers sue as Yahoo reveals second major data breachA Los Angeles-based class action firm launched a lawsuit against Yahoo less than 12 hours after the company revealed another massive data breach on Wednesday., 16 Dec 2016Three firms weigh in on Heineken UK's £403m bid for Punch pubs portfolioSlaughter and May, DLA Piper and Clifford Chance all scored roles advising on Heineken UK's bid for Punch Taverns' portfolio., 16 Dec 2016Stephen Kon confirms resignation from King & Wood MallesonsKing & Wood Mallesons' former senior partner for Europe, the UK and the Middle East Stephen Kon has announced his departure from the embattled firm., 16 Dec 2016Former Freshfields heavyweight Lawes makes the switch to investment bankingFormer Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner Will Lawes has taken a position at investment bank Lazards., 16 Dec 2016DLA Piper enters Chile with new cooperation agreementDLA Piper has signed a cooperation agreement with Santiago-based law firm Bahamondez Alvarez & Zegers., 16 Dec 2016Longtime Hogan Lovells leader Gorrell announces retirement aged 62After more than 30 years in the firm's partnership, former Hogan Lovells chairman and chief executive officer J. Warren Gorrell Jr has confirmed that he will retire from the firm at the end of this year., 15 Dec 2016Litigation funders consolidate as Burford acquires Gerchen Keller for $160mLitigation funder Burford Capital has agreed to purchase main rival Gerchen Keller for at least $160m., 15 Dec 2016King & Wood Mallesons sets administration date for EUME armThe embattled European arm of King & Wood Mallesons is reportedly planning to call in administrators on 16 January., 15 Dec 2016Matrix Chambers clears Ben Emmerson QC of sexual assault allegationsAn investigation at Matrix Chambers has concluded 'without hesitation' that one of its top barristers, Ben Emmerson QC, did not commit sexual assault while working with the IICSA., 15 Dec 2016Slaughter and May to lift associate pay by up to 10 per centSabbaticals and work-from-home days are also among the raft of changes being implemented following an extensive review of employee benefits at Slaughters., 15 Dec 2016Consumers need greater transparency from legal service providers, says CMAA year-long investigation into the United Kingdom's legal services marketplace undertaken by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that competition among service providers is 'not working well'., 15 Dec 2016Federal court upholds controversial Virginia voter ID lawsA Democratic challenge against state voting laws that require all Virginia voters to produce photo identification at the polls has failed., 14 Dec 2016Sole practitioners push back against recent decline claimsSole practitioners are speaking out against a recent report that claimed a 22 per cent decline in their branch of the legal profession over the last five years., 14 Dec 2016Gowling WLG to launch technology skills assessment for lawyers and staffThe firm is launching a new review programme that will test the 'digital fitness' of the firm's UK team., 14 Dec 2016CMS dominates practice head appointments for merged firmPartners from CMS will occupy more than half of the firm's practice and sector head roles when its merger with Nabarro and Olswang goes live next year., 14 Dec 2016HSF global energy co-head Balsdon joins Latham & WatkinsHerbert Smith Freehills energy practice co-head John Balsdon is leaving the firm after almost 15 years., 14 Dec 2016Reed Smith circles KWM partners as Dentons bows out of takeover talksThe possibility of a single-firm takeover of King & Wood Mallesons' embattled European partnership is now off the table as Dentons exits negotiations., 14 Dec 2016A&O and HSF clinch key roles as 21st Century Fox launches bid for SkyAllen & Overy is leading advice to 21st Century Fox as the media monolith advances its bid to achieve full ownership of Sky., 13 Dec 2016Higher fees and specialist training among recommendations for Youth Court lawyersAn expert report commissioned by the UK Ministry of Justice has warned of the often 'very poor' standards of legal representation in the country's Youth Court., 13 Dec 2016RPC prepares to elect new managing partner as Watmough steps downThe firm is poised to appoint its first new managing partner in almost a decade., 13 Dec 2016Barrister allowed to keep career after stalking former loverA criminal law barrister from Winchester has been barred from practising for 12 months after being found guilty of stalking and causing serious distress to his former lover., 13 Dec 2016DWF launches new real estate practice in DublinThe firm had forged a new Dublin-based real estate team through a key partner hire from Eversheds., 13 Dec 2016New York lawyer petitions judge to identify disgruntled Google reviewerA New York attorney whose boutique firm received a one-star rating from an unidentified 'former client' is going to court in an effort to protect his reputation., 13 Dec 2016California law firm promises to eclipse the Cravath bonus scaleOne bold firm has decided to pay even larger bonuses to its associates than those set by industry benchmark firm Cravath Swaine & Moore., 12 Dec 2016Ashurst picks up restructuring specialist Manganelli in Milan hireRenowned Italian restructurings lawyer Paolo Manganelli is joining Ashurst from Paul Hastings., 12 Dec 2016Basketball superstar Michael Jordan wins major IP battle in ChinaChina's Supreme People's Court has granted Mr Jordan trademark rights over the transliterated version of his surname in Mandarin., 12 Dec 2016Mischon de Reya once again chooses Gold as managing partnerManaging partner Kevin Gold is heading into his 20th year at the helm of Mischon de Reya as the firm's uncontested leader., 12 Dec 2016Legal innovators hack into hate-crimes with new toolThe winning concept from LexisNexis' recent 'Hack the Change' Hackathon uses Snapchat to help link victims of homophobic and transphobic abuse with legal professionals., 12 Dec 2016Pan-African firm Bowmans opens new office in TanzaniaBowmans is deepening its East African footprint with a new offering in Dar es Salaam., 12 Dec 2016KWM Europe confirms takeover offers from multiple partiesKing & Wood Mallesons' embattled European arm has entered into 'detailed' discussions with a shortlist of potential merger suitors., 12 Dec 2016New York lawyer killed on sailing trip in Puerto RicoLawyer Mark Sherman was sailing through the Caribbean with two friends, including State Supreme Court Justice Stephan Schick., 09 Dec 2016Record crowd for the Supreme Court's four-day Brexit hearingAt least 300,000 people watched online during the Supreme Court's first day of the hearing., 09 Dec 2016Around the City: London movesMayer Brown, Osborne Clarke and Goodwin Proctor have all made key hires to their offices in London., 09 Dec 2016Linklaters lawyers to learn coding under new innovation schemeThe firm wants to upskill its team to meet the evolving demands of modern lawyering., 09 Dec 2016Shiner may be struck off over Iraq human rights claimsFormer Public Interest Lawyers director Phil Shiner has admitted misconduct in the way his firm pursued legal claims against British troops brought on behalf of Iraqi civilians., 09 Dec 2016Sole practitioner firms cut by one-fifth over last five yearsMore and more small firms are being forced to shut their doors by the mounting burden of regulatory compliance., 08 Dec 2016Nabarro posts 2 per cent half-year bump ahead of mergerNabarro is moving towards its tie-up with CMS Cameron McKenna and Olswang in May with a healthy set of financial vitals., 08 Dec 2016Legal 'experts' less honest than newsreaders and scientists, say publicLawyers are less trustworthy than the average person, say respondents to a recent survey., 08 Dec 2016Linklaters records 5 per cent profit increase for 2015/16Profit was up, but Linklaters' leadership team took home took home 4 per less each last year., 08 Dec 2016