The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostWed, 13 Dec 2017en-gb(C) 2017 Global City Media LtdSimpson Millar plans major redundancy programmeThe UK law firm could see one in five leave the firm following a difficult three years since it was acquired by a publicly quoted company., 12 Dec 2017City law firms in race to showcase tech acumenClifford Chance and Clyde & Co are the latest to announce new technology initiatives., 12 Dec 2017K&L Gates wins cryptocurrency company advice mandateEthos was impressed by the law firm's plan to implement its own blockchain technology., 12 Dec 2017LeClairRyan ramps up services for technology clientsThe US law firm has launched a new cross-disciplinary team across its offices to deal with companies which sell or depend on technology., 12 Dec 2017BT's Dan Fitz set to step down next AprilBT's top legal chief is stepping down as general counsel after eight years as the head of the legal department to be replaced by InBev's Sabine Chalmers., 11 Dec 2017Alessandri picks up 10-strong lateral team from Halpern de la FuenteSantiago law firm Alessandri has taken a team of ten construction law specialists from the local firm Halpern de la Fuente in a rare lateral team hire., 12 Dec 2017Mayer Brown turns to Ashurst partner for Tokyo launchMayer Brown is to open an office in Tokyo headed up by an Ashurst partner., 11 Dec 2017Brexit could cost British IP lawyers £1.7bn in feesIP specialists haves urged the British government to take urgent action to protect British businesses with EU-registered trademarks as UK lawyers are set to lose up to £1.7 billion a year in fees., 08 Dec 2017Clifford Chance re-elects global managing partnerMatthew Layton is to serve as Clifford Chance's global managing partner for a second term., 08 Dec 2017Product recalls largest driver of liability claimsDefective product-related risks were the single largest driver of liability claims with losses from recent product recalls in the region of $34 billion., 08 Dec 2017Slater & Gordon avoids insolvency after shareholders approve hedge fund dealThe troubled firm has won approval for a debt-for-equity swap in Australia at a robust AGM., 08 Dec 2017King & Spalding adds two senior counsel to trade practice in GenevaKing & Spalding has added two senior counsel to its trade practice in Geneva -Hannes Welge, formerly with the European Commission (EC) and Hamid Mamdouh, formerly with the World Trade Organisation (WTO)., 07 Dec 2017McGuireWoods selects new chair and managing partnerMcGuireWoods has elected Jonathan Harmon to succeed Richard Cullen as chairman and appointed J Tracy Walker IV to follow Thomas Cabaniss as the firm's managing partner., 07 Dec 2017Mayer Brown insurance team defects to KennedysKennedys has picked up a five-strong team from rival Mayer Brown in London as it further boosts its global insurance offering., 06 Dec 2017Eversheds Sutherland appoints Pamela Thompson as chairPamela Thompson will replace veteran chair Paul Smith and will serve for a four year term., 06 Dec 2017Andersen Global announces fifth African location in TanzaniaAndersen Global is collaborating with Tanzanian legal and tax firm East African Law Chambers in a move which sees the association's fifth location in Africa., 08 Dec 2017Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati elects 15 new partnersWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has promoted new partners across its 12 offices., 06 Dec 2017Fladgate snaps up PwC immigration head in Brexit moveThe Big Four firm has lost its head of private client immigration to Fladgate as it seeks to grow its immigration practice as Brexit approaches., 05 Dec 2017Jersey residents need protection from 'extortionate' legal feesJersey residents need greater protection from lawyers charging extortionate fees after it was discovered a Jersey advocate was charging £1015 per hour and the client faced insurmountable difficulties querying the figure., 05 Dec 2017DXC Technology selects UnitedLex to transform legal departmentLegal process outsourcer UnitedLex has been selected by DXC Technology to lead a global law function transformation., 07 Dec 2017Paul, Weiss elects five new partnersPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison have elected five new partners in New York and London., 06 Dec 2017Ramon & Cajal sues Pinsent Masons over recruitment claimsFollowing failed merger talks, Pinsent Masons recruited lawyers from the Spanish law firm., 04 Dec 2017CMS boosts capital markets and derivatives offering with Jones Day hireCMS is looking to develop its expertise in the capital markets and derivatives field, particularly securitisation., 04 Dec 2017SME law firms merge to grow turnoverTwo SME UK firms have merged to grow their practices aggressively in the next five years., 04 Dec 2017TWEED sets up international arm for Middle East and AfricaThe reputation boutique has opened a new office, launched an international consultancy arm and unveiled aggressive growth plans as it targets social media giants., 04 Dec 2017Norton Rose selects Australian head as first woman global chairSydney-based Tricia Hobson will replace Stephen Parish as the law firm's first female global chair., 04 Dec 2017Corporates investing in technology to cut outside counsel costsAs global organisations' legal needs increase, corporate law departments are adopting more innovative practices to better control outside counsel costs says a new report whose participant base primarily includes Fortune 500 level companies., 04 Dec 2017Google faces mass legal action over 'unlawful' data collectionA UK Campaign group is taking Google to court in a £1 billion mass action alleging the tech giant unlawfully collected information from Apple's iPhone handsets., 01 Dec 2017Rapid action called for on cross border data exchange post BrexitUK Finance and techUK are urging the UK Government and EU to prepare a mutual adequacy agreement to enable the continuing protection for cross-border exchange of personal data between the two regions by customers and businesses post Brexit., 01 Dec 2017Harneys expands into ShanghaiHarneys has expanded its Asia operations with the official launch of its Shanghai office as a fully operational legal and fiduciary services firm., 30 Nov 2017Fasken rebrands and launches new identity campaignThe 150-year-old Fasken Martineau - a 700-member firm with nine offices globally - has rebranded and shortened its name to Fasken., 01 Dec 2017Integreon acquires litigation technology companyGlobal alternative legal services provider Integreon has acquired Allegory, the litigation management software business founded by legal tech pioneer Alma Asay., 30 Nov 2017Andersen name debuts in TurkeyAndersen Global has announced the debut of the Andersen name in Turkey with member firm NAZALI Tax & Legal to officially adopt it in January., 01 Dec 2017Clifford Chance appoints new global head of litigation, dispute resolution and risk managementClifford Chance has appointed Matthew Newick to lead the firm's global litigation, dispute resolution and risk management practice and join its executive leadership group., 29 Nov 2017London litigation lawyers call for reform if city is to remain a legal hubLondon litigation lawyers are upping the ante in the race to maintain the UK's status as a legal hub as Brexit lurks., 29 Nov 2017Jones Day wins accolades for consistent good serviceJones Day has topped a poll as the firm which recognises firms which outpace on client service., 29 Nov 2017Law Society seeks new LGBT+ Lawyers Division committee memberThe Law Society is looking for a new member for the LGBT+ Lawyers Division - a steering committee set up to help improve the experiences of LGBT+ solicitors in the profession., 28 Nov 2017Cooley advises Meredith Corporation on $2.8bn Time Inc buy-out dealCooley LLP is serving as legal counsel to Meredith with BDT & Company and Moelis & Company serving as financial advisors in the deal which sees Meredith Corporation set to pay $18.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $2.8 billion., 29 Nov 2017Portugal's state legal expenses double in six yearsPortugal's state expenses on lawyers is skyrocketing hitting an average of some €15 million a year between 2014-2016 with the bulk going on contracts for legal advice., 28 Nov 2017David Morley appointed to Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas strategic boardIndia's leading full service law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has appointed former A&O senior partner David Morley onto its Strategic Advisory Board., 27 Nov 2017Dentons launches automated seed financing document generatorBuilt by the firm's Canadian Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies group, the Canadian Seed Preferred Document Package automatically drafts seed financing investment documents with input from users., 27 Nov 2017KWM partner to head up KPMG's Australian law practiceKPMG has wooed law firm King & Wood Malleson's (KWM) banking and finance partner Stuart Fuller to take the helm at its Australian law practice., 27 Nov 2017Hogan Lovells and Innovate Finance extend Strategic PartnershipTogether, Hogan Lovells and Innovate Finance aim to support and develop the FinTech community in the UK and globally by promoting enabling policy and regulation, talent development and business opportunity and investment capital., 24 Nov 2017Law Society found to have misled public by Advertising Standards AuthorityIn an embarrassing turn of affairs the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that the Law Society misled the public in its advertising of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme., 24 Nov 2017Legal analysis says Northern Ireland can be given special status in the UK's Brexit dealLondon-based lawyers Doughty Street Chambers has prepared legal opinion which highlights that Northern Ireland can be given special status in the UK post-Brexit., 27 Nov 2017Dentons snaps up Deloitte's Russian tax teamDentons has wooed a team of nine from Deloitte's tax practice in Russia to boost its offering in St Petersburg., 27 Nov 2017Baker McKenzie launches new tool for class actionsBaker McKenzie has launched an interactive class action tool which provides information 'at a glance' on the key characteristics of collective action mechanisms in more than 25 countries., 23 Nov 2017British government urged to take action to boost legal services post-BrexitLobby group TheCityUK is urging Government to do more to protect the important economic contribution of the UK legal services sector post-Brexit., 23 Nov 2017Ellex Raidla and Primus merge to create largest Estonian law firmEllex Raidla and Primus have merged, strengthening Ellex's position as the largest firm across the Baltics., 22 Nov 2017Sedgwick to shut up shop after 85 yearsAmerican law firm Sedgwick is to close in January after some 85 years in business., 23 Nov 2017Anderson Global announces second expansion in two daysAndersen Global has announced plans to launch a presence in Uganda signalling its fourth location in Africa - one day after revealing it was opening an office in Venice-Mestre and expanding its office space in Milan., 22 Nov 2017Chapman Tripp launches new tech and innovation businessNew Zealand's largest corporate law firm Chapman Tripp has launched its technology and innovation business, Zeren to deliver legal documentation and advice in new ways., 22 Nov 2017Anderson Global expands in ItalyAndersen Global has launched a presence in Venice-Mestre and is to expand its office space in Milan., 21 Nov 2017Ireland's top law firms under attackIreland's top law firms are facing more security risks than ever before with the top 20 experiencing a 60 per cent increase in cyber attacks in under a year and six out of 10 firms reporting attacks., 21 Nov 2017Law's Uber moment yet to occurA leading legal entrepreneur says that Big Bang has not happened but that but big money is keeping a close eye on the sector., 21 Nov 2017Husch Blackwell announces 40 lawyer exitThe St Louis law firm announced the departure of one in five of its lawyers., 22 Nov 2017AI will replace lawyers in fraud cases, director predictsThe head of the SFO says criminal cases will soon be prepared by artificial intelligence instead of lawyers after the agency made major cost savings in a recent bribery investigation using AI instead of barristers., 22 Nov 2017Freshfields moves to reward star performers in lockstep shiftFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to overhaul its lockstep system with top performers awarded around £3m., 17 Nov 2017Dutch lawyer warns companies against using British system for disputesNot only are London courts expensive, there is no certainty post-Brexit, a leading Dutch lawyer argues as the Netherlands prepares to launch an English language Commercial Court., 20 Nov 2017US law firms see revenues declineThe latest report by Wells Fargo reveals that growth is slowing for many of the top 200 law firms., 17 Nov 2017Law firm performance not measured by many corporatesMany corporates do not formally measure law firm performance, according to a poll by US legal operators., 16 Nov 2017Keystone Law to float on London Stock ExchangeThe 'disruptive' law firm is looking to raise £15m as it becomes the third firm to go public., 17 Nov 2017Dentons launches general counsel consultancyWith 50 ex-Gcs on hand to advise on law departments on innovation, processes and legal spend, Nextlaw will operate as a consultancy., 17 Nov 2017Weightmans posts record results driven by technology focusThe UK law firm has restructured and adopted a new strategy as it also announces a new group finance director with a business and technology background., 15 Nov 2017Mewburn Ellis cements European status with Munich office openingAs the UK faces IP limbo over Brexit, Mewburn Ellis is the latest firm to open offices on the European mainland., 15 Nov 2017Exigent shifts focus from LPO to strategyThe alternative services provider is looking to redefine LPO and focus on strategy and bespoke technology solutions incorporating artificial intelligence and blockchain., 15 Nov 2017Law firms increase billing ratesDemand has softened for law firms as billing rates increase. However, according to Altman Weil, there may be better news on the horizen next year., 14 Nov 2017Leigh Day seeks £5 million towards costs over Iraq caseThe law firm is demanding the regulator pays two thirds of costs incurred successfully defending itself and its lawyers over misconduct claims regarding Iraq atrocity cases., 14 Nov 2017Lady Chatterley's Lover barrister diesJeremy Hutchinson was said to be one of the greatest advocates of the 20th Century and the inspiration for Rumpole of the Old Bailey., 14 Nov 2017UK courts side with banks over small businessesThe English common law is failing small businesses when it comes to dealing with bank contracts., 13 Nov 2017Global law firms can't survive on FX alone, warns PwCWith foreign exchange movements accounting for half of the profit growth in the top 10 UK firms, PwC warns that fundamental action is needed., 14 Nov 2017Clients are 'biggest competitors' to law firmsLaw firms are facing competition for work from their tech savvy and well resourced clients., 14 Nov 2017Guernsey defends offshore regimeThe CEO of Guernsey has defended its regulatory regime in the aftermath of the Paradise Papers storm following the release of information from files belonging to law firm Appleby., 13 Nov 2017Law Society moves to defend legal professional privilegeThe Law Society has made a bid to intervene in the landmark ENRC privilege case., 10 Nov 2017Herbert Smith is 'owed nearly £1 million' after collapse of Bell PottingerLaw firm Herbert Smith Freehills is reported to be one of the biggest creditors of the PR firm., 10 Nov 2017Uber decision puts gig economy companies 'on notice'The Employment Tribunal Appeal has dismissed Uber's appeal against the decision that its drivers are workers., 10 Nov 2017The Chinese art and antique market in Britain: challenges and opportunitiesFrom authentication to legislation, China's ascent in art and antiques presents a host of challenges and opportunities for legislative innovation, says Lauren Xandra., 10 Nov 2017Heuking Kühn picks up FPS team in FrankfurtNotary and tax lawyer Dr Uwe Hartmann and his team have exited FPS to join Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in Frankfurt., 09 Nov 2017Star lawyers are key to profitability for law firmsNot only do star performers share clients in a meaningful way, but they are connected, modern and emotionally intelligent., 10 Nov 2017Eversheds wins airline trade association work for two yearsIATA has re-appointed the law firm as its lead advisor across four regions., 09 Nov 2017HFW formalises alliance with Jakarta law firmThe tie-up will strengthen the firm's Indonesian offering across a range of areas., 08 Nov 2017Locke Lord fined £500,000 by Solicitors Disciplinary TribunalIn a first, the London arm of the US firm was found to have lacked integrity in its conduct., 08 Nov 2017Artifical intelligence should be regulatedAs the use of artificial intelligence systems expand, experts are calling for regulation to protect rights against machine decisions., 07 Nov 2017White men rule the roost at NY law firms despite slight improvement on diversityWomen and minority lawyers are moving up the rung in New York law firms but white men still represent 77 per cent of equity partners., 07 Nov 2017Appleby fights back after intense media coverage of data hackThe beleaguered law firm says the information was the result of a sophisticated hack., 09 Nov 2017Mofo former chair departs to manage recruitment consultancyKeith Wetmore hired over 100 lateral partners during his tenure running Morrison & Foerster., 06 Nov 2017Businesses challenging trade mark applications hits new highAttempts by businesses to block trade mark applications have hit a new high, part of the broader trend for businesses to more robustly defend their brands., 07 Nov 2017Fieldfisher in tie-up with Belfast derivatives law firmFieldfisher has partnered with Northern Ireland's DCL to create a range of alternative legal solutions and is also looking south to Dublin., 06 Nov 2017Law firms up spend on marketing and BDA greater demand for specialist services and more pressure to increase revenue has seen most law firms up their marketing and BD budgets., 03 Nov 2017Latham & Watkins pull in top DLA teamDLA Piper has lost one of its top billers with the defection of global co-chair Juan Picón to Lathams., 03 Nov 2017BigLaw benefits as automation cuts legal jobs by 20 per centLegal jobs will decline by 20 per cent as automation takes hold of the legal marketplace but productivity will grow., 03 Nov 2017London must hasten its plans for a new tech friendly courtThe clock is ticking on plans to create a new London court if London is to remain a premier legal hub post-Brexit., 03 Nov 2017Elevate joins forces with asb law to transform mid-market legal servicesA unique partnership between asb law and law company Elevate has opened up new opportunities for the SME law firm., 02 Nov 2017Shanghai's AllBright joins forces with Bird & BirdAllBright is expanding internationally through its deal with Bird & Bird and has set up a European base in the UK firm's London office., 02 Nov 2017Listed law firm Gordon Dadds acquires energy companyThe law firm has made its first acquisition since its August listing in London., 01 Nov 2017Law firms: Empower your BD and marketing teamsLaw firms need to wake up to the potential of business development and marketing, says Reign Lee, director of the Law Firm Marketing Summit., 01 Nov 2017Foley & Lardner in merger talks with Gardere Wynne SewellIn a busy year for law firm mergers and acquisitions, US law firm Foley & Lardner is reported to be in talks with a Texan firm as Bond Dickinson Womble completes., 01 Nov 2017Male lawyers get promoted over women, McKinsey saysLaw firms fall below industry averages when it comes to retaining women lawyers, the consultancy finds in its inaugural law firm report., 02 Nov 2017AI beats top London lawyers on financial claim queryAn artificial intelligence system has roundly beaten leading lawyers in London in a competition to predict financial mis-selling., 31 Oct 2017Dentons formalises union with Maclay Murray & SpensThe Scottish law firm is now part of Dentons which is seeking to grow its UK market share as well as offer a low-cost base., 31 Oct 2017