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Dr David Cowan is Editor-At-Large of The Global Legal Post

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Top 10 dispute resolution trends for 2020

In a new report, Baker McKenzie has identified ten of the biggest topics emerging in the field of dispute resolution.....

BIG STORIES | DISABILITIES

Oxbridge prizes disability moots

Herbert Smith Freehills showcases promising new legal talent at the first-ever Oxford v Cambridge disability moot as 18 teams challenged for the p....

BIG STORIES | SHIPPING

Squire Patton Boggs ship in new team

Reed Smith partners join firm to launch commodities and shipping group with more hires in the pipeline.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | ARBITRATION

Arbitration most constructive in disputes

Legal counsel hails new research arguing arbitration is seen as the best process for resolving international construction disputes.....

BIG STORIES | DISRUPTION

Matheson creates new digital services group

Responding to digital disruption and client demand for legaltech, Irish firm Matheson launches new, multi-disciplinary digital services group.....

BIG STORIES | HATE SPEECH

“Urgent need” to tackle online hate speech

Cardiff University in Wales and its Hatelab partners with Mishcon de Reya to launch online hate speech report to tackle “urgent issue.”....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL MARKET

Brexit battering Irish confidence

Dramatic drop in confidence in the Irish legal sector over 12 months impacted by Brexit, although there is also much to celebrate says new report.....

BIG STORIES | DISRUPTION

HSF launches digital law group

Herbert Smith Freehills says it is bringing digital and legal skills together as it seeks to serve clients in the face of digital transformation.....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

Dechert expands Dublin base

The firm expands Dublin presence in response to continued growth trajectory in the Irish capital and increased global client demand.....

BIG STORIES | SOCIAL MEDIA

DLA Piper tops for social media says report

Release of latest US ranking of law firms in social media finds much to cheer in digital marketing but with room for improvement.....

BIG STORIES | CRYPTOASSETS

UK gives landmark statement on cryptoassets

Lawyers welcome UK legal statement on the status of cryptoassets and smart contracts given by the chancellor of the High Court Sir Geoffrey Vos.....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Canada launches domain disputes centre

Canadian organization takes on global domain name disputes citing 350 million domain names world-wide where 'conflicts can arise.'....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TRAINING

Irish law society launches training hybrid

Society says “more options than ever” to qualify as a solicitor with launch of new professional practice course hybrid.....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

Firm boosts data protection offering in Dublin

Lewis Silkin appointment of partner expands firm's commercial, technology, IP and data protection offering in the European market.....

BIG STORIES | HUMAN RIGHTS

Saudi launches human rights database initiative

As Saudi Aramco prepares Riyadh IPO, the Kingdom launches database initiative to monitor implementation of international law mechanisms.....

BIG STORIES | CRYPTOCURRENCY

Cryptocurrency fees raises the alarm

Firm accepts bitcoin while advocacy groups and lawyers raise concerns of criminality and ethics, but they are not the first.....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENTS

Arthur Cox prepares for another century

Geoff Moore takes office as new managing partner at Arthur Cox as firm prepares for its centenary year.....

BIG STORIES | DISRUPTION

Training and client needs under the spotlight

Disruption came to the fore at the ITechLaw Dublin conference, with experts highlighting the need for change from legal education and why clients don&....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECH

Law school gets £5.6m legaltech boost

Swansea University and the Welsh Government announce £5.6 million investment in LegalTech and access to justice, including cyberterrorism resear....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECH

AI study kicks off lawtech gathering

ITechLaw kicks off Dublin conference with a call for comment on AI framework, as authors highlight attempt to synthesise a number of national efforts ....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL MANAGEMENT

Two-decade campaign pays off

After 20 years of campaigning, Law Society of Ireland welcomes availability of limited liability partnerships for solicitors.....

BIG STORIES | DISRUPTION

Boston firm embraces disruption

Nixon Peabody's new chief marketing and growth officer brings innovative, technology-focused approach.....

BIG STORIES | ARBITRATION

Hong Kong sets it sails for success

New arbitration “success fees” are being studied by the Law Reform Commission co-chaired by two lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills.....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP

Leadership position off to a flying start

McCann FitzGerald chooses aviation finance specialist as it establishes the role of chair of the partnership, and celebrates academic connection.....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECH

Research emphasises human side of legaltech

University of Oxford multi-faceted legal tech research looks into legaltech ecosystem, drawing in quartet of law firms in data consortium.....

BIG STORIES | LAW SOCIETY

Ireland keeps its Brexit gains

With 20,000th name added, the Law Society of Ireland flags a year of historic milestones, major changes and ambitious new projects.....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

Fieldfisher expands in Belfast

Firm doubles the size of its Belfast legal solutions hub with bigger space and more hires.....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

“Much-needed” tech disputes procedure launches

New adjudication procedure for the resolution of technology disputes in England & Wales launched.....

BIG STORIES | ADVERTISING

Oxford report tackles tech and political advertising

Oxford Internet Institute suggests need for collective actions to help plug gaps in data rights & political campaigning law.....

BIG STORIES | ISLAMIC ARBITRATION

Arbitration in “dire” need of sharia expertise

Specialist arbitration course launched in Dubai as Islamic finance grows and industry responds to “dire need” of expertise.....

BIG STORIES | SEXUAL HARASSMENT

DLA Piper under fire

Former ethics officer and student protest groups target two-pronged attack on DLA Piper, according to reports by Bloomberg News.....

BIG STORIES | LGBT RIGHTS

Dentons tackle lgbt+ data concerns

Stonewall, Dentons and NYU join forces to launch gdpr guide on lgbt+ data collection.....

BIG STORIES | MENTAL HEALTH

Law society in fight to end stigma

Law Society of Ireland launches professional wellbeing project for solicitors, highlights stigma and issues of stress and vicarious trauma.....

BIG STORIES | SHIPPING

Ince establishes Gibralter maritime practice

Firm expands service offering and appoints Hassans partner to setup the Ince Gibraltar shipping practice.....

BIG STORIES | ARBITRATION

Orrick grows Paris arbitration offering

Firm adds top-tier international arbitration team in Paris with Jones Day duo.....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY

How diversity counts

DWF sets ambitious diversity targets while Allen & Overy gender pay figures falter, though weighted by London.....

GLOBAL VIEW | NEGOTIATION

Ireland gets a negotiation first

First National Intervarsity Negotiation Competition launched.....

BIG STORIES | BILLING

Legal trends lack drama

Alternative fee arrangements rise by few percentage points, while partner rates continue to widen more significantly - anyone surprised?....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Firm's three steps to disputes heaven

Global firm Baker McKenzie has launched its latest legal tech tool in its risk management collection, the Disputes Clause Finder.....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENTS

International firms in Dublin hires

DAC Beachcroft acquires two partner-led team in Dublin while Dechert continues its expansion and plans to offer training contracts in the city.....

BIG STORIES | JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE

Scots defend judicial independence

As UK prepares for another turbulent week of Brexit, Scots judges defend their role after political and media attacks, and the Supreme Court may well ....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | ARBITRATION

Report condemns "unchecked power" in arbitration

Over 80 percent of private-sector US employees will be forced into arbitration with their employers by 2024, a new report predicts.....

BIG STORIES | INNOVATION

Pinsent Masons in double innovation

Launch of two innovative programmes sees inclusive decision-making and virtual internships move up the agenda at Pinsent Masons.....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

HFW takes on Ince team

Firm launches Monaco office with hire of Ince team.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LEGAL MANAGEMENT

How cost-effective is your legal department?

Gartner says cost-effective legal departments invest almost twice as much in training compared with higher-cost peers.....

BIG STORIES | BOUTIQUE LAW

Clydes team jump ship

As London International Shipping Week kicks off news comes in that a Clyde & Co shipping team is disembarking to set up a their own boutique firm.....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY

MHC in diversity initiative launch

Law student diversity initiative launched by University College Dublin (UCD) in partnership with Dublin law firm Mason Hayes & Curran.....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

DLA Piper boosts Irish expansion

Firm appoints four new partners and three legal directors to expand recently-opened Dublin office, with more to come.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | DIVERSITY

General counsel diversity demand paying off

General counsel can be well-pleased by their outside counsel diversity response as 64 law firms announced as Mansfield Rule 2.0 certified.....

BIG STORIES | ANTITRUST

New Scottish scales of justice

Shepherd and Wedderburn supports launch of Strathclyde Centre for Antitrust Law and Empirical Study (SCALES).....

BIG STORIES | IP LITIGATION

Globalised IP litigation “skyrockets”

MoFo Study finds IP litigation increases in complexity, riskiness and international scope as spend skyrockets, nearly doubling in 15 years.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | APPOINTMENTS

Trio of general counsel in controversial departures

Boardroom battle, regulatory probes and an arrest in controversial but unrelated departures of trio of general counsel in America's arms, oil and ....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECH

Talking the legal talk

Microsoft signing up as first user is big boost for 'standard' legal language released last month by SALI.....

BIG STORIES | MARITIME

NRF applauds Maritime women

Norton Rose Fulbright highlights Maritime women as two of their own are appointed to leading roles in Canadian maritime law organizations.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | IPO

$900k general counsel may have her work cut out after IPO

WeWork SEC filing ahead of IPO reveals absence of women on the board and potential exposure to foreign corruption… oh yes, and how much its general co....

BIG STORIES | WELLNESS

Dentons in mindful move

Firm's appointment of chief mindfulness officer in response to "groundbreaking work" promotes more holistic legal practice.....

BIG STORIES | EMPLOYMENT

Law firm flags retail sector employment "suspicions"

Findings, including 1 in 10 retail workers experiencing "inappropriate sexual touching" in current job, “confirm the suspicions of any....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LITIGATION

IP litigation spend skyrockets

Spending by companies on IP litigation is on the rise with larger and more complex matters, MoFo survey finds.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LEADERSHIP

Counsel quartet make Latina power list

A quartet of Latina counsel make the cut as general counsel praises his deputy general counsel as she heads up the lawyers on the cross-industry l....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENTS

Simmons & Simmons enters “new era”

New leadership for dispute resolution practice as firm takes on board succession planning in what is termed a “new era.”....

BIG STORIES | TRAINING

It's good to talk

New Perimeter provides training on contract negotiations to East African public sector lawyers.....

BIG STORIES | CHANGE MANAGEMENT

Law firms open to change...sort of

Survey correlates change management and partner buy-in with law firm efficiency, but highlights some surprising findings on tech adoption.....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Singapore bolsters disputes hub

In a busy week for Singapore AAA-ICDR bolsters its presence to serve as case management hub in Asia, and Maxwell Chambers suites are opened.....

BIG STORIES | MEDIATION

Singapore Convention in signing ceremony

The Signing Ceremony for the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (Singapore Convention on Mediat....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECH

Eversheds Sutherland's essential app

Firm launches BDCESSENTIALS mobile app.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | ARBITRATION

New arbitration centre for Asia

Arbitration centre focused on China and ASEAN to launch in Singapore....

BIG STORIES | FRAUD

DAC Beachcroft makes insurance claim

The firm's counter fraud specialists predict 'explosion' in fraudulent vehicle accident damage claims.....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

Postcards from the legal edge

California State Bar looks set to push the boundaries of legal practice as it invites public comment on tech task force's regulatory reform option....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Is your ceo spending less time at the top?

Among the world's biggest companies, ceos are spending less time at the top, as reserch raises issue of ethical failings and gender concerns.....

BIG STORIES | HUMAN RIGHTS

EHRC rejects conflict of interest claim over Pinsent Masons partner

Left-wing UK daily newspaper attacks EHRC, citing Pinsent Masons partner who is chairman of watchdog, in Labour Party anti-semitism probe link....

BIG STORIES | BREXIT

Post-Brexit action heats up in Dublin

As UK prepares for new Prime Minister this week, Scots firm Shepherd and Wedderburn announces new office while Pinsent Masons continues expansion.....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

HSF strengthens Jo'burg bench

Herbert Smith Freehills expands South African office with three senior hires and their teams.....

BIG STORIES | INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

US and IP are target for Eversheds trio

Eversheds Sutherland in US expansion as trio of Foley & Lardner IP partners set sail for San Diego.....

BIG STORIES | ARBITRATION

Saudi in arbitration tie-up

Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration launches International Fellowship Programme in partnership with CIArb....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

Simmons & Simmons boosts Qatari disputes offering

Firm expands its dispute resolution offering in Qatar with new partner and team of associates.....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Singapore ratchets up arbritration offering

WongPartnership and A&G among firms backing ICC Singapore Arbitration Group launch as new lead highlights “unparalleled diversity.”....

BIG STORIES | TRAINING

Revamped business model for LTC4

Non-profit changes business model to open up services promoting industry standard for tech competence.....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Canada to launch “world first” MedArb

ADR Institute of Canada pushes pioneering role with planned launch of new rules, designation and templates for Med-Arb.....

BIG STORIES | MEDIATION

Scots take mediation by the horns

Bringing mediation into the mainstream in civil justice in Scotland as part of 'normalising' move.....

BIG STORIES | TRAINING

Magic circle's Oxbridge blues

New report reveals almost a third of Magic Circle law graduates drawn from Oxbridge. Meanwhile Trowers & Hamlins reports retaining its trainees.....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

RPC find their Singapore disputes solution

Following departure of top partner, RPC Premier Law Singapore practice raids Clyde & Co Clasis for disputes team.....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Firm names first woman in dispute role

Baker McKenzie has named its first woman chair for the Global Dispute Resolution Group.....

BIG STORIES | TRAINING

Training embraced as profession adapts to changes

Law firms have increased the amount of in-house training offered, according to a report from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL SERVICES

Eversheds Sutherland's £100m ambition

Firm launches Konexo, a global tech-led ALSP business, targeting revenues of £100m with plans for the US by year-end.....

BIG STORIES | TRADEMARKS

Patently Fuct

US Supreme Court strikes down ban on 'immoral' or 'scandalous' trademarks, ruling against US patent office attempt to block profane....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL MANAGEMENT

Ditching appraisals? You bet!

Law firm is ditching annual appraisals for continuous feedback in partnership with performance management company.....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

McGlinchey Stafford steps up to the plate in Boston

Firm adds four accomplished litigators in three states, opens Boston office.....

BIG STORIES | LITIGATION

Academia's 'fake gowns' row going south?

All lawyers have one thing in common - wearing academic gowns - but passing off controversy is being whipped-up like gowns in a Scottish w....

BIG STORIES | AWARDS

Woman law pioneer honored for lifetime achievement

Legal profession gathered in Dublin for Irish Law Awards, but the real stars of the show were a retired judge and counsel in controversial cervical sm....

BIG STORIES | CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Damning report reveals a criminal justice system on brink of collapse

Law Society of England and Wales reports says urgent intervention needed to save the criminal justice system in England and Wales.....

BIG STORIES | TALENT MANAGEMENT

Rare and well done

Linklaters pledges support to new software set to revolutionise graduate law recruitment.....

BIG STORIES | MEDIATION

Vietnam launches first mediation centre

International commercial mediation centre launches in Hanoi and signs cooperation agreement with law faculties.....

BIG STORIES | FINTECH

Addleshaw Goddard elevate “disruptive and innovative” fintechs

The Addleshaw Goddard Elevate 2019 cohort has been announced, with nine innovative fintech businesses awarded a position.....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Pay now, argue later?

Launch by Pinsent Masons and QMUL School of Arbitration of survey aims at efficiently resolving international construction disputes.....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

Law firm has a craic

Look 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 lau....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL TECH

Gliding into Singapore

Singapore Academy of Law launches legaltech accelerator called GLIDE to attract startups and international talent in “less saturated” mark....

BIG STORIES | ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

AI silos threaten justice

Ad 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....

BIG STORIES | WELLNESS

Kirkland & Ellis kicks off wellbeing program

Kirkland launches a firmwide wellbeing program and hires expert in field to lead initiative to tackle issues related to mental health and substance mi....

BIG STORIES | CONFERENCE REPORT

The "gift of feedback" with a global resonance

Two female plaintiffs deliver the “gift of feedback” to Irish bar conference while barrister calls legal delays a “national disgrace....

BIG STORIES | GDPR

Bird & 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 se....

 

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