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James Barnes is a staff reporter at the Global Legal Post.

GLOBAL VIEW | PRIVACY

Google warned over 'commitment to transparency'

Privacy enforcers across Europe have told US tech giant Google to rewrite its 2012 privacy policy or face legal action.....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM FINANCES

Top UK firms see revenues climb

Turnover has increased at many of the UK's leading law firms despite pessimistic predictions throughout the profession, with magic circle firm Fre....

BIG STORIES | PATENTS

UK Supreme Court overturns patent principle

A Supreme Court ruling in a case involving Virgin Atlantic Airways has overturned a century-old legal principle of patent-holders having a rig....

BIG STORIES | REPORT

Legal review finds M&A activity in decline

New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell and magic circle player Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have topped the Thomson Reuters M&A Legal Revie....

BIG STORIES | COPYRIGHT

Google scores major legal victory in digital library scuffle

A US appeals court has struck a blow to authors aiming to derail plans by tech giant Google to create a digital library, ruling that they should not b....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

Around the house

A weekly round-up of in-house legal moves from around the globe.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | IN-HOUSE LAWYERS

Direct Line wields axe over legal team

Leading UK insurance group Direct Line is preparing to make 'sizeable' cuts to its legal department as part of a larger plan which may see 2,0....

GLOBAL VIEW | AFRICA

Nigerian lawyers warned over lack of integrity

Nigeria's Chief Justice has given a stinging assessment of the legal profession in the country after admitting that a lack of transparency, integr....

BIG STORIES | EMPLOYMENT

Legal protection to be granted to political extremists

The UK's new Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act will grant legal protection to employees holding extreme political views, according to commercia....

BIG STORIES | PROMOTIONS

Baker & McKenzie promotes 71 to partnership

Global law firm Baker & McKenzie today announced the election of 71 new partners across the firm worldwide, taking its total partner headcount to ....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM NEWS

Ballard Spahr snaps up litigation boutique

Leading Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr has acquired New York litigation boutique Stillman & Friedman, underlining how criminal defence work i....

BIG STORIES | INDIA

Madras lawyers urge for selection transparency

Lawyers in Madras have urged the Chief Justice of India to reconsider a list of 15 people recommended by the Collegium of the Madras high court for ap....

GLOBAL VIEW | MIDDLE EAST

Saudi court jails Facebook activists

Seven so-called cyber activists have been jailed by a court in Saudi Arabia for inciting protests, angering human rights groups which say the defe....

BIG STORIES | HACKING

Lord Leveson caught in law firm storm

Lord Justice Leveson has claimed he was asked not to circulate a document detailing widespread illegal practices in blue chip industries, with reports....

BIG STORIES | PIRACY

London police to gain cybercrime unit

A specialist cybercrime unit dedicated to targeting gangs that make millions of pounds from websites providing illegal material for download or sale i....

GLOBAL VIEW | AFRICA

Zimbabwean farmers secure landmark ruling

A trio of Zimbabwean farmers have completed a stunning court victory after fighting for land that was seized in President Robert Mugabe's land ref....

BIG STORIES | HUMAN RIGHTS

Army chief plays down impact of negligence ruling

A British General has claimed that the threat of litigation regarding poorly-equipped troops will not effect decisions made 'in the heat of ba....

GLOBAL VIEW | AUSTRALIA

NSW legal eagle to step down

The legal services commissioner for the Australian state of New South Wales is set to step down from his position after 19 years in the role.....

BIG STORIES | COMMERCIAL DISPUTES

IP theft a growing worry for business leaders

A new study has found that intellectual property theft is an increasing concern for business leaders, with many expecting international commercial dis....

GLOBAL VIEW | DATA PROTECTION

Google scores win against 'right to be forgotten'

Google is set to dodge a deluge of legal claims after an advisor to the European court of justice said the Californian company is not obliged to delet....

BIG STORIES | BANKING

Swiss court blocks data handover

The transfer of former Credit Suisse employee data to US tax enforcers has been halted following an injunction by a Swiss court, a lawyer has claimed.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | US

Twitter lawyer bags top White House role

The Obama administration has snapped up Twitter lawyer Nicole Wong to advise on internet and privacy policies, White House officials have confirmed.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | RISK MANAGEMENT

In-house lawyers must lead whistle-blowers

In-house lawyers must be prepared to speak out against their company's management and protect whistle-blowers, the former risk management ....

BIG STORIES | TRADE

Google's $1.3bn Waze deal under investigation

The US trade watchdog is set to investigate Google's major acquisition of traffic-mapping company Waze following demands from consumer groups ....

BIG STORIES | CHINA

Lawyers warn investors of risky Chinese IPOs

Legal experts have highlighted the unusual business structure used by many Chinese companies to urge investors to use caution when dipping into the ma....

GLOBAL VIEW | SPORT

Premier League in streaming sports block

English football's top league is set to lock horns with popular free streaming sports websites as it aims to enforce a block in time for the start....

GLOBAL VIEW | MOVES

In and out

A weekly round-up of who's moving up, down or out in global legal practice....

GLOBAL VIEW | AFRICA

Abdullahi set to depart Kenyan JSC

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is preparing to replace Ahmednasir Abdullahi as its representative in the Judicial Service Commission, according to rep....

GLOBAL VIEW | FINANCE

Patent firm springs attack on US banking industry

US patent licensing firm Intellectual Ventures has begun a major campaign against the banking industry over payment systems and online banking.....

GLOBAL VIEW | LEGAL PROFESSION

Financial storm to hit UK law firms hard

Unprecedented pressure on UK law firms has caused the Solicitors' Regulatory Authority to place hundreds of firms under supervision as they prepar....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

Legal work quality remains high despite job market fears

Fluctuations in the legal job market have not had a negative effect on the standard of work completed by UK lawyers, a research project has found.....

GLOBAL VIEW | TAX

Superstar footballer to answer tax fraud allegations

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are to appear before a Spanish court for questioning over alleged tax fraud.....

GLOBAL VIEW | SOUTH EAST ASIA

Tension mounts ahead of Vietnam lawyer trial

Legal professionals in Vietnam have reacted angrily after the team representing a prominent dissident lawyer detained on tax evasion charges was refus....

BIG STORIES | FINANCE

Lawyers cast doubt over banking jail threat

A plan to clamp down on reckless London bankers with threats of prison time may fail to have any real effect, city lawyers have claimed.....

BIG STORIES | BRAND PROTECTION

Businesses failing to protect intellectual property online

New research has revealed businesses are not taking as much care to safeguard intellectual property online compared to how they protect assets offline....

BIG STORIES | POLITICS

French spy chief hit with snooping charge

Bernard Squarcini, the former French domestic spy chief, has been indicted for ordering the capture of phone records belonging to a journalist investi....

BIG STORIES | HUMAN RIGHTS

Soldiers abroad protected by human rights law, says UK supreme court

The families of British soldiers killed in Iraq due to poorly armoured vehicles will be able to bring claims against the government on human rights gr....

BIG STORIES | CORRUPTION

AgustaWestland trial kicks off in Italy

Lawyers representing the former chief executive of helicopter design company AgustaWestland have asked an Italian court to call India's Defence Mi....

GLOBAL VIEW | DOING THE DEALS

Dealmakers

A round-up of recent global deals and the lawyers who made them happen.....

BIG STORIES | CONSULTANCY

Deloitte accepts one-year New York ban

Professional services giant Deloitte has agreed to a landmark one-year suspension from soliciting new consulting work in New York and will also pa....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

Lord Neuberger sounds legal aid warning

The president of the UK's supreme court has claimed that legal aid cuts will drive away the best lawyers and fail to boost efficiency.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

Around the house

A weekly round-up of in-house legal moves from around the globe.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LEGAL PROFESSION

A&O partner takes reins at Co-op

Allen & Overy heavyweight Alistair Asher is to join the Co-op as its new group general counsel, ending a 34-year stint at the magic circle....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | COUNCIL

Jacksonville GC under pressure

Jacksonville City Council members are set to meet to discuss the removal of general counsel Cindy Laquidara, according to reports.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | US

CIA general counsel lands top Pentagon role

CIA general counsel Stephen Preston has been chosen by the Obama administration to lead the legal department at the Pentagon.....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRMS

Pinsents sees post-merger turnover boost

Global law firm Pinsent Masons has reported a five per cent increase in turnover following its merger with one of Scotland's largest law firms.....

BIG STORIES | LIBYA

ICC slams proposed trial of Gadaffi lawyers

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has claimed that an attempt by Libya to prosecute a defence team assigned to Saif Al-Islam Gadaffi would be....

GLOBAL VIEW | LEGAL PROFESSION

Pakistan lawyers strike following attacks

Lawyers in Islamabad and Lahore observed a token strike yesterday following a series of terror attacks in the province of Balochistan.....

GLOBAL VIEW | INSURANCE

Personal injury lawyers refute whiplash claims

British lawyers have played down allegations by insurers that petty claims have added £90 to the average motor insurance quote and sealed Britai....

GLOBAL VIEW | LEGAL PROFESSION

UK judges may quit over pension cuts

Judges have threatened to go back to being practising lawyers after plans emerged to trim their pensions by more than a third.....

BIG STORIES | PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY

Small firms must dodge unrated insurer cycle, says Law Society

The representative body of solicitors in England and Wales has warned firms affected by the suspension of unrated Latvian professional indemnity insur....

GLOBAL VIEW | US

SEC investigator promoted to top enforcement role

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has appointed Amelia Cottrell to a leading position at the agency's New York office.....

GLOBAL VIEW | LITIGATION

Egyptian government targets end to international legal disputes

The Egyptian Government has met with several global law firms as it begins talks with investors in order to settle pending commercial and legal disput....

BIG STORIES | POLITICS

Skadden lawyer to lead Guantanamo shutdown

Washington lawyer Clifford Sloan has been named by President Barack Obama as the new special envoy tasked with closing down the prison at the Guantana....

GLOBAL VIEW | ADVERTISING

Co-op kicks off legal services advert campaign

Co-operative Legal Services has unveiled its expensive advertising campaign with a series of TV and radio advertisements.....

GLOBAL VIEW | POLITICS

Former US Senator to open new law firm

John Edwards, the former US Senator for North Carolina, is to open a new law firm in September that will focus on plaintiff work, according to US medi....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL LEADERS

QC takes Oz Law Council presidency

Michael Colbran QC has become the president of the Law Council of Australia (LCA), replacing former president Joe Catanzariti.....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

HSF reveals salary boost

Anglo-Australian law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has announced across-the-board increases in its junior salary bands for 2013-1....

GLOBAL VIEW | COMPETITION

Government lawyers slam Apple e-book deal

Lawyers for the US government have claimed that a deal between Californian technology company Apple and publishers cost customers 'hundreds of mil....

GLOBAL VIEW | DOING THE DEALS

Dealmakers

A round-up of recent global deals and the lawyers who made them happen....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL AID

Lawyers make 'over the top claims' to save legal aid, says Grayling

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has accused lawyers over going into 'overdrive' in order to protect the 'unsustainable' legal aid sys....

GLOBAL VIEW | POLITICS

Berlusconi lawyer slams 'prejudiced' Milan court

Niccolo Ghedini, the lawyer representing Silvio Berlusconi against sex and corruption charges, has claimed that prosecutors in a Milan court are in ca....

BIG STORIES | WAGES

Magic circle firms pump up London lawyers' pay

Three of the London's highest grossing and most prestigious law firms have announced they are raising salaries for newly-qualified City-ba....

BIG STORIES | FRAUD

Judge 'astonished' by SFO request in Tchenguiz case

A senior judge has expressed shock and surprise following a request by the UK's fraud watchdog to receive special treatment in order to saver the ....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

Around the house

A weekly round-up of in-house legal moves from around the globe.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | GOVERNMENT

Obama re-nominates Solomon for NLRB role

US President Barack Obama has re-nominated the National Labour Relations Board's top lawyer Lafe Solomon, giving him another opportunity to be....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | US

GC given rough time over golf outings

The general counsel of Colorado's Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has landed in deep water after charging expenses relating to golf outings ....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | ENERGY

Judge orders Chevron CEO and GC to testify in Ecuador case

A New York judge affirmed a lower court's decision to deny a motion by US energy giant Chevron to quash deposition notices for Chevron CEO John Wa....

BIG STORIES | TECHNOLOGY

Apple discovers own lawyer behind patent 'troll' lawsuit

Court documents have revealed that US tech giant Apple is being sued by a company partly owned by a lawyer who until recently worked at one of its go&....

BIG STORIES | US

Justice Department backs Holder amid perjury claims

The US Justice Department has denied Republican allegations that Attorney General Eric Holder committed perjury when he told Congress he had never bee....

GLOBAL VIEW | LEGAL PROFESSION

Judge attacked in Ipswich court

A judge was assaulted and had his wig pulled off by the brother of a man he was sentencing for a driving offence.....

GLOBAL VIEW | ONLINE SAFETY

Internet providers criticise automatic porn block plan

British internet service providers (ISPs) have said that proposals to automatically block online porn by law would not be a 'silver bullet'.....

BIG STORIES | FINANCE

Swiss lawyers brace for US tax investigations

Financial lawyers in Switzerland are sweating over a cabinet proposal which may release their names - along with tax advisors and asset managers &....

GLOBAL VIEW | MOVES

In and out

A weekly round-up of who's moving up, down or out in global legal practice....

GLOBAL VIEW | PIRACY

Dotcom wins access to seized data

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has secured a High Court ruling in New Zealand ordering police to return material seized in a raid last year that has be....

BIG STORIES | HUMAN RIGHTS

Lawyer Chen in demand by opposing US groups

Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng is being courted by two US institutions with clashing ideologies just a year after his dramatic escape fr....

GLOBAL VIEW | AFRICA

Nigerian lawyers welcome Practice Direction proposals

Members of the Nigerian legal profession have expressed their support for new efficiency rules proposed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

Gide partner elected chair of Lex Mundi

Nadège Nguyen, a partner at French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, has been elected as chair of leading independent law firm association Lex Mund....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRMS

Norton Rose Fulbright mega-merger goes live

International law firms Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski have today completed their transatlantic union, creating new global top 10 legal prac....

BIG STORIES | STRUCTURE

Minister Law given ABS green light

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today announced that Minister Law Solicitors has been granted an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) li....

BIG STORIES | PERSONAL INJURY

Scottish lawyers warn government over PI system

Personal injury lawyers in Scotland have claimed that courts will not be able to cope with the deluge of cases expected to hit if government proposals....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW FIRMS

KWM chief plays down partner exit

Stuart Fuller, the global head of Hong Kong-headquartered law firm King & Wood Mallesons, has rebuffed claims that a breakdown in personal rel....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

US parents still want children to become lawyers

Close to two-thirds of American parents hope that their children will pursue legal careers, a survey yesterday reported.....

GLOBAL VIEW | SPORT

Judge allows England game despite stadium safety fears

A Rio de Janeiro judge yesterday overturned an earlier ruling that sought to suspend a friendly football match between England and Brazil at the Marac....

GLOBAL VIEW | HOT GOSSIP

Lawyer caught with cannabis haul

A Glasgow lawyer has been jailed for three-and-a-half-years after being caught with 31kg of cannabis resin at his flat.....

BIG STORIES | US GOVERNMENT

Obama taps Bush lawyer to lead FBI

President Barack Obama is reportedly set to turn to former deputy attorney general James Comey - a 2003 appointment by President George W Bush ....

BIG STORIES | COURT SYSTEM

Lawyers turn spotlight on court privatisation fears

Members of the legal profession have moved to highlight the dangers of privatising the court system following reports that the Ministry of Justice (Mo....

GLOBAL VIEW | INTERNET

Ford puts the brakes on part centre's website

Michigan-headquartered automotive giant Ford has forced a British village parts centre to hand over its website domain following a trans-Atlan....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

Law firms identify need for modernisation

Law firms are beginning to recognise the need to innovate in response to the Legal Services Act, with a quarter of law firms expecting to modify their....

GLOBAL VIEW | SOUTH ASIA

Pakistan lawyers protest 'targeted killing' of Shiite Advocate

Hundreds of lawyers have gathered in Karachi to stage a protest following the 'targeted killing' of senior lawyer Kausar Saqlain on Tuesday.....

BIG STORIES | COMPETITION

EU to apply pressure to Google's antitrust proposals

European competition regulators are 'almost 100 per cent' likely to ask Google to revise its proposals in an on-going antitrust tug-of....

GLOBAL VIEW | PUBLISHING

Penguin settles eBook price-fixing case

London-headquartered publisher Penguin is set to pay out $75 million to settle a case in which it was accused of fixing the price of eBooks.....

BIG STORIES | FRAUD

Former KPMG partner to plead guilty to securities fraud

Ex-KPMG partner Scott London has agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of securities fraud after admitting he exchanged privileged informatio....

GLOBAL VIEW | AFGHANISTAN

Lawyer slates Camp Bastion 'secret UK detention facility'

A lawyer representing eight of the 85 Afghan nationals held at Camp Bastion has slammed the 'secret facility' and compared it to the US detent....

BIG STORIES | CRIME

Liberty Reserve shut down for $6bn money laundering scheme

Costa Rica-based digital currency firm Liberty Reserve has been accused of running a massive money laundering scheme which, according to US prosec....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

Around the house

A weekly round-up of in-house legal moves from around the globe.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | ENERGY

Shell unveils legal panel

Oil and gas giant Shell revealed its new global legal panel last week with 11 firms winning a seat.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | TRAINING

County council to offer trainee programme

Kent County Council is planning to take on four trainees a year in its legal department as part of a series of white label and cross-selling initi....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LEGAL DEPARTMENTS

Telefonica UK rejigs legal team

The UK arm of Spanish telecommunications provider Telefonica has embarked on a major legal reshuffle following the departure of two senior lawyers.....

GLOBAL VIEW | HUMAN RIGHTS

Mtetwa trial postponed

The trial of Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has been postponed until next month after yesterday's attempts to hold the trial faile....

 

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