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GLOBAL VIEW | LATERAL HIRES

Cuatrecasas team defects to Pérez-Llorca

Spanish firm Cuatrecasas has lost a high profile team to its competitors Pérez-Llorca.....

BIG STORIES | INNOVATION

First ever 'para-law' firm launches in the UK

The controversial new venture will allow unlicensed paralegals to do the bulk of case work in order to drive down costs for clients.....

GLOBAL VIEW | EXPANSION

Norton Rose Fulbright boosts South African presence with new acquisition

Norton Rose Fulbright has added four lawyers to its team in South Africa through the acquisition of local commercial law boutique Keller Snyman Schelh....

BIG STORIES | ARBITRATION

Addleshaw's £5m scuffle with former partner Haywood settled in arbitration

Addleshaw Goddard has settled the arbitration proceedings brought against the firm's former real estate head Mark Haywood.....

BIG STORIES | PROMOTIONS

Jenner & Block promotes 18 new partners worldwide

Luxury Law Award 2015 finalist Kelly Hagedorn has made the cut to become the first new partner in Jenner & Block's London office.....

BIG STORIES | KWM

KWM arises from the ashes in Europe

It was less than 24 hours after the administration of King & Wood Mallesons' European arm before KWM 2.0 landed in London.....

GLOBAL VIEW | LATERAL HIRES

Orrick picks up Olswang Paris managing partner ahead of merger

Olswang Paris boss Guillaume Kessler has made the switch to rival firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe ahead of Olswang's impending three-w....

BIG STORIES | LATERAL HIRES

Weil Gotshal litigation veteran chooses new firm over retirement

Though he's finally saying goodbye to life in BigLaw, 71-year-old Weil, Gotshal and Manges litigation boss James Quinn isn't ready to ....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | APPOINTMENTS

Around the house

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

GLOBAL VIEW | LATERAL HIRES

Allen & Overy nabs two new Washington DC partners from Cadwalader

The firm is bulking up its investigations and litigation practice in Washington as it adds depth and scope to its global regulatory and enforcement of....

BIG STORIES | BREXIT

Norton Rose Fulbright launches new Brexit-era trade treaty practice

The firm wants to help clients engage with the UK Government as it moves forward negotiation Britain's trade and economic position after leaving t....

BIG STORIES | PROMOTIONS

Reed Smith makes up five new partners in London

Five London lawyers have made the cut in Reed Smith's 25-strong global partner promotions round.....

BIG STORIES | BREXIT

Baker McKenzie predicts drop-off of M&A deals amid Brexit uncertainty

A new forecast report from law firm Baker McKenzie has predicted that corporate deal activity will slump in the United Kingdom this year while skyrock....

GLOBAL VIEW | LATERAL HIRES

A&O loses four lawyer team to Gibson Dunn in Paris

Four technology lawyers are moving across to join the Paris office of US-based law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LUXURY LAW

Luxottica and Essilor to merge and create $49bn eyewear giant

French lens maker Essilor is merging with Italian Ray Ban and Oakley eyewear maker Luxottica.....

GLOBAL VIEW | POLITICS

Trump lawyers Morgan Lewis named 'Russia Law Firm of the Year'

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is the law firm tasked with disentangling Donald Trump's business interests from his responsibilities as the soon-t....

BIG STORIES | REMUNERATION

One in three trainee solicitors being paid below recommended minimum salary

Many law firms in England and Wales have chosen to shun the minimum salary recommendation for trainees put forward by the Law Society.....

BIG STORIES | ACQUISITIONS

Bircham Dyson Bell takes on KWM Cambridge office

The London-based firm is expanding beyond the bounds of the capital for the first time.....

BIG STORIES | TRAINEES

City lawyers still unconvinced about trainee 'super exam' proposal

The Solicitors Regulation Authority's updated proposal for a new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) has once again failed to win over the City of Lo....

BIG STORIES | CRIME

Linklaters lawyer sought by police following train rage attack

An 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 Lo....

GLOBAL VIEW | EXPANSION

Herbert Smith Freehills secures license to open in Kuala Lumpur

HSF is set to become the second foreign firm to set up shop in Malaysia.....

BIG STORIES | BREXIT

Government predicts defeat in Brexit legal challenge

Seven of the 11 Supreme Court justices hearing the Government's appeal are expected to uphold the High Court's ruling on the process surroundi....

GLOBAL VIEW | TMT

Olswang launches new TMT public policy practice in Singapore

The UK firm has launched a new practice group in Singapore to help local and international clients keep up with the pace of regulatory change in the r....

BIG STORIES | CAREERS

Record QC round sees 113 new silks and greater diversity

There were more applications to take silk this year than in any since 2009/2010, but a smaller percentage made the cut.....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRES

Goodwin Procter hires 26 lawyers as KWM drops lawsuit

King & Wood Mallesons has agreed to drop its lawsuit against Goodwin Procter and corporate partner Richard Lever as part of a deal that will see 2....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

Dentons announces new offices in Mexico and Barbados

Global megafirm Dentons has opened its second Mexican office in the northern city of Monterrey, as well as a new outpost in Barbados.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | ENFORCEMENT

SEC hands down $5.5m whistleblower award in first-of-its-kind case

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has waived its requirement for 'in writing' tips for the first time.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | JOB MARKET

General counsel staying put amid Brexit uncertainty, study finds

New research from industry publication The Lawyer has revealed a drop-off in general counsel moves during 2016.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | CLASS ACTIONS

Volkswagen staring down multibillion-pound class action brought by UK motorists

Volkswagen staring down multibillion-pound class action brought by UK motorists....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | APPOINTMENTS

Around the house

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

GLOBAL VIEW | MERGERS

New national legal giant created in Latvia

Latvian outfits Klavins Ellex and GLIMSTEDT & Partners have merged to create the nation's largest law firm.....

BIG STORIES | LATERAL HIRES

Dechert picks up four-lawyer antitrust team from Cadwalader in Brussels

Cadwalader's Brussels office head Alec Burnside is among the new recruits.....

GLOBAL VIEW | POLITICS

Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing gets underway in US Senate

So far, the confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Attorney-General has been just as heated as we all expected.....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENTS

IICSA locks in new lead counsel to replace Emmerson

2 Bedford Row barrister Brian Altman QC has been called in to rescue the flailing inquiry.....

BIG STORIES | KWM

Barclays cancels salary payments for all KWM EUME staff

Staff at King & Wood Mallesons will no longer receive weekly salary payments for January.....

BIG STORIES | MISCONDUCT

Judge 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....

BIG STORIES | CONFIDENCE

Market confidence up among law firm leaders, survey finds

The majority of US law firm leaders are expecting demand for legal services to make modest progress in the coming year.....

BIG STORIES | JOB CUTS

Freshfields downsizing secretarial team by up to 180 staff

Around 180 personal assistant (PA) roles have been placed under review.....

GLOBAL VIEW | OFFICE OPENINGS

Macfarlanes launches in Brussels with KWM hires

The single-partner Brussels outpost will be the City firm's only office outside of London.....

BIG STORIES | KWM

KWM pushes back administration date

Beleaguered King & Wood Mallesons is buying time as it attempts to negotiate an eleventh-hour deal with the firm's Chinese partnership.....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY

US law firms failing to attract and retain black women lawyers

Even as other underrepresented groups are making incremental gains, the progress of black women among the ranks of the corporate law remains stagnant.....

GLOBAL VIEW | LATERAL MOVES

O'Melveny & Myers loses last remaining Singapore partner to DLA Piper

Resident Singapore partner Nathan Bush is leaving behind the firm he has called home for more than 15 years.....

BIG STORIES | INNOVATION

Lawyer develops customised computer keyboard for frustrated legal professionals

A new keyboard designed just for lawyers is designed to take the multi-click frustration out of inserting section symbols into legal briefs.....

BIG STORIES | ASSOCIATIONS

Kennedys enters new formal association in Italy

Kennedys has formalised its relationship with three-office Italian firm Studio Legal Rinaldi Associati (RASS).....

BIG STORIES | TRAINEES

Goodwin rescues KWM trainees for first ever London intake

Goodwin Procter will be taking on five young lawyers who previously held training contracts with embattled King & Wood Mallesons.....

BIG STORIES | RECRUITMENT

Taylor Wessing trials video game 'character test' for trainee applicants

A psychometric testing game called 'Cosmic Cadet' will be used to help single out star applicants.....

BIG STORIES | LUXURY LAW

Arrested Turkish fashion designer fears for his life, says lawyer

A well-known fashion designer was beaten and arrested in Turkey earlier this week.....

BIG STORIES | MEDIATION

Two lawyers hired to help smooth over staff disputes at FIFA

FIFA is hoping that two specialist labour lawyers might be able to help mediate conflicts with staff as the world football governing agency enters a p....

BIG STORIES | LATERAL HIRES

Baker McKenzie picks up seven lawyer team from KWM

Employment partner Carl Richards and private equity partner Will Holder are among the new recruits rescued from King & Wood Mallesons.....

BIG STORIES | CRIME

City lawyer found guilty of racially aggravated assault at Christmas Party

An Ashurst-trained lawyer has been found guilty of assaulting a 27-year-old woman at the end of last year.....

BIG STORIES | MERGERS

Addleshaw mulls tie-up with German firm Luther

A German merger could be the next step in Addleshaw Goddard's European expansion.....

BIG STORIES | LATERAL MOVES

Skaddens loses Europe competition co-head Venit to Dentons

Global megafirm Dentons has hired competition veteran James Venit from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.....

BIG STORIES | RESIGNATIONS

Harvard Law dean Martha Minnow announces departure from role

Harvard Law School has confirmed that dean Martha Minnow will step down from her post at the end of the current academic year.....

BIG STORIES | PERFORMANCE

Clifford Chance bosses pocket 7 per cent pay rise

The combined pay packets of Clifford Chance's 12-member executive leadership team swelled to £15m for the 2015/16 financial year.....

BIG STORIES | LATERAL MOVES

Latham & Watkins disputes chair announces move to Signature Litigation

Growing disputes boutique Signature Litigation has scooped up Simon Bushell as a new partner.....

GLOBAL VIEW | POLITICS

Sullivan & Cromwell partner emerges as likely pick for SEC chairman

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to announce Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton as his nominee for the next chairman of the US Securities and ....

GLOBAL VIEW | CRIME

Top IP lawyer charged with indecent assault in Sydney

A partner at Herbert Smith Freehills' IP relationship firm in Australia allegedly attacked a 20-year-old jogger on Sydney's north shor....

BIG STORIES | PAY HALT

Pay halted at KWM as administration looms

Around 100 staff, including some fee earners, have been affected by the freeze.....

BIG STORIES | RESIGNATIONS

Dixon 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.'....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | APPOINTMENTS

Around the house

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

CORPORATE COUNSEL | EFFICIENCY

Outside counsel failing to keep step with efficiency efforts, say in-house lawyers

A new survey has highlighted growing tensions between in-house legal teams and their outside counsel.....

BIG STORIES | MERGERS

DWF arrives in Paris with takeover of local firm

DWF is continuing its international expansion through a tie-up with Parisian local Heenan Paris.....

BIG STORIES | DEATHS

Biglaw attorney killed in Christmas Eve house fire

Prominent Canadian technology lawyer Geoffrey Taber perished on Christmas Eve with his wife and two children in a fire at their Ontario vacation cotta....

BIG STORIES | CYBERSECURITY

Three Chinese nationals to face charges over US law firm hack

The trio pocketed around $4 million in illegal profits after stealing nonpublic information about mergers and acquisitions from two major US firms.....

GLOBAL VIEW | IPOS

Clifford Chance dominates Hong Kong IPO market in 2016

Clifford Chance has retained its title as the go-to firm for listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange for yet another year.....

BIG STORIES | LAWSUITS

Former employee sues Google over alleged workforce censorship

Google's confidentiality policies violate Californian labour laws and effectively amount to spying on its own workforce, a former Google employee ....

BIG STORIES | DEALS

Law firm heavyweights advise on largest industrial gas merger

Cravath, Sullivan & Cromwell, Linklaters and Hengeler Mueller are advising on a merger between industrial-gas giants US Praxair and German Lin....

BIG STORIES | DEALS

Addleshaw and White & Case advise as CCL Industries buys Innovia

Addleshaw Goddard and White & Case advise as Canadian CCL Industries says it will buy British Innovia Group from The Smithfield Group.....

BIG STORIES | NEGOTIATIONS

KWM China in talks to acquire Dubai, Germany, Italy and Spain teams

King & Wood Mallesons' Chinese arm is reportedly considering taking on large chunks of the verein's troubled EUME business to help launch ....

BIG STORIES | REMUNERATION

Kirkland & Ellis slashes shares for top equity partners

Litigation partners have been hardest hit by a shake-up of profit allocations at Kirkland & Ellis.....

BIG STORIES | INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

Mid-tier firms struggling to lift profitability, warns new report

The profitability gap between the United Kingdom's most elite firms and those further down the ranks is getting wider and wider, sparking concerns....

BIG STORIES | BREXIT

UK banks could sue European Union if denied transitional deal, say lawyers

Financial institutions are looking to policymakers to give the industry ample time to adapt to the legal and regulatory changes brought by Brexit, and....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL AID

Homelessness crisis emerging out of legal aid shortages, say lawyers

Legal challenges to eviction notices are down 18 per cent, despite repossessions skyrocketing to record highs.....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRES

DLA Piper and Greenberg Traurig pick up teams from sinking KWM

Firms are swooping in to scoop up available talent from King & Wood Mallesons' embattled EUME arm.....

BIG STORIES | MERGERS

Eversheds partners vote through transatlantic tie-up with Sutherland

Years of searching for a US-based merger partner have finally paid off for Eversheds.....

BIG STORIES | CYBERSECURITY

Lawyers sue as Yahoo reveals second major data breach

A Los Angeles-based class action firm launched a lawsuit against Yahoo less than 12 hours after the company revealed another massive data breach o....

BIG STORIES | DEALS

Three firms weigh in on Heineken UK's £403m bid for Punch pubs portfolio

Slaughter and May, DLA Piper and Clifford Chance all scored roles advising on Heineken UK's bid for Punch Taverns' portfolio.....

GLOBAL VIEW | EQUALITY & DIVERSITY

Another major firm opts to remove gender from the parental leave equation

Am Law 200 firm Lowenstein Sandler will group its parental leave offerings according only to 'primary' and 'non-primary' caregiver....

GLOBAL VIEW | APPOINTMENTS

Australia appoints new Solicitor-General following Gleeson resignation

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has chosen distinguished constitutional lawyer Dr Stephen Donaghue QC as the country's next Solicit....

BIG STORIES | RESIGNATIONS

Stephen Kon confirms resignation from King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' former senior partner for Europe, the UK and the Middle East Stephen Kon has announced his departure from the embattled....

BIG STORIES | EXPANSION

DLA Piper enters Chile with new cooperation agreement

DLA Piper has signed a cooperation agreement with Santiago-based law firm Bahamondez Alvarez & Zegers.....

BIG STORIES | CAREER MOVES

Former Freshfields heavyweight Lawes makes the switch to investment banking

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner Will Lawes has taken a position at investment bank Lazards.....

BIG STORIES | RETIREMENT

Longtime Hogan Lovells leader Gorrell announces retirement aged 62

After more than 30 years in the firm's partnership, former Hogan Lovells chairman and chief executive officer J. Warren Gorrell Jr has confirmed t....

BIG STORIES | LITIGATION FUNDING

Litigation funders consolidate as Burford acquires Gerchen Keller for $160m

Litigation funder Burford Capital has agreed to purchase main rival Gerchen Keller for at least $160m.....

BIG STORIES | ADMINISTRATION

King & Wood Mallesons sets administration date for EUME arm

The embattled European arm of King & Wood Mallesons is reportedly planning to call in administrators on 16 January.....

BIG STORIES | MISCONDUCT

Matrix Chambers clears Ben Emmerson QC of sexual assault allegations

An investigation at Matrix Chambers has concluded 'without hesitation' that one of its top barristers, Ben Emmerson QC, did not commit sexual ....

BIG STORIES | REMUNERATION

Slaughter and May to lift associate pay by up to 10 per cent

Sabbaticals and work-from-home days are also among the raft of changes being implemented following an extensive review of employee benefits at....

BIG STORIES | COMPETITION

Consumers need greater transparency from legal service providers, says CMA

A year-long investigation into the United Kingdom's legal services marketplace undertaken by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has c....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | COMPLIANCE

Ethics and compliance up on the list of key concerns for GCs

The global legal landscape is shifting and making it ever-more difficult for GCs to sleep easy at night.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | APPOINTMENTS

Around the house

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

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LITIGATION

In-house lawyers need to watch their outside counsel in action, say judges

Attending court is the only way to make sure you're getting your money's worth, patent judges warned Silicon Valley in-house lawyers at a ....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | DEALS

Asahi clinches $7.8bn acquisition of European beer brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev

The deal to acquire SABMiller's assets in central and eastern Europe from AB InBev will catapult the Japanese company to become the third largest ....

BIG STORIES | ELECTION LAW

Federal court upholds controversial Virginia voter ID laws

A Democratic challenge against state voting laws that require all Virginia voters to produce photo identification at the polls has failed.....

BIG STORIES | RESEARCH

Sole practitioners push back against recent decline claims

Sole 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 f....

BIG STORIES | TECHNOLOGY

Gowling WLG to launch technology skills assessment for lawyers and staff

The firm is launching a new review programme that will test the 'digital fitness' of the firm's UK team.....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP

CMS dominates practice head appointments for merged firm

Partners 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 ....

BIG STORIES | LATERAL HIRES

HSF global energy co-head Balsdon joins Latham & Watkins

Herbert Smith Freehills energy practice co-head John Balsdon is leaving the firm after almost 15 years.....

BIG STORIES | NEGOTIATIONS

Reed Smith circles KWM partners as Dentons bows out of takeover talks

The possibility of a single-firm takeover of King & Wood Mallesons' embattled European partnership is now off the table as Dentons exits n....

GLOBAL VIEW | MERGERS

Crowell & Moring and Herrick Feinstein lay groundwork for US merger

Washington-based Crowell & Moring and New York-based Herrick Feinstein may combine to create a firm worth nearly half a billion dollars.....

 

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Addleshaw's £5m scuffle with former partner Haywood settled in arbitration

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