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Megan is a reporter at the Global Legal Post.

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

Law graduate rumbled after lying in exam

A law graduate was prohibited from practising by the California state bar this week after revelations that she lied about having a disability to get e....

BIG STORIES | MARKETING

Global law brands set to rule legal market

The legal services market will soon be dominated by a handful of big law firms with international reach as traditional heavyweights lose their grip on....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

Around the house

The US's Consumer Product Safety Commission promotes a lawyer to its top slot, while there are moves at a leading data storage business as well as....

BIG STORIES | HUMAN RIGHTS

Georgia in crosshairs over justice reforms

Human rights campaigners yesterday called on the Georgian government to prioritise justice reforms and to bolster the autonomy of the legal profession....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRMS

Greenberg Traurig battles gender bias suit

A former associate at Greenberg Traurig's Philadelphia office is suing the international law firm for gender discrimination after a federal watchd....

BIG STORIES | GLOBAL LAW FIRMS

Baker & McKenzie tops best brand survey

Baker & McKenzie has topped the list of the most powerful law firm brands in the world for the fifth year in a row.....

GLOBAL VIEW | HOT GOSSIP

God unprotected

As the Christian world rushes towards the consumer bonanza known as Christmas, Dutch MPs have risked incurring the wrath of any supreme being by disca....

BIG STORIES | SOVEREIGN DEBT

Law firms square off over Argentine debt deal

US law firm heavy hitters are in the front line in negotiations over Argentina's national debt, triggering questions about the role of American fi....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL EDUCATION

Dramatic fall in US law school enrolment

Law school enrolment in the US has plummeted by 15 per cent since 2010 and 9 per cent since last year, according to recent figures from the American B....

BIG STORIES | CIVIL LIBERTIES

Legal bid to close gay conversion clinic

Four men have filed a civil suit against a New Jersey group that claims to convert homosexual men to heterosexuality.....

GLOBAL VIEW | HUMAN RIGHTS

Global lawyers warn Egypt to adhere to rule of law

Leading global lawyers have called on Egypt's new president to drop proposals to give his office unfettered powers and to respect international ru....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

Around the house

Legal team at Britain's railways kicks off panel pitching round, and new GCs for the Asia Development Bank, Middle East and Spanish media groups a....

GLOBAL VIEW | MOVES

In and out

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

GLOBAL VIEW | HUMAN RIGHTS

Latham & Watkins seals pro bono victory in torture case

A former Somali security chief was found guilty this week of torturing a leading human rights advocate and constitutional law professor in a landmark ....

GLOBAL VIEW | GLOBAL LAW FIRMS

Baker & McKenzie latest to launch in Seoul

One of the world's biggest law firms -- Chicago-based Baker & McKenzie -- has become the latest global practice to announc....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

Around the house

Lawyers at two global entertainment giants are in this week's spotlight, while a Swiss driller and a leading US university inject fresh blood....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW FIRMS

Lawyers accused of African public body fraud

Pretoria-based law firm Ramulifho is being investigated for allegedly defrauding the Pan South African Language Board by inflating invoices.....

BIG STORIES | LAWYERS

Petraeus hires legal big gun for affair probe

Former CIA Director General David Petraeus has hired a renowned Washington DC lawyer to defend him in the multiple investigations of an alleged extram....

BIG STORIES | TECHNOLOGY

BT bags legal tech giant in £64m deal

British Telecommunications has bought the world's largest independent supplier of legal and accountancy sector technology in a £64.2 million....

BIG STORIES | EDUCATION

Law school wins record scholarship fund donation

The law school at King's College London is to boost its scholarship fund by £20 million following a donation from Dickson Poon, the owner of....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

Around the house

A leading lawyer jumps from one tech giant to another, tweeting as she goes, while the American Red Cross, JP Morgan, BP Europa and Applied Materials ....

GLOBAL VIEW | IMAGE RIGHTS

NCAA aware video gamers used students' identities

Lawyers representing US college football and basketball players released documents earlier this week allegedly revealing that a national academic gove....

BIG STORIES | JUDICIARY

China to appoint first lawyer as chief judge

China is to name its first lawyer to head the country's Supreme People's Court in a move that throws out the tradition of appointing lay-p....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM NEWS

Slaughters freezes pay, cuts bonuses for 2012

Magic circle firm Slaughter and May has announced it will reduce bonuses this year, with associates receiving a 5 per cent bonus and trainees and supp....

BIG STORIES | REGULATION

New SRA agreement could loosen sanctions for whistleblowers

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has released a set of proposals that could ease the sanctions on whistleblowers who are implicated in the miscondu....

GLOBAL VIEW | SPORT

Lawyers cite NFL players' health in lawsuit

Lawyers for thousands of former National Football League players embroiled in a lawsuit against the NFL are arguing that their case is about health an....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

Around the house

HSBC Holdings, Google and NBA side the Portland Trail Blazers are among those who have made changes to their legal line-ups this week....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | PANEL APPOINTMENTS

TfL announces slimmed down legal panel

Transport for London has announced a reduced legal panel which will run for the next four years.....

GLOBAL VIEW | LEGAL EDUCATION

College of Law cultivates Spanish connections

The College of Law has teamed up with IE University in Madrid to offer an LL.B degree in Civil and English Law that will qualify undergraduates as law....

BIG STORIES | US LAW FIRMS

Law firms and courts close as Hurricane Sandy hits

Law firms across the East Coast have suspended operations early this week, following announcements that most state and federal courts would be closed.....

BIG STORIES | US ELECTIONS

Legal teams poised to dispute US election results

The lawyers are hovering as the race tightens up between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.....

BIG STORIES | LITIGATION

US Chamber slams merger litigation abuse

A new study from the US Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform accused plaintiff lawyers of extracting millions of dollars a year in fees at the exp....

GLOBAL VIEW | CORPORATE COUNSEL

Australian lawyer detained in Mongolia

The in-house lawyer of a mining company has been prevented from leaving Mongolia after being detained at the airport last week.....

BIG STORIES | EMPLOYMENT

Gender pay equality case could open floodgates

More women could bring compensation claims for equal pay following a ground-breaking ruling by the UK's Supreme Court.....

BIG STORIES | DISCRIMINATION

Judge declares mistrial in hiring discrimination claim

The judge presiding over a bias discrimination case called a mistrial after a jury failed to reach a decision on Wednesday over whether the plaintiff&....

BIG STORIES | BANKING

RBS legal panel slims down

The Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) UK legal panel has been trimmed down by 40 per cent, with a new roster of between 55 and 60 firms after the fir....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW FIRM NEWS

Top Chinese lawyers form all-star firm

The Anjie law firm is launching next month in Beijing headed by 12 senior lawyers from eight of China's top law firms.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | EUROPE

EU shelves boardroom gender quota

Plans to require major European businesses to have boardrooms of at least 40 per cent women have been postponed.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | PANEL APPOINTMENT

Nationwide in first legal panel review

British building society Nationwide will be launching a review of its legal panel in early 2013, the first since the panel's launch in July 2009.....

BIG STORIES | MARKETING

Business development anxieties plague new partners

Recently made up law firm partners suffer from increasing anxiety over their ability to develop business and win clients, according to a recent survey....

BIG STORIES | FEES

Big bills meet tough client scrutiny

Companies are running an ever-keener eye over long legal bills as corporate clients are less willing to bankroll overhead costs and extras such as....

GLOBAL VIEW | DISCRIMINATION

Judge dismisses Walmart gender bias class-action

A federal court in Texas has dismissed a class-action from former female employees of Walmart that claimed the world's largest retailer discri....

GLOBAL VIEW | EDUCATION

Lecturer sues university over 'liberal bias'

A University of Iowa staff member is suing her employer for alleged discrimination on the grounds of her politically conservative views, in a case tha....

BIG STORIES | MEDIA

Supreme Court extends block of IRA tapes

Lawyers Eamonn Dornan and James Cotter declared victory yesterday in a US Supreme Court case that will temporarily deny access to the British governme....

GLOBAL VIEW | LITIGATION

Morgan Stanley sued over 'discriminatory' loans

A leading civil liberties group is suing Morgan Stanley for allegedly targeting black and Hispanic Americans for sub-prime mortgage loans.....

BIG STORIES | POLITICS

Senate campaigner apologises for lawyer son's Obama gaffe

A Republican candidate for the US Senate and former governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson, was forced to apologise for a racially tinged comment made ....

GLOBAL VIEW | FINANCE

Bank of America requests credit from outside law firms

Bank of America Corporation has asked a number of its outside law firms to give the bank credit on its annual legal fees.....

BIG STORIES | SATISFACTION

Clients hesitant to complain to their lawyers

Clients are unwilling to complain to their lawyer about the service they receive because they feel intimidated or have no confidence that it would be ....

GLOBAL VIEW | LEGAL PROFESSION

Female lawyers hit French glass ceiling

Women are joining the French legal profession in stronger numbers than men, but far fewer hold managing and partnership positions, according to a rece....

BIG STORIES | FRAUD

Chinese firm in $10 million US funds fraud claim

A Beijing law firm and one of its former partners are facing a law suit in the US for allegedly embezzling $10 million from a range of investment fund....

GLOBAL VIEW | LATIN AMERICA

Baker & McKenzie opens doors in Peru

US law firm Baker & McKenzie is to expand its presence in South America by merging with a Lima-based legal practice, becoming the first global....

BIG STORIES | FRAUD

White-collar crime specialist fesses up to $10m scam

A high-flying Manhattan-based white-collar crime defence lawyer pleaded guilty earlier this week to pilfering more than $10 million from h....

BIG STORIES | REGULATION

Europe beefs up medical device rules

Greater supervision over medical devices produced and used throughout the EU is urgently needed, according to the European Commission, which released ....

GLOBAL VIEW | REGULATION

Legal regulators launch global support network

The first global support network for international legal profession regulatory bodies is to be launched, a meeting of senior figures announced in Lond....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW FIRM NEWS

Hogan Lovells ditches Abu Dhabi office

Anglo-US law firm Hogan Lovells is closing its doors in Abu Dhabi and transferring work to its Dubai office by the end of this year.....

BIG STORIES | CHINA

Wang Lijun sentence highlights 'harsh' legal environment

A lawyer imprisoned for 18 months after being detained in a 'clean up' in the Chinese city of Chongqing has lashed out at the 'prejudice ....

BIG STORIES | INDEMNITY

Small firms drowning under rising tide of insurance costs

Small English law firms are struggling more than ever to meet the rising cost of professional indemnity insurance, according to a leading market funde....

BIG STORIES | SOUTH EAST ASIA

Singapore regulator pressed over fitness-to-practise row

More than 500 lawyers packed a Singapore Law Society extraordinary general meeting earlier this week to resolve a long running dispute between the org....

GLOBAL VIEW | TAX

Italian companies cough up for competition authority

Italy's top corporations and limited liability companies are to be hit with a new fee to finance the country's competition authority, Rome ann....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRMS

Magic circle firm launches women's leadership scheme

London-based Linklaters has launched a scheme to boost the role of its women lawyers, the magic circle firm announced yesterday.....

 

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