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CORPORATE COUNSEL | RECORDS RETENTION

ACC backs records retention for corporate counsel

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is backing a company which offers industry-specific standards to deal with record retention.....

GLOBAL VIEW | TELECOMS REGULATIONS

Mexico activists protest telecoms censorship law

The Mexican Senate is in the process of discussing a telecoms law that allows the government to make ISPs 'block access to certain content, applic....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW EDUCATION

UAE wants more law graduates

An annual report says that law students made up only 9 per cent of Dubai's graduates last year, and there is a high demand for more.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Governance biggest issue for GCs

In a Canadian Lawyer magazine article, Fred Krebs analysed the rapidly changing role of general counsel.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

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BIG STORIES | AWARDS

AAAS announces new members

New inductees to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) were announced this week with six leading minds in the theory and practice of law ma....

BIG STORIES | FAMILY LAW

Law students to help in UK divorces

The UK family justice system is getting a facelift, and it includes using trainee lawyers to ease divorce proceedings.....

BIG STORIES | INSIDER TRADING

Former KPMG partner to serve sentence for insider trading

Scott London was sentenced to 14 months yesterday after pleading guilty to insider trading last year, when he was still a senior partner at profession....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM CLOSURE

LA bankruptcy firm to close

Top bankruptcy law firm Stutman Treister & Glatt is closing as of 1 May.....

BIG STORIES | MEDIA

Airbnb fights to stay above the law

Homestay hotel alternative Airbnb is battling New York's Attorney General, who wants to subpoena Airbnb host information in a case which may set a....

GLOBAL VIEW | EXPANSION

TAGLaw adds Bahamas firm

TAGLaw, an international alliance of independent law firms, has announced the addition of Florida-based law firm Delaney Partners, which will form....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | TELECOMS

Microsoft GC announces official acquisition of Nokia in $7.5b deal

Brad Smith, the Microsoft GC and executive VP of legal & corporate affairs, announced that come this Friday, Microsoft will 'welcome the Nokia....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | FEES

Hourly rates no longer a must for litigation

Corporate counsel are seeing a shift in thinking from law firms on how they charge for litigation as the hourly rate declines in popularity across the....

BIG STORIES | OBITUARY

Watchtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz co-founder dies

Watchell Lipton name partner Leonard M. Rosen died yesterday aged 83.....

BIG STORIES | SUPREME COURT

US Supreme Court to decide Jerusalem's passport country

The Court will rule whether American Menachem Zivotofsky can list Israel as his country of birth, as he was born in the politically-fraught city o....

BIG STORIES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

RBS exonerated from abusive lending allegations

Law firm Clifford Chance LLP reported there is no evidence to support the accusation that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) intentionally pushed small ....

MANAGEMENT SPEAK | LAW FIRM SECURITY

Cloud services CEO debunks security risks myth

Jeff Orr, CEO of IT and cloud services at Stack Group, said law firms' fears about the risks of cloud technology are unfounded.....

GLOBAL VIEW | ENERGY

Japan's New Energy Act sparks controversy

The passage of Japan's New Energy Act established where Japan's energy future is headed, as it continues to rebuild three years after the Fuku....

GLOBAL VIEW | ENERGY

New Chilean government has big plans for energy project

Chile needs more power, and the new government said it would decide by mid-May whether HidroAysen will supply it.....

BIG STORIES | ENERGY

EU pressured to set higher energy-efficiency target

The European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), speaking for 31 companies, wrote to the EU with demands for them to set a binding target for energy....

GLOBAL VIEW | ENERGY

Pemex in debt: end of Mexico's oil gilded age

76-year-old Mexican oil company Pemex is powerful, but its $100 million debt led Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto to enact energy reform t....

GLOBAL VIEW | ENERGY

Egypt to ban AC-induced climate change

In an effort to conserve its waning supply of natural gas, Egypt is banning the manufacture and use of air-conditioners that go below 20 degrees.....

BIG STORIES | ENERGY

German energy reform to slow price hike

Chancellor Angela Merkel's main cause is to increase renewable energy in Germany, and a law controlling the rise in electricity costs will help Me....

BIG STORIES | CONSOLIDATION

China approves Nokia sale to Microsoft

Chinese authorities approved Nokia's plan to sell its cell phone business to Microsoft.....

GLOBAL VIEW | NEW REGULATIONS

Nigeria telecoms expanding

Nigerian telecoms is in the midst of a growth spurt, and it is doing so under international scrutiny thanks to its adjusted GDP rating.....

BIG STORIES | COPYRIGHT LAW

UK government to legalise some forms of pirating

In a series of changes to update the obsolete UK copyright law, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is planning to legalise DVD and CD 'ripp....

BIG STORIES | CLOUD SERVICES

$20m Clio cloud investment shows tech on the rise

Clio, a technology company that supplies lawyers with cloud-based practice management offerings, is using $20m to further develop its cloud techno....

BIG STORIES | HORIZONTAL INTEGRATION

Vodafone scoops up Ono for €7.2 billion

In an effort to diversify beyond cell phones, Vodafone acquired Spanish broadband and pay-TV firm Ono.....

BIG STORIES | TELECOMS

Telefonica consolidation test case under way

Spanish telecoms company Telefonica SA said it would help create a rival in order to assuage fears that it will become a monopoly when it merges with ....

BIG STORIES | NET NEUTRALITY

Netflix and Google triumph over ISPs

The European Parliament approved a telecoms bill that prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and other telecoms from charging companies like Netfl....

BIG STORIES | PARTNERSHIP

Bird & Bird adds 11 new partners

London-based law firm Bird & Bird is the latest UK law firm to announce a raft of partner promotions.....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAWYER DEMOGRAPHICS

US firm attracts Indian law students

US firm O'Melveney & Myers (OMM) plans to offer a year long internship to Indian law students through its Singapore office.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | PRIVACY LAW

EU court rules data-retention law invalid

The highest court in the EU shot down a law requiring Internet and phone providers to retain user data.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

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CORPORATE COUNSEL | CONTINUING EDUCATION

ACC to hold third annual meeting for new GCs

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) will hold its third annual Corporate Counsel University to educate lawyers new to in-house practice.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | COMPLIANCE

GC questions DOJ's bribery input

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) recommended that, to avoid corruption, companies should approach third parties with “reasonable due diligence....

BIG STORIES | LIBOR SETTLEMENT

Barclays first to settle in Libor interest rate scandal

Barclays agreed to restructure the £70m debt owed by the Guardian Care Homes owner in exchange for Graiseley Properties dropping their interest ....

BIG STORIES | WALL ST

Goldman and Citigroup opt for the courts

Wall Street is setting a new precedent that investor claims disputes need to go to court instead of arbitration through the Financial Industrial Regul....

BIG STORIES | REGULATION

NY regulator probes Credit Suisse

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) is investigating Credit Suisse's role in helping clients evade state taxes and whether the Swi....

BIG STORIES | EMPLOYMENT

Employment disputes to go through Acas first

New tribunal laws in the UK mean that the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) will now be the first stop for unhappy employees.....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENT

Weil hires Goldman's Andrew Wilkinson

US law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges has recruited restructuring expert Andrew Wilkinson in London to beef up its corporate restructuring and bankru....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENT

Baker Botts picks up Maryland attorney

Former US Attorney for Maryland Tom DiBagio will become a partner at the DC office of Baker Botts LLP.....

GLOBAL VIEW | CONSTITUTIONALITY

Armenia pensions law ruled unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court objected to parts of Armenia's new law for pension reform, deeming them unconstitutional.....

BIG STORIES | FIRM MARKETING

Marketing is key for smaller law firms

Three in four law firms have invested in marketing and business development to grow their businesses.....

BIG STORIES | TELECOMS

EU should reform e-privacy laws, says official

European data protection supervisor Peter Hustinx said EU governments should tighten up their digital privacy laws by 2015 in order to restore trust i....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

Partner confidence on the rise, says Citi survey

According to a survey conducted by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group, law firm managing partner confidence about the legal services market has ri....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

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CORPORATE COUNSEL | CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY

Client confidentiality in the spotlight

With growing technology innovations, in-house lawyers in particular must do more to guarantee clients' privacy, according to Recommind senior ....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MICROSOFT

Microsoft GC updates privacy policy

Brad Smith, Microsoft's GC and executive VP of Legal & Corporate Affairs, responded to the discovery of Microsoft's Hotmail investigation ....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LAWYER FEES

New platform to manage alternative fee arrangements

Corporate legal departments can analyse alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) with the launch of a new platform.....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER SATISFACTION

Culture beats money for partners switching law firms

In its 2013 Lateral Partner Satisfaction Survey, Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) found that lateral partners are generally satisfied with their move....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENT

Washington lawyers appoint Derry law firm

Stein Mitchell Muse and Cipollone LLP (SMMC), a DC firm dedicated to finding potential government fraud lawsuits, has selected Des Doherty of Desmond ....

GLOBAL VIEW | APPOINTMENT

McCullough Robertson names chairman

Australian independent law firm McCullough Robertson announced Dominic McGann would replace Brett Heading as its Chairman of Partners.....

BIG STORIES | MOVES

Heenan partners switch to Fasken

Fasken Martineau has snapped up a raft of lawyers from collapsed law firm Heenan Blaikie.....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL AID PROTEST

Lawyers stage walkouts over legal aid cuts

Criminal solicitors across England and Wales began a two-day walkout over the legal aid cuts proposed by the Ministry of Justice.....

BIG STORIES | LAW REGULATION

Maldives argues over law licences

The Maldives is facing a tussle between the Attorney General and the bar association as the former refuses to issue law licences.....

BIG STORIES | TECHNOLOGY

Amazon cloud service gains access to Pentagon

Amazon's cloud service has just met the Pentagon's “stringent security and compliance requirements” and will be used by the US Dep....

BIG STORIES | TELECOMS

BlackBerry sued executive over employment contract

BlackBerry sued its executive vice president for software Sebastian Marineau-Mes to keep him from switching to Apple, claiming he would be violati....

BIG STORIES | JURISDICTION DISPUTE

Judge rules €50m claims case outside of English law

Russian oligarch Lev Tchernoy was saved from paying a €50m claim when the judge ruled the case was outside the jurisdiction.....

BIG STORIES | GENERAL COUNSEL

Shell GC joins Thirty Nine Essex Street

Peter Rees QC left his post as Royal Dutch Shell's legal director to join Thirty Nine Essex Street chambers.....

GLOBAL VIEW | FIRM EXPANSION

Indian firm heads for Singapore

Indian law firm SNG partners will open its first office abroad in Singapore next month.....

BIG STORIES | FIRM GROWTH

Noerr sets turnover record

In 2013, German law firm Noerr's turnover grew 12.3 per cent to €191m.....

BIG STORIES | LANDMARK CASE

Clyde & Co appeal to set whistleblower protection principle

Former Clyde partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof argues she should get the same protection as an employee when it comes to termination for being a whis....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

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CORPORATE COUNSEL | ATTORNEY FEES

Companies pay more for less time

Hours dropped by 1.3 per cent and fees rose by 1.6 per cent for law firms' corporate clients over 2013, said the LegalView Legal Market Index.....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENT

MTG's Rowley to head up China group

Nigel Rowley, a managing partner based in London, was named president of the London chapter of the US China Global Investment & Trade Alliance (US....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL REGULATION

IMF denies punitive intent behind Irish judiciary regulation change

EU Justice Commissioner Vivian Reding claims the new judicial regulator set forth by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) compromises the independenc....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | EDUCATION

Barclays increases in-house diversity

Barclays is launching an apprenticeship programme for legal with the express aim of attracting more diversity.....

BIG STORIES | HUMAN RIGHTS

Grayling may pay for prisoners in jail too long

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is under pressure to do something about the 3500 prisoners who have been held for months and even years over their te....

BIG STORIES | DEUTSCHE BANK

Hengeler Mueller and Gleiss Lutz searched over Deutsche Bank case

The Munich prosecutors' office has searched the German offices of law firms Hengeler Mueller and Gleiss Lutz as part of an investigation over a la....

BIG STORIES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Delaware chief justice cautions against shareholder activism

Activist hedge funds as they stand aren't helping the economy or the company, said Judge Leo Strike in a recent issue of the Columbia Law Review.....

BIG STORIES | REGULATION

Singapore considers mandatory pro bono logs

The Committee to Study Community Legal Services Initiatives (CLSI Committee) recommended mandatory reporting of pro bono hours.....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW EDUCATION

India takes stance on distance learning

Last week, the Indian High Court upheld the Bar Council of India's (BCI) decision not to enrol hundreds of lawyers as advocates.....

BIG STORIES | NEW APPOINTMENT

Minter Ellison appoints new chief executive

Minter Ellison has announced today that Tony Harrington will be its new chief executive.....

GLOBAL VIEW | RWA

Call for Rwandan lawyers to up their game

Rwandan lawyers must carry out their duties honestly and competently if they are to attract overseas cases, says the Minster of Justice.....

BIG STORIES | SOLICITOR GUIDELINES

Sharia law to be upheld in UK wills

The Law Society, representing English and Welsh solicitors, has drafted guidelines for how to deal with UK wills that incorporate Sharia law.....

BIG STORIES | FIRM LIQUIDATION

Jacoby & Meyers bankruptcy law firm in liquidation crisis

The firm allegedly owes over $1m to its creditors, and paying it would result in liquidation.....

BIG STORIES | INSIDER TRADING

Simpson Thacher clerk charged over $5.6m insider trading

Confidential information from the 800-lawyer firm Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett has been allegedly used for insider trading since 1999 by its ma....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL AID PROTEST

Legal aid protest escalates

More than 500 lawyers have gathered outside the UK parliament today to protest against legal aid reforms, including lawyer pay cuts and removing clien....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL AID CUTS

Statistics chief says legal aid claims don't add up

The Ministry of Justice stands accused of over-hyping barristers' annual earnings to justify legal aid cuts.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | RENEWED CONTRACT

Thames Water renews BLP contract

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) will handle all legal matters at Thames Water for another four years.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

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CORPORATE COUNSEL | CYBERSECURITY

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for GCs

Lawyers at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Summit said companies should develop a protocol for revealing cybersecurity t....

BIG STORIES | MOVES

K&L Gates picks up Hogan Lovells partner

Philip Hyde joins the firm as a finance partner.....

BIG STORIES | WORKPLACE

Lower-earning lawyers are happier than BigLaw

BigLaw lawyers are less happy than their peers in public-service jobs whilst judges are the happiest of all lawyers.....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM EXPANSION

Noerr opens in Brussels

German law firm Noerr has expanded its European presence by launching a Brussels office.....

BIG STORIES | CYBERSECURITY

Japan looks to strengthen cybersecurity

Attacks on government systems have prompted action by the Japanese to up the ante on online threats.....

BIG STORIES | MOVES

Baker Mac sees South African departures

Finance partners Chris Moraitis and Astrid Berman have switched from Baker & McKenzie back to Werksmans where they were partners in 2011.....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL PROFESSION

Florida Bar President presents vision for the future of law

The President of the Florida Bar has drawn up an action plan to solve problems in legal education, bar admissions, technology, and legal aid.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | CORPORATE BRIBERY

Rolls-Royce sets up bribery hotline

After a spate of allegations, the company has taken steps to deal with corruption concerns.....

BIG STORIES | GENERAL COUNSEL

Hovis gets legal counsel

Bread producer Hovis is to set up a legal department after being sold off to Gores Group for £30m.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LAW APPRENTICESHIPS

BBC follows apprenticeship trend

The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) is looking for three legal services apprentices to join its legal department.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

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CORPORATE COUNSEL | BOARDS

Financial skills most valued for boards

Financial expertise is the most valued skill when recruiting potential board members, new research reveals.....

GLOBAL VIEW | FIRM CHANGES

Portugal firm targets East Timor

Vieira de Almeida, a prominent Portuguese practice, is setting up a new office in East Timor.....

BIG STORIES | CYBERSECURITY

Lawyers vulnerable to fake SRA emails

Lawyers should keep an eye out for suspicious-looking emails claiming to be from the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | GC PROMOTION

Sweden: GC promoted to acting CEO

Former general counsel Helena Woodcock was promoted to CEO of Svenska TonsÀttares Internationella MusikbyrÄ (STIM).....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | BANKING PANELS

Santander acquires new panel members

Santander Bank made some new additions to its corporate and commercial banking panel.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | MOVES

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BIG STORIES | LEGAL AID

NI lawyers furious over legal aid budget cuts

Northern Irish lawyers are up in arms over proposed cuts to the legal aid budget and have voiced anger at the Minister of Justice.....

 

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