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BIG STORIES | OFFICE CLOSURES

DLA to close Tampa office after five-year struggle for survival

DLA Piper's office in Tampa, Florida will close early in 2016, with its lawyers transferring over to the control of the Miami office.....

BIG STORIES | PERMISSION TO TRAVEL

Indicted Kaye Scholer partner allowed to pass Christmas in Cancun

Evan Greebel, the Kaye Scholer partner accused of conspiring in securities fraud with Martin Shkreli, has been given permission by a US district judge....

BIG STORIES | COMPETITION

Law firms slow to respond to diversification threat of Big Four accountants

Law firms have failed to hit back with equal force to the 'pretty bold statements' made by the Big Four accountancy firms this year as they be....

GLOBAL VIEW | LISTED LAW FIRMS

Slater & Gordon faces class action from rival firm

Embattled international law firm Slater & Gordon is facing the possibility of a class action in 2016, after rival Maurice Blackburn began taking r....

GLOBAL VIEW | ROBOTICS

Driverless cars could provide golden future for litigators

The prospect of driverless and semi-driverless cars travelling on the streets within a few years is making lawyers ponder the interesting possibil....

BIG STORIES | HUMAN RIGHTS

Chinese lawyer wins iconic status after conviction based on tweets

A prominent human rights lawyer named Pu Zhiqiang is becoming famous in the PRC, particularly now that he has been convicted of inciting ethnic hatred....

BIG STORIES | CAREER PLAN

US top 350 firm encourages associates to consider leaving the law

The chair of the Associates Review Committee at Butler Snow has sent a pre-Christmas email to all the firm's associates with a link to an arti....

GLOBAL VIEW | COMMUNITY

Delhi lawyers provide blankets to homeless living under flyovers

A law firm in Delhi has raised enough money to buy 160 blankets for the homeless, at a time when those sleeping rough are at risk of dying from the co....

GLOBAL VIEW | ROLE MODEL

Law firms can lead business world on innovation, says top legal practice

Law firms have an opportunity to set an example to other organisations, according to Andrew Cunningham, partner and innovation and networks leader at ....

BIG STORIES | COSTS

CC frustrates future UK trainees by cutting funding on skills course

Clifford Chance has just informed its intake of trainees for next year that it has stopped funding the trainees during the week-long Professional ....

GLOBAL VIEW | PETROBRAS SCANDAL

Top former A&O partner charged in Petrobras probe

The Allen & Overy partner who used to be head of its Dutch practice has been charged by the Brazilian Public Prosecutor's Office in relation t....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Slater & Gordon defends its disclosure record as problems mount

Slater & Gordon has defended its record in disclosing information on a timely basis, even though it has accepted that it took nine days to reveal ....

GLOBAL VIEW | TEAM TRANSFERS

Clyde recruits five-partner insurance team in Australia

Clyde & Co is recruiting a team of five partners in Sydney from Lee & Lyons to boost its insurance team in Australia.....

BIG STORIES | TRANSACTIONS

Lawyers optimistic about next year as M&A world breaks 2007 record

Deals in the pharma, energy and consumer sectors have pushed the world's M&A activity to an all-time high, with lawyers feeling that the s....

BIG STORIES | ROBOTICS

Drone purchase boom over Christmas could result in consumer fines

New drone rules in Ireland, the US, Australia and other countries could lead to the levying of fines on consumers around the world, as drones are expe....

BIG STORIES | HOMICIDE

Disbarred lawyer arrested for murder of 19-year old wife in 1973

A 73-year old lawyer named Donnie Rudd has been arrested in relation to the murder of Noreen Rudd, who died in a single vehicle crash just 28 days....

BIG STORIES | MINDFULNESS

Herbert Smith programme leads to 35pc reduction in stress

A series of programmes run over the last year on mindfulness has produced 'extraordinary' results, including a 35 per cent increase in effecti....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW FIRM EXPANSION

Dentons opens first Latin America offices through mergers

The world's largest law firm says that it is establishing a 'physical presence ... in Latin America for the first time, with offices in two of....

GLOBAL VIEW | FICTION

Novel Biglaw offers nightmare setting as Christmas read

A novel by a former Schulte Roth & Zabel lawyer named Biglaw that depicts a hellish law firm environment is being tipped by Above the Law as an &#....

GLOBAL VIEW | ROBOTICS

US states warned against conflicting drone regulation

The Federal Aviation Administration has warned states, cities and other local legislators against exceeding their authority by making drone regulation....

GLOBAL VIEW | GROWTH AND DECLINE

DLA and Norton Rose partnerships shrink in Australia

DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright are two of the biggest international names to demonstrate a trend for reducing partner numbers in Australia in 201....

GLOBAL VIEW | GROWTH STRATEGY

Simmons states preference for specialist over generalist lawyers

Announcing a modest 1 per cent H1 increase in revenues, Simmons & Simmons has revealed its intentions to target high-growth areas and to enco....

GLOBAL VIEW | JOB OPENINGS

Litigation seen as the main boom area by US lawyers

Litigation is cited by 32 per cent of lawyers surveyed by Robert Half Legal as offering the greatest number of job opportunities in the first half of ....

BIG STORIES | PREDICTIONS

Volatility and battles for lateral hires forecast for law firms in 2016

Lateral hires are likely to play a key role in the success or failure of law firms next year - against a background of volatility, according to pr....

BIG STORIES | NEWLAW

Utah creates new form of legal practitioner

People with a law degree will be able to operate as 'limited legal practitioners' in the US state and will probably be involved in helping ind....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW FIRM MERGERS

US merger levels to continue during 2016 as firms chase new markets

The main reason behind the 438 law firm mergers that took place between 2011 and 2014 is geographical expansion, according to consultants Fairfax Asso....

GLOBAL VIEW | HERO LAWYERS

Debevoise partner pulls man to safety from train rails

Eric Dinallo, who stood to be New York State Attorney General in 2010, pulled a man out of the path of a subway train in Manhattan last week.....

GLOBAL VIEW | WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Legal sector creates flexible career pattern through contract lawyer units

A 'new class of lawyers' has been created by Peerpoint, Obelisk, Vario and other organisations that act as temporary employment platforms for ....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM EXPANSION

DWF and Pinsents announce German moves

UK-based DWF is to merge with a German practice on 1 January, taking the combined group to a joint turnover of £194m and a team of 2,360 peo....

GLOBAL VIEW | FORECASTING

High activity predicted for M&A legal sector next year

Mega deals and greater inflows of foreign capital are expected to be features of a strong M&A market in Australia in 2016, according to an analysi....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL RESULTS

Listed law firm sees 11pc hike in revenue

Gateley, which floated on the London AIM market in June, has just announced that its turnover rose 10.9 per cent in the six months to the end of Octob....

BIG STORIES | LEADING LAWYERS

Litigation giants clash as Dershowitz and Boies exchange blows

David Boies of Boies Schiller & Flexner has described comments from Alan Dershowitz, onetime defender of Claus von Bulow and Mike Tyson, as 'm....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM EXPANSION

Fox Rothschild to grow 10pc with Minneapolis merger

US law firm Fox Rothschild will be represented in 12 states after its 4 January merger with Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly.....

GLOBAL VIEW | FREELANCE

Demand for contract lawyers to be pushed up by market uncertainty

Pricing pressure and uncertainties over workflow are two of the main drivers behind the growing demand for freelance lawyers, according to the founder....

GLOBAL VIEW | LOCATION, LOCATION

Law firms play major role in creating most expensive streets in US

The location law firms' offices has been crucial in underpinning the status and value of Fifth Avenue and other famous US streets, according to an....

GLOBAL VIEW | M&A

eDiscovery world shrinks as Consilio acquires Huron Legal

The eDiscovery business Consilio is to take over its far larger competitor on 31 December, as part of a series of purchases it has made this year with....

GLOBAL VIEW | INCOME

Clyde puts on 8pc turnover in H1 financial results

Clyde & Co has increased its turnover by eight per cent (or 10 per cent if a different currency conversion procedure is used) to £192 millio....

BIG STORIES | IN-HOUSE

FTSE 100 in-house legal teams top 10,000 lawyers

The number of lawyers working in FTSE 100 companies is now over 10,000, according to exclusive research from The Lawyer, with the largest in-house....

BIG STORIES | ADMINSTRATION

Addleshaw comes to settlement over £12.6m Berezovsky bill

Addleshaw Goddard has settled with the administrators of the estate of Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch and mathematician who was found dead, ag....

GLOBAL VIEW | RECRUITMENT

Legal recruitment markets go into boom in European hotspots

Transactional lawyers are so much in demand in top locations such as Frankfurt and Warsaw that employers are looking to take on foreign lawyers in ord....

GLOBAL VIEW | ASSOCIATES

Boies Schiller boutique leads on bonus payments

Litigation boutique Boies Schiller & Flexner has once again outshone the large US firms with its bonus offerings, reaching up to $350,000 for asso....

GLOBAL VIEW | M&A

Law firms receive wave of work due to insurance sector M&A

Consolidation in the insurance sector is creating a surge in M&A work in the Australian legal market that has been rippling out from in-house ....

BIG STORIES | ROBOTICS

Regulators urged to tackle privacy concerns as drone sales soar

UK regulators are being called on to update privacy rules, in order to cope with a boom in drone sales ahead of Christmas.....

BIG STORIES | IT SYSTEMS

UK e-conveyancing system abandoned leaving Law Soc with £5m costs

The Law Society is to make 'no further investment' in online property conveyancing service Veyo, just seven months after its launch.....

GLOBAL VIEW | ADVERTISING

Texas lawyer achieves 1 million social media views for commercial

Bryan Wilson, the 29-year-old Fort Worth lawyer who calls himself the 'Texas Law Hawk', is regularly seeing his humorous adverts go vi....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER MOVES

Partners warned that firm-hopping could damage their CVs

Partners who are seen to move too often could find that they become 'unattractive as a prospect' to other legal practices, according to Doron ....

GLOBAL VIEW | TECHNOLOGY

Accountants get more out of IT than lawyers

Accountants are more satisfied with their IT systems and are expecting to spend more on them next year than their colleagues in the law, according to ....

BIG STORIES | MARKETING

US law firms suffer from bad branding, suggests PR research

US law firms have branded themselves so poorly that a study carried out on 50 global business managers found that they were more likely to be drawn by....

GLOBAL VIEW | SKILLS

Computer science grads could get the edge on law grads in PI sector

A leading player in the UK personal injury sector has said that he would prefer to recruit computer science graduates to law graduates because of the ....

BIG STORIES | BONUS SEASON

Skadden comes top on associate bonus with extra $10k for high-flyers

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is to give its highest performing associates a bonus of $110,000, beating the $100,000 announced by Cravath S....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM FEES

Allstate GC laments challenges of explaining law firm fees to business

Susie Lees, head of the legal team at US insurer Allstate Corporation, has expressed her frustration over explaining the regular increases in law firm....

BIG STORIES | SETTLEMENT

Clifford Chance settles over Excalibur negligence suit

A professional negligence claim brought against Clifford Chance over the high-profile Excalibur dispute has ended with the firm settling out of co....

BIG STORIES | BIG FOUR ACCOUNTANTS

EY to launch legal risk practice in January

The Big Four accountant has recruited artificial intelligence specialist Matthew Whalley, head of risk at Berwin Leighton Paisner, to head the London&....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW FIRM EXPANSION

Kennedys merges with Danish firm as part of Scandinavian expansion

UK-based insurance specialist Kennedys is merging with a Danish law firm on 1 January, the same date on which it enters into association agreement....

GLOBAL VIEW | HACKING

Law firm inundated with phone calls in apparent scam

A Florida law firm has has been inundated with telephone inquiries after an apparent scammer used a caller ID number that routes phone calls to the fi....

BIG STORIES | FRAUD CHARGES

Dewey ex-chair spared new trial as prosecutors pressure other bosses

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chair Steven Davis is negotiating a deferred-prosecution agreement, while the other two ex-managers of the failed l....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAWYER IN THE DOCK

Lawyer facing murder trial over wife's shooting dies of drug overdose

Mark Madrigali, 60, was due to face a murder trial after admitting to shooting his 51-year old wife, Trivia, in summer 2013 - but he has alway....

GLOBAL VIEW | BIG FOUR ACCOUNTANTS

PwC legal arm makes aggressive push in Australian market

PwC has recruited a senior lawyer who was previously at Gilbert + Tobin with the aim of better understanding how law firms work, rather than simply ac....

BIG STORIES | COMPENSATION

Pay of top earner at Macfarlanes jumps 33pc to £2.4m

Macfarlanes is one of the most successful UK-based international firms and saw its turnover rise 17 per cent in the year ending 30 April 2015, to ....

BIG STORIES | BONUS SEASON

Cravath kicks off Christmas bonus season with $15k bottom rung deal

Within hours of the news about the Cravath Swaine bonuses, the firm had been matched in its offerings, which go up to $100,000, by Paul, Weiss, Rifkin....

GLOBAL VIEW | LAW FIRM EXPANSION

DWF opens office in Brussels

The Brussels move gives the UK-based law firm its second office abroad, having launched a base in Dubai earlier this year.....

GLOBAL VIEW | ASIA EXPANSION

Olswang extends reach to Hong Kong and Singapore through tie-ups

UK-based international law firm Olswang has announced non-exclusive associations with Haldanes in Hong Kong and Holborn in Singapore.....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Jones Day surpasses Skadden Arps as world's biggest litigation earner

Jones Day pulled ahead of its rival by earning $1.1 billion in 2014, according to a global top 50 ranking from The Lawyer.....

GLOBAL VIEW | NEWLAW

LegalZoom acquires UK firm ahead of formal launch in 2016

LegalZoom, which proclaims itself to be the most recognised legal brand in the US, has acquired a Yorkshire law firm through which it plans to expand ....

GLOBAL VIEW | SUPERSTORE LAW

Walmart law firm moves into second phase of expansion

In accordance with growth plans set a year ago, Axess Law, which operates from ten locations in Walmart stores in and around Toronto, is planning to o....

GLOBAL VIEW | STRATEGY

Bakers decide to beef up team in domestic back yard

Baker & McKenzie is putting into effect a growth plan for its North American presence, recognising that only 8 of its 77 offices are located in th....

GLOBAL VIEW | VIOLENCE

Father of class actions held at gunpoint in attack on home

Stanley Chesley, who at the height of his career was one of America's top tort lawyers, was attacked along with his wife, judge Susan Dlott, in a ....

BIG STORIES | CRIMINAL CASE

Prosecutors plan Dewey II trial after jury dismissal

An assistant district attorney has disclosed that plans are afoot to retry a case against Dewey & LeBoeuf's ex-chair Steven Davis and one ....

BIG STORIES | EFFICIENCY

CC to open no frills, hot desking admin base in London Docklands

Clifford Chance is transferring 400 back office staff from its main Canary Wharf office to a lower cost building five minutes away.....

BIG STORIES | NETWORKS

Employment law network expands to Belgium

ELLINT, the Employment & Labor Law Lawyers International group, has recruited Brussels- and Namur-based specialist Sotra.....

BIG STORIES | MERGERS

Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Eggar combine to create 17-office UK firm

The two firms expect to merge formally next month, putting their joint private client offering into the UK's top five and creating a business lega....

BIG STORIES | PHILANTHROPY

US law firms give away turkeys to share celebrations for Thanksgiving

Law firms across the US were giving away turkeys in the run-up to Thanksgiving - including Orlando-based Pendas Law Firm, which has been h....

BIG STORIES | TAX WORK

Skadden Arps advises on nearly half of inversion moves

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is understood to have advised on 12 out of 28 inversion schemes proposed since 2013, including the latest one....

GLOBAL VIEW | COMBINATIONS

South Africa firm enters seventh country by Ghana merger

The 17-fee earner firm ENSafrica has merged with Oxford & Beaumont in Ghana, fulfilling a long-term goal to have a presence in West Africa....

GLOBAL VIEW | EUROPE EXPANSION

Dentons expands to Luxembourg through 34-lawyer firm

Dentons is merging with OPF Partners, taking on its nine partners and 25 other lawyers.....

BIG STORIES | PARTNERSHIP

Weil Gotshal cuts partner promotions by a third

Weil Gotshal & Manges has cut from 12 to eight the number of people it is promoting into the partnership.....

BIG STORIES | ROBOTICS

Mass registration process expected to start for drones in US

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to accept recommendations for a drone registration system. Brendan Schulman, lawyer at DJI, the world&....

BIG STORIES | COMBINATIONS

Addleshaw-Maclays merger pencilled in for May 2016

An English-Scottish law firm merger is understood to have been negotiated between the leadership teams of London-based Addleshaw Goddard and M....

GLOBAL VIEW | ABS

Plexus Law transferred back to founder buyout group

Plexus Law, the defendant insurance arm of the Alternative Business Structure group Parabis, has been transferred back with its 900 staff to founder A....

GLOBAL VIEW | RELATIONSHIPS

Linklaters cuts publicity to charity - now under investigation

Linklaters has distanced itself from a charity which assists Syrian refugees - and which claimed that the law firm was a sponsor.....

GLOBAL VIEW | LONG HOURS CULTURE

Lawyers working over 60 hours per week show most satisfaction

In research carried out and analysed at Indiana University, lawyers exceeding 60 hours weekly show higher satisfaction levels than others in 10 out of....

GLOBAL VIEW | ECONOMIC CLIMATE

Specialist energy firm to close down by year end

Burleson, the Houston-based energy law firm, is to shut all five of its offices by the end of December in response to the downturn in the sector.....

BIG STORIES | TERRORISM

McCarthy Tetrault partner safe after being held hostage in Mali attack

Pierre Boivin, M&A and natural resources specialist at the Canadian law firm, has been released after being taken hostage by Islamic extremists in....

BIG STORIES | M&A

LexisNexis to push on legal analytics after Lex Machina acquisition

LexisNexis has announced that it has taken over Lex Machina, giving the acquired business access to 'a vast collection of litigation documents'....

BIG STORIES | SAUDI ARABIA

Herbert Smith to reopen in Riyadh through association with local firm

Herbert Smith Freehills will again have a presence in Riyadh when, next year, it sets up an exclusive association with Nasser Al-Hamdan.....

BIG STORIES | FACEBOOK

Lawyers risk being struck off over social media, warns US judge

Lawyers need to be careful about clients who try to destroy evidence in the form of social media postings, according to Magistrate Judge Kristen Mix.....

BIG STORIES | OBSTACLES

Unreasonable clients feature high among lawyer gripes

Respondents to an Australasian survey cited resistance to change and inadequate IT as their other two main challenges.....

BIG STORIES | HACKING

One in three top Irish firms subject to cyber attack over last 12 months

A third of the Irish legal top 20 have experienced such an attack in the last year - as evidence emerges that suggests they are more likely to be ....

GLOBAL VIEW | GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS

Law firm wins World Record as oldest practice after 445 years

Thomson Snell & Passmore, based in the UK towns of Dartford and Tunbridge Wells, has been named as the oldest law firm still in operation by the G....

GLOBAL VIEW | PARTNER EXITS

Lathams recruits finance partner from Hogan Lovells

Gary Hamp, the London-based Hogan Lovells finance partner who was head of the Hong Kong practice until last year, is jumping over to join Latham &....

BIG STORIES | POLITICS

Paul, Weiss rolls out red carpet for Clinton

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has hosted a Hillary Clinton fundraising event in New York, charging $2,700 to each person who attended &....

BIG STORIES | OBITUARY

Duane Morris associate who rapped about judge dies aged 25

Kelly Cosby, co-author of a rap song in honour of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died from an aggressive form of melanoma weeks after hearing sh....

BIG STORIES | LAWYER EXITS

GC leaves tech company after cost reduction exercise

Dean Ferris has left Tesco Corporation 'on good terms' and as a 'consequence of ongoing cost reduction exercises among senior management&#....

GLOBAL VIEW | ADMINSTRATION

Parabis Group set for pre-pack break-up and sale

Most of the 2,000 jobs in Parabis Group are expected to be saved when the group is put into administration this week so that its main operating units,....

GLOBAL VIEW | ROBOTICS

US warned of job losses if drone regulations are too tough

Intel has warned the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade that drone development could be driven outside the US if the country over....

BIG STORIES | STRATEGY

Australia - how law firms are adapting to the market

Not even three months into the beginning of this year, Australian insurance law firm Wotton + Kearney was warning about the hacking dangers facing the....

GLOBAL VIEW | BUSINESS MODELS

In-house lawyers start to search out revenue generators

Having traditionally focused on mitigating risk, general counsel are now starting to find ways to money for their employers, according to the head of ....

BIG STORIES | ROBOTICS

Morris Manning starts drone department

The AmLaw 200 firm is setting up a multi-disciplinary team to advise on issues including compliance, insurance, intellectual property, privacy, li....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL HISTORY

Dershowitz starts with Abraham in history of Jewish lawyers

Having joked with Woody Allen that he wished he could have represented Jesus, Professor Alan Dershowitz has written a history of Jewish lawyers runnin....

BIG STORIES | ROBOTICS

Legal secretaries on verge of extinction, according to Oxford University

Legal secretary comes third in a ranking of 366 occupations by their vulnerability to being replaced by automation, with a 98 per cent chance, accordi....

 

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Quebec mosque hires own lawyers to ensure rights of victims

The Quebec City mosque attacked in January by a gunman who killed six worshippers is hiring its own lawyers to observe the trial of the accused shooter, a member of the congregation said on Tuesday.