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BIG STORIES | LEGAL AID CUTS

Parents litigating without lawyers soars in child custody cases

More than 19,000 parents appeared in civil courts with no lawyer in cases about children because of issues in legal aid.....

BIG STORIES | NETWORKING

Five associates start women's partnership network

Five London associates have started a pre-partnership network for the next generation of female solicitors.....

BIG STORIES | MERGER TALKS

No partners to leave Charles Russell or Speechly Bircham after merging

No partners are leaving the two UK firms even though they are merging this November.....

BIG STORIES | CLASS ACTION

Greek investors file notice of lawsuit against Cyprus

A group of Greek investors has filed a notice of dispute against the Republic of Cyprus following the Cyprus financial crisis.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | THE FUTURE OF LAW

Growth of in-house legal teams affecting law firm work

As in-house counsel teams across Australasia are growing due to a market that is more focused on risk and liability, the type of work law firms se....

BIG STORIES | MOVES

BDGC Associés appoints Linklaters M&A team

The French firm has appointed its eighth partner, who is Linklaters M&A partner Marc Loy.....

BIG STORIES | CHARITY

Canadian lawyer hikes Kilimanjaro three times

A Canadian lawyer is on his third hike around Mount Kilmanjaro in an endeavour to raise money for an African charity.....

BIG STORIES | GLOBAL EXPANSION

Baker & McKenzie open 76th office in Brisbane

The law firm has expanded to Brisbane to increase their Australian coverage.....

BIG STORIES | LITIGATION

Shearman & Sterling traded for Stephenson Harwood in case

Shearman & Sterling has lost a litigation mandate after Robert Tchenguiz traded the US firm for Stephenson Harwood in a £300m case.....

BIG STORIES | EMPLOYMENT

Law graduates finding work more easily in big law firms

Law school graduates are finding work easier in larger law firms compared to the past couple of years....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | REPUTATION

Asia Pacific companies worry over reputation

A global survey showed that the majority of those in Asia Pacific think reputational damage will be the most important issue over the next two years.....

BIG STORIES | JURY SUMMONS

Madonna excused from jury duty for being a distraction

The singer was excused early from jury duty because her presence would have been a distraction.....

BIG STORIES | RESULTS

Ashurt's PEP increases by 22 per cent

After merging with Australian outfit Blake Dawson, PEP has grown by 22 per cent.....

BIG STORIES | REAL ESTATE

Former Paul, Weiss partner's penthouse on sale for $15m

Arthur Liman's River House penthouse is selling in Manhattan for $15 million.....

BIG STORIES | RETIREMENT

No comfort for law firms in age verdict

A managing partner at a law firm has lost his case claiming the fixed age to retire at 65 is discriminatory but law firms cannot take comfort from the....

BIG STORIES | MORTGAGES

Lawyers urge against Cypriot bank mortage discount offers

Cypriot property investors alleging they were mis-sold Swiss franc mortgages have been advised not to accept discounted mortgage settlements by th....

BIG STORIES | RESULTS

Eversheds reports two per cent increase in revenues

The London-based firm has also reported an increase in bonuses and PEP.....

MANAGEMENT SPEAK | LLPS

Professional advisory service launched

A new multi-disciplinary partnership alliance has been launched between leading three law firms and an accountancy practice to advise professional....

BIG STORIES | LAW GRADUATES

Law graduates face difficulty obtaining employment

A surplus of lawyers in England and Wales is affecting employment for recently graduated law students.....

BIG STORIES | RESIGNATION

Managing partner of Fitzpatrick Cella quits

Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto has lost its managing partner Colleen Tracy.....

BIG STORIES | COLLECTIVE CONSULTATION

Retailers are not aware of Woolworth case effects, research finds

Bond Dickinson LLP and the British Retail Consortium have found that almost a third of retailers do not fully understand the implications of the Woolw....

BIG STORIES | INTERNATIONAL LAW

British Gov warned over NI 'Troubles' potential breach of international law

Northern Ireland's senior coroner has warned the British government of a breach of international law if it continues to inadequately resource inqu....

BIG STORIES | PATENT LITIGATION

Damages report reveals patent litigation is not value for money

Going to court to litigate patents is costly and does not produce value for money, according to a new report.....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL AID

Lawyers plan 'blackout' to protest legal aid funding

Lawyers in British Columbia are protesting for a month over the decrease of legal aid funding.....

BIG STORIES | JOB PROMOTIONS

Allens to operate under new career framework

The top-tier firm is to launch a new career framework that includes associates and managing associates.....

GLOBAL VIEW | BANKING LITIGATION

New York attorney general files lawsuit against Barclays

Eric T. Schneiderman filed civil charges against Barclays over its private stock trading platform on Wednesday.....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL COSTS

Quinn Emanuel and Samsung fined $2m in lawsuit

Samsung and Quinn Emanuel are to pay Nokia about $1.5m and about $894,000 to Apple for breaking a court order protecting a confidential patent licensi....

BIG STORIES | HACKING TRIAL

DLA Piper client found guilty in phone hacking trial

The phone-hacking trial, one of the most expensive prosecutions ever, saw Kingsley Napley client and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brook....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | BANK OF ENGLAND

Bank of England legal costs double

The Bank of England more than doubled its legal costs to £5m.....

BIG STORIES | MERGING FIRMS

Two Kenyan firms to merge

Hamilton Harrison & Matthews and Oraro Company have announced they are merging.....

MANAGEMENT SPEAK | FUTURE OF LAW

The future of law tops the agenda

Lawyers spoke about the changing law field at ReInvent Law London last week with a wealth of ideas coming to the fore.....

BIG STORIES | GLOBAL EXPANSION

Cooley on the hunt for London's top partners

Silicon Valley law firm Cooley is gearing up for a London launch and is said to be on the hunt for premium partners.....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRMS

UK's largest law firms growing faster than mid-market firms

The UK's largest law firms are growing faster than their mid-size counterparts.....

BIG STORIES | PUBLIC DEFENDERS

Running for political office is harder for public defenders

Having worked as a public defender can hinder a lawyer's chances of gaining political office.....

BIG STORIES | PATENT PENDING

Supreme Court releases opinion on patents

The US Supreme court ruled that substance must determine patentability for an invention, not an abstract idea on a computer.....

BIG STORIES | EMPLOYMENT

Quindell looks to increase legal division staff

Outsourcing company Quindell plc wants 1,500 workers in its legal division staff by the end of 2014.....

GLOBAL VIEW | PAY

Legal recruiter advises firms to increase salaries

Thomas Eckardt, legal consultant at Robert Walters in Sydney, is advising law firms to increase pay raises in the near future or risk losing lawyers.....

BIG STORIES | MAGIC CIRCLE

Clifford Chance looks to cut down management

Clifford Chance is set to vote next month on whether or not it should cut down its management committee from 16 to nine.....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL RANKINGS

Wachtell Lipton is voted the most prestigious US firm

Watchell Lipton Rosen & Katz topped the list again for the 100 most prestigious law firms, a Vault survey found.....

BIG STORIES | GLOBAL EXPANSION

Bingham McCutchen expands services in China

Bingham McCutchen LLP has expanded its services in China, bringing in Fred Chang, who will join as a partner in Beijing....

BIG STORIES | MANAGEMENT

Firms offered funds to increase management skills

Law firms in the UK are being granted up to £300k to improve their management skills, which fall behind international competitors.....

BIG STORIES | SAUDI ARABIA

Lawyers in Saudi Arabia against wearing black robes

Lawyers in Saudi Arabia are continuing to protest a proposal to wear black robes as part of their profession.....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM PRACTICE

Edwards Wildman in talks with London partners

Edwards Wildman is facing claims that five partners are threatening to leave over compensation issues.....

BIG STORIES | HEAD OF LEGAL

Chelsea Football Club appoints first ever head of legal

James Bonington has been appointed as Chelsea Football Club's first ever head of legal.....

BIG STORIES | QUEENSLAND CONTROVERSY

Queensland Bar Association head steps down after controversy

Peter Davis resigned last week after Tim Carmody QC was appointed as Chief Justice of the state's Supreme Court.....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | JOBS

Legal ninja required

A Silicon Valley software company uses the term 'legal ninja' to describe its corporate counsel.....

BIG STORIES | MENTAL HEALTH

DOJ says state bars cannot review mental health status

Assessing the ability of a lawyer to practice law based on mental health is discriminating against people with disabilities.....

BIG STORIES | COURT RULINGS

Judges with daughters more likely to rule in feminist direction

A new study found that judges with daughters are more likely to vote in favour of women's rights.....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL NEWS

Mid-size firms in South of England outperform larger counterparts

A new survey has recorded a six per cent increase for mid-size firms and a thre per cent increase for larger firms in terms of revenue growth in t....

BIG STORIES | GLOBAL EXPANSION

Malaysia opens legal services market

Malaysia is now allowing foreign firms to open within its jurisdiction and from join ventures with domestic firms.....

COMMENTARY | EMPLOYMENT

Tribunal fees deterring employees from suing employers

A shock drop in the number of claims being taken to employment tribunals has sparked a reaction from the top trade union body.....

BIG STORIES | SNOWDEN

Snowden lawyer sells rights of book to Hollywood

US whistle-blower Edward Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has sold film rights of his story to Hollywood Director Oliver Stone, who intends ....

MANAGEMENT SPEAK | CONFIDENTIALITY

Lawyers fail to protect client confidentiality

Lawyers are not taking robust measures to protect their clients' confidentiality through practices like email.....

BIG STORIES | FINES

Court upholds record fine against Intel

The European Union's top court upheld a record $1.43 billion fine against Intel Corp. on Thursday for abusing its power as a top company in the mi....

BIG STORIES | LITIGATION

Lawyer to continue investigation into Fifa corruption allegations

US lawyer Michael Garcia is investigating the alleged corruption of the 2022 World Cup vote, and recently has said he has had access to all the data u....

BIG STORIES | WEALTH

Mischons launches private client office

Law firm Mischon de Reya has become the latest law firm to launch a UK wealth business, establishing Mayfair Private in conjunction with wealth firm O....

BIG STORIES | RACISM

Analysis shows lawyers rank black judges less favourably

A new psychological analysis has shown that lawyers in the state of Massachusetts rate black judges more negatively than their white counterparts on q....

BIG STORIES | INSOLVENCY

Heller Ehrman not entitled to recover profits, federal judge rules

A US federal judge ruled that bankrupt law firm Heller Ehrman cannot recover profits from unfinished hourly fee cases taken to new firms.....

BIG STORIES

Magic circle salary increases reveal competition for talent

Magic circle firms have experienced widespread salary increases as part of the post-recession, indicating that competition is intensifying for the....

BIG STORIES

Microsoft challenges US prosecutors request for data in Ireland

After US prosecutors requested a customer's email stored in Microsoft's data center in Ireland, the technology company objected and said if up....

BIG STORIES | LUXURY

PLMJ targets luxury market

PLMJ has launched a service targeting the luxury real estate marketplace.....

BIG STORIES | MANAGEMENT

Reed Smiths elects new global head

Alexander 'Sandy' Thomas has been elected as global managing parter for a three-year term.....

COMMENTARY | FAMILY

No marriage for half of 20-year-olds

Half of all 20 year olds will never get married, says new research which points ot a generational shift away from marriage.....

BIG STORIES | APPOINTMENT

Mud-slinging in Queensland over Chief Justice appointment

The gloves are off in Queensland over the appointment of a new Chief Justice as the legal establishment rallies against the front-runner.....

BIG STORIES | REGULATION

Texas law firms restricted on employee job titles

Texan law firms are prohibited from using titles such as CEO, according to a court opinion.....

GLOBAL VIEW | DIVERSITY

Linkaters aims to increase female membership by 2018

Linkaters has announced it is aiming for 30 per cent female membership on its executive committee and international board by 2018, making it the first....

 

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