The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostFri, 05 Jun 2020en-gb(C) 2020 Global City Media LtdPartner leaves Clyde & Co to open Abu Dhabi construction disputes boutiqueMantle Law sets out to offer 'fleet-of-foot' support for sector facing challenging economic headwinds, 04 Jun 2020Baker McKenzie promotes trio of London partners to key practice group roles amid global shake upReshuffle also sees Buenos Aires partner take over as global chair of the healthcare group, 04 Jun 2020New law leader Elevate signs up Hogan Lovells' head of innovationStephen Allen cites 'irresistible' role as he joins Los Angeles-based consulting, technology and services company, 03 Jun 202036 Stone takes on Vannin Capital managing director Paul MartenstynNew director of clerking also signs with professional services consultancy Overture London, 03 Jun 2020Milbank hires debt finance specialist from Allen & Overy to expand Hong Kong officeNew York firm underlines continued commitment to Hong Kong as it raids magic circle UK rival, 03 Jun 2020Dentons global CEO speaks out against racism in wake of George Floyd killingElliott Portnoy describes feelings of 'horror, disgust and sadness' as he joins senior legal figures in condemning killing, 03 Jun 2020Bowmans continues pan-African expansion with Malawi and Zambia office launchesNew openings take Bowmans' African office network to nine across eight countries, 02 Jun 2020Reed Smith to axe London lawyers in Covid-19 measuresFirm-wide pay is cut while 'targeted redundancy programme' will affect fewer than 20 lawyers and 10 staff, 02 Jun 2020Founding partner of Cooley's European practice departs for Brussels boutiqueBecket McGrath joins competition boutique five years after helping West Coast firm launch in London, and then Brussels, 01 Jun 2020Debevoise hires lawyer from Allen & Overy to open Luxembourg officeUS firm cites Brexit as driver for establishing office targeting private equity funds work, 01 Jun 2020Squire Patton Boggs hires six-strong commodities and shipping team from HFW in LondonTop 20 US firm also secures corporate partner from UK rival following on from double hire in Australia, 01 Jun 2020Product liability case filings in US federal courts reach eight-year highShook Hardy & Bacon and Weitz & Luxenberg top product liability firm rankings over last five years, 01 Jun 2020'Liberal' candidates win Hong Kong law society elections with pledge to 'fearlessly' defend rule of lawGrouping, which includes GC of legal recruitment firm, wins four out of five available seats in elections to ruling council, 01 Jun 2020US Federal District Court case activity slows amid Covid-19 crisis, Lex Machina analysis findsAt least 287 cases filed this year were confirmed as a direct result of the pandemic, 29 May 2020DWF CEO Leaitherland resigns making way for former DLA Piper head KnowlesListed UK firm seeks 'strong and experienced leadership' amid pandemic disruption as chairman steps into frontline role, 29 May 2020Morrison & Foerster lands second New York M&A partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerHomegrown partner Omar Pringle follows veteran Mitchell Presser out of UK magic circle firm, 28 May 2020Cozen O'Conner adds group of litigation lawyers from Akin GumpHires include partners Michael McTigue and Meredith Slawe, who will co-chair firm's class actions practice, 28 May 2020Senior Debevoise partner and former justice secretary to co-chair Hong Kong International Arbitration CentreAppointments reflect need to underline independence amid mounting concern over Hong Kong's future, 28 May 2020Business confidence edges up, but a third of firms still predict steep revenue fallsPoll of 170 UK law firms finds 91% have now furloughed staff as they anticipate shift to remote working, 27 May 2020Righting arbitral wrongs: survey comes out against relaxing restrictions on arbitration appealsDespite clear evidence of mistakes, there is little appetite for extending a right to appeal against the merits of arbitral awards, 27 May 2020Italy's BonelliErede expands Ethiopian partner firm with double hireFirm highlights the Horn of Africa as 'incredibly important market', 27 May 2020Morgan Lewis beefs up international funds arm with London team hire from Morrison & FoersterFour-lawyer team will plug into top 10 US firm's 150-strong practice, 26 May 2020Hong Kong Bar Association challenges China's 'worrying' national security lawProposals would allow China to install state security agencies in the former British territory, 26 May 2020Norton Rose Fulbright lays out post Covid-19 office-working plansFirm will only re-open offices gradually amid shift to permanent flexible working model, 25 May 2020Regulatory net tightens over litigation funders as Australian parliament launches class action inquiryDefendant lawyers and business lobby celebrate after double assault on 'booming' class action industry, 22 May 2020India's Trilegal hires brace of partners from Cyril Amarchand MangaldasShruti Rajan and Garima Joshi will bring financial regulatory expertise to firm's corporate practice, 22 May 2020Irish courts thrown into confusion over 'bizarre' two-hour hearing ruleClarity sought over policy for physical court appearances after surprise ruling that sittings could not last for more than two hours, 22 May 2020Freshfields sets up German ethics committee in response to cum-ex scandalMagic circle firm appoints former federal court judge to lead committee and publishes ethics code, 21 May 2020Plans unveiled for legal tech sandbox to fuel innovation in the UKLawtech Sandbox backed by regulators is inspired by scheme credited with kickstarting fintech boom, 21 May 2020UK law firms among global companies backing disability inclusion initiativeCharles Russell Speechlys and Stephenson Harwood sign up as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 21 May 2020'First of many' say administrators as regional law firm is sold in pre-pack dealTop 75 UK firm is created preserving up to 420 jobs after McMillan Williams Solicitors sale, 20 May 2020Deloitte steps up legal push with hire of Luminance chief executiveEmily Foges is tasked with developing new services for accountancy giant's legal arm, 20 May 2020US company leaders admit value of data is tempting businesses to sidestep rules, survey findsSurvey shows 78% of respondents believe companies willing to take risks to unlock greater value despite privacy concerns, 20 May 2020From complete shut-down to great agility: how family courts across the world have responded to Covid-19In a series of reports from New York to Melbourne, senior lawyers assess the effectiveness of family law during lockdown, 19 May 2020Lex Mundi elects S. Horowitz & Co partner as new chairMichelle Liberman replaces outgoing chair Ben Haglund as annual meeting is held remotely for first time, 19 May 2020Chief executive of listed UK law firm joins The Sunday Times 2020 Rich ListKnights' David Beech joins Rihanna¬†as fellow new entrant on list of 1,000 wealthiest people with estimated wealth of £130m, 18 May 2020Top Saudi lawyer defends legal robustness of troubled oil kingdomKhoshaim & Associates managing partner hails measures to open up the Middle East's largest economy as it faces a deep recession, 18 May 2020O'Melveny & Myers elects Bradley Butwin as chair for third termPartners give Butwin stamp of approval after failure of last year's talks with Allen & Overy, 18 May 2020Burford Capital loses fight to force London Stock Exchange to hand over confidential trading dataCommercial Court judge rejects market manipulation claims and says attack on exchange was 'unjustified', 15 May 2020Trio of Indian legal tech startups emerge from Cyril Amarchand's incubator programmeProject to nurture Indian legal tech talent reaches milestone as first cohort emerges from scheme, 15 May 2020Houthoff mourns sudden loss of co-managing partner Gerhard GispenDutch firm pays tribute to 'passionate and collegial' leader with a 'big heart and great ambitions', 14 May 2020Trio of top arbitration bodies form international alliance to hear 'hybrid' Covid-19 compliant hearingsThe International Arbitration Centre Alliance will have centres in Canada, London and Singapore, 14 May 2020Law firm associates expect permanent legal industry change amid Covid-19 job security fearsAround 39% of associates say workloads have been cut even as billable hour targets stay the same, 14 May 2020Vinson & Elkins to close in Beijing as it 'evaluates' future of Hong Kong armHouston-based energy leader says it remains committed to having 'strong Asia footprint', 13 May 2020McDermott hires from three firms to open Atlanta officeSeven-lawyer team assembled from DLA Piper, Kasowitz Benson Torres and Jones Day, 13 May 2020Australian firm McCullough Robertson launches defence and national security businessMcR Defence will be led by former Downer Group managing director Brett Sangster and deputy GC Evan Economo, 13 May 2020Clifford Chance hires Simmons & Simmons' innovation headApril Brousseau joins UK magic circle firm as global lead for innovation, 12 May 2020International Bar Association pulls plug on 2020 Miami annual conferenceGathering of 6,000 lawyers moves online as news emerges of vice president's resignation, 12 May 2020WIPO appoints Singapore Intellectual Property Office chief as new director generalDaren Tang will replace Australia's Francis Gurry, who has been in the top job since 2008, 12 May 2020K&L Gates hires seven-strong restructuring team in FrankfurtTop 50 US firm prepares for significant increase in restructuring work as a result of Covid-19, 11 May 2020Orrick hires senior JP Morgan lawyer to lead diversity pushDuane Hughes will co-ordinate firm's work on $5m Move the Needle Fund to improve diversity, 11 May 2020McCann FitzGerald and William Fry cut pay as Covid-19 reverses Brexit optimism in IrelandDr David Cowan reports on how the Irish legal profession is responding to coronavirus, 11 May 2020Carlton Fields launches dedicated blockchain consultancySQrBlock Solutions will be led by the firm's fintech practice co-chair Huhnsik Chung, 11 May 2020Seyfarth Shaw forms coalition to prevent impact of Covid-19 from undermining diversityUS firm teams up with array of representative groups to establish The Belonging Project, 08 May 2020Facebook's digital currency project Libra names HSBC's chief legal officer as first CEOStuart Levey will join the Libra Association in the summer with a mission to allay regulators' concerns about the currency, 11 May 2020Stephenson Harwood pulls out of Beijing after Asia strategy reviewCEO Eifion Morris restates commitment to Hong Kong although firm will shift the focus of its practice, 07 May 2020Hogan Lovells and Mayer Brown become latest top 20 US firms to cut associate payDuo join Baker McKenzie and Norton Rose Fulbright in reducing salaries in response to Covid-19, 07 May 2020Deutsche Bank names long-time in-house lawyer as new GCKaren Kuder replaces Florian Drinhausen, who quit as GC in April after two years in the job, 07 May 2020Slaughter and May appoints new practice heads across five teamsLeadership changes see Philip Snell step up to head of financing and Richard Swallow heading up disputes, 06 May 2020Kirkland & Ellis hires Wachtell Lipton M&A partner in latest assault on Wall Street eliteEdward Lee joins Chicago giant after advising on 2019's two highest-value deals in rare partner loss for Wachtell, 06 May 2020US firms see sharp slowdown in new matters as coronavirus dents demand, study findsClio research shows that matter creation has fallen by 30% since the start of the year, 06 May 2020Dentons opens for business in ArgentinaGlobal law firm unveils combination with leading Argentinian firm Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena, 13 May 2020Mishcon de Reya hires two-partner Withers team to open in SingaporeTop 30 UK firm looks east as it targets private client work having recently pulled out of New York, 05 May 2020RPC Singapore joint venture hires trio of partners from Bird & BirdAppointments help bolster firm's disputes team after mass-defection to Drew & Napier last year, 05 May 2020Herbert Smith Freehills unveils streamlined leadership structure as it refreshes executive teamIncoming CEO Justin D'Agostino divides firm into two regions and appoints trio of partners to revamped executive board, 05 May 2020CMS replaces Eversheds Sutherland as leading UK law firm brand in Acritas surveyPinsent Masons, DLA Piper and Freshfields also make the top five of the Acritas 2020 UK brand index, 04 May 2020'A passionate champion for social justice' - victims of Covid-19 rememberedQuinn Emanuel partner Steven Edwards, two distinguished retired judges and a prominent LGBT rights campaigner are among lawyers who have died, 04 May 2020Macfarlanes hires former Lord Chancellor and no-deal Brexit campaigner David GaukeHigh-profile Conservative Party Brexit rebel signs up with former firm as head of policy, 01 May 2020BCLP Cubed strikes partnership with Siemens' app development platform MendixTie-up allows BCLP to build rapid tech solutions for in-house teams to support high-volume work, 01 May 2020DLA Piper targets New York and Chicago as it promotes 67 partners across its networkPartner appointments jump in the US but fall in continental Europe as the total number of promotions dips from 2019, 01 May 2020G20 launches regtech sprint to tackle global compliance challengesSaudi G20 Presidency and Bank for International Settlements unveil TechSprint competition, 30 Apr 2020Mueller probe lawyer Andrew Weissmann to return to Jenner & BlockFormer Russia investigation and mafia prosecutor to rejoin firm on 1 July, 30 Apr 2020Asia round-up: Withers grows arbitration in Hong Kong while Ashurst targets Singapore funds workKing & Wood Mallesons and Latham & Watkins also add to the roster of Asia lateral moves with M&A hires, 30 Apr 2020Clifford Chance promotes 26 partners and heralds US and Asia investmentThirty-five per cent of this year's cohort are women, putting CC ahead of rivals Linklaters and Freshfields, but behind Allen & Overy, 29 Apr 2020Burford Capital heralds strong business fundamentals despite double digit falls in revenue and profitsLitigation Funder claims headline figures do not represent true picture of a market-leading business in a growing industry, 28 Apr 2020Ashurst puts partner promotions on hold in response to Covid-19International firm goes out on a limb by putting back promotions after raft of firms press ahead with theirs, 28 Apr 2020BakerHostetler sets up digital transformation team, hires Norton Rose Fulbright partner to co-leadData privacy expert Jeewon Kim Serrato will be based in firm's San Francisco office, 28 Apr 2020Keystone Law cites ethical considerations as it avoids government-funded furlough schemeCEO says scheme is designed for 'genuinely cash-strapped businesses' as top 100 firm posts 16% revenue increase, 28 Apr 2020Wachtell hires former Delaware chief justice and corporate governance campaigner Leo StrineProponent of boardroom reform calls for 'environmentally responsible, sustainable wealth creation', 27 Apr 2020Serle Court launches 'off-the-shelf' arbitration service to bypass Covid-19 court delaysBarristers offer 80-day service as group of senior judges and academics call for courts to be given 'breathing space', 27 Apr 2020Australasia round-up: Jones Day makes Brisbane hire while Buddle Finlay chooses national chairAlso securing new hires are HFW, DLA Piper and Ashurst across Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, 27 Apr 2020Cuatrecasas ramps up Latin America presence with Chile launchSantiago office adds to recent launches in Bogota and Lima., 27 Apr 2020DWF secures additional credit facility to see it through 'extended lockdown'UK's largest listed law firm boosts working capital facilities to £122m and secures easing of some covenants, 24 Apr 2020King & Spalding hires 13-partner West Coast team from Boies SchillerArrivals include Quyen Ta and David Willingham, who had co-led Boies Schiller's San Francisco and LA offices, 24 Apr 2020Lawyer disqualified for lying about lost briefcase launches crowd-funded appealTop legal team steps forward to represent Claire Matthews after case raises mental health concerns, 24 Apr 2020Osborne Clarke to pull out of Hong Kong in face of 'disruption and uncertainty'UK top 50 firm joins Orrick in closing its office in Asia's leading legal hub, 23 Apr 2020CMS Poland hires five private equity lawyers from Clifford ChanceTeam due to start in August in anticipation of M&A surge held back by coronavirus outbreak, 23 Apr 2020CMS unveils 'science-based' targets to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025UK LLP submits goals to UN-backed initiative as part of drive to limit global temperature rise, 22 Apr 2020Gender diversity jumps as Allen & Overy appoints 29 partners including three in New YorkMagic circle UK firm celebrates 'positive impact' of diversity push as 13 women are promoted, 22 Apr 2020Clifford Chance joins UK magic circle rivals in freezing salaries and deferring partner distributionsUK giant says it is 'strong' and 'resilient' after five years of growth; bonus payments will be staggered, 21 Apr 2020Eversheds Sutherland makes up six South Africa partners in bumper round of 38 promotionsPromotions up by 40% this year with the UK, South Africa and Ireland welcoming the most new partners, 21 Apr 2020Fisher & Phillips, Gordon & Rees top US trade secrets litigation firm rankings in 2019Total amount of damages awarded last year rises by almost half to $105m, Lex Machina report shows, 21 Apr 2020Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer makes up 21 partners in male-dominated roundFour women promoted to partnership; US arm boosted by four partner appointments across New York and Washington DC, 20 Apr 2020Herbert Smith Freehills unveils largest partner promotions round for eight yearsFirst pro bono partner among 26 lawyers promoted to partnership across Europe, Asia and Australia, 20 Apr 2020IBA condemns arrests of top Hong Kong barristers over 2019 pro-democracy protestsBarristers Martin Lee QC and Dr Margaret Ng were last year awarded the IBA's Human Rights Award for defending the rule of law, 20 Apr 2020Morrison & Foerster hires Freshfields' US M&A head in New YorkMoFo hails sustained New York push with eye-catching hire from UK rival, 17 Apr 2020London dominates Linklaters partner appointments as it misses gender targetThree women appointed to competition team, but gender balance slips below 30% target, 18 Apr 2020LatAm round-up: Kennedys grows in Peru and McDermott hires private client team from DLA PiperPolsinelli and Herbert Smith Freehills also make Latin America-focused appointments, in Miami and London respectively, 28 Apr 2020Singapore's global dispute resolution reputation grows as arbitration cases hit record in 2019Corporate disputes saw biggest rise at SIAC as cases from India and the Philippines increased, 17 Apr 2020Global duo Hogan Lovells and Ashurst unveil Covid-19 measuresAshurst cuts associate hours and pay by 20%; Hogan Lovells delays some partner distributions and bonuses, 16 Apr 2020