UK & Ireland
James Doyle has been vocal about the importance of renewables and energy transition practices, arguing that they are “strategic priorities for the firm and many of our clients”.
The majority of the promotions across the three firms were in the US, however five of Weil Gotshal’s promotions were in its London office.
Oliver Rule specialises in complex financial litigation and is very excited to be joining Enyo Law stating that they are one of the “best disputes firms in London”.
As Andrew Gillen, the previous head, starts his new role as senior partner, Adrian will step up and take over the reigns of the corporate practice.
Ms Boyd carries with her 17 years of assorted experience in multiple areas of procurement. This move is projected to greatly enhance the success of the firm’s full-service strategy in Northern Ireland.
After spending 20 years working accountancy and specialising in Tax, Cormac is heading to Addleshaw’s.
Nadia has accumulated over 10 years of experience working within a big 4 practice and her appointment as tax director and head of compliance has been accepted with open arms by many including the firms head of tax Anthony Smyth.
Following the launch of the Unified Patent Court earlier this year, Anna Wolters-Höhne will guide clients on proceedings. This is a great addition to their IP practice.
Elżbieta will bring over a wealth of key and diverse knowledge and expertise. She has had various roles such as former European Commissioner and Deputy Prime Minister of Poland. She will join Covington’s Public Policy Practice in Brussels.
In an increased effort to build its presence in Germany, Gowling WLG have hired four senior Lawyers from under their rivals’ noses. These rivals include global law firms, Norton Rose Fulbright and DLA Piper.
After only holding the role for a year Lucinda Lyons is taking her expertise to Kennedys.
This addition marks an interesting milestone for the Global 200 Top 10 firm in Australia. Michael Park is their sixth lateral move this year.
This marks a continued shift in Haiwen’s hiring tendencies. They have been deepening their repertoire of senior lawyers with international backgrounds.
This hire is the first one that has been completed by Baker McKenzie & KL Partners’ Joint Venture Law Firm, which was officially launched in October this year.
Ashurst’s Head of Australia Lea Constantine states that Ashurst want to position themselves to be the leading law firm in Australia in the upcoming years. She has plans of bolstering key areas such as their “corporate M&A, digital economy, disputes and investigations, energy transition, funds, risk consulting and New Law division, Ashurst Advance”.
Emilia McKee has been well known as a litigation partner for Ballard Spahr, however she now faces a new role as Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro has appointed her to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.
Jonathan Krause, the firm’s litigation chair, has praised the move as a step in the right direction stating that “We’ve had a really strong track record of success in bringing on Big Law attorneys who found our platform attractive”.
Since 2019 Barnes & Thornburg’s Atlanta office has experienced incredible growth having more than doubled its ranks in the last four years, Daniel A. Cohen who has specialized in College Sports Law is the latest to join their ranks.
Law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti has announced that they will be adding two new associates to their office in Pittsburgh.
The longtime managing partner of Katten’s Chicago office and co-chair of the litigation department Gil Soffer will succeed Roger Furey as chairman, this action will come into effect on July 1, 2024.
In a letter to the Columbia Law community, Dean Gillian Lester said that “It has been a joy to usher nine classes of graduates across the stage (albeit some virtually) who have gone on to become brilliant, skilled, empathic legal professionals equipped with the skills and tools to become the next generation of leaders in our society”, she says this looking back on her illustrious career.
John Jennings, a partner at Nelson Mullings is excited about the moves, stating that Nelson Mullins has a “large number of national clients” who are in need of assistance with navigating the “highly complex and evolving” legal restrictions on hiring foreign workers.
Tara Darling joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in the real estate and financial services department she was previously managing partner of the Cassin & Cassin Dallas office. Her move is a key development as the firm continues to extend its recent hiring efforts in the real estate sector.
After Kenneth Florin steps down in February, Mitchell Nussbaum and Arash Khalili will be taking over the position as co-chairs at the firm.
Michael Rome was formerly a litigation counsel and will join as partner in the firm’s litigation department. He will be spreading his time across the firms LA and San Francisco offices.
The former global managing partners of the firm’s litigation and global corporate practices Joel Ferdinand and Michael Pierson have resigned to start their own private venture, there is a possibility that they could be followed by almost 140 of their former colleagues.
Promotions & Appointments:
Don Hunt is stepping up and taking the legal reigns over the 213-year-old company.
U of A Law Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Terry Martin stated that “her experience within the School of Law and the university, as well as her expertise in legal education and respect of the bench and bar, is unmatched,”. These kind words come as we look back on her 30-year long career at this institution.
Jamel Semper who has been serving New Jersey in public service for the last fifteen years has been promoted to the federal bench. Senator Cory Booker stated, “I know he will be a fair and just jurist.”
Andre Johnston has been elected and this appointment will take effect on the 1st of May 2024. He has been the head of the firms practice in the Middle East and has ambitions of doubling Addleshaw Goddard in size by 2030.
Eckert Seamans Philadelphia branch is receiving new leadership as Marc stein is succeeded by Amy Snyder and Frank Emmerich.
Mergers & Alliances:
Los Angeles Based firm Buchalter has re-emphasized its commitment to making its mark in Sacramento with the acquisition of real estate and trusts boutique Trainor Fairbrook.
After over six years at Brownstein, Erin Eiselein and Anna-Liisa Mullis are joining Greenberg Traurig as shareholders and Ishra Solieman is joining as counsel.
Office Openings & Closing:
The Paris office has recently shifted towards delivering, life science, tech, private assets and private capital practices, this has led to their arbitration team breaking away from the firm. As arbitration teams across the country continue to be cast aside from lucrative cases, this reaction is seemingly more likely to become the norm.
After collaborating with judges who manage most of McLennan County’s family court docket, professor Stephanie Tang has launched a new and exciting Family Law clinic.
Henriot & Associés is the new firm in question, and they aim to stand out in an already saturated field that includes not only established specialty firms but also growing departments of Global 200 players.
The new practice is a sign of the firm’s recent growth in Canada.
This is the firms second office in Continental Europe to have opened. The operation will be spearheaded by two partners and three associates.
This has inspired Paul Hastings and McDermott to act claiming that they will match the Cravath scale.
Leading on from the above article this article discusses how law firms are aiming to match Cravaths scale. Paul Weiss and Baker McKenzie have claimed that they will pay “discretionary” or “premium” bonuses for high performers.
Many firms are pushing to match the Cravath Salary scale, Quinn Emanuel is not only joining this influx but are also projecting themselves to increase profits by more than 20% this year.
One law firm leader has been reported as saying “Our real value proposition is we provide coastal expertise at Midwestern rates,”.
According to a survey completed by Wells Fargo, this year law firms in Atlanta have experienced an increase in billing rates of an average of 9.5% in the 9 months building up until October, this is 1.6% higher than the growth of the wider industry.
Joe Pack, the founding partner of Pack Law spoke on this topic of bankruptcy and the busy times the industry will face in the upcoming year. He said, “The trend in restructuring is that the lawyers are getting much more creative in what options to use to actually restructure businesses, more so than they ever have”.
Technology & Innovation:
Lawyers are looking to history to find precedents set by technological advancements of the past, hoping that it will clarify some of the uncertainties surrounding the impact that AI will have on the legal profession.
Professors at the University of Southern California and University of Minnesota have dubbed their research as the “premier form of randomized controlled trial studying the effects of large language models on legal analysis”.
After researching and reporting on cybersecurity, experts at PWC are arguing that law firms should incorporate an element of “human cyber risk” into their cyber strategies.
Demands for disclosure of AI use have greatly increased in recent years as the use of AI in legal and financial services have increased, some think that this could set up potential headaches for the legal industry.
This question comes as a response to the reality that GDPR has a “right to be forgotten”, but large language models trained on publicly available personal data do not have the option nor the ability to “forget”.
This is a general update on the legal tech market over the past few weeks, covering topics like new partnerships and product launches.
Diversity & Inclusion:
The judge in question is the first person of Dominican descent to preside over the appellate bench.
This article discusses the controversial topic of the diversity statute and claims that congress should take action to amend it to reflect public opinion.
The person in question is Rosato Perea who has been described by the dean of Seattle University School of Law as “a brilliant and highly effective leader, a broadly experienced legal scholar, teacher and law school administrator, and a history-maker and ceiling-shatterer as one of the longest serving law deans of colour, and women law deans, in history”.
Diversity Lab CEO Caren Ulrich Stacy stated that “There’s nothing that makes Mansfield unlawful and it’s really low risk because these are just generally good talent practices”.
This piece discusses how the heightening of the problems in the Middle East has led to lack of compassion and tolerance on US soil amongst certain law firms.
This article delves into the topic of the rising activity of big white collar defence groups, asking the question is enforcement rising or are clients simply being more proactive?
This article offers the market analysis on the impact of big law on new and emerging markets.
A study that has been undertaken by Harbor Law has argued that “Despite the widely anticipated increase in demand for legal services, only 22% of in-house teams plan to increase their use of outside counsel to handle the overflow”.
Singapore is widely seen as the gateway to practices in Southeast Asia. But is it the answer to US Law firms’ woes?
Without the ongoing monitoring of financial performance, firm leaders are putting themselves in a position where they are forced to blindly gamble on the outcome that their firms will stay afloat in the upcoming year, regardless of the circumstances that might be placed in front of them.
This article discusses the current trends in salary raise amongst associates as at least 70 law firms, mainly across the Am Law 100, have increased to $215,000 or more.
This article discusses business development strategy, in particular client and lawyer relationships. Many say there is a lack of personal interest and concern towards clients by lawyers.
This news comes as a new and exciting change following a year of limited and cautious hiring in Japan caused by warnings of economic recession last year.