Cuts and Redundancies
Norton Rose Fulbright has axed 30 jobs across its Australian offices, in a move that took effect earlier this month (14 November).
Davenport Lyons has closed its film and TV group following the retirement of department head Leon Morgan and senior partner Richard Moxon, resulting in four redundancies.
An unspecified number of jobs have been put at risk in Harper Macleod due to restructuring of its insurance department.
Wragge & Co is the latest firm to transfer a cohort of its support staff to third-party provider Intelligent Office, resulting in 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members opting to take voluntary redundancy.
Ashurst’s collective redundancy consultation has come to an end, with the firm due to cut just over 120 support staff jobs from its City base.
On the Move
Herbert Smith Freehills has named Tokyo managing partner Peter Godwin as the firm’s new regional head of disputes in Asia.
Move of the week
Fox International Channels (FIC) has appointed Francis Chang as its senior vice-president legal and business affairs and general counsel for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
King & Wood Mallesons’ global head of disputes resolution Beau Deleuil is joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Sydney office.
King & Wood Mallesons’ global head of dispute resolution Beau Deleuil is leaving the firm, a month after his appointment to the role.
Education and Training
Lawyer 2B looks at the varied forms of apprenticeships in the legal market, and asks whether they are really the answer to the future of legal education.
West End firm Davenport Lyons is looking to trim its trainee intake, following a “peak” of recruiting eight trainees annually.
Even the prestigious City firms are facing challenges when it comes to recruiting the best as recession-hardened students get tempted by other institutions and with new skills on the must-have list
US firm Davis Polk is to break into the London trainee market with a scheme that will offer a newly qualified salary of £100,000.
Asia Rainmaker Q&A
Having started out as an auditor, Tilleke & Gibbins’ Darani Vachanavuttivong soon made the transition to law, becoming an expert in IP in the process
While many Chinese clients are not yet experienced in managing cross-border M&A transactions, neither are they familiar with using external legal advisors.
The challenges for Korean firms include contraction or very modest growth of legal demand and downward pressure on legal fees.
I studied law in Canada and worked briefly in Canadian firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson.