US and the Americas

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News

London

Paul Hastings ushers in City partner for global co-head role

Paul Hastings is to appoint a London lawyer to the role of global co-managing partner for the first time, in a move that highlights the importance of the City to the strategy of the firm. London office head Ronan O’Sullivan will take up the post from October, The Lawyer has learned, replacing current co-managing partner and Los Angeles […]

Stephen Besen

A&O snares Shearman & Sterling M&A veteran

Allen & Overy has strengthened its M&A practice in New York with the hire of a partner from Shearman & Sterling’s corporate practice. Stephen Besen joins the magic circle firm after 17 years at Shearman & Sterling, further bolstering its US M&A practice. Besen began his legal career in 1983 at Weil Gotshal & Manges. At […]

Money

A&O and Linklaters break into US pay battle with associate salary increases

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have both announced that they are matching Cravath Swaine & Moore’s salary scale in their US offices, two weeks after Clifford Chance hiked newly qualified (NQ) lawyer salaries to $190,000. An internal memo sent by A&O said that salary increases would take effect from 1 July 2018, with pay cheques ranging […]

Analysis

Featured Briefings

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Supreme Court of Canada: The mid-year review

By D. Lynne Watt Given the popularity of our annual SCC Year in Review article, we thought we would provide a mid­year update to check in on what the Court has been doing so far this year and what we can expect for the balance of the year…

3 benefits for lawyers using the cloud under GDPR

By Teresa Matich Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), all businesses, including law firms, have a lot more responsibility when handling their clients’ personal data. Luckily, cloud-based solutions make it a lot easier to ensure you’re following best practices and staying GDPR compliant. This means you can spend less time poring over technical details related […]

Shape your digital services ecosystem to deliver better services to clients

McCann FitzGerald is one of Ireland’s premier law firms, with offices in Dublin, London, New York and Brussels. The award-winning firm, which traces its history back to the 1820s, is owned by the partners and comprises 75 partners and over 380 lawyers and professional staff. The firm has always had a significant focus on international […]

How to cope with rapid growth and increasing regulation

Global infrastructure and real estate investment manager InfraRed Capital Partners is a business accustomed to the challenge of change. Acquired by HSBC at the dawn of the new millennium, then rebranded after a management buyout in 2011, it has since grown rapidly across the network, from New York to London to Sydney. Laurence Hayes, associate […]

SmartLaw 2.0: expert insights for the future of law

A few years ago we offered SmartLaw: expert insights for the future of law. As expected, the legal industry has continued to evolve and so must SmartLaw in order to equip firms for the future. We still believe the original SmartLaw key concepts of clients, culture and technology are essential to successful firms, but we now must […]

Russia increases duties on US goods

On 23 March 2018, the United States of America introduced a special protective measure in the form of increased customs duties on imports for steel and aluminium products, including those originating from the Russian Federation… …The Government of the Russian Federation by its Decision No. 788 dated July 2018, therefore, introduced import customs duties rates […]

How to empower teams to deliver successful projects

A guide on how enterprise collaboration platforms can take the pain out of project management and encourage teamwork How do you currently manage your projects? Do you struggle with keeping track of what stage different parts of the project are at? Is it hard to communicate with everyone in your project team at once? This […]

Expert insights: Modernising the legal pitch process

The fight to win legal clients has never been more fierce than it is today. The drastic increase in the number of law firms, disruptive new business and pricing models, and changing expectations of clients is putting the pressure on like never before. We asked 10 legal marketing and business development experts to share their […]

Redefining the client experience with versatile content hubs

As one of the first firms to provide a range of client-facing online products, Allen & Overy had previously built its own bespoke client portal product, with the technology being a key differentiator for the firm in the legal space. Since then, with the availability of secure cloud solutions, the firm has been able to […]

AI, used correctly, can help solve some of our most pressing employment law issues

By Darran Brennan The World Economic Forum has defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an element of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and something which will change our world and workplaces. This is similar to the changes envisaged during the previous industrial revolutions (let’s not forget the fears of the Luddites) but what is different now […]

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