Clifford Chance staff and fee-earners are being encouraged to use their training hours on technology development, with the firm unveiling a new global programme focused on coding, blockchain and cybersecurity.
The speed of technological progress in the legal industry is raising new questions on how best to equip lawyers in dealing with ever more sophisticated tools. For some law firms, making sure fee-earners are tech-savvy enough to be up to the task means they need to understand the basic rules of coding; the “alphabet” behind […]
Fieldfisher is poised to open two new offices in Spain, The Lawyer understands. The first office will be based in Madrid, an attractive city for law firms due to a strong banking and corporate scene, while the second will be located in Barcelona with the aim of taking advantage of its thriving tech start-up scene. Far […]
Kingsley Napley has announced the hire of Serious Fraud Office (SFO) general counsel Alun Milford, the latest in a string of departures from the Government body. 26-year prosecution veteran Milford will join his new firm as a partner in its criminal litigation team in the new year with the SFO confirming that it will begin […]
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Norton Rose Fulbright and Cravath, Swaine & Moore have spearheaded a proposed merger to create the world’s largest gold miner, valued at $18bn (£13.7bn). The merger between two of the biggest players in the industry sees Canada’s Barrick Gold buy FTSE 100-listed US goldmining company rival Randgold Resources for $6bn, under an all-share agreement. Freshfields has advised Barrick, with a […]
Big Four powerhouse PwC and US firm Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy have entered a strategic alliance to pitch jointly for immigration-related work from clients across the world. PwC’s global immigration practice covers more than 170 countries, while New York-based US immigration specialist Fragomen has more than 50 offices in over 25 countries, including 16 offices across […]
Slaughter and May corporate veteran Nigel Boardman will step down as a partner next April, leaving behind a lustrous and lucrative legacy within the magic circle firm spanning nearly 40 years. When he retires from the partnership as the end of April next year, he will continue at Slaughters as a part-time consultant. Long regarded as […]
Housing set Arden Chambers will merge with public, planning and property set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square effective from 1 October in the latter’s second merger in just over five years. The new set will take 4-5 Gray’s Inn’s name initially, with Arden Chambers senior practice manager Emily Martin continuing to lead the legacy set’s work […]