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Up to 40 staff may be leaving Reed Smith in HK

Denise Jong, the APAC managing partner of Reed Smith Richards Butler, has confirmed that up to 40 people could be leaving the firm soon, including partners, fee-earners and secretaries.

While the exact number is still up in the air, Jong confirmed to Leaders in Law that the firm is aware of the intentions of David Morrison and five other partners from the firm’s Hong Kong-based disputes team to join MinterEllison in January next year.

The other partners are believed to be William Barber, Alex Kaung, Eddy So, Nathan Dentice, and Desmond Yu. MinterEllison could not be reached for comment. In a media release supplied to ALB, Jong said that conflicts in any law firm “as large and complex as Reed Smith” are a fact of life.

“It is inevitable that, over time, certain representations taken by the firm pose issues for litigators whose clients might need to be adverse to an industry focus of the firm,” she said.

“Our Hong Kong office has a strong and diverse litigation group, as well as a leading corporate group in Hong Kong and Asia. Notwithstanding the departures, we will continue to have 20 partners and, in total, about 100 fee earners in our Hong Kong office, one of four offices in Asia.”

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DLA Piper’s 2018 Global Technology Summit

On Day 1 of DLA Piper’s 2018 Global Technology Summit, Louis Lehot, co-managing partner of DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley office and co-chair of the firm’s Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice, gave a shout-out to the “super heroes of tech” while leading a discussion on the “Rule of 40,” what to anticipate in an exit and the role of talent in an acquisition, among other hot topics. #DLAPiperTech18

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Irwin Mitchell – Personal Injury TV advert

Our solicitors can help you with a personal injury claim that focuses not just on compensation, but also on helping you with rehabilitation and support. We offer the expert hand with the human touch.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2018): Test Drive With Dave Erickson

The Mercedes-Benz E‑Class starts into the new model year extensively enhanced. The model series narrows the gap to the S-Class with the cutting-edge driving assistance systems. The new SPORTSTYLE Package for the Saloon and Estate models combines attractive exterior and interior equipment features.

With the Driving Assistance Package, all E-Class Saloon and Estate models come with the driving assistance systems that feature the range of functions with route-based driver support familiar from the S-Class. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist now provide even more comfortable support for the driver in steering and keeping a safe distance – the speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts.

There is a choice of five driving programs and four operating modes, allowing the powertrain management strategy to be adapted both to the driver’s requirements and to the on-board energy supplies. This control system achieves its highest efficiency in the Economy or Comfort program as it accesses the data of all the driver assistance systems – such as radar sensors, camera and navigation system – and outperforms any driver when it comes to anticipatory driving. The powertrain management takes account of the topography, route and traffic situation to calculate precisely when it is best for the driver to come off the accelerator (and use the momentum for charging), when and how often the transmission should change gear to save fuel and maximise the range of the electric drive, and how the operating temperature of all major components needs to be controlled to negotiate the next uphill gradient efficiently.

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Lawyer Affinity Groups at Latham & Watkins

Our lawyers are more than just lawyers. They’re also parents, runners, musicians, bakers, high-altitude climbers, and so much more, and we’re proud to support their multifaceted identities through our firmwide affinity groups.

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The Deloitte Legal Experience | Deloitte Legal

In today’s business world, you need to be ready for tomorrow. Deloitte Legal works with you (not just for you) so that you can make an impact that matters. Experience the future of law, today.

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An introduction to our law firm: Allen & Overy

At a time of significant change in the legal industry, we are determined to continue leading the market as we have done throughout our 88-year history. We will do this by ensuring we always challenge ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s leading businesses on transactions that have changed their industries. These include advising: HSBC globally on the project to restructure its legal and business structure to meet the post-crisis regulatory reform agenda and is the single largest project undertaken by the UK financial services industry to date; 21st Century Fox on its proposed acquisition by The Walt Disney Company; the second restructuring of Edcon Holdings Ltd and Edcon Ltd, one of the market’s most significant restructurings, which brought together experts advising on South African law, English law and New York law; and Worldpay on its merger with Vantiv, which involved lawyers from 20 A&O offices.

Building on our long heritage enables us to attract the most talented people and continue to deliver this level of innovation with and for our clients.

To support our clients’ international strategies, we have built a truly global network now spanning 44 offices in 31 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in over 100 countries where we do not have a presence. This network makes us one of the largest and most connected law firms in the world, with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.

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Clifford Chance Graduates: Are You Ready?

As a leading law firm, we recruit the best talent from around the world. It is essential to our commercial strategy that we foster an inclusive culture so that we can provide our clients with the best advice.

Our clients are made up of a diverse range of businesses. To find ever better solutions to our clients’ most important challenges, we must build the best team, made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds, which is nurtured and developed in an inclusive and collegiate environment.

We are committed to increasing diversity within the firm and report yearly on the inclusion and diversity commitments we have made. These include our target of improving the gender balance in our partnership, so that women make up at least 30%, and our undertaking to improve ethnic diversity within the firm.

We are focused on promoting social mobility, particularly through our London recruitment process, and are involved in a number of initiatives, which aim to attract and support employees from less advantaged backgrounds.

Inclusion and diversity is not just a commercial imperative for the firm. It is also important to our people, many of whom are involved in internal diversity networks, such as Arcus, our global LGBT+ network.

The work we have been doing at both a global and a local level was recognised when we were ranked in 2017 among the top 5 UK best employers for LGBT+ colleagues in the 2017 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. We were also recognised in the Asian Legal Business Diversity List 2016. Our managing partner, Matthew Layton, features on the 2016 OUTstanding Leading Ally Executives List, presented by the Financial Times. The list recognises leading individuals in business who have made a significant contribution to LGBT+ inclusion.

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Linklaters launches employment platform for tech start-ups

Linklaters has launched an innovative platform aimed at helping tech entrepreneurs turn their small business into a company with the potential to grow. TechLinks, a new online resource, will offer a select number of small and start-up technology businesses access to key employment documents and resources from one of the leading magic circle firms, providing them with vital company guidance on how to legally protect and enhance their business when building a workforce.

TechLinks offers an interactive site where tech businesses can download employment contracts and other resources which are the essential building blocks of a secure and stable company. It will also provide insights and trends on the current market and a glossary of terms to make it accessible to those without a legal background.

David Speakman, Counsel at Linklaters commented:

“We have found that start-ups and small technology businesses have a need to protect the value in their business. Key questions need to be addressed at an early stage of their development, such as what happens if their key employees (often the founders) leave before the business gets to a sale or how to properly protect the business’ unique IP. This is also important when the business seeks investment, as investors will look to see if these protections are in place. We hope that TechLinks will help companies get the basics right from the start.”

Laurie Ollivent, Practice Development Lawyer at Linklaters, has been working alongside small and start-up technology businesses at WeWork. She said:

“By working alongside small tech businesses we have gained a real understanding of the issues these businesses face during the early stages of their development. We are able to bring together this insight with our longstanding experience of working with large, multinational tech companies to provide small and start up tech businesses with the guidance they need in the early stages to enable them to build their teams the right way from the start, attract and retain talent, avoid future disputes and appeal to investors.”

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Helping The Ocean Cleanup

Since 2016, a team of Latham lawyers has advised The Ocean Cleanup as it navigates regulatory matters and develops innovative technologies to clean up the world’s oceans. In September 2018, TOC launched its pilot its system in the Pacific Ocean; if successful, TOC will launch 60 systems, aiming for an estimated 90 percent reduction in trash and floating debris by 2040.

Our firm’s Pro Bono and Executive Committees recently honoured the team who handles our pro bono work with this innovative non-profit with the 2018 Robert M. Dell Prize for Extraordinary Public Service, in recognition of their tremendous effort and dedication to pro bono.