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Survey reveals top law firms struggling for gender equality

The UK’S top 100 law firms suffered a collective dip in turnover last year, during a challenging period for the legal sector, according to a new survey.

The survey also found that many big law firms are struggling to achieve gender equality at the highest levels. Just 19 per cent of equity partners in the top 100 law firms are female.

The research from Legal Business magazine found that the UK’s top 100 law firms in 2016 have a combined turnover of £20.19bn, a fall of 2 per cent on the £20.64bn reported in 2015.

The top 100 firms employ 62,214 people, a fall of three per cent on 2015, when they employed 64,024 people.

However, the fall in combined revenues follows the removal of two of the larger, international firms – Dentons and Squire Patton Boggs – from the list because their centres of gravity have moved away from the UK.

DLA Piper, which has large offices in Leeds and Sheffield, remains the UK’s largest firm by revenue, posting a four per cent increase in turnover to £1,586m. Eleven firms in the top 100 have average profits per equity partner of £1m or higher.

Slaughter and May’s partners remain the highest earners – with its top earners taking home more than £3m.

The average profits per equity partner across the 100 rose by 5 per cent to £699,000, giving full-share partners a £32,000 pay rise.

Mark McAteer, the Legal Business managing editor, said: “2016 has been a challenging year for the UK legal professional.”

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Big Law Firms Change Hiring Criteria

While some may view legal analytics to be controversial, now, for the first time, hiring managers at Law Firms can base their hiring decisions on actual performance data. In addition, they can also see valuable information about their candidates’ case volume, type, duration, and even the clients they represent. Leading the change is Miami based, Premonition, a company that is bringing about a fundamental shift in how law firms are recruiting Litigators.


Miami, Florida – August 31, 2016 – (Newswire.com)

The recent arrival of litigation analytics to the legal industry has forced major companies to re-evaluate their choice of lawyers. Law firms are scrambling to catch up, and 19 of the World’s largest 25 firms have changed their recruiting practices in the last month. The sudden arrival of analytics to law, an industry that traditionally hires attorneys based on law firm brand, law school rankings, and peer recognition, has not been without controversy. “Law has historically been a credence good. This means the market relies on elite credentials and firm reputation as a proxy for skill,” explains Professor William Henderson, of Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

While some may view legal analytics to be controversial, now, for the first time, hiring managers can base their hiring decisions on actual performance data. In addition, they can also see valuable information about their candidates’ case volume, type, duration, and even the clients they represent. Leading the change is Miami based, Premonition, a company that is bringing about a fundamental shift in how law firms are recruiting Litigators.

Premonition, the World’s largest litigation database, has recently announced that 19 of the 25 largest law firms in the US are using their analytics products to improve their attorney recruitment process. Premonition is an Artificial Intelligence system that mines Big Data to find top performing Litigators by win rate, case type, case duration and judge. According to the company, “It is x-ray vision for the courtroom.”

Premonition is also impacting the legal industry in other meaningful ways. Many Law firms have struggled to implement effective diversity initiatives. Premonition is helping them bypass these obstacles by shifting the focus away from prestige to actual performance. “Performance transparency is very important, but with this tool, we can now go even further”, says Nissan Canada General Counsel and Premonition Advisory Board Member, Fernando Garcia. “For the first time ever, law firms and corporate counsel can now make true color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender blind hiring decisions. Women and minorities are underrepresented as litigators in major law firms, yet the data shows that they are just as successful, if not more so. The era of guesswork is over. Hiring by metrics has arrived.”

A number of major companies in the insurance market are trialling Premonition’s litigator selection tools with a view to reducing court losses and legal spend. Many see insurer-mandated performance minimums as fueling the need for law firms to hire new attorneys with better litigation track records. “It’s getting harder and harder to sell the time of mediocre litigators.” says Premontion Co-Founder & CEO, Guy Kurlandski, “Transparency is coming.”

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The Herald stages Law Awards of Scotland for first time

THE coveted Law Awards of Scotland are today launched for the first time under The Herald banner.

Scotland’s leading legal awards scheme, held in partnership with recruitment firm HR Consultancy, give law firms the chance to be recognised for the major achievements they have made in the last year.

It is the first time the awards are being staged by The Herald since its publisher, Newsquest Scotland, acquired the rights from Carnyx Group in July.

Regarded as the Oscars of the legal profession, the Law Awards of Scotland brings together the Scottish legal sector’s most influential figures.

They highlight the enormous efforts made by firms to ensure that clients accessing the Scottish judicial system receive the highest standards of advice and service.

Previous winners include Burness Paull, DLA Piper, Harper Macleod and Simpson & Marwick.

Hilary Roberts, managing director of HR Consultancy: “Scotland’s legal industry is going from strength to strength, but what’s most exciting for us in the recruitment business is seeing the abundance of talent currently working in the sector. This country is a hot bed for legal minds and it’s brilliant to see them recognised at these awards.”

There are more than 20 awards up for grabs this year, highlighting the work undertaken by firms, sole practitioners, teams and trainees within Scotland’s judicial system.

HR Consultancy is sponsoring the law firm of the year (over 40 fee earners), while debt management company Stirling Park is sponsoring the awards for litigation firm of the year and debt recovery firm of the year. The Law Society of Scotland is sponsoring the global law firm of the year award.

Graham Matthews, vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland: “The Law Awards play an important role in showcasing some of the very best practice across our profession. Each of the awards highlights some of the outstanding work done by our members from high street firms to multinationals and in-house solicitors, both at home and beyond our borders. We are delighted to support the awards again this year and to celebrate the very best of our truly world-class legal profession”.

Ronnie J Murison, director of Sheriff Officer Services, said: “Stirling Park has supported the Law Awards since its inception and I believe that it is important to recognise high achievers and those spearheading good practice within a legal profession increasingly driven by audit and compliance.”

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Full details are available at www.thelawawards.co.uk or by calling Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407.

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Judge in pipeline case stresses importance of law

BISMARCK—The judge who will decide the immediate future of the Dakota Access Pipeline expressed his belief during his confirmation proceedings that the U.S. Constitution and judicial precedent should lead to a judge’s decisions.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in 2010 responded to questions from U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions and Tom Coburn about his judicial philosophies. Boasberg’s answers tended to stress the importance of following the law. Neither empathy nor sympathy should play a role, he wrote.

“Judges should not work from a desired outcome in assessing the law and facts. Instead, they should follow the law and facts to whatever outcome they dictate,” he wrote.

Boasberg will decide whether to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe pursues a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tribe alleges the corps violated the National Historic Preservation Act while permitting the pipeline, which would take Bakken oil to Illinois. Boasberg plans to rule on the injunction by Sept. 9.

According to his biography on the court’s website, Boasberg attended college at Yale, received a master’s in modern European history from Oxford University, then went back to Yale for law school.

Boasberg served as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, then worked in litigation at two law firms. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., specializing in homicide prosecutions before becoming as an associate judge in the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Pres. Barack Obama in 2010 nominated Boasberg to the District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Senate in March 2011 confirmed the nomination by a 96-0 vote.

According to his public questionnaire at the time of his nomination to the district court, Boasberg has never served in political campaigns or political parties.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in May 2014 appointed Boasberg to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, an 11-judge court that rules on whether the government can use various investigative actions for foreign intelligence purposes.

Since his appointment, Boasberg has presided over several high-publicity cases. In 2015, he ordered the Obama administration to stop detaining immigrants solely for the purpose of deterring others from immigrating illegally, according to the New York Times. Boasberg also earlier this week ordered the U.S. State Department to release additional emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, the Times also reported.

Boasberg in April was ranked No. 1 in a list of seven “rising star” district court judges by legal website Above the Law, as determined by how often other judges cited him in their opinions. The website also called him one of the most influential new judges.

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Scroll Launches Top-Down Social Media Solution for Law Firms

New Platform Allows Law Firm Marketing Directors to Maximize the Power of Social Media by Pushing Content for Attorneys to their LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook Accounts Creating Each Individual Attorney’s Branding Tool


Raleigh, North Carolina – August 26, 2016 – (Newswire.com)

Scroll, LLC, known for its artificially intelligent SmartBoard where humans and robots work together to curate sharable content, announced today that it is bringing to law firms a way to share this content more effectively. This new platform is a complete social media and blogging system where a director can create and manage social media for thousands of attorneys and employees with just a few clicks, while maintaining posts uniquely branded to each individual attorney.

“Allowing the director to have this level of control benefits the entire firm. The marketing professional can now easily create social media campaigns on each attorney’s behalf allowing the attorneys to focus on billable tasks yet remain top of mind on social. The firm benefits by the exponential exposure of the brand through its employees’ contacts that it otherwise would not be able to efficiently manage. It allows everyone in the firm to do the job in which they are most proficient, “said Marlet Edwards, Attorney and Co-founder.

This solution solves two problems. First, most attorneys do not have the time or tech savviness to create and manage their own social media campaigns. This becomes a lost opportunity as they are not staying in front of prospective clients nor showcasing thought leadership that leads to loyalty from current clients.

On the flip side, expecting the centralized marketing director to manage every attorney’s social media campaign is time- and cost- prohibitive without a tool like Scroll’s platform. Now the director can produce thousands of unique posts to LinkedIn, Twitter and/or Facebook with a few clicks on a centralized dashboard. The templates ensure brand control, but the content shows up on social media with each attorney’s unique branding page.

The second challenge this system addresses is the one in which clients expect to know their attorneys better than ever before. Providing the individualized branding tool helps attorneys showcase their strengths and personality in a way that allows them to become known beyond their law practice. This makes today’s clients more comfortable throughout the entire process. In an era of less face to face time, human interaction is at a premium. Every effort at becoming more approachable and personable results in better business development.

This push and pull system also prevents a social media post from inadvertently leading the viewer to a page where a competitor firm may be advertising. Pushing out posts always pulls the viewer back to the attorney’s branded page. The director can easily track results with the dashboard’s analytics tool.

Scroll’s Social Media Platform: Key Features

Centrally create firm-branded social media posts that are automatically personalized with each attorney’s name, bio, video, resources and more, and links to the firm’s website.

Optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing.

Performance Analytics.

The ability to incorporate an artificially intelligent topic-specific news feed that boosts search engine rankings for each attorney’s specific site.

All posts stay organized for later viewing.

Advance scheduling and optimized timing recommendations.

Each user has access to his or her own dashboard to contribute individually.

Top down approach with state of the art security features and links to the firm’s privacy policy and disclaimers.

About Scroll

Scroll provides platforms in machine learning, collaboration and automated marketing to progressive law firms. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Marlet Edwards practiced law for fourteen years before co-founding Scroll. Scroll aims to help law firms better utilize the resources they already have namely their people. To accomplish this, Scroll offers its SmartBoard, an artificially intelligent platform designed to delegate the searching to the machines so that the attorneys simply consult their boards to quickly learn a topic, stay up to date on many industries, collaborate and curate shareable content. Scroll now offers a top down approach for social media posting that stays individually branded. This platform frees the attorneys from managing their own social media campaigns and gives that control to the firm’s marketing experts. Scroll cuts law firm labor costs while simultaneously amplifying business development efforts.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Marlet Edwards at (919) 645-5712 or email at medwards@scrolldigital.com.


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Firms to be blacklisted only in cases of clear criminality: Manohar Parrikar

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Updated: August 26, 2016 7:18 am


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DEFENCE Minister Manohar Parrikar has told The Indian Express that just a few days ago, he has cleared the final draft of the new defence blacklisting policy under which no company should face such an action without clear evidence of corruption or criminality.

His remarks came close on the heels of the Scorpene leak which French company DCNS says it is probing.

Read | Scorpene leak: Navy orders internal audit, contacts French govt

“Companies in future will not be indiscriminately blacklisted unless the charges against them are criminal in nature or they have committed a crime like stealing documents or paying a bribe. Even the fact that allegations against a defence supplier are being examined by the CBI will not be a reason for blacklisting since the CBI can take 10 years to examine and finalise a case. And at the end of it all, the CBI may find the case is not strong enough for conviction,” said Parrikar.

Read | Scorpene submarine ‘unclassified’ documents stolen in 2011, not leaked: French govt source

The Minister said that fresh “guidelines” for blacklisting defence firms were in a brief policy document which was not even 10 pages long and had been sent by the MoD to the Ministry of Law for clearance. He added, “In it, we have listed various pre-blacklisting stages such as the imposition of fines and penalties which would have been stated either in the contract signed with the company or the integrity pact signed by them. Other conditions are also stipulated in the RFP (Request For Proposal). A violation of the integrity pact or the presence of an undisclosed consultant, for instance, could invoke a pre-fixed penalty but will not result in the company being blacklisted.”

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He said he has been vetting all important defence contracts. “What I can say clearly is that nobody can influence my decisions and that is why, at least from the top echelons, I know the contracts we sign are clean. There is no element of mistrust. India always benefits from purchase of weapons and equipment in a multi-vendor situation and that is why, in the new policy, we have made clear criminality alone the basis for any future blacklisting. There is no point of putting deals on hold and slowing down defence procurement.”

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Investigates Claims On Behalf of Investors of Goldcorp, Inc. – GG



NEW YORK, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Pomerantz LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Goldcorp, Inc. (“Goldcorp” or the “Company”)












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Such investors are advised to contact Robert S. Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888-476-6529, ext. 9980.

The investigation concerns whether Goldcorp and certain of its officers and/or directors have violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 


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On August 24, 2016, Reuters reported that Mexican regulators are investigating whether Goldcorp broke any regulations in its handling of a contaminated water leak at Mexico’s biggest goldmine, previously undisclosed to the investing public by the Company. 

On this news, Goldcorp stock fell $1.64, or 9.27%, to close at $16.05 on August 24, 2016.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Florida, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com.

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Senate Retains Law Firm For “Personnel Matter”

Among the payments approved by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office in recent weeks was a $9,000 fee for a law firm representing the state Senate in a personnel matter.

A Senate spokesman declined to comment on the hiring of Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP, citing the unnamed personnel matter.

The firm has been hired in the past by the Senate in order to handle a harassment complaint in the office of Sen. Tony Avella, a Queens Democrat, in 2012. Avella himself was not the target of the complaint.

Democratic Sen. Marc Panepinto of Buffalo abruptly announced this year he would not seek another term in the chamber, at the time citing a “personnel matter” as well as allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Assembly, too, continues to spend on legal fees related to sexual harassment investigations.

DiNapoli’s office reported a combined $85,000 was approved to two firms that have represented the chamber in the ongoing review of harassment policy. The law firms were retained following a spate of sexual harassment scandals involving state lawmakers.

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