KWM global managing partner to return to fee-earning
The Australian based global managing partner at King & Wood Mallesons is to step down from the role and return to fee-earning.
Stuart Fuller was a key figure in the combination of legacy firms King & Wood and Mallesons; and the merger of KWM with legacy SJ Berwin. However, the global firm’s Europe, UK and Middle East business has faced some tough times recently including the departure of some leadership figures.
Fuller is expected to step down by the end of this year following five years in the global role. He will continue to be based in the Sydney office.
International firms announce largest merger of the year
Two US-headquartered law firms are to combine to create a U$1 billion firm with 1,000 lawyers across four countries. Washington-based firm Arnold & Porter and New York’s Kaye Scholer will officially merge on 1st
January 2017 to become Arnold & Porter Kaye Schole.
The two firms’ headcount is mostly domestic with 400 in Washington, 325 in New York and 175 in California and smaller offices in Chicago, Denver, Houston and West Palm Beach. Its international locations are Shanghai, London and Frankfurt.
President-Elect Trump could face court within weeks
Donald Trump may be called to appear in court in the coming weeks as a class action begins alleging his university did not deliver on its promise to teach real estate success.
However, it could be an uneasy appearance before Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a man accused of bias by Trump during his election campaign. The judge has Mexican heritage.
On Thursday lawyers for the next US president requested that none of the comments made by Trump during his fight for the White House should be excluded from the court case as being irrelevant to the charges and likely to cause prejudice from jurors.