Morning Briefing: DLA Piper joins with entrepreneur education service; New partners for Corrs

by NZ Lawyer06 Oct 2014
DLA Piper links with business start-ups organisation
As law firms look for new ways to engage with potential new clients DLA Piper has joined with Miami-based entrepreneur education service Venture Hive. DLA Piper’s support for Venture Hive will include legal guidance for start-up companies involved in the Venture Hive program, as well as on-site office hours at Venture Hive. Companies in the Venture Hive program will have access to the firm’s extensive national and international network of resources. The service will be led by two of the law firm’s partners in the city.
 
New partners for Corrs
Corrs Chambers Westgarth has appointed two new partners. Its banking and property finance partnership in Perth is strengthened with the addition of Rebecca Field who joins from Ashurst and has extensive knowledge of the market. Meanwhile in Melbourne there’s a promotion for tax lawyer Rhys Jewell who becomes a partner in the Corporate, Finance and Tax group. These two appointments brings the total number of new partners for the firm to six this year.
 
Simmons & Simmons launches new delivery model
Simmons & Simmons has launched a new alternative delivery model for its clients. The new service, named ‘Simmons & Simmons Adaptive’, offers clients an alternative, flexible legal resource for defined contract assignments. The firm says it will allow them to offer a pool of technically excellent, first-rate lawyers with the experience of working for leading sector clients. For lawyers they say it will offer the opportunity to undertake high calibre work for world-class clients while retaining the flexibility and control to work as they choose.
 
Law firm in $100 million class action against Google
A Los Angeles law firm is threatening a class action against Google over the recent iCloud breach. Entertainment litigation specialist Martin D. Singer of Lavely & Singer has written to the internet firm claiming that it failed to take action to remove access to nude images of actresses which were obtained by a cyber attack on Apple’s iCloud storage service. Singer says that if it had been relatives of Google’s management they would have taken swift action to remove them. The threatened action is believed to involve about a dozen celebrities whose accounts were hacked. The $100 million case is not expected to stand as Google is unlikely to be considered responsible for content of external sites. 

 

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