Morning Briefing: International leadership roles created at Corrs

by John Maguire06 May 2015
International leadership roles created at Corrs
Corrs Chambers Westgarth has created eight new leadership roles in its international business groups as the firm aims to become the most globally-connected Australian law firm. Forty per cent of the firm’s client base comprises international clients. Corrs uses relationships with other law firms around the world for its international practice rather than a network of representative offices. Its new international business group leaders are: Africa: Clare Corke (Africa leader); Stephen Stern (Europe); Alan Churley and David Yates (Middle East); James Whittaker (North America); Christian Owen (South America); and Phil Catania and Rod Dann (UK).
Eversheds hires senior Barclays lawyer for Hong Kong practice
International law firm Eversheds has hired the head of Barclays Bank’s Middle East legal team for its Hong Kong team. Muna Dandan will head up the financial services disputes and investigations practice having spent many years working in the banking and real estate sectors. Prior to that she built her practice in Hong Kong at Reed Smith and Baker & McKenzie.
Expansion for Baker & McKenzie’s Myanmar team
Two senior hires have boosted the team at Baker & McKenzie in Yangon. Ola Nicolai Borge has joined as a partner having previously been managing partner at Grant Thornton Myanmar. The firm also recently hired U Than Maung as senior associate.
Promotions for Watson Farley Williams
Watson Farley Williams is the latest international law firm to announce a round of promotions. The firm has added seven lawyers to the partnership in London, New York, Frankfurt and Paris. In Hong Kong finance specialist Christoforos Bisbikos has been promoted to partner.
Minter Ellison hires real estate lawyer from HSF
Adrian Rich has joined Minter Ellison in Brisbane this week as a special counsel in its real estate practice. Rich joins the team of more than 40 lawyers having previously been at Herbert Smith Freehills.
UK Supreme Court launches “sue-tube”
Video recordings of past cases heard by the UK’s Supreme Court have been made available on line in a bid to cut transcript costs and provide a valuable resource for lawyers. As well as UK cases there are also proceedings of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council which hears appeals from many Commonwealth countries.