Norton Rose Fulbright merger rumours
Norton Rose Fulbright is reportedly in merger talks with a US-based law firm and is not proceeding with an Australian tie-up, according to reports in UK media.
The Law Society Gazette says that talks between NRF and US-based Chadbourne & Parke are in “advanced stages” and a merger is expected to be announced soon. Neither firm has commented.
Meanwhile, The Lawyer says that NRF has “called off merger talks” with Australian firm Henry Davis York. Again there has been no comment from either firm.
Hogan Lovells appoints global knowledge manager
Hogan Lovells has appointed Katja Ullrich-North as its head of global knowledge management to oversee the firm’s knowledge strategy across its international offices.
She will join the firm next Monday with more than 15 years’ experience as a lawyer and knowledge management professional including senior roles at at Norton Rose Fulbright, Linklaters and Bird & Bird.
Singapore lawyers should seize international opportunity says Law Society chief
The new president of the Law Society of Singapore says local lawyers should seize the opportunity to benefit from the city-state’s international ‘brand’ and sharpen their competitive edge.
In an interview with The Strait Times, Gregory Vijayendran said that thinking of innovative ways to work and being enterprising is key to staving off the threat of foreign law firms in the market.
Vijayendran, a partner at Rajah & Tann, took over as president of the society at the start of the year and will oversee a forthcoming drive to help local firms boost their business capabilities.
First Indian law firm adopts AI
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is partnering with artificial intelligence firm Kira Solutions to become the first Indian law firm to adopt AI.
The firm will follow on the heels of global firms including KWM, Clifford Change and DLA Piper in using technology to provide cost savings and efficiency to clients and managing partner Cyril Shroff says that it recognizes that business challenges of clients come first and the AI solution is one tool to help address that.