Busy week for promotions continues at major firms

by Steve Randall28 Apr 2017
Busy week for promotions continues at major firms
The latest rounds of promotions continue at major law firms with Asia Pacific among the strongest regions for international firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Allen & Overy and Stephenson Harwood.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, three lawyers join the partnership in Australia. They are Matthew Ellis (disputes & litigation) in Melbourne, James Morris (banking) in Sydney, and Jyoti Singh (corporate, M&A and securities) in Melbourne.

The firm has also promoted four Hong Kong partners in its 45-strong global round of which women made up 40 per cent.

Allen & Overy has announced 34 new counsel including Luke Nicholls (corporate) in Perth, Stefanie Benson (corporate) in Sydney, four lawyers in Hong Kong and one in Singapore.

Meanwhile, Elton Chan has been promoted to partner in the finance practice at Stephenson Harwood in Hong Kong.

What advice would you give to a law student?
Lawyers have been sharing the best piece of advice they’ve ever been given and would pass on to law school graduates.

A survey of 350 lawyers in the US and Canada by specialist legal recruiters at Robert Half found that those starting out in the legal profession should ensure they continue to learn and that they take risks.

Matching personal qualities and values with the firm you join and being open to change, including location and the job itself, are also included in the advice.
When dealing with clients, the lawyers advised graduates to treat each one like it’s their first and to listen more than talk.

"Newly minted associates can successfully launch a legal career by managing challenges and setting strategic goals, obtaining a mentor and building professional networks," said Charles Volkert, senior district president of Robert Half Legal.

Murdoch news channel faces multiple law suits
Following the exit of Fox News’ highest profile presenter Bill O’Reilly over inappropriate behaviour, it seems Rupert Murdoch’s news channel is facing fresh accusations.

The Washington Post reports that 13 current and former Fox employees are claiming racial discrimination in three separate lawsuits. All claimants mention the actions of former executive Judith Slater, who was fired by the channel in February.

The lawsuits allege that Slater made racial slurs against several minorities and that top executives had been aware of this behaviour for years.

Fox and parent company 21st Century Fox deny the allegations and Slater’s attorney has called the legal actions “meritless and frivolous.”