International firm closes Canberra office

by Steve Randall14 Apr 2017
International firm closes Canberra office
International law firm DLA Piper has closed its office in Canberra according to a news report.

The firm has quit the Australian capital amid partner exits including office managing partner Anthony Willis who joined Maddocks in February.

The report from The Lawyer says that the firm’s government clients in Canberra will be serviced by co-managing partners in Australia, Jim Holding and Melinda Upton, from the remaining offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Four Asia Pacific lawyers make partner in latest Clyde promotions
The latest round of promotions as Clyde & Co has added nine lawyers to the partnership, almost half of them in Asia Pacific.

In Perth, Tim Searle becomes a partner in the insurance practice; insurance saw the lion’s share of promotions across the firm’s global offices.

Kevin Martin is promoted in Hong Kong and China to corporate and insurance partner; Leon Alexander will become partner in trade & commodities/marine in Singapore; and Dennis Wong is promoted to partner in Hong Kong & China’s projects & construction team.

‘Dragged Doctor’ to sue United Airlines over expulsion
The Vietnamese-born doctor who has made headlines around the world after being dragged off an over-booked aircraft is to sue the airline. 

David Dao has hired two attorneys; one specialising in personal injury claims against airlines, and a corporate law specialist.
The case is likely to focus on two key elements.

Firstly, whether United Airlines had a legal right to remove Mr Dao; reports suggest that while the terms of carriage allow for denial of boarding, it does not allow for removal from the aircraft except for certain circumstances.

Secondly, the amount of force used will be a key part of the damages that are sought.