#MeToo: Dentons launches investigation and puts partner on leave amid reports of sexual misconduct

#MeToo: Dentons launches investigation and puts partner on leave amid reports of sexual misconduct

With the recent #MeToo campaign shining a light on sexual harassment and misogyny across every industry, a Dentons partner has been put on leave of absence while the firm investigates reports of sexual misconduct made against him.

The firm confirmed one of 62 partners who joined Dentons from Maclay Murray & Spens after the firms merged in October last year ‘will not be attending the office while the investigation is ongoing’. Continue reading “#MeToo: Dentons launches investigation and puts partner on leave amid reports of sexual misconduct”

Legal profession lacks diversity in partnership despite changing demographic of profession

Legal profession lacks diversity in partnership despite changing demographic of profession

The number of female practice certificate (PC) holders increased yet again by 3% to 67,393 from 65,147 as at July 2016, yet number of female partners remained relatively stagnant increasing only by seven to 8,105, according to the latest Annual Statistics Report from the Law Society, a trend echoing last year’s report. 

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‘Common business sense’ – Simmons amends partnership deed to block team exits following A&O departures

‘Common business sense’ – Simmons amends partnership deed to block team exits following A&O departures

While Herbert Smith Freehills became embroiled in a very public court battle over a team defection to White & Case in Australia earlier this year, Simmons & Simmons has quietly amended its partnership deed following a group exit to Allen & Overy (A&O) in 2016.

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‘Giving the partnership back’: Linklaters to ditch individual partner metrics to target team performance

‘Giving the partnership back’: Linklaters to ditch individual partner metrics to target team performance

In a highly symbolic break from its 2000s incarnation, Linklaters is to phase out individual partner metrics and annual assessments to focus on broader measures of team and firm performance. Continue reading “‘Giving the partnership back’: Linklaters to ditch individual partner metrics to target team performance”

‘The only resort’: KWM administrators’ interim report says partner exits hastened demise of legacy SJ Berwin

‘The only resort’: KWM administrators’ interim report says partner exits hastened demise of legacy SJ Berwin

Joint King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) EUME administrators Andrew Hosking and Sean Bucknall of Quantuma have said partner exits accelerated the demise of the practice in their first interim report to creditors. Continue reading “‘The only resort’: KWM administrators’ interim report says partner exits hastened demise of legacy SJ Berwin”

KWM latest: European partnership buys more time before administration as Osborne Clarke takes top biller Couter

KWM latest: European partnership buys more time before administration as Osborne Clarke takes top biller Couter

King & Wood Mallesons‘ (KWM) European partnership has filed a new intention of notice to appoint administrators as the firm continues to leak partners. The previous notice has now expired, having been valid for ten working days since 22 December when it was filed. Continue reading “KWM latest: European partnership buys more time before administration as Osborne Clarke takes top biller Couter”