Dentons expands as DLA Piper pulls out of Georgia

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Dentons expands as DLA Piper pulls out of Georgia
Dentons continues to add pins on the map of its global coverage with the hire of a team from DLA Piper enabling it to launch in Georgia. Eleven lawyers will join the firm on 1st May 2017 to provide Dentons with a strategic link between Western Europe and Central Asia.

The team in Tbilisi brings practice and sector capabilities in Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Banking and Finance, Intellectual Property, Energy, Government, and Infrastructure and PPP.

The move sees the end of DLA Piper’s operations in the former Soviet nation.

Linklaters promotes 26 to partnership
Global firm Linklaters has promoted 26 lawyers to its partnership including 5 in Asia Pacific.

Nineteen per cent of the new partners are women and 70 per cent are outside the firm’s UK base. Its total number of partners remains stable at 470.

The Asia Pacific lawyers making partner from 1st May 2017 are:

Iris Leung (Capital Markets) and Sumit Indwar (Financial Regulation Group) in Hong Kong; Laure de Panafieu (Employment and Incentives) and Parthiv Rishi (Mainstream Corporate) in Singapore; and John Xu (Mainstream Corporate) in Shanghai.

Law Society, Bar Council welcome post-Brexit aims for lawyers
The Law Society of England & Wales and The Bar Council have welcomed the aims of a select committee of UK MPs to protect the rights of lawyers post-Brexit.

The House of Commons Justice Select Committee has published a report which recognizes the importance of cross-border co-operation on both criminal and civil law cases.

The Law Society, in welcoming the report, said that the rights of lawyers from the UK and EU to practice in both jurisdictions should be protected.

"English and Welsh law not only underpins global trade but the jurisdiction of England and Wales is also a first choice for business because of our world-renowned legal sector,” Law Society president Robert Bourns said.

The Bar Council also welcomed the report and said that called on the UK government to ensure transitional agreements are in place for when the UK exits the EU.

"The report recognises that the inevitable period of uncertainty during the Brexit negotiations could damage the UK legal services sector, especially in the commercial field,” the Bar Council response says.

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