Corrs construction specialist joins global firm

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Corrs construction specialist joins global firm
Construction specialist David Starkoff has joined global firm Squires Patton Boggs in Sydney as of counsel in the international dispute team.

Starkoff was formerly with Corrs Chambers Westgarth in the city having been with the firm since the start of his legal career, originally in Brisbane. He was appointed special counsel in 2015.

At Squires, he will work alongside partners Cris Cureton, Brendan Reilly and Avendra Singh.

As well as construction, infrastructure and projects disputes, Starkoff’s experience includes commercial litigation, government enforcement litigation and competition and regulatory advice in the electricity sector.

International firm expands with Saudi partnership
CMS has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Saudi Arabian law firm Feras Al Shawaf.

The two firms will operate a referral network and also seek opportunities to work together.

The partnership expands the Middle East coverage of CMS which also includes Algeria, Iran, Morocco, Oman, Turkey and the UAE, with associated offices in Iraq and Lebanon.

Dorsey office head honoured for contribution to Shanghai
The head of the Shanghai office of international firm Dorsey has been given a prestigious honour.

Peter Corne has received the Magnolia Silver Award from the city’s municipal government for his contributions to the city’s development. It has been bestowed only 1,059 foreigners since it was inaugurated by the city in 1989.

Corne is only one of a few lawyers to receive the honour and is mainly in recognition of his work to develop the dispute resolution capabilities of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Equifax breach victims can sue using a chatbot
The ‘robot’ lawyer mainly known for defeating parking tickets has been given a new role in the wake of the Equifax data breach.

DoNotPay, the AI chatbot-based system created by British entrepreneur Joshua Browder, is available in all 50 US states and estimates that his invention has defeated 375,000 parking tickets in two years.

It does not actually defend clients but helps them to complete documents which can then be printed and filed.

The addition of the potential to help 143 million who have been affected by the data breach at the credit bureau is unlikely to impact on several class action lawsuits that have already been filed.