DLA Piper announces new global scholarship scheme

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DLA Piper announces new global scholarship scheme
A new global scholarship programme for the world’s lest developed nations has been launched by DLA Piper.

In its inaugural year 21 students from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia will receive funding for studies in their own countries along with mentoring from DLA Piper lawyers, and a series of global placements.

"We believe this is the first scholarship programme of its kind and have worked with leaders in the social mobility sphere to create a programme which contributes to the rule of law within least developed countries without acting as a brain drain for talented students,” said the firm’s global co-chair Juan Picón.

Further scholarships will be awarded in December.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth acts for Rebel Wilson in defamation case
Comedian and actress Rebel Wilson has been advised by Corrs Chambers Westgarth in a defamation case against German media company Bauer.

The case surrounded claims made in Bauer’s Australian magazine Woman’s Day. The jury found that all were untrue and that some were motivated by malice.

“The media has a critical role to play in our society. But freedom of the press doesn’t justify chequebook journalism or plagiarism. The jury accepted that Bauer’s magazines engaged in a calculated campaign to capitalise on Rebel Wilson’s public success,” said Corrs Partner Richard Leder, who was the principal Partner on the matter. “Even on the eve of trial, they published a story about her that was simply a fabrication. The jury accepted that their claims were defamatory and untrue.”

Damages will be awarded by the trial judge in the coming week.

International firm adds to Singapore arbitration practice
Former Morgan Lewis Stamford lawyer Timothy Cooke has joined the arbitration practice of Stephen Harwood in Singapore as partner.

Cooke has 17 years’ experience and was called to the Bar in 2000. His practice is focused on international commercial arbitration, based predominantly in Southeast Asia.

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