Global firm announces one of its largest Asia-Pac promotion rounds

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The latest round of promotions at Allen & Overy includes one of the firm’s largest ever cohort of new Asia Pacific partners.

The firm has promoted 20 lawyers to partner across its global offices, 7 of them in Asia Pacific.

In Perth, litigation lawyer David Jenaway makes partner. There are 5 new partners in Singapore: Sheila Ahuja (litigation); Chris Bishop and Scott Lovell (banking); Tim Beech (ICM); and James Mythen (corporate). Henry Sohn is promoted to banking partner in Seoul.

“The international spread of this year’s new partners is testament to our continued investment in a global offering which has proved so compelling to clients,” commented managing partner Andrew Ballheimer. “I would like to congratulate each of the candidates on their achievement and welcome them to the partnership.”

Clyde & Co strengthens cybersecurity capabilities in Sydney
John Moran has joined Clyde & Co in Sydney as a partner, complementing the firm’s insurance footprint in Australia with a practice focusing on cybersecurity and IT liability, professional indemnity, financial institutions and directors & officers.

John’s specialisms led to him leading the establishment of the data breach incident response team at his former firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, where he made partner in 2016.

He is admitted to practice in New South Wales, Ireland, and England & Wales; and moved to Australia in 2012 having practiced in Dublin and London.

These lawyers could become extinct warns Law Society
A crisis is looming in the UK’s criminal justice system as young lawyers shun state-funded criminal defence work.

The number of criminal defence lawyers has been highlighted by the Law Society of England & Wales, which says that these lawyers risk extinction.

“The justice system is facing a cliff edge scenario; criminal duty solicitors are part of an increasingly ageing profession, and government cuts mean there are not enough young lawyers entering the field of criminal defence work,” said Law Society president Joe Egan.

He added that if this decline is not halted, in the next 5-10 years many regions could be left without sufficient lawyers willing to provide criminal defence advice for those arrested and requiring a ‘duty solicitor’.

The Law Society is urging the UK government to take action to safeguard a fundamental part of the country’s justice system.

“Twenty years without any increases in fees, and a series of drastic cuts have pushed the criminal justice system to the point where lawyers can no longer see a viable career doing this work,” he said.


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