International firm considers redundancies

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International firm considers redundancies
Around 100 jobs are at risk of redundancy at international firm Pinsent Masons.

The roles are all secretarial and the potential losses result from a significant investment in technology and other resources at the firm which have reduced support staff requirements.

However, the Law Society Gazette reports that there will be 50 new administrative assistant roles created and the firm said other reallocation of resources may be possible.

Pinsent Masons recently announced its new office in Melbourne and the Australian expansion of its Vario legal outsourcing business.

Norton Rose Fulbright taps associate firm for Sydney partner
Shamim Razavi is joining the Sydney office of Norton Rose Fulbright as a corporate and M&A partner.

The energy and resources lawyer has extensive experience advising foreign investors in Asia Pacific and will join the office from NRF's Indonesian associate firm TNB & Partners.

Razavi’s appointment follows that of corporate partners Martin Irwin in Sydney and Adam Edelman in Perth who joined this week; and Jasmine Sprange who joins the Sydney office next month.

KWM partner rejoins national firm
Two years after he left to join King & Wood Mallesons, David Fixler has re-joined Corrs Chambers Westgarth as a partner.

The IP lawyer was with Corrs for seven years before moving to KWM almost 2 years ago as a senior associate. He rejoins the national firm in Melbourne and will focus on patent litigation matters.

International firm appoints new arbitration leader
Berwin Leighton Paisner has announced a new head of international arbitration along with two other partners in its Litigation and Corporate Risk practice.

George Burn joins the firm from Vinson & Elkins to lead the international arbitration team while Gavin Margetson joins the firm’s regional arbitration hub in Singapore from Herbert Smith Freehills.

The third partner joining is Richard Chalk, previously with Freshfields in London and Hong Kong. He will be based in London.

Facebook hit with AU$1.8 million data protection fine
Facebook has been fined €1.2 million (around AU$1.8 million) by Spain's data protection watchdog.

The regulator says Facebook collected personal data on Spanish users without informing them of how it was to be used.

According to a report by the regulator said Facebook's privacy policy contains “generic and unclear terms” which do not go far enough to collect consent of users.

Facebook is likely to appeal the decision and told TNW that it complies with EU data protection law through its Irish-based business unit.