Latham & Watkins launches new LiveWell Center in Los Angeles

Latham & Watkins LLP today opened the LiveWell Center, the firm’s new on-site health center in its Los Angeles office, managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine. The new center expands the firm’s market-leading well-being platform — LiveWell Latham — which, for over a decade, has provided innovative physical and mental well-being programs designed to meet the unique needs of its personnel.

“I’m thrilled to see the center launch in Los Angeles and proud to be the first law firm in the country with an on-site health center managed by the prestigious Johns Hopkins,” said Larry Seymour, Office Managing Partner in Los Angeles. “This is an important and exciting milestone and is further testament to our strong commitment to support the well-being of our employees.”

The LiveWell Center provides a variety of medical and preventive services such as acute care for minor illnesses and injuries, screenings, flu shots, travel immunisations, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and blood work. The new center will also provide counseling and well-being coaching, chronic disease prevention and management, and physical therapy.

“While many on-site clinics focus primarily on acute care, we intentionally expanded our services to include preventive care, chronic disease management, mental health counseling, and physical therapy,” said Annette Sciallo, Director of Global Benefits & Well-Being at Latham & Watkins. “It’s about removing barriers to care and making it easy for our lawyers and staff to focus on their health proactively.”

These expanded services complement the ongoing programs of LiveWell Latham, the firm’s global health and well-being program, including concerted efforts across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia around mental health, resilience, diabetes prevention, ergonomics, and other areas.

Latham’s Chief Operating Officer LeeAnn Black added: “The LiveWell Center is the latest innovation in our decade-long journey to foster and support a culture of well-being across the firm. The health and well-being of our people remains a top priority for Latham, and we are committed to investing in best-in-class resources that help them thrive.”

LiveWell Center services are available to all lawyers and staff in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles offices, as well as those visiting on firm business — with nearly all services being free of charge.

Johns Hopkins Medicine manages the LiveWell Center in adherence with Johns Hopkins medical protocols. The experienced clinical team is led by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and includes two well-being counselors, two physical therapists, and a Registered Nurse.

The firm plans to open a second LiveWell Center with Johns Hopkins in New York when the office relocates to 1271 Avenue of the Americas in 2020.

About LiveWell Latham

LiveWell Latham, the firm’s global health and well-being program, launched in 2010 and promotes health, safety and overall well-being for Latham attorneys and staff across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our initiatives range from customised resilience and mindfulness programs to bespoke mental health trainings; diabetes prevention to executive health; cancer support to telemedicine; and ergonomics assessments by over 100 in-house trained ergonomics specialists. The firm also runs an annual “Spring Challenge,” entering its 12th year, in which approximately 100 team leaders across the firm lead their offices in a Fitbit-based physical activity competition. These efforts are led by a long-standing dedicated and experienced well-being team focused on the development and implementation of the firm’s innovative program.

Pinsent Masons bolsters its Trade Group in Düsseldorf

Pinsent Masons continues to expand its Competition, EU & Trade Group, with the appointment of competition law specialist, Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Meyer-Lindemann, as a partner in the Düsseldorf office.

Regarded as one of the leading competition practitioners in Germany, he joins from Dechert, where he was a senior partner. Hans Jürgen’s focus will be on clients within the Advanced Manufacturing & Technology (AMT) sector, including Life Sciences.

Hans Jürgen’s work includes handling high-profile merger control cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities; major cartel investigations in a variety of industries; and numerous litigation matters concerning both public and private enforcement before local and district courts, Germany’s Federal Supreme Court and the European courts.

Commenting on Hans Jürgen’s appointment, Alan Davis, Head of Competition, EU & Trade at Pinsent Masons said: “We are delighted to welcome Hans Jürgen to the Competition, EU & Trade Group. Hans Jürgen will work closely with the Head of our German Competition Team, Michael Reich in Munich. His outstanding reputation, track record and wealth of experience in German and EU competition law significantly strengthens our pan-European competition law practice advising on complex merger and anti-trust cases.”

Head of the Advanced Manufacturing & Technology (AMT) sector, Florian von Baum added: “Across the AMT sector, we are seeing more disputes with a competition law background and Hans Jürgen’s expertise means that we can support our clients as their needs develop and change. His skillset, knowledge and experience will enable us to deepen our ability to offer high quality competition law advice across the sector and I look forward to working with Hans Jürgen.”

His appointment follows the appointment of Robert Vidal, formerly head of Taylor Wessing’s UK competition team, in the Competition, EU & Trade Group in London and brings the number of partners in the Group across the UK and Germany to nine. The team is currently advising on EU, UK and German antitrust enforcement investigations in the pharmaceutical, financial services, construction and manufacturing sectors, as well as mergers and market investigations. The team is also advising on a variety of competition litigation matters, including follow-on and stand alone damages claims.

Norton Rose names Andrew Robinson as its new Global Chair

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright today announced that Andrew Robinson has become its Global Chair, effective January 1, 2020.

Andrew is also the firm’s South African Chair and, until recently, the head of its Cape Town office. He has practiced transport law for more than 30 years and has a diverse practice which encompasses both the commercial and litigation aspects of transport and logistics, including: shipping, rail, claims recovery, admiralty, marine insurance, charterparty, oil and gas, international trade, maritime casualty response, subrogated recoveries and marine environmental law. In that time, he has been involved in some of the largest and most complex shipping litigation matters on behalf of both local and foreign clients.

The Global Chair position is for a period of one year. Andrew takes over from Walied Soliman, whose term as Global Chair expired by rotation on December 31, 2019. Walied continues as Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright in Canada.

Peter Martyr, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive, said: “The appointment of Andrew Robinson to the role of Global Chair for Norton Rose Fulbright demonstrates the importance of our African business to the development of the global firm.

In addition, Andrew is an internationally recognised leader in shipping and marine insurance, and this experience will be invaluable as we look to grow our transport practice this year.

I would like to thank Andrew’s predecessor, Walied Soliman, for his contribution to the firm during his year as Global Chair.”

Andrew Robinson, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chair, said: “I am honoured to be appointed to the Global Chair role. The firm has ambitious and exciting plans for this year, and I look forward to playing an active role in the delivery of these.”

Shoosmiths wins panel appointment from Odeon Cinemas

UK law firm Shoosmiths has secured a place on Odeon Cinemas’ revised legal roster – and will provide corporate work to the national chain for the next two years.

Odeon Cinemas has reduced the number of law firms it works with from ten to three.

Odeon’s client partner Paul Batchelor said: “This is a great result for our corporate division, and Shoosmiths, to secure a spot on this large corporate group’s panel.

“We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with Odeon and look forward to working with them for the next two years.”

Odeon Cinemas’ Group Chief Legal & Compliance Officer Chris Thomas said: We’ve been impressed with the support and advice from Shoosmiths and we are pleased that relationship will be ongoing. We look forward to working with Paul and the rest of the team at Shoosmiths.

RPC appoints Director of Information Technology

City-headquartered law firm RPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Denison as Director of Information Technology, starting work at the law firm on 6 January 2020.

Ben will replace interim Director of Information Technology Craig Hawthorne, who will transition to RPC Consulting, RPC’s leading insurance consulting arm, at the end of the financial year.

He will report to the Chief Operating Officer and play an important role in shaping and delivering the firm’s own global technology strategy.

Ben joins RPC from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after five years, where he drove the law enforcement agency’s overhaul of its IT systems, policies, infrastructure and digital transformation into becoming a market leader for the use of technology in the legal sphere.

He managed IT services for over 650 users, including lawyers, investigators, accountants and corporate services teams, and rebuilt the law enforcement agency’s in-house technology team and capabilities to meet the demands of an ever-changing legal environment driven by technological advancements.

Commenting on Ben’s arrival, RPC’s Chief Operating Officer Alistair Johnson said: “We are delighted to welcome Ben at RPC. His experience and track record in dealing with high level and complex technological issues – in particular but not limited to high level challenges of data management and data security – for the SFO will be a great asset to the firm.

A good example of that is – complementing the work driven by Sam Tate, who we hired just over twelve months ago given our view that white collar crime and anti-bribery investigations are increasing under the new SFO’s leadership – delivering clients legal advice on the basis of a sound understanding of the challenges they are likely to face.”

RPC has a strong commitment to innovation and his appointment ensures that RPC continues its path in unleashing the advantages of technological transformation in our industry. I also want to thank Craig for his outstanding work while stepping in as an interim Director of IT and I couldn’t be more delighted that he has agreed to continue his work and transition into an integral role in RPC’s leading consulting arm.”

Adding to this, the Head of RPC’s TMT Group Jeremy Drew said: “I am very excited Ben has decided to join RPC. His hands on experience and knowledge in the technology space will be an immediate advantage in developing innovative solutions for ourselves and our clients – which is where we really want to grow in the next few years.”

Ben Denison said: “I was immediately impressed by RPC’s strong commitment and appetite for innovation, in particular its recognition of the potential that technology has to enhance its internal capabilities, and importantly in how it can be used to transform the delivery of services to clients. I was also particularly drawn to the firm’s genuine commitment to collegiality, collaboration and the highest level of client service; I can’t wait to get started.”

Baker McKenzie announces record global revenues of $2.92B

Baker McKenzie has announced record revenues for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2019 (FY19) of $2.92 billion. In terms of constant currency, Baker McKenzie’s revenues were up 4.4% compared to the previous year. In US dollar terms, the Firm’s reporting currency, this translates into growth of 1.2%, after the effect of adverse currency exchange.

Baker McKenzie remains the most geographically diverse global law firm and all of our regions recorded growth as follows: EMEA +5.2%, AP +2.1%, LA +9.0% and NA +4.0%

All of our key financial metrics improved over last year: revenue growth, net income, profit margin, Profits per Partner (PPP), Revenue per Partner and Profits per Lawyer. We are especially pleased to accomplish this amid a market with flat demand. PPP was up by 3% to $1.48 million in US dollars. Overall net income or profit rose by 2% to $1 billion. Over the last decade the Firm has grown by 40% in terms of revenue and 50% in terms of PPP, outperforming most of our competitors.

Among our standout markets, all with significant double-digit growth, include Bogota, Buenos Aires, London, Prague, Turkey and Warsaw.

Baker McKenzie Acting Chair Jaime Trujillo says, “Recording 4.4 percent growth in a market as challenging as this while maintaining our commitment to all of our offices and our full service offering is a good result. The investments the Firm continues to make in legal services, the centers of excellence we have opened in lower-cost locations, and more effective partnering with clients, supported by long-term investments in industry, practice and client programs have enabled us to show profitable growth.

“This is despite the distinct geopolitical head winds throughout the second half of the year, which prompted our clients to cancel or postpone projects. We are also one of the most geographically diverse professional services firms in the world, both one of our key strengths, and at times a challenge in markets impacted when the US dollar is so strong, as it was this past year.”

Our Future

Jaime concludes, “There have been moments in the past year when the Firm was tested as much as it has been in our 70-year history, but I am extremely proud of how we have come together and dealt with the issues that we have faced. Neither has it been an easy 12 months for the profession as a whole, with softening client demand as a result of geo-political uncertainty, an increasingly competitive market with new entrants and a declining overall market. It takes a Firm like ours with an enormous amount of resilience, experience and strong leadership from all our partners to be confident to face the challenges ahead.”