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George C. Kern Jr., Expert in Merger Law, Dies at 86

By CHRISTOPHER DREW  Source: nytimes.com

George C. Kern Jr., an innovative lawyer who played a major role in the corporate takeover battles of the 1980s, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.

His death was confirmed by H. Rodgin Cohen, the senior chairman of Mr. Kern’s former law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell.

Client not-so confidential

Justin Whealing

 A survey of Australia’s largest law firms has shown that client information can be accessed easily by most staff.

The law firm risk management company IntApp has released a survey of 80 risk professionals from 30 of Australia’s largest firms.

The survey, which canvassed risk responsibility, confidentiality and compliance, found that two-thirds of respondents indicated that information about clients is openly accessible to all staff within the firm.

Top 10 U.K. Law Firms Increase Market Share With Overseas Work

By Jeremy Hodges

The U.K.’s 10 largest law firms control nearly half of the revenue for legal services among the country’s top 100 firms and are continuing to increase their share of the market through overseas business.

Most of the top-10 firms already get 40 percent of their revenue from outside the U.K. and are looking to expand through mergers or acquisitions in other countries, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said in a report published today.

K&L Gates adds first post-merger partner to Aussie base

Yun Kriegler   thelawyer.com

K&L Gates’ Sydney office has taken on corporate partner Andrea Beatty, the first partner to join the firm following its 1 January merger with Australian firm Middletons.

Beatty joins K&L Gates from Australian firm HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, where she was a partner. Prior to joining HWL Ebsworth in 2009, she had been a partner at legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) for 11 years.

Bevan Brittan advising on first local authority defamation claim

Katy Dowell  Source: thelawyer.com

One of the country’s smallest local authorities could be the first to bring defamation proceedings under the Localism Act 2011.

Rutland County Council has instructed Bevan Brittan partner Peter Keith Lucas to advise it on potential action against three independent councillors - Richard Gale, David Richardson and Nick Wainwright - who are collectively known as the Rutland Anti-Corruption Party (RACP). They deny the claims.