Former Clifford Chance Australia trio joins PwC Legal

Brexit hurdle as court rules against government… Dentons launches online resource for startups …

Former Clifford Chance Australia trio joins PwC Legal
Former Clifford Chance Australia trio joins PwC Legal
Mark Pistilli, the co-founder and former managing partner of Clifford Chance Australia has joined PwC Legal just months after launching a boutique firm in Sydney.

He is joined by former Clifford Chance partners Danny Simmons and Joni Henry.

The hires follow that of former Gilbert+Tobin, DLA Piper and legacy Phillips Fox chief Tony Holland; and Paul Saward and Andrew Farr. All three joined in August.
Brexit hurdle as court rules against government
The British government’s plan to begin the process of leaving the EU by the end of March 2017 has hit a major hurdle.

England’s High Court ruled in favour of campaigners who had brought a case against the government claiming it does not have the power, using the royal prerogative, to begin the official process without a parliamentary vote. They were represented by law firms Mishcon de Reya and Edwin Coe.

Under normal circumstances the next step would be to move the case to the Appeals Court but the matter is sufficient to be escalated straight to the Supreme Court instead with a hearing expected on 7th December.

There is speculation that it may prompt an unprecedented move by Supreme Court judges; all eleven hearing the unique case.

President of the Law Society Robert Bourns said: “article 50 explicitly says that notice of intention to withdraw must be given in line with the relevant member state's constitutional processes; we therefore welcome the opportunity for constitutional clarity which this case brings.”
Dentons launches online resource for startups
Dentons has launched an online portal called ventureBeyond to provide legal and strategic resources for startups and emerging growth companies.

"Today's interconnected global marketplace is becoming increasingly complex to navigate, and we are delighted to offer this strategic resource to the global tech and life sciences community," said Victor H. Boyajian, head of Dentons' global Venture Technology practice.

The firm’s venture tech team comprises around 200 lawyers across its global footprint who will provide input to the new portal.

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