Asia-Pacific review of the year
23 December 2016
As a side dish to the annual review, here's a round-up of the best and most bizarre Asia-Pacific legal stories of the year.
January to March
The year kicked off with the principled matter of a law student fighting the system to try to use a penis drawing as his official signature
. A couple of KWM lawyers jumped ship early in the year: one left to set up a hangover clinic
, while another quit to make tiny furniture
. Meanwhile, an Australian lawyer mistook himself for Kim Kardashian on social media. Whilst Slater & Gordon's annus horribilis began as it revealed sky-high losses
April to June
Continuing the misery, Slater & Gordon's GC quit after just seven weeks
. Also quitting, a Squire PB associate claimed sexism and crazy hours led her to leave her $400k job
. In Australia, husband and wife HogLove partner team expanded the family.
Up in the air, a DLA Piper tried to find love on an aeroplane
. And a couple of chaps who you may not wish to spend a long-haul flight with: a very aggressive lawyer
, and a Stephenson Harwood Trainee who lamped a partner.
Meanwhile a defendant called a judge a c***
. Whilst one judge slammed barristers for wearing wigs
. Over in Hong Kong a lawyer landed in hot water for taking a selfie in court
July to September
A bonkers firm created a Dungeon Masters website
. And it was alleged that dirty money was washed through Shearman & Sterling
to make Wolf of Wall Street. Also hooked on Hollywood, a defendant called on Jurassic Park
in a desperate plea. And another film featured as a court ordered that Tolkein rings that infringed copyright be destroyed
, but sadly not in the fires of Mordor. Burning bright, a Hogan Lovells lawyer carried the Olympic torch.
October to December
A top Bell Gully partner turned up in an associate's hotel room
. Almost as disturbing, Herbert Smith Freehills taught lawyers how to laugh
. Going for laughs, a lawyer was discovered moonlighting as a YouTube comedian
. At NRF, an associate sued the firm for injury caused by partner bullying
. KWM partners were handed a lifeline
to decide whether to save the firm or shaft it. They opted to shaft
. In more welcome news, Hogan Lovells launched gender transitioning
training for staff. Trying to grab headlines, a firm claimed to have created a robot lawyer (which was sadly neither robot nor lawyer
). And the silly season got off to a bang, as an Ince associate walloped a Kennedys partner.