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SUCCESSION PLANNING Advice for law firms $4.00 • Vol. 23, No. 37 COVERING ONTARIO'S LEGAL SCENE • WWW.LAWTIMESNEWS.COM November 19, 2012 Norton Rose finds U.S. partner in Fulbright & Jaworski Law firm mergers back on L AW TIMES P4 Insights from New Zealand's experience P6 L BY YAMRI TADDESE Law Times boasts 43 offi ces around the world, had a glaring absence in the American market. Norton Rose merged with Ogilvy Renault LLP less than aw fi rm merger activity is picking up once again as the Norton Rose Group adds a U.S. presence through a nearly $2-billion deal with Fulbright & Ja- worski LLP next year, the fi rm announced last week. Th e 2,900-lawyer legal giant, which currently two years ago. It was the fi rst time a Canadian fi rm had leaped into the global legal scene. Last year, Norton Rose added Ma- cleod Dixon LLP to its Canadian presence. For a number of years, the fi rm was on the hunt for a U.S. counterpart to complete the missing piece of the puzzle, says Peter Martyr, the London, England-based global chief execu- tive of Norton Rose. "You can't have a global law fi rm without being in the States," says Martyr, who will be the global chief executive of the merged Norton Rose Fulbright. Although expertise in dispute resolution, corporate law, and litigation overlap between the two fi rms, Martyr says Ful- bright & Jaworski' adds depth to the services the merged entity can off er. "We quite frankly believe that we are creating an unpar- s specialization in health and regulatory law alleled off ering to our clients both in terms of our expertise and our geographic coverage, Rare ruling sends family law litigant to jail for contempt gal service providers according to gross revenues and the num- ber of lawyers. It will have 3,800 lawyers and 1,250 partners. Th e new legal mammoth will operate from 55 offi ces around the world, occupying sectors such as energy, fi nan- cial institutions, infrastructure, mining and commodities, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, technology, and trans- portation. F 'Imprisonment is a rare outcome of contempt,' says Audrey Shecter, who represented the wife. BY MARG. BRUINEMAN For Law Times sharing a pod with six accused killers aſt er a judge found him in contempt of court. "I was sent to jail over a di- vorce," he tells Law Times a week amily law litigant Robert Ross Picken spent 20 days of a 30-day sentence in a maximum-security jail and I haven't even had a ticket in 40 years." Th e spectre of going back to a service manager at a car dealer- ship, a position he held for seven years, and is now unable to pay spousal support. Th e contempt ruling arose aſt er his release. "I've never been to jail before jail looms as the 57-year-old man faces another order in the com- ing weeks. He says he has since been terminated from his job as from his actions in not preserv- ing funds in relation to the sale of a commercial property. Th e Pick- ens purchased the property in Collingwood, Ont., just months before their marriage of 33 years came to an end. "Imprisonment is a rare out- come of contempt," says Audrey Shecter of Basman Smith LLP, who was representing the wife, Brenda Anne Picken. "When we were in court on made a comment that he thought a fi nancial penalty would be ap- propriate for the contempt of his order." What happened in the seven days leading to the judge's fi nal determination on Oct. 17 appears to have made a diff erence in the fi nding against the husband. Aſt er their breakup, the Pick- Oct. 10 to resolve the related issue of the amount of funds owing to the wife, Justice [Cliff ord] Nelson Recruiting? Post your position on GREAT RATES. GREAT REACH. GREAT RESULTS. Contact Sandy Shutt at for details. JobsInLaw 1-8 pg 5X.indd 1 2/15/11 4:12:27 PM ens weren't able to resolve all of their issues and sought family mediation that resulted in a settle- ment in 2009. Th e deal laid out the process for selling the property and the timing for it and deter- mined that the parties would split the net proceeds of the sale. In his endorsement dealing with the contempt charge last See Husband, page 5 Canadian-based global chairman of Norton Rose. Norton Rose Fulbright will be one of the top 10 global le- " says Norman Steinberg, the Peter Martyr, Kenneth Stewart, Norman Steinberg, and Steven Pfeiffer announced the merger between the Norton Rose Group and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP last week. powerful brands in order to coin the Norton Rose Fulbright title. Th e merger deal is set to close in June 2013. Executives from the two fi rms say they chose the most See FMC, page 5 ntitled-4 1 12-03-20 10:44 AM ARTICLING OPTIONS FOCUS ON Environmental Law P9 PM #40762529

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