Pulse UK

  • June 25, 2024

    SRA Board's Upcoming CILEX Decision Faces Uphill Battle

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to decide on proposals to take charge of overseeing legal executives at a board meeting Tuesday, with the plan facing an uphill battle in the teeth of strong opposition from the Law Society and others in the industry.

  • June 25, 2024

    Top White-Collar Barrister Jumps Ship To Fountain Court

    A top corporate crime barrister has joined Fountain Court Chambers to boost its offering to high-net-worth individuals and corporate defendants in major investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and other authorities, the set has said.

  • June 25, 2024

    Paul Hastings Hires Finance Pro Reena Gogna From Weil

    Paul Hastings LLP has recruited a finance specialist from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in London to boost its offering to lenders in leveraged finance transactions and other complex deals.

  • June 24, 2024

    High Court Pay Not For Temp Judges, Master Of The Rolls Says

    The master of the rolls told an employment tribunal Monday that permanent High Court judges are in a different category to those who occasionally take on High Court duties, weighing in on a claim brought by judges who say they should be paid the same wages as permanent judges when they periodically sit at the High Court.

  • June 24, 2024

    Ex-Luminance CEO Joins The Barrister Group As COO

    The Barrister Group, which serves clients in England and Wales, announced on Monday the appointment of a chief operating officer with experience leading legal artificial intelligence co-pilot Luminance Technologies Ltd.

  • June 24, 2024

    Dentons' Inadvertent AML Error Wasn't SRA Misconduct

    Dentons' U.K. arm failed in handling anti-money laundering checks on a politically exposed former client, but its oversight was entirely inadvertent and therefore did not amount to professional misconduct, a London tribunal has ruled.

  • June 24, 2024

    Herbert Smith Launches ESG Regulations Monitoring Tool

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP on Monday launched a tool designed to help businesses stay up to date with the evolving landscape of environmental, social and governance regulations and reporting requirements.

  • June 24, 2024

    Duane Morris Appoints New Immigration Law Chair

    Philadelphia-based Duane Morris LLP announced on Friday the appointment of business immigration partner Ted J. Chiappari as chair of its immigration division, part of its employment, labor, benefits and immigration practice.

  • June 24, 2024

    Retired Judges Lose Appeal In Pension Row With MoJ

    An appeals tribunal ruled Monday that the Ministry of Justice did not discriminate against three judges when it switched their pension schemes, ruling that their new judicial posts — rather than their part-time worker status — caused the change.

  • June 24, 2024

    Clifford Chance Launches Support Hub In Poland

    Clifford Chance LLP said Monday that it has launched a new operational hub in Poland to further help its lawyers spend more time delivering high-level legal advice on large and complex projects.

  • June 24, 2024

    UAE Fund Can't Shake Asset Freeze As Mogul Chases £20M

    A London court agreed on Monday to continue a worldwide asset freezing order against a UAE sovereign wealth fund to allow an aviation tycoon to attempt to recover more than £20 million ($25.4 million) after a fraud allegedly assisted by a Dechert LLP partner.

  • June 24, 2024

    Charity Urges Better Ways To Fight Investment Greenwashing

    A legal environmental charity on Monday called for stronger measures to address the practice of misrepresenting financial products as environmentally friendly when they do not meet the necessary sustainability criteria.

  • June 24, 2024

    Ex-Clifford Chance Brussels Chief Barred From Running Firms

    A former managing partner of Clifford Chance LLP in Brussels has been temporarily banned from accessing client money or from running a law firm, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • June 21, 2024

    Part-Time Judge Gets Prison Over £1.8M Legal Aid Fraud

    A barrister and part-time judge was sentenced to three years in prison at a London criminal court Friday for fraudulently submitting false claims for criminal defense costs after he was convicted for engaging in a conspiracy to inflate legal fees.

  • June 21, 2024

    SRA Warns Firms To Fix Client Account Deficits Swiftly

    The solicitors' watchdog on Friday warned solicitors and law firms to replace any shortages on client accounts immediately upon discovery in the wake of the multimillion-pound shortfall in Axiom Ince's client account.

  • June 21, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 21, 2024

    SRA Bars Case Handler Who Sent Client Money To Third Party

    A former case handler has been barred from working at law firms after she admitted that she had deliberately transferred client money to an unconnected third party without taking instructions, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Linklaters' MP Eyes Steady Growth For US Market

    Linklaters LLP Managing Partner Paul Lewis talks to Law360 about how far the Magic Circle firm has come in the U.S. market — and why he's not just chasing revenue for revenue's sake.

  • June 21, 2024

    Milbank Plans For Growth In London With Office Expansion

    Milbank LLP is planning to grow its team in London over the next decade along with a more than 20% increase in its office space.

  • June 20, 2024

    Seven Law Firms Recognized For Work On Gender Equality

    Business in the Community named seven law firms on Thursday in an updated list of the 50 top employers for gender equality in the U.K., with Linklaters LLP the sole representative of the Magic Circle.

  • June 20, 2024

    SRA Confirms 20-Plus Investigations Into Post Office Scandal

    The solicitors' watchdog said Thursday it is running more than 20 investigations into practitioners and law firms implicated in the Post Office IT scandal — but maintained it has no plans to take enforcement action because the public is not at risk. 

  • June 20, 2024

    Womble Bond Denies Fault In Failed £126M Property Deal

    Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has denied botching a £126 million ($160 million) London property redevelopment project and said it advised competently on the instructions of a businessman who abandoned the deal because the market looked bad.

  • June 20, 2024

    SRA Rebukes Lawyer Over Conflict Risk In Conveyancing

    A conveyancing lawyer has been handed a rebuke for representing one party in multiple conveyancing deals while a colleague represented the other, exposing clients to a "significant risk" of conflict of interest and breach of confidentiality, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Solicitor Standing As MP Amid Concerns About Rule Of Law

    Longtime solicitor Kevin Bonavia is among many in the legal profession who are using their legal background to run in this summer's general election, as he tells Law360 that politicians have "lost a sense of doing things by the rules."

  • June 20, 2024

    RPC Hires Ex-Leigh Day Competition Head In London

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has said that it has recruited the former head of competition at Leigh Day to boost its capability in collective actions and environmental claims.

Expert Analysis

  • The In-House Versus Law Firm Talent Battle In The Gen Z Age

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    Although elite law firms are offering ever-increasing salaries to talented associates, the traditional concept of partnership is evolving, and work-life balance issues and a greater concern with working in a sustainable environment among Gen Z lawyers mean that going in-house is becoming a more attractive option over time, say Calvin Gardiner and Simi Bains at Buchanan Law.

  • PR Perspectives: Consider The Value Of Legal Awards

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    Many lawyers question the value of entering or sponsoring legal awards, but with a structured approach and appropriate management, they can provide a chance to promote a firm or set of chambers across multiple platforms and a golden opportunity to develop new business, says Clare Rodway at Kysen.

  • Law Firms Should Consider Value Of Off-Peak LinkedIn Posts

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    Statistics show only a minor dip in law firms' LinkedIn post performance at weekends and holiday periods, demonstrating a missed opportunity to reach the many business leaders and lawyers who use the platform at off-peak times, says Simon Marshall at TBD Marketing.

  • PR Perspectives: 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Legal PR

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    Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn outlines practical steps that public relations professionals working in the legal industry can take to excel at their craft, including providing regular media coaching to lawyers and quantifying the value of PR work.

  • Why Law Firms May Want To Set Up Charitable Foundations

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    An increasing number of law firms are setting up their own charitable foundations, which may be a way of achieving the goals a purposeful business wants to pursue and demonstrating to its stakeholders a tangible commitment to its professed values, says Robert Nieri at Shoosmiths.

  • Client Complaint Data Offers Key Insights For Lawyers

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    While the Legal Ombudsman has not yet released its latest annual report to the public, we can look at last year's data to decipher what may have caused a spike in client dissatisfaction and predict what to anticipate in an effort to improve the quality of legal services, says Qarrar Somji at Witan Solicitors.

  • Disciplinary Ruling Has Lessons For Lawyers On Social Media

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    A recent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment against a solicitor for online posts deemed antisemitic and offensive highlights the serious sanctions that can stem from conduct on social media and the importance of law firms' efforts to ensure that their employees behave properly, say Liz Pearson and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Law Firm Considerations In Attracting And Retaining Talent

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    As law firms move away from a solely seniority-based partner remuneration model toward a reward performance system, they need to look holistically at overall contribution, maintaining an effective hierarchy of entrepreneurial senior partners, diligent management and hardworking junior staff in order to incentivize the stars they wish to keep, says Catriona Watt at Fox & Partners.

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    PR Perspectives: Focusing On The Truth Will Gain Trust

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    With a firm’s hard-won reputation at risk of being trashed if news breaks that the business has misled its stakeholders, it is far better for a public relations team to insist that external promotions be truthful, driving the organization to look critically at itself and make positive change, says Clare Rodway at Kysen PR.

  • Why It's Helpful To Understand The Role Of The SRA

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    With the ongoing Post Office inquiry and review of the role lawyers played in the scandal, the Solicitors Regulation Authority is currently under wider public consideration, and it is worth examining its role as a regulator, says Steve Roberts at Richard Nelson.

  • Tips For Hiring Adaptable Legal Talent In Uncertain Times

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    Amid the current period of economic and regulatory turbulence, businesses will need to consider skills that go beyond technical excellence when hiring in-house legal talent — including versatility, commercial awareness and artificial intelligence proficiency, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • PR Perspectives: The Future For Legal Press Releases

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    Although press releases are used less frequently now, they still have a place in the legal public relations repertoire, alongside the commentary, articles and social media aimed at getting law firms' or barristers' chambers' messages across, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • How Pro Bono Work Can Strengthen A Law Firm

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    Creating a sustainable pro bono program can enhance a law firm's reputation and make it attractive to prospective clients and talent in several ways, says Shams Merchant at Jackson Walker.

  • Why Neurodiversity Support In The Legal Sector Is Important

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    With recent statistics revealing that high numbers of legal professionals are reluctant to disclose their neurodivergence for fear of adverse consequences, organizations and employers should develop awareness and understanding to encourage a committed source of talent with requisite skills to make a positive contribution, says Kevin Athow, general counsel at BSH Home Appliances.

  • Legal Sector Will Benefit From New Data Security Standard

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office-approved new privacy certification scheme for the legal profession will inevitably become the default for law firms, chambers and vendors to prove their U.K. General Data Protection Regulation compliance, says Orlagh Kelly at Briefed.

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