Pulse UK

  • February 21, 2024

    Dentons Adds Tax Partner From LCA For Milan Office

    Dentons has recruited a tax specialist from LCA to become a partner based in Milan, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    Money Laundering Checks No Evidence Of Crime, Court Hears

    A British-Chinese woman accused of laundering bitcoin converted from a £5 billion ($6.32 billion) investment fraud made several online searches about money laundering after being stopped by customs officials, a London jury heard on Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    White & Case Lateral Spree Includes SEC Atty, 2 M&A Leaders

    White & Case LLP said it has hired three notable lateral partners, adding a cryptocurrency and cybersecurity specialist from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as former practice heads within the mergers and acquisitions realm from Paul Hastings LLP and Hogan Lovells.

  • February 21, 2024

    SRA Fines Law Firm £16K For 'Reckless' AML Breaches

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined a law firm that falsely declared it was complying with laws on money laundering and terrorist financing when it had failed to take any steps to identify potential exposure to such misconduct.

  • February 21, 2024

    Ex-Linklaters Atty Owes Saudi Royal $25M Over Missing Fund

    A former Linklaters LLP partner must pay at least $25 million after failing to return an investment fund to a Saudi princess, a London judge ruled Wednesday — but the final bill could reach nearly $40 million.

  • February 21, 2024

    Pitmans Can't Strike Out Negligent Pension Advice Claim

    Pitmans Solicitors, BDB Pitmans' predecessor, has failed to strike out allegations that it gave former clients negligent advice on a pension scheme, after a London court found Wednesday that it is "clearly in the interests of justice" that the case proceed against it.

  • February 21, 2024

    Spanish Firm Garrigues' Revenues Top €450M For 2023

    Spanish law firm J&A Garrigues SLP has revealed that growth of its global business has more than halved against a challenging macroeconomic backdrop, but its revenues increased for the 10th year in a row to exceed €450 million ($486.7 million).

  • February 21, 2024

    2 UK Law Firms Failed To Pay Minimum Wage, Gov't Says

    Two law firms have compensated staff after paying them thousands of pounds less than they should have under minimum wage regulations, the government has said.

  • February 21, 2024

    Financial Adviser Sues Law Firm For Ex-Director's Legal Fees

    Financial services business Gallium has claimed a law firm failed to question why it paid £673,000 ($850,000) in legal fees for its ex-director "in his personal capacity" during a dispute with another shareholder.

  • February 20, 2024

    Law Firm Says It Can Charge For Work As Estate's Executor

    A solicitor should have been entitled to charge for the work he carried out as the executor of an estate despite the absence of a charging clause in the will, a law firm told an appeals court Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    Firm Faces Claim From Cleaner Fired For Eating Leftovers

    A cleaner is planning to sue a London law firm and its private cleaning contractor after bosses allegedly fired her for eating a tuna sandwich that lawyers had left behind after a meeting, a trade union has said.

  • February 20, 2024

    Aspiring Judge Loses Race Bias Case Over Failed Application

    An Asian-British solicitor has lost his case accusing a High Court judge of downgrading his application for a judicial post because he wasn't white, with a tribunal concluding that his failure had "nothing whatsoever" to do with his race.

  • February 20, 2024

    Freeths Sees Record Revenue Growth In Liverpool

    Freeths LLP said Tuesday that it has seen record growth in revenues at its office in Liverpool, after its income in the English city jumped by over 40% on a year-on-year basis.

  • February 20, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Hires ESG Expert From Clifford Chance

    Addleshaw Goddard LLP has recruited an environmental, social and governance specialist from Clifford Chance LLP as a partner in its London office, bolstering the law firm's ability to advise on sustainability issues.

  • February 20, 2024

    Senior SFO Exec Appointed To Run Judicial Office

    A senior executive at the Serious Fraud Office has been appointed as the next chief executive of the Judicial Office, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary said on Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    Macfarlanes To Retain 86% Of New Lawyers In March

    Macfarlanes LLP announced Tuesday that almost its entire group of trainee solicitors will stay on at the firm when they qualify in the spring, as the law firm looks to progress the careers of its junior talent.

  • February 19, 2024

    Legal Services Board Gives Solicitors' Body Green Ratings

    The Legal Services Board gave the solicitors' regulator green ratings on Tuesday in its latest review of its performance — although it did not assess how the watchdog fared in handling the biggest scandals that have engulfed the profession.

  • February 19, 2024

    Basic Newly Qualified Pay At Norton Rose Rises To £120K

    Norton Rose Fulbright said on Monday that it is raising basic pay for freshly qualified lawyers at its London office to £120,000 ($151,000), joining other law firms that have boosted salaries for those launching their legal careers.

  • February 19, 2024

    Barrister Disbarred For Pocketing £149K In VAT Payments

    A barrister was ordered to be disbarred on Monday after he admitted to receiving value-added tax on his professional fees despite not being registered for it, with a tribunal saying he acted dishonestly and that his behavior amounted to "serious misconduct."

  • February 19, 2024

    Barrister Hit With 18-Month Ban For Mishandling Client Funds

    A barrister has been handed an 18-month ban for mishandling a direct access client's money and lying to legal complaints investigators about his ability to repay the funds, a London tribunal said Monday.

  • February 19, 2024

    Ex-FCA Exec Tapped To Join Legal Ombudsman's Board

    The oversight regulator of the legal industry said on Monday that a former chief operating officer at the Financial Conduct Authority is joining the board of the Legal Ombudsman.

  • February 19, 2024

    Lawyers For LC&F Chief Quit 'Ponzi Scheme' Trial Over Pay

    Lawyers representing a former chief at London Capital & Finance walked out on the first day of a trial at a London court over the £237 million ($298 million) investment scandal, saying that one of the directors of the alleged Ponzi scheme was unable to pay him. 

  • February 19, 2024

    AmTrust Hikes Counterclaim To £14M In Legal-Funding Fight

    Insurer AmTrust has boosted its counterclaim against Novitas to £14.4 million ($18.1 million), alleging it paid out to the legal loans company under after-the-event litigation policies that were unenforceable and did not comply with regulations.

  • February 19, 2024

    Lloyd's Confirms Claire Schrader As General Counsel

    Lloyd's of London said on Monday that it has appointed Claire Schrader as general counsel on a permanent basis after she held the position temporarily when her predecessor stepped down in August.

  • February 16, 2024

    Cyber Breaches At UK Law Firms Rise By 36%

    The number of data breaches from cyberattacks against U.K. law firms rose by more than a third, with hackers likely drawn to legal businesses because of the sensitive data they hold, Chaucer Group reported on Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: Don't Overstate Well-Being Or Enviro Efforts

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    Law firms should look to embrace a strong arsenal of sustainability and well-being initiatives before beginning to publicize their commitment to green and mental health efforts, or they can face the risk of making false claims, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • Record Level Of Partner Hires Shows No Sign Of Slowing

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    With indications that law firm hiring activity is increasing, the competitive market is causing candidates to evaluate potential employers more carefully, and large numbers of partners are migrating away from Silver Circle and West End firms in pursuit of closer parity in work and pay, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • PR Perspectives: Choosing How To Communicate For Impact

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    Successful legal public relations involves developing productive working relationships, and choosing which medium to use when communicating is important, since it will reflect the level of familiarity with the lawyer or journalist as well as the message, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Talent Acquisition Is Shifting As US Firms Permeate London

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    U.S. law firms’ continued growth in London and aggressive talent acquisition strategies are reshaping how lawyers are attracted, nurtured and retained, and success in this evolving environment lies in understanding and adapting to changing priorities and values, says Nathan Peart at Major Lindsey.

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • Legal Industry Can Help Steer UK Out Of Social Mobility Crisis

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    The legal industry has a responsibility to help mitigate the U.K. social mobility crisis highlighted by the recent State of the Nation report, and it can start to increase socioeconomic diversity in its ranks by focusing on reducing the educational barriers to entering the profession, says Jo-Anne Pugh at BPP University Law School.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • PR Perspectives: Taking Stock Of 2023, Preparing For 2024

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    As law firms and PR teams review their 2023 external communications output, it is a good moment to consider how to maintain a perfect profile in order to enhance, protect and advance a firm's reputation for the coming year, says Louise Beeson at Bell Yard Communications.

  • PR Perspectives: How To Communicate A Law Firm Merger

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    Recent data shows a significant increase in law firm mergers and acquisitions in the U.K., and to ensure the deal goes without a hitch, both internal and external communications need to be carefully planned so that appropriate messaging aligns with the objectives of the deal, says Belinda Lewis at Birketts.

  • Why Law Firms Should Heed Calls To Put ESG Over Profit

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    According to Deloitte’s recent survey, the majority of Gen Z and millennials remain unimpressed with businesses’ societal impact, and junior lawyers in particular are increasingly expecting the legal profession to shift to a business model that prioritizes sustainability above profitability, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • PR Perspectives: What Not To Do In Legal Public Relations

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    There is a wealth of advice about how to publicize a law firm, but what not to do is just as important, and ignoring a target audience, communicating without a strategy, or misusing social media are potentially risky and reputation-damaging practices, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • A Diverse Workforce Can Help Close The Legal Talent Gap

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    Recent reports from professional firms reveal that a diverse workforce is likely to close the talent gap and achieve better business outcomes, and for law firms, this needs to start with routes into the profession in order to make a real change, says Jody Tranter at Barbri.

  • Navigating The Novel Challenges Facing The Legal Profession

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    The increasing prominence of ESG and AI have transformed the legal landscape and represent new opportunities for lawyers, but with evolving regulations and the ever-expanding reach of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms should ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to adapt to these challenges, say Scott Ashby and Aimee Talbot at RPC.

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