Pulse UK

  • April 12, 2024

    Lewis Silkin Brings Back Disputes Pro From Hausfeld

    Lewis Silkin LLP has rehired a technology and insolvency expert from Hausfeld LLP in a bid to boost its commercial disputes practice.

  • April 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen footwear brand Dr. Martens hit online retailer Temu with a passing off claim, Welsh soccer club Swansea sue its former head coach Russell Martin, Russian diamond tycoon Dmitry Tsvetkov file a claim against his former business Equix Group Ltd., and U.S. bank Omega Financial Corporation hit African oil and gas company Tende Energy with a claim. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 12, 2024

    6 Questions For Steve Howe, Reddie & Grose's New Chairman

    Steve Howe, Reddie & Grose LLP's new chairman, told Law360 that a growing number of clients are turning to the firm for advice on inventions that involve the use of artificial intelligence technology. Here, Howe talks about IP with Law360.

  • April 12, 2024

    Firms Urged To Be Patient With Trainees Over New SQE Exam

    The solicitors qualifying exam introduced in 2021 has led some law firms to withdraw offers to trainees, but experts advise firms to curb knee-jerk reactions and embrace a long-term vision to navigate the changes to a new system.

  • April 12, 2024

    LSB Widens Probe Into Solicitors Regulation Authority

    The Legal Services Board said Friday that it will scrutinize how the solicitors' watchdog handled the downfall of SSB Group Ltd., as it broadened its ongoing investigation into the authority.

  • April 12, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Launches 'Enhanced' Carers' Leave

    Kingsley Napley LLP said Friday that it will provide a week's paid leave for employees to care for children, elderly parents or disabled relatives, a move that exceeds its statutory obligations and sets a precedent for other firms in the industry.

  • April 12, 2024

    Top Law Firm Debts Exceed £5B As Clients Delay Paying Bills

    Leading law firms in the U.K. have seen their debts exceed £5 billion ($6.2 billion) over the past year as they tackle financial shortfalls arising from moving offices and dealing with clients that delay payment of bills, an accounting firm said Friday.

  • April 12, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Must Face Ex-Client's Pared-Back Negligence Suit

    Clyde & Co. LLP must face part of a construction magnate's negligence claim over a failed legal case concerning a soured investment, after a London judge tossed part of the case on Friday but ruled that one aspect of it had a real prospect of success.

  • April 11, 2024

    Ex-Sidley Partner Says CPS Did Not Disclose Prosecution Info

    A former Sidley Austin LLP partner, a former senior KPMG LLP official and a banking adviser have hit back at the Crown Prosecution Service in the men's £66 million ($82.8 million) claim over a failed tax fraud prosecution, arguing that their prosecutor hid important information from them.

  • April 11, 2024

    Law Firm Denies Thwarting Driver's Injury Claim

    JMW Solicitors has pushed back at accusations by an injured delivery driver that it filed his compensation claim against the wrong defendant to avoid a conflict of interest with a valuable client.

  • April 11, 2024

    Mishcon Hires IP Pro Angela Fox From Maucher Jenkins

    Mishcon de Reya LLP said Thursday that it has recruited the former head of dispute resolution at Maucher Jenkins to its intellectual property team, boosting its strengths in a full spectrum of trademark, copyright and design matters.

  • April 11, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Denies 'Cover Up' Of IT Bugs

    A former Post Office boss has denied trying to "cover up" the fact that senior members of the organization knew the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent sub-postmasters was faulty, as he gave evidence to an inquiry Thursday.

  • April 11, 2024

    Solicitor Struck Off For Misleading Client Over PI Claim

    A former Slater and Gordon personal injury lawyer who admitted that he misled a client about the status of her claim for more than 15 years was struck off by a tribunal on Thursday.

  • April 11, 2024

    Sidley's UK Revenue Grows By 12% Despite Economy Woes

    Sidley Austin LLP performed strongly 2023 in London even as the U.K. economy stuttered throughout the year, the firm said on Thursday, with revenue growing by more than 12%.

  • April 10, 2024

    Fieldfisher Launches Milan Office With Five Partners

    Fieldfisher LLP announced on Wednesday that it has opened an office in Milan with five partners as it charts a new course for its business in Italy after it ended its association with a local law firm late last year.

  • April 10, 2024

    Former Judge Says Post Office Prosecutions Made No Sense

    A former senior judge who oversaw a mediation scheme between the Post Office and people it wrongly prosecuted based on faulty IT data said the organization's case "didn't make sense," as he gave evidence to the inquiry into the scandal on Wednesday.

  • April 10, 2024

    Gowling Bolsters UK Biz With 4 New Partners

    Gowling WLG has promoted four of its lawyers to partner across each of its four practice groups, continuing the firm's global hiring spree.

  • April 10, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty In OneCoin Scam A Flight Risk, Feds Say

    A former Locke Lord LLP partner who was convicted of laundering proceeds from the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam has "every incentive" to flee the country, prosecutors told a New York federal judge, arguing he shouldn't be allowed to stay out on bail while his appeal is pending.

  • April 10, 2024

    SocGen GC Departs For Finance Giant TP ICAP

    Financial services firm TP ICAP said Wednesday that it has hired a top lawyer from Societe Generale in London to serve as its general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • April 17, 2024

    McDermott Adds PE Pro From Sidley

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has hired a private equity specialist from Sidley Austin LLP as a partner as the firm continues to grow its transactions practice in London.

  • April 10, 2024

    DWF Expands Global Risks Offering With 2 New Partners

    DWF LLP has expanded its global risks offering by hiring energy and marine insurance experts Gary Walkling and Franco D'Andrea as partners.

  • April 10, 2024

    Mishcon Apprentice Showed 'Egregious Disregard' To Tribunal

    An employment judge has dismissed a disability discrimination claim brought against Mishcon de Reya LLP by a former solicitor-apprentice at the firm after she missed the tribunal hearing to go on a trip abroad for her birthday.

  • April 10, 2024

    Macfarlanes Withdraws Offers For Unsuccessful Trainees

    Macfarlanes LLP said Wednesday that it has decided to rescind contract offers for students who didn't pass the solicitors qualifying exam on their first attempt, as the new American-style assessment continues to wreak havoc in the sector.

  • April 10, 2024

    Legal Tech Biz Launches AI-Powered Deals Database

    Legal technology company Litera said Wednesday it has launched a new artificial intelligence-powered tool that creates a unified source of information for law firms wanting to access key details from corporate deals they have worked on.

  • April 10, 2024

    SQE Candidate Numbers Surging But Pass Rates Stay Low

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Wednesday that the number of aspiring lawyers taking its new qualification exam has surged in 2024, but added that pass rates have stayed low, particularly for Black candidates.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Key Lessons From The SRA's 2023 AML Report

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    The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s recent anti-money laundering report conducted supervisory activities that revealed a variety of breaches, and with an increasingly regulated landscape, lawyers can play an important part in preventing criminal activity by taking responsibility for ensuring compliance, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • How The Legal Sector Can Enhance Its Data Resilience

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    In view of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre’s recent report shedding light on the legal sector’s increased vulnerability to cyberattacks, law firms need not only establish robust defenses, but also to redefine their approach to data security by fostering a culture of continuous learning, adaptability and vigilance, says Katie McCullough at Panzura.

  • Building Strong Relationships At All Stages Of A Legal Career

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    Whether a junior attorney seeks to lay the foundation for a path to partnership, or a seasoned practitioner aims to leverage an extensive network, the road to legal industry success often involves cultivating sincere relationships, say Kathleen Hilton and Megan Senese at Stage.

  • How Mentoring Can Increase Black Representation In Law

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    U.K. Black History Month is a good time to look at the importance of Black representation in the legal profession, and how mentorship can make a big difference in empowering Black lawyers, including by offering career coaching and building valuable relationships, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

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