Pulse UK

  • April 02, 2024

    MoJ Greenlights 10% Fee Increase for Courts, Tribunal Access

    Fees for access to courts and tribunals in England and Wales will rise by 10%, despite mixed public responses, after the government decided that the extra income would do more good than harm.

  • April 02, 2024

    Kennedys' Risk Chief, BDB Pitmans Partner Face Tribunal

    The chief risk officer at Kennedys and a BDB Pitmans LLP partner are set to face a disciplinary tribunal over allegations brought by the solicitors' watchdog that they breached regulations.

  • March 28, 2024

    Feds Say Ex-OneCoin Atty Should Serve 'Substantial' Time

    Manhattan federal prosecutors have requested a "substantial" amount of prison time for a Bulgarian woman who worked on the legal team at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange, but said the sentence should fall below the guidelines range of 10 years.

  • March 28, 2024

    Trowers & Hamlins Launches Innovation Seat For Trainees

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP has launched a new innovation seat for trainees as the law firm pushes the use of legal technology within its business and challenges traditional ways of delivering legal services to clients.

  • March 28, 2024

    Developer Says Law Firm Flubbed FOS Appeal

    A property developer is suing its former lawyers for just over £700,000 ($883,500) for negligence after the firm allegedly failed to file a complaint against a now-infamous turnaround unit of the Royal Bank of Scotland when its investments turned sour in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

  • March 28, 2024

    Payne Hicks Rebuts Yacht Claim Over Billionaire Divorce Case

    Payne Hicks Beach LLP has hit back at accusations that it failed to enforce a court order for the ex-wife of a Russian oligarch the firm was representing against his yacht in the U.S. after the couple divorced.

  • March 28, 2024

    Questel Partners With AI Workflow Automation Software Maker

    Intellectual property software provider Questel has partnered with a workflow automation software maker to help IP lawyers automate more document-based tasks with artificial intelligence, according to statements from both companies.

  • March 28, 2024

    4 Questions For Bristows' Commercial IP Experts

    Bristows LLP intellectual property leaders Matthew Warren and Robert Burrows have seen much change in their decades of advising clients, but they say the pace has “increased significantly” in recent years. Here, they talk to Law360 about artificial intelligence, the latest developments in FRAND disputes and other trends in IP litigation.

  • March 28, 2024

    Freshfields To Require Attorneys Work 4 Days In US Offices

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP will soon be mandating that all of its U.S. attorneys work from the office at least four days a week, a source with knowledge on the matter confirmed Thursday.

  • March 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen investors target fraudsters who ran a fake film tax scheme, Barclays Bank sue privately owned Russian bank PJSC Sovcombank, easyGroup bring a trademark infringement claim against online casino TGI Entertainment for its "easybet" word sign, and a bioethanol fuel company hit high-profile individuals connected to the collapsed Elysian Fuels scheme. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 28, 2024

    Lewis Silkin Promotes 9 To Partner In Record Round

    Lewis Silkin LLP said on Thursday that it has promoted nine lawyers to its partnership, the highest number the law firm has elevated in a single promotional round.

  • March 28, 2024

    UK To Nullify NDAs That Stop People Reporting Crimes

    Non-disclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting potential crimes are to become unenforceable, the government said Thursday as it announced plans to "clarify" the law governing the controversial contracts.

  • March 27, 2024

    Linklaters' Flexible Lawyering Arm Is A Win With Clients

    As Linklaters LLP's contract lawyer arm approaches its fifth anniversary, the firm has seen its work growing by nearly a third over the last year as its cheaper flexible staffing model proves popular with clients.

  • March 27, 2024

    Wedlake Bell Can't Get Early Exit From Trust Negligence Case

    A London court dismissed a law firm's attempt to escape a damages claim for its admitted negligent management of a trust, finding Wednesday that the law is "in a state of development" about the scope of a solicitor's duty in that situation.

  • March 27, 2024

    Property Developers Slash Legal Negligence Claim By £9M

    Two property developers have cut their claim accusing their solicitors of negligence in a residential development from £15 million ($19 million) to £6 million, representing unpaid loans that they are now on the hook for.

  • March 27, 2024

    Lawyer Group Ends Challenge Over Fixed Recoverable Costs

    A legal trade body has ended court proceedings against the U.K. government after it agreed to make changes to a new regime to extend fixed recoverable costs in personal injury cases.

  • March 27, 2024

    Harbottle & Lewis Appoints First Woman Senior Partner

    Harbottle & Lewis said Wednesday it has appointed its head of family law as a new senior partner, marking the first time the firm has elected a woman to the role.

  • March 27, 2024

    Linklaters Hits Diversity Goals With Pared Back Partner Class

    Linklaters LLP has hit its diversity targets with the elections of 27 lawyers to its partnership, despite elevating a third fewer lawyers than it did in 2023.

  • March 27, 2024

    Fieldfisher Adds 10 Lawyers To Partnership, TLT Promotes 5

    Fieldfisher LLP said on Wednesday that it has promoted 10 lawyers from its business to the partnership, while TLT LLP said it has elevated five in the latest round of its partner promotions.

  • March 27, 2024

    Ex-Deloitte Lawyer Cleared Of Sexual Misconduct Claims

    A former Deloitte solicitor was cleared by a disciplinary tribunal on Wednesday of charges that he violated professional standards and committed sexual misconduct by allegedly deliberately kissing a junior colleague on the lips at a work event.

  • March 27, 2024

    SFO Loses Bid To Delay £1B Damages Trial Over ENRC Leaks

    A judge refused to grant the Serious Fraud Office permission on Wednesday to challenge his findings that its officers encouraged a former Dechert LLP partner to divulge confidential information about ENRC.

  • March 27, 2024

    Fenchurch Law Transfers Ownership To Employees

    Fenchurch Law said on Wednesday that it has transferred 60% of its shares to a trust owned on behalf of its employees as the firm prepares to open its first overseas office in Singapore amid a change in leadership.

  • March 27, 2024

    CMS Joins List Of Firms Using Harvey Legal AI Tool

    CMS said Wednesday it has inked a deal with Counsel AI Corp. to use legal artificial intelligence software Harvey, joining a flurry of firms who have adopted the tech in a bid to boost lawyers' productivity.

  • March 26, 2024

    UAE Fund Must Pay £7M As Judge Tosses Azima Fraud Ruling

    A London judge has ordered a sovereign wealth fund to make an initial £7.6 million ($9.6 million) payment to Farhad Azima, ending a lengthy feud involving allegations the fund fraudulently obtained a $4 million judgment against the aviation tycoon with help from a lawyer at Dechert LLP.

  • March 26, 2024

    Lawyer Can't Charge For Executor Fees, Appeals Court Finds

    The Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed Shepherd & Co. Solicitors' argument that one of its partners should be paid for his work as the executor of an estate despite the absence of a charging clause in the will, because an inactive executor had not provided written consent to him being paid.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers' Behavior Can Affect Opponents' Mental Health

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    Acts of unreasonable behavior of lawyers working on opposite sides can take their toll, and with mental health and stress never higher in the national consciousness than right now, such conduct should be reported to help the firm understand the treatment its solicitors are receiving and better manage the situation, says Libby Payne at Withers.

  • The Challenges Of Presenting To Clients In The Hybrid World

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    As a sector that is guided heavily by the demands of its client base, the legal industry will have to overcome various obstacles to make stylish, convincing and successful in-the-room, virtual and hybrid presentations in the post-pandemic blend of home and office, says Gavin Brown at Speak with Impact.

  • 5 Challenges General Counsel Are Set To Face

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    With an ever-broadening role, general counsel are being tasked to do more with less, with a need for caution and a requirement to leverage time wisely to anticipate and identify emerging industry challenges, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Beyond ChatGPT: AI Considerations For Law Firms

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    The use of artificial intelligence is likely to become increasingly mainstream in the legal sector, and firms should not remain complacent in the current limitations of ChatGPT, but develop policies to ensure that AI-generated liability and regulatory issues are addressed sooner rather than later, say Corinne Staves and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Reflecting On The Benefits Of Direct Access To Barristers

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    At close to 20 years since public access to barristers came into being, it is a good time to take a look at its impact on the U.K. legal profession and the more collaborative approach between barristers and solicitors we have seen develop since its introduction, say Amani Mohammed and Sean Gould at Westgate Chambers.

  • How Apprenticeships Are Transforming The Legal Sector

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    As more legal employers recognize the benefits of creating apprenticeship opportunities, they are likely to grow in popularity, ensuring that the best and brightest minds are available to meet the challenges of an ever complex and changing legal environment, says Aisha Saeed at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Pitfalls Lawyers Should Avoid When Correcting Their Mistakes

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    When solicitors make mistakes that cause prejudice to their clients, they will need to carefully consider whether they should try to fix their mistake, as trying to put things right may expose them to potential regulatory action, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Translating The Plan For English-Language German Courts

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    The German Ministry of Justice is aiming to do away with the mistakes of the past and overhaul the German civil procedure in order to accommodate English-language disputes, but the success of these proceedings will depend very much on factors that the proposal does not address, say Jan Schaefer and Rüdiger Morbach at King & Spalding.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Russian Bank Ruling Clarifies UK Sanctions Regime

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    The recent U.K. High Court judgment of PJSC National Bank Trust v. Mints, a case brought by two Russian banks, is significant in clarifying that the U.K. sanctions regime does not deprive designated persons of their fundamental common law right to bring a claim in an English court, despite their assets being frozen, says Zoe O’Sullivan KC at Serle Court.

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • Has The Liberalization Of Legal Services Achieved Its Aims?

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    Although there is still some way to go, alternative business structures are now an increasingly prominent feature of the legal services landscape, and clients can expect greater choice, improved quality and more manageable costs, as was intended by this shake-up of the profession's regulatory frameworks 15 years ago, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • How Overseas Property Verification Poses Risks To Attorneys

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    The recently launched register of overseas entities, requiring verification of foreign owners hoping to purchase U.K. property, could expose attorneys to criminal prosecution, professional negligence claims and reputational damage if they do not complete these checks to the required standard, which nevertheless remains murky, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • What To Expect From UK's New Economic Crime Bill

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency bill, if passed, will reform aspects of Companies House and strengthen government anti-money laundering efforts, but it is also raising questions about how new information sharing requirements will affect businesses, say attorneys at Signature Litigation.

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