Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • March 26, 2024

    Judicial Conduct Watchdog Sanctions Recorder Over Tweets

    A senior barrister who sits as a recorder has been sanctioned for posting inappropriate and offensive messages on social media, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office has said.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-Deloitte Lawyer Denies Deliberately Kissing Junior Worker

    A solicitor on Tuesday denied deliberately kissing a junior colleague at a work event while he was employed at Deloitte, while admitting asking for her number and a hug but saying that the kiss on the lips was "inadvertent."

  • April 02, 2024

    Marks & Clerk Hires IP Pro From Wynne-Jones In Birmingham

    Marks & Clerk LLP has recruited a partner to its Birmingham office for his second stint at the firm as it looks to cement a place among the top specialist intellectual property outfits globally.

  • March 26, 2024

    PACCAR Reforms Pushed Through At Consumers' Expense

    Draft legislation aimed at reversing a Supreme Court ruling that upended the financing of class actions has been well-received by litigation-funders, but critics say the government has steamed ahead at the expense of consumers.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-Dentons Saudi Chief Sues For $2.6M Of Withheld Pay

    Dentons' former Saudi Arabia managing partner is suing the firm for more than $2.6 million in a London court, alleging that it deprived him of pay after dismissing him for no good reason.

  • March 26, 2024

    Womble Bond Taps Houston Leader For Firm's Global Board

    Womble Bond Dickinson has appointed Jeff Whittle, managing partner of the firm's Houston office, to a two-year term on the firm's global board, which is responsible for ensuring that the firm's U.S. and U.K. operations work smoothly together.

  • March 26, 2024

    Barrister Who Bought Drugs From Clients Can't Cut Sentence

    A barrister convicted of buying crystal meth from his drug dealer clients lost an appeal against his prison term on Tuesday as an appeals court ruled that "no other sentence could possibly be justified."

  • March 26, 2024

    Gowling To Require UK Staff To Spend 60% Of Time In Office

    Gowling WLG said on Tuesday that it will require legal staff in the U.K. to spend at least 60% of their time working in the office, after a recent survey revealed that half of law firms are "actively looking" at increasing in-office attendance.

  • March 25, 2024

    Five Judiciary Members Exit Garrick Club, With More To Come

    At least five senior members of the judiciary have resigned from the Garrick Club in London, with more set to follow as the controversy surrounding membership of the men-only club intensifies, The Judicial Office confirmed Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Macfarlanes Adds 6 Lawyers To Partnership

    Macfarlanes LLP announced Monday that it is adding six lawyers to its partnership, boosting the number of partners who will take the business forward in the coming years to almost 100.

Expert Analysis

  • A Trusted Cybersecurity Framework Is Imperative For Lawyers

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    The recent increased risk of cyberattacks has a number of profound implications for law firms, and complying with government guidance by embedding a cyber-savvy culture and adhering to a security framework will enable lawyers to add extra layers of defense and present their clients with higher levels of protection, says Marion Stewart at Red Helix.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • New FCA Listing Rules May Start Regulatory Shift On Diversity

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    Listed companies that fail to meet new Financial Conduct Authority rules for minimum executive board diversity currently risk reputational damage mainly through social scrutiny, but should prepare for potential regulatory enforcement actions, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • What UK Professional Regulation Looks Like In A #MeToo Era

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    Two recent rulings from U.K. courts and tribunals reveal the increasingly shifting line between professional misbehavior and bad actions that would previously have been considered outside the scope of professional regulators, says Andrew Katzen at Hickman & Rose.

  • How Immune Are State Agents From Foreign Courts?

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    The ongoing case of Basfar v. Wong is the latest to raise questions about the boundary between commercial or private activity and the exercise of sovereign authority that shields state agents from foreign judicial scrutiny — and the U.K. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the matter will likely bring clarity on exceptions to the immunity doctrine, say Andrew Stafford QC and Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Opinion

    New NJ Fed. Rule On Litigation Funding Should Be Welcomed

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    The District of New Jersey's new local civil rule on litigation funding disclosure has faced exaggerated criticisms when it is a logical extension of the current practices in many U.S. jurisdictions, leads to greater transparency for the parties and the court without unduly burdening the parties, and is a positive development particularly in product liability cases, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Lessons In Civility From The Alex Oh Sanctions Controversy

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    Alex Oh’s abrupt departure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and admonishment by a D.C. federal judge over conduct in an Exxon human rights case demonstrate three major costs of incivility to lawyers, and highlight the importance of teaching civility in law school, says David Grenardo at St. Mary's University.

  • Rebuttal

    US Legal System Can Benefit From Nonlawyer Ownership

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    Contrary to claims made in a recent Law360 guest article, nonlawyer ownership has incrementally improved the England and Wales legal system — with more innovation and more opportunities for lawyers — and there is no reason why those outcomes cannot also be achieved in the U.S., say Crispin Passmore at Passmore Consulting and Zachariah DeMeola at the University of Denver.

  • Increasing Investment Scams Can Implicate Lawyers, Too

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    With the pandemic serving as a catalyst for increased financial fraud, it's important to recognize that these scams are not only devastating for victims, they also pose a significant threat to law firms and individual solicitors who fail to do their due diligence, say James Darbyshire at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Heather Clark at Burness Paull.

  • UK Lawyers Can Adapt Due Diligence To Screen New Clients

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    As COVID-19-related fraud gains pace, U.K.-based practitioners should help combat money laundering by using alternative methods to verify that new clients are who they say they are, says Christopher Convey, a barrister at 33 Chancery Lane and chair of the Bar Council's Money Laundering Working Group.

  • Key Risks And Developments For UK Law Firm Culture In 2020

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    In 2020, law firms throughout the U.K. will be increasingly reshaped by rapid changes in societal expectations and advances in technology, say Helen Rowlands and Niya Phiri of Clyde & Co.

  • #MeToo Pressure On UK Businesses Is Set To Rise

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    Recent declarations by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority indicate that sexual harassment in the U.K.'s financial services industry may lead to consequences under the newly expanded Senior Managers and Certification Regime, and other sectors are facing growing scrutiny as well, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Corporate Wrongdoing Risks Go Beyond Exec Departures

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    Recent controversy over misconduct allegations that led to the ousting of a KPMG executive reminds firms that the challenges caused by suspecting or uncovering internal wrongdoing are not so easily solved by the implicated executive's exit, says Sarah Chilton of CM Murray.

  • 2 Perspectives On Navigating The Litigation Funding Process

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    Paul Martenstyn of Vannin Capital and Daniel Spendlove of Signature Litigation share their top tips on how to get a case funded, drawing from their respective experience as a funder and a lawyer.

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