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  • March 18, 2024

    Prison Sentence Persuades Ex-Solicitor To Pay FCA's Order

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday that money launderer and ex-solicitor Dale Walker has paid a final sum of £33,500 ($42,600) required under a confiscation order, persuaded by a 62-day prison sentence for failure to pay.

  • March 18, 2024

    BCLP Axes 50 Jobs In US, UK Amid Headcount Declines

    Following years of declining lawyer headcount, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has confirmed that it is conducting a restructuring that will impact approximately 50 jobs in the U.S. and U.K., marking the second round of layoffs the firm has conducted in the past year.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-LC&F Chief's Legal Team Seeks Payment Upfront For Trial

    The £237 million ($300 million) London Capital & Finance investment trial was adjourned on Monday as the company chief's former legal team refused to come back unless they were paid upfront.

  • March 18, 2024

    SRA Fines Law Firm For Falling Short On AML Compliance

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said on Monday that it has fined a law firm £4,293 ($5,460) after an investigation revealed that it had failed to adequately shield itself from the risk that it would be used by clients to launder money.

  • March 18, 2024

    Serving Claims To HMRC By Email Made Permanent

    Claimants pursuing legal action against the U.K. tax authority in England and Wales will continue to be able to serve documents by email, HM Revenue and Customs said Monday, making the process it introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent.

  • March 18, 2024

    Lawyers Can Recover Costs From Injury Rehab Meetings

    Lawyers acting for a personal injury victim can recover the costs of attending rehabilitation meetings, the Court of Appeal has ruled, but justices warned that solicitors should not expect to be paid for every routine appointment.

  • March 15, 2024

    Magistrate Removed From Office For Failing To Attend Court

    A London judge has been removed from office for failing to meet his required sitting time for the past five years, a spokesperson for England's judicial misconduct office said Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

    As BCLP Bleeds Attys, Leaders Say Firm Is 'Turning A Corner'

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has seen several high-profile partner departures in recent months, including multiple department and firm leaders. Despite hiring 206 lawyers globally since the start of 2023, the law firm's headcount contracted 6%, with former partners pointing to "balance sheet issues" and sluggish profitability as drivers.

  • March 15, 2024

    Solicitor Struck Off For Running Firm Without Insurance

    A solicitor has been struck off after a London legal professional tribunal ruled that he had failed to have professional indemnity insurance, then gave regulators misleading information when they investigated, according to a judgment published Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    Pallas Partners Hires Litigation Pro From Linklaters In London

    Pallas Partners LLP has recruited a litigation partner from Linklaters LLP to its London office in a boost to its offerings across commercial, finance and competition disputes, the boutique firm said Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Howard Kennedy face legal action by a London hotel chain, former racing boss Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One hit with a breach of contract claim by a Brazilian racecar driver, and a libel row between broadcaster Jeremy Vine and ex-footballer Joey Barton. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 15, 2024

    Private Wealth NQ Banned Over Faking Time Records

    A London tribunal has banned a private wealth specialist from the profession, after it found that the newly qualified solicitor had created misleading records to indicate that he spent more time working on client files than he actually did.

  • March 15, 2024

    Powell Gilbert Pros Warn Of Big Changes In IP Litigation

    The life sciences sector should brace itself for change as transformative technology creates new disputes, the sector adjusts to the Unified Patent Court and EU proposals to overhaul standard essential patent licensing could cause upheaval, three partners tell Law360.

  • March 15, 2024

    What GCs Want To See From Firms' New AI Practices

    As artificial intelligence practice groups pop up in law firms around the country, what do general counsel want from their external lawyers when it comes to this burgeoning technology?

  • March 22, 2024

    Charles Russell Speechlys Hires Ex-Burges Salmon Funds Pro

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has recruited a former head of private investment funds at Burges Salmon LLP in a bid to build out its profile in the market.

  • March 14, 2024

    Irwin Mitchell Denies Losing Club Boss £1.8M In House Sale

    Irwin Mitchell has denied owing a bankrupt former nightclub boss £1.8 million ($2.3 million) for giving him incomplete advice on the sale of his home, claiming he still would have gone ahead with the transaction anyway.

  • March 14, 2024

    LSE Professor's Court Access Restricted After Meritless Claim

    A London court has barred a former London School of Economics professor from bringing any more claims for three years, ruling that there was a real risk he would keep litigating despite losing his latest case against dozens of barristers.

  • March 14, 2024

    Stephenson Harwood To Keep 79% Of Trainees In March

    Stephenson Harwood LLP has retained nearly 80% of its spring intake of trainee solicitors as it replenishes its bench of junior talent across the business in London.

  • March 14, 2024

    Burford Capital Sees Revenues Leap In 'Extraordinary Year'

    Burford Capital announced Thursday that revenues in its standalone business had almost quadrupled in 2023 to nearly $1 billion as it saw high volumes of cases reach a conclusion in the aftermath of the pandemic.

  • March 14, 2024

    Rosenblatt Faces Wasted Costs Bid In Nigeria Oil Spill Case

    Rosenblatt faces costs proceedings brought by Shell after a London judge ruled Thursday that the firm did not have authority to act on behalf of the majority of claimants in a case over an 2011 oil spill off the coast of Nigeria.

  • March 14, 2024

    Aid Charity Fired Lockdown 'Shisha Cave' Whistleblower

    A humanitarian charity made an employee redundant in retaliation for her blowing the whistle about colleagues smoking and potentially taking illegal drugs in its offices during a COVID-19 lockdown, a U.K. employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 14, 2024

    The 2024 UK Lawyer Satisfaction Survey

    Work-life balance has gotten worse for more than a third of the 279 lawyers surveyed, and less than half are able to manage all the daily tasks required of them more than some of the time. Respondents were more positive about salaries, billable hours, opportunities for advancement and return-to-work policies at their firms.

  • March 21, 2024

    McDermott Hires Cooley M&A Specialist Michal Berkner

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has appointed deals specialist and Cooley LLP lawyer Michal Berkner as a partner in its transactions division, in a move to help it grow its mergers and acquisitions practice.

  • March 21, 2024

    DWF Hires Clyde & Co. Pro David Wynn As New Partner

    DWF LLP has bolstered its global insurance practice by hiring David Wynn as a new partner from Clyde & Co. LLP, where he headed the global legacy solutions practice for the past 10 years.

  • March 13, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Denies Negligence, Calls Ex-Client's Claim 'Loser'

    Clyde & Co. LLP urged a London judge Wednesday to block a construction magnate's $88 million negligence suit against his former lawyers in a lost suit over a failed investment, arguing that the claim for which they acted for him was a "loser at all times."

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