Pulse UK

  • May 16, 2024

    Top Linklaters Attys See PE Rebound In Run-Up To Elections

    After a subtle uptick in private equity deal values in the first quarter, the global chair of Linklaters LLP's corporate department in New York, George Casey, and one of its top PE dealmakers in London, Alex Woodward, believe the pace of transactions is picking up and the market is primed for a comeback.

  • May 16, 2024

    Brick Court Works With Investigators To Counter Cyberattack

    Brick Court Chambers said on Thursday that it is investigating a suspected cyberattack, highlighting the persistent threat of digital warfare against the legal sector.

  • May 16, 2024

    Junior Lawyers Threaten LSB Escalation Over Exam Mistakes

    The Junior Lawyers Division has warned the solicitors' watchdog and its assessment provider, Kaplan, about a major error in the Solicitors Qualifying Examination held in January and is threatening to take the matter to the sector's top regulator if it is not addressed promptly.

  • May 16, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Boost Legal Aid In Home Eviction Cases

    The Law Society called on the government on Thursday to boost legal aid to help renters in England and Wales after more than 18,150 eviction orders were issued between January and March.

  • May 16, 2024

    UK Gov't To Simplify Civil Claims For Child Sex Abuse Victims

    The government wants to make it easier and less traumatic for victims of child sexual abuse to bring civil claims by reversing the burden of proof before cases reach court, a move designed to spare survivors from having to repeatedly recount their experiences.

  • May 15, 2024

    Womble Bond Names 'Fearless Leader' As Chair, CEO-Elect

    Womble Bond Dickinson announced Wednesday that global finance partner Merrick Benn has been elected U.S. chair and CEO, for a three-year term effective Jan. 1.

  • May 15, 2024

    Legal Bodies Update Cybersecurity Checks For Law Firms

    The Law Society and the Bar Council said on Wednesday that they have updated a questionnaire that helps shield barristers' chambers against cyberattacks as the legal profession responds to warnings of a rise in threat levels.

  • May 15, 2024

    Ex-Candey Partner Did Not Think Client Funds Were Criminal

    A former Candey partner who is accused of not adequately checking the source of almost £24 million ($30 million) in client funds earmarked for a property purchase told a tribunal on Wednesday that he did not believe the money was the proceeds of crime.

  • May 15, 2024

    SRA Should Ditch Plans To Regulate CILEX, Law Society Says

    The Law Society has urged the watchdog that oversees solicitors to abandon plans to regulate legal executives, arguing on Wednesday that it should maintain its focus on its "core regulatory responsibilities."

  • May 15, 2024

    Fired Judge Loses Appeal Over Deleting Data During Probe

    A former judge who was removed from office for deleting data relevant to a police investigation had his bid to appeal his dismissal rejected by the High Court on Wednesday as a judge ruled that his removal from the bench was "clearly justified."

  • May 15, 2024

    6 Questions For Sebastian Moore, HSF's IP Head In The UK

    Sebastian Moore, head of the intellectual property practice of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in the U.K., has told Law360 that he had been keen to make use of his chemistry degree when he decided to become a lawyer specializing in IP.

  • May 15, 2024

    Ex-RFB Partner Claims Ouster By Firm's 'Bullying' Boss

    The former head of employment at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has sued the firm, claiming that he was unfairly demoted and exposed to what he alleges was the "constant bullying treatment of staff" by the managing partner Rakeebah Rahim.

  • May 14, 2024

    Communications Panel Seeks Stiffer Fines On SLAPP Suits

    The chair of a House of Lords committee on Tuesday urged the government to increase the Solicitors Regulation Authority's fining powers to crack down on litigation designed to silence reporting about wealthy and powerful individuals.

  • May 14, 2024

    UK Gov't Rules Out NDA Ban In Harassment Cases

    HM Treasury said Tuesday that the U.K. government will not commit to a legislative ban on nondisclosure agreements in harassment cases, rejecting a call from MPs to bring an end to the "abusive use" of NDAs to silence victims.

  • May 14, 2024

    Tech Biz Helm360 Launches Legal Partner Alliance Program

    Helm360, an American legal IT provider, has launched a program offering law firms a one-stop shop for "essential" products, services and expert knowledge.

  • May 14, 2024

    Brodies, Pinsent Advise On £100M Loan For Green Port Project

    Haventus, a green projects site manager, has secured a £100 million ($126 million) joint credit facility from UK Infrastructure Bank and the Scottish National Investment Bank for the redevelopment of its Ardersier Port near Inverness, Scotland, law firm Brodies LLP said Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Perkins Coie Launches In London With PE Veteran

    Perkins Coie LLP said Tuesday that it has launched in London with a team of six corporate lawyers led by a private equity veteran to serve European technology companies and investors from one location.

  • May 14, 2024

    London Law Firms Look Abroad As Home Market Stagnates

    Some London law firms are looking to expand in Europe and beyond for business growth after feeling the constraints of Brexit and a saturated legal marketplace — ignoring warnings that the rates for work in the Continent are low in comparison with fees in Britain.

  • May 13, 2024

    UK Gov't Looking To Bolster Legal Tech Ties With Australia

    The government said Monday that it is extending its campaign to boost the legal technology sector's ties with Australia to help pull trade back to the U.K.

  • May 13, 2024

    Candey, Ex-Partner Face Tribunal Over Alleged AML Breach

    Candey Ltd. and a former partner breached money laundering regulations by not adequately checking the source of nearly £24 million ($30 million) of client funds earmarked for a property purchase, the Solicitors Regulation Authority told a tribunal Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    Law Firm Beats Paralegal's COVID Whistleblower Claim

    An employment tribunal has dismissed a former paralegal's claim alleging she was unfairly dismissed for raising complaints about her mentor's behavior and COVID-19 practices, finding the disclosures didn't play a part in the firm's decision to fire her.

  • May 13, 2024

    Barrister May Have 'Dozed Off' For Medical Reasons, She Says

    A barrister denied undermining the public's trust in the legal profession on Monday after she was brought before the barristers' tribunal for allegedly falling asleep during a coroner's inquest in which she was acting as counsel.

  • May 13, 2024

    Haynes Boone Makes UK Real Estate Debut With New Hire

    Haynes and Boone LLP has moved to establish its real estate practice in the U.K. with the addition of a new partner from Clifford Chance LLP.

  • May 13, 2024

    Temple Bright Launches Flexible Legal Business

    Temple Bright LLP said on Monday it has become the latest law firm to launch its own flexible resourcing business, joining what it called the fast-growing market of organizations offering temporary and interim legal support.

  • May 13, 2024

    Gov't Tells Finance, Law Watchdogs To Improve AML Reports

    HM Treasury and Britain's anti-money laundering watchdog have told professional bodies in sectors including law and accounting to sharpen the focus in their annual reports on failures in compliance and supervisory actions.

Expert Analysis

  • Prompt Engineering Skills Are Changing The Legal Profession

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    With a focus on higher-value work as repetitive tasks are delegated to artificial intelligence, legal roles are set to become more inspiring, and lawyers need not fear the rising demand for prompt engineers that is altering the technology-enabled legal environment, say Eric Crawley, Shah Karim and Paul O’Hagan at Epiq Legal.

  • 4 Legal Privilege Lessons From Dechert Disclosure Ruling

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, finding that evidence may have been incorrectly withheld, provides welcome clarification of the scope of legal professional privilege, including the application of the iniquity exception, says Tim Knight at Travers Smith.

  • 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.

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