Pulse UK

  • May 15, 2024

    White & Case Grows Milan M&A Office With Ex-Shearman Pro

    White & Case LLP has bolstered its global mergers and acquisitions practice and private equity industry group with the recruitment of a senior dealmaker as a partner.

  • May 15, 2024

    Squire Patton Hires Partner Trio As UK Expansion Continues

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP said Wednesday that it has hired three partners in Birmingham and London in a move to boost its offerings in litigation; leveraged finance; and environmental, social and governance.

  • May 08, 2024

    Solicitor Struck Off For Asking Client For Sexual Images

    A tribunal struck off a solicitor on Wednesday after concluding that he dishonestly persuaded a vulnerable client to send him sexually explicit images by falsely claiming he needed them to prevent her ex-husband from posting them as revenge porn.

  • May 08, 2024

    Reed Smith's $13M Ask May Breach Sanctions, Barclays Says

    Barclays has told a London court that it rightfully refused to transfer approximately $13 million back to a sanctioned shipping company at Reed Smith LLP's request after a collapsed tanker deal, arguing that it declined so it could avoid violating sanctions.

  • May 08, 2024

    Top KC Denies Ignoring Post Office Prosecution Issues

    A barrister who advised the Post Office on its past prosecutions has denied "turning a blind eye" by not investigating why an expert witness whose evidence was used to convict innocent people misled the courts, as he appeared before an inquiry on Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2024

    Linklaters Hires M&A Pro From Travers Smith

    Partner losses at Travers Smith LLP are continuing to mount after Linklaters LLP said on Wednesday that it has recruited a corporate specialist from the troubled U.K. law firm.

  • April 29, 2024

    White & Case, Linklaters Swap India Specialists

    White & Case LLP and Linklaters LLP have swapped corporate specialists to boost their services in mergers and acquisitions involving the Indian market, amid an expected increase in deal-making activity from the country and international investors.

  • May 07, 2024

    Lawmakers Told To Fix 'Abusive' County Court System

    Ongoing delays in the county courts are "abusive" to vulnerable litigants who are forced to abandon their cases amid a lack of resources, a London academic told a parliamentary committee Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Solicitor Faces Tribunal Over Asking Client For Sexual Images

    A solicitor is facing a disciplinary tribunal over allegations that he duped a vulnerable client into sending him sexually explicit images of herself by claiming he needed them to prevent her ex-husband from posting them as revenge porn.

  • May 07, 2024

    Corlytics Acquires Deloitte UK RegTech Platform

    Less than a year after acquiring compliance software provider Clausematch, Irish regulatory risk business Corlytics Ltd. announced Tuesday that it has also acquired a digital RegTech platform from Deloitte UK.

  • May 07, 2024

    Charles Russell Recruits New Real Estate Partner

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has hired a new partner to its real estate team from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, with the new arrival saying Tuesday that he hopes the switch will open the door to more "big-ticket" property work.

  • May 07, 2024

    Court Of Appeal To Hear Secret Judicial Appointment Case

    The Court of Appeal will hear a judge's challenge to a secretive part of the judicial appointment process that critics argue hinders efforts to diversify the bench, the GMB Union said on Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    WFW Promotes 7 New Partners As 2024 Number Dips

    Watson Farley & Williams LLP said on Tuesday that it has promoted seven lawyers to its partnership in 2024, with a reduced intake of new partners that includes three women.

  • May 07, 2024

    Plans To Expand Public Access To Court Docs 'Go Too Far'

    Proposals to radically expand access for members of the public to court documents risk disproportionately burdening court staff and lawyers with work and could lead to additional costs, legal experts have said.

  • May 06, 2024

    Orrick Adds 7-Atty M&A Team From Shearman Italian Arm

    The former head of Studio Legale Associato Shearman & Sterling LLP's Italian mergers and acquisitions practice joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's M&A and private equity team in Milan, the firm announced Monday.

  • May 03, 2024

    HMRC Director Rejoins KPMG To Boost Tax Dispute Offering

    A former deputy director at HM Revenue & Customs has returned to KPMG as director of KPMG Law's tax disputes teams, the firm has announced.

  • May 03, 2024

    Gatwick Welcomes New GC As Runway Issue Rumbles On

    London's Gatwick Airport has hired a new general counsel with over a decade of experience in similar roles at Cambodia Airports and Santiago de Chile's international airports.

  • May 03, 2024

    SRA Warns Law Firms On Improper Practices In Mass Claims

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority voiced concerns on Friday about law firms and legal professionals that handle mass claims involving financial services or products, saying that some are running up costs before they have even been instructed to act.

  • May 03, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Retains Over 90% Of Trainees

    Hogan Lovells said Friday that it had retained more than 90% of its trainees when they qualified as solicitors in England in February, continuing a trend of the firm posting high retention rates.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Lawyer Denies Concealing IT Bug From Court

    A Post Office lawyer was told of a bug in the accounting system used to prosecute an innocent sub-postmistress days before her trial but did not disclose this to the court, according to documents submitted Friday to the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal.

  • May 03, 2024

    Political Aide Asks Tribunal For Damages Over Unfair Sacking

    A former Labour Party staff member argued for more than £200,000 ($250,000) in damages on Friday after she won her tribunal claim alleging that the MP she worked for had fired her after she blew the whistle on misconduct that included antisemitism.

  • May 03, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen rapper Ivorian Doll hit with a copyright claim, private members club Aspinalls file a claim against a Saudi sheikh, and Motorola Solutions file a claim against the British government on the heels of its dispute over losing a £400 million ($502 million) government contract. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 03, 2024

    5 Questions For Mewburn Ellis TM Chief Andy King

    Mewburn Ellis LLP head of trademark Andy King talks to Law360 about changing client attitudes, keeping pace with rapidly evolving technology, such as the twin impacts of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, plus the fight for effective representation at the U.K. trademark office.

  • May 03, 2024

    Freshfields' NQ Salary Outpaces A&O Shearman By 20%

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP said on Friday that it has raised the annual salary of newly qualified lawyers in London to £150,000 ($188,000) from £125,000 — 20% higher than the current offering from the newly merged A&O Shearman.

  • May 03, 2024

    Financial Adviser Convicted In Axiom Legal Fund Fraud Case

    A former financial adviser was convicted on Friday of siphoning £5.8 million ($7.3 million) from an investment fund using secret commission payments as part of a legal financing fraud.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Act As Allies This Pride Month

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    Having played a significant role in advancing LGBTQ+ rights, the legal profession now needs to practice allyship to ensure there is sufficient support for the community by educating itself, its colleagues and the public, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

  • How Lawyers Can Best Avoid Money Laundering Issues

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    There are basic questions that solicitors must ask of clients to avoid money laundering risks, but in light of recent fines imposed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority for failure to comply with anti-money laundering regulations, firms must also ensure they document their diligence process, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • Tackling UK Case Backlog Requires Proper Court Funding

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    Until the U.K. government takes powerful measures to address IT issues, poorly maintained courtrooms and wage demands, the crown court backlog will continue to rise to the detriment of all stakeholders in the criminal court system and the public at large, says Rubin Italia at Stokoe Partnership.

  • 5 Ways For A Legal Practice To Close Technology Gaps

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    With technology a driving force for success, the U.K. legal sector must embrace innovation to maintain its competitive edge, and investing in new processes is no longer optional, says Gareth Preece at Doherty Associates.

  • Opinion

    Thomas Report Is Final Straw — High Court Needs Ethics Code

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    As a recent report on Justice Clarence Thomas' ongoing conflicts of interest makes evident, Supreme Court justices should be subject to an enforceable and binding code of ethics — like all other federal judges — to maintain the credibility of the institution, says Erica Salmon Byrne at Ethisphere.

  • PR Perspectives: Optimizing Social Media As A Lawyer

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    The opportunities for social media to increase a business are unlimited despite its flaws, and to make the most of its potential, training and regular updates should be part of all lawyers’ professional development, say Steve Rudaini and Emma Maule at MD Communications.

  • Highlights Of The UK's New Economic Crime Plan

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    With the direction of the U.K. government’s newly launched second economic crime plan undeniably altered by the recent focus on kleptocrats and their money, the emphasis is now on how the U.K. can deliver a more effective approach to reducing the threat of economic crime, says Kathryn Westmore at the Royal United Services Institute.

  • 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.

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