Pulse UK

  • May 22, 2024

    UK Gov't Calls Elections For July 4 Despite Poor Polls

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday called an early general election to be held on July 4, advancing the electoral timetable even though his Conservative Party lags decisively behind the opposition Labour Party.

  • May 22, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Didn't Know Business Prosecuted People

    Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells denied on Wednesday that she knew the organization conducted its own prosecutions, telling the inquiry into its wrongful prosecution of innocent sub-postmasters she became aware of the power to prosecute only several years after she joined.

  • May 22, 2024

    Aspiring Judge Can't Reopen Race Bias Case

    An Asian-British solicitor has failed to persuade an employment tribunal to reconsider his race discrimination claims against a High Court judge who dismissed his application because he filed his request too late.

  • May 22, 2024

    Travers Smith Carves Out AI Biz From Legal Tech Arm

    Travers Smith LLP said on Wednesday that it has spun out a new artificial intelligence business from its legal technology arm that it expects will form one single system for lawyers to access and create a variety of AI tools.

  • May 21, 2024

    Russian Litigants Abandon UK Courts As Sanctions Bite

    The number of Russian litigants using London's commercial courts has collapsed in the past year amid tightening sanctions on individuals and businesses tied to the Kremlin over the war in Ukraine, a report published Wednesday said.

  • May 21, 2024

    Attys With AI Skills Command Pay Bumps In The US, UK

    Lawyer job listings that require artificial intelligence skills carry a wage premium of up to 49% higher in some markets, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    Eversheds Sutherland Closing Berlin Office After A Decade

    Eversheds Sutherland International said Tuesday that it will close its office in Berlin by the end of 2024 after a "strategic review of its German business."

  • May 21, 2024

    Claims Biz Sues Bankrupt Law Firm For PPI Referral Fees

    A claims processor has asked a London court to recoup £663,000 ($843,144) from an insolvent law firm based on a previous ruling, arguing that its payment obligations existed years before it folded.

  • May 21, 2024

    13 Clyde & Co. Lawyers Defect To Kennedys In Madrid

    Kennedys has hired 13 lawyers including a trio of insurance partners from Clyde & Co. LLP for its Madrid office, with the firm intent on strengthening its footing in one of Europe's key arenas.

  • May 21, 2024

    Post Office Official Told MP About IT Bugs Ahead Of Report

    A former Post Office senior official conceded she was the "bearer of bad news" by ensuring an MP was told of bugs in the IT system used to wrongly prosecute innocent people, as she gave evidence to an inquiry Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    Lawyer Suspended For Misconduct Toward Junior Women

    A solicitor was suspended from legal practice for two years on Tuesday and hit with costs of £85,000 ($108,000) after a disciplinary tribunal held a private hearing over allegations of sexually motivated and inappropriate conduct toward multiple junior female employees.

  • May 21, 2024

    CMS Becomes First 'Foster Friendly' UK Firm With New Policy

    CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP said on Tuesday that it has introduced a new policy committing it to support staff who are foster carers, becoming the first U.K. law firm to receive a "Foster Friendly" accreditation.

  • May 20, 2024

    Arbitrator In $14.9B Malaysia Case Can't Nix Contempt Ruling

    Embattled arbitrator Gonzalo Stampa has lost an appeal challenging his conviction in Spain for contempt of court after he ordered Malaysia to pay $14.9 billion to the heirs of the last sultan of Sulu in an unusual, high-stakes arbitration stemming from a 19th-century land deal.

  • May 20, 2024

    Barristers Blast Lack Of Data As Remote Hearings Decline

    The Bar Council on Monday reported a "significant and steep decline" in the number of remote court hearings taking place since the peak of COVID-19 and condemned the "staggering" lack of data available to assess their effectiveness.

  • May 20, 2024

    Collapsed Firm Escapes Fine For Making Unapproved Claims

    The solicitors' watchdog for England and Wales on Monday waived a £65,300 ($83,000) fine for a shuttered law firm that submitted claims without clients' approval, scrapping the penalty to safeguard the outfit's creditors.

  • May 20, 2024

    Small Law Firms Turning To Tech In Bid To Fuel Growth

    A rising number of small U.K. law firms are harboring ambitions to expand their business over the next year, an industry survey published Tuesday has revealed, with more than half turning to legal technology as the way forward.

  • May 20, 2024

    SRA Can't Block £75K Costs Order For Flawed Case

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has failed to stave off a £75,000 ($95,000) order as a London court ruled that a tribunal was right to award a solicitor costs for the watchdog's "fundamentally flawed" misconduct allegation against her.

  • May 20, 2024

    Judge Approves Bankruptcy Order On Ex-Axiom Ince Chief

    A judge approved on Monday a bankruptcy order against the former head of Axiom Ince Ltd. after the now-collapsed law firm failed to pay monthly installments for its acquisition of Ince.

  • May 20, 2024

    DWF Hires Investment Funds Pro From Gateley

    DWF LLP has hired Gateley lawyer Ravi Longia as U.K. head of investment funds in its corporate group, a move the firm believes will bolster its business as it expands its services.

  • May 17, 2024

    Law Firm Beats Temp Receptionist's Discrimination Claims

    A law firm in southern England fended off several disability discrimination and harassment claims from a temporary receptionist, after an employment tribunal ruled she wasn't legally disabled.

  • May 17, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a wave of claims filed against Verity Trustees Ltd., Harley-Davidson hit retailer Next with an intellectual property claim, Turkish e-commerce entrepreneur Demet Mutlu sue her ex-husband and Trendyol co-founder Evren Üçok and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a claim against the former boss of collapsed law firm Axiom. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 17, 2024

    Law Firms Urged To Upgrade Technology For Disabled Staff

    Law firms should ensure that their content management systems and training programs are easily accessible for disabled professionals, according to new guidance published by the Law Society of England and Wales on Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    CMS Moves M&A Partner Graham Conlon To Abu Dhabi

    Graham Conlon, a corporate mergers and acquisitions partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, has moved to Abu Dhabi as the law firm opened its first office in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

  • May 17, 2024

    Linklaters Increases New Lawyers' Pay To £150K

    Linklaters LLP has bumped up its pay for newly qualified lawyers by 20% to £150,000 ($190,000) in a sign that the salary war among elite U.K. law firms is hotting up.

  • May 17, 2024

    Post Office Used Womble Bond To Avoid Looking Like 'Bullies'

    The Post Office retained Womble Bond Dickinson in a civil case brought by victims of the Horizon scandal because a more aggressive law firm might make it look like "bullies," an executive for the organization told an inquiry Friday.

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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