Pulse UK

  • May 17, 2024

    Gov't Boosts Support For Neurodivergent Offenders

    The U.K. has introduced dedicated neurodiversity officers in all public prisons across England and Wales, with the aim of offering better support for offenders with conditions such as autism and dyslexia and reduce rates of re-offending among them.

  • May 17, 2024

    Trowers To Widen Intake With Solicitor Apprenticeship Scheme

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP has launched a six-year solicitors' apprenticeship program to offer school-leavers or non-graduates an alternative to the traditional university graduate route into law.

  • May 17, 2024

    Linklaters Harnesses AI To Boost Market Share

    Linklaters LLP is banking on generative AI to increase its share of the legal market as the new technology will enable the Magic Circle firm to win more clients and work, people in charge of the strategy at the firm say.

  • May 16, 2024

    Recordati Adds New Head Of IP From Zentiva

    Recordati has hired a U.S. lawyer with a decade of experience working in-house at pharma giants Sandoz and Zentiva to take on a newly created role as group head IP counsel. 

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • A Diverse Workforce Can Help Close The Legal Talent Gap

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    Recent reports from professional firms reveal that a diverse workforce is likely to close the talent gap and achieve better business outcomes, and for law firms, this needs to start with routes into the profession in order to make a real change, says Jody Tranter at Barbri.

  • Navigating The Novel Challenges Facing The Legal Profession

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    The increasing prominence of ESG and AI have transformed the legal landscape and represent new opportunities for lawyers, but with evolving regulations and the ever-expanding reach of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms should ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to adapt to these challenges, say Scott Ashby and Aimee Talbot at RPC.

  • Key Lessons From The SRA's 2023 AML Report

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    The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s recent anti-money laundering report conducted supervisory activities that revealed a variety of breaches, and with an increasingly regulated landscape, lawyers can play an important part in preventing criminal activity by taking responsibility for ensuring compliance, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • How The Legal Sector Can Enhance Its Data Resilience

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    In view of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre’s recent report shedding light on the legal sector’s increased vulnerability to cyberattacks, law firms need not only establish robust defenses, but also to redefine their approach to data security by fostering a culture of continuous learning, adaptability and vigilance, says Katie McCullough at Panzura.

  • Building Strong Relationships At All Stages Of A Legal Career

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    Whether a junior attorney seeks to lay the foundation for a path to partnership, or a seasoned practitioner aims to leverage an extensive network, the road to legal industry success often involves cultivating sincere relationships, say Kathleen Hilton and Megan Senese at Stage.

  • How Mentoring Can Increase Black Representation In Law

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    U.K. Black History Month is a good time to look at the importance of Black representation in the legal profession, and how mentorship can make a big difference in empowering Black lawyers, including by offering career coaching and building valuable relationships, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

  • Socioeconomic Data Shows Diversity Needed In Legal Sector

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    U.K. solicitors come from the highest socioeconomic backgrounds compared with the wider workforce, and with the case for a greater focus on diversity and inclusion stronger in law than in any other sector, now is the time to challenge the status quo decisions that affect equality and representation, says Nik Miller at the Bridge Group.

  • PR Perspectives: When Law Firms Offer PR Services

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    The news of libel law firm Schillings setting up its own public relations firm illustrates the equal importance of both lawyers and PR professionals in managing the reputations of businesses and individuals effectively, especially in the evolving media landscape, says Gus Sellitto at Byfield Consultancy.

  • Building A Global Law Firm Fit For The Future

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    As the world faces immense changes across economic, environmental, political and social spheres, leaders in BigLaw are in a position to help address global challenges, while also transforming their business models to respond to historic shifts in the nature of legal work, says Duncan Weston at CMS.

  • PR Perspectives: Must-Have Tips For Lawyers Writing Articles

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    There are many benefits for lawyers in getting their articles, opinions and insights published in the media, and although writing about a topic can be easy, getting it published is tricky, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • How Midsize City Firms Are Luring Talent Away From BigLaw

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    In the wake of the post-pandemic hiring surge many law associates are reevaluating their priorities, and with midsize City firms offering a better work-life balance, greater focus on team fit and opportunities for upward mobility, the traditional legal career path offered at BigLaw firms is no longer passing muster, says Ria Karnik at Major Lindsey.

  • PR Perspectives: The Advantages Of A Legal Background

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    A legal background can bring several advantages to the work of a legal public relations professional, from an understanding of the subject matter itself and the pressures that lawyers face, to a meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of the importance of following breaking news stories, says Kath Walkling at Herbert Smith.

  • Perfecting Outreach Cadence Between Lawyers And Clients

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    Obligations can get in the way of lawyers creating a regular communication cadence with their clients, but it is possible to rebuild and strengthen a relationship by employing empathy and showing a commitment to the client's success and well-being, says Megan Senese at Stage.

  • PR Perspectives: What Makes A Great Legal PR Professional

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    A great legal public relations professional needs first-class writing skills, intellect and an attention to detail, but in addition to these core competencies, there are transferable skills and personal qualities that are vital, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Roundup

    PR Perspectives

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    As the importance of law firm public relations continues to grow and the role of communications teams evolves, in this Expert Analysis series PR professionals discuss lawyer media relations, reputation management and more.

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