Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • May 02, 2024

    Ex-Clarke Willmott Lawyer Faces Hearing On Conduct Claims

    A former solicitor at Clarke Willmott LLP must face a disciplinary tribunal regarding allegations that he engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct toward a colleague at a work event arranged by his firm, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • May 02, 2024

    Some Pupillage Providers Are Risk Averse On Diversity

    The proportion of pupils who come from diverse backgrounds is on the rise, but some pupillage providers are cautious about recruitment, the Bar Standards Board revealed on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: Effectively Managing Crisis Communications

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    The rise of 24/7 media and far reach of social media has made crisis communication more likely and much harder to manage, highlighting the importance for law firms to be prepared and effectively deal with crises to avoid the risk of reputational damage, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • New Solicitor Workplace Rules Present Practical Challenges

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    As law firms and partners are beginning to understand and apply the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new rules and guidance on unfair treatment toward colleagues, it is becoming clear that there are a number of potential pitfalls to navigate, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • PR Perspectives: Getting Merger Communications Right

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    As the recent Allen & Overy and Shearman Sterling deal announcement demonstrates, controlling the narrative is the priority when merger discussions begin, so law firms need to consider their stakeholder base and the best communication channels for each segment, ready to adapt to the audience group's needs, say Ben Girdlestone and Bethany Durkin at Byfield.

  • Why Law Firms Should Consider Apprenticeships

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    A recent government briefing shows that young people are increasingly signing up for apprenticeships, a trend that law firms should take advantage of to improve socioeconomic diversity and help to recruit a variety of talent, which can boost employee retention in the long run, says Emma O'Connor at Boyes Turner.

  • How AI Could Affect The Way Law Firms Operate

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    Generative artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming the legal industry, and it is becoming increasingly clear that law firms will need to adjust their recruitment strategies, refine their service offerings and hire specialist lawyers versed in AI technologies, says Brent Harris at Major Lindsey.

  • In-Office Policies May Be Solution To UK Skills Shortage

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    Against the backdrop of the U.K. skills shortage, personal engagement with junior lawyers could boost employee commitment, engagement and retention, highlighting that physical presence in the office is valued and vital, says Michael Stokes at Harrison Clark.

  • PR Perspectives: A 20-Year Shift For Law Firm Press Teams

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    In-house law firm public relations has developed into a sophisticated practice as firms become more business-minded, and will continue to grow in importance, with legal PR teams becoming more integrated and working seamlessly across all forms of media, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Successfully Implementing AI Rules Requires A Cultural Shift

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    Recent positive use cases of artificial intelligence demonstrate the potential benefits it can bring to the legal profession, and while the development of AI rules is essential, their effectiveness depends on user adoption, behavioral change and human acceptance, say Charlie Morgan and Salman Dhalla at Herbert Smith.

  • PR Perspectives: How Lawyers Build Good Press Relations

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    There are multiple benefits for lawyers appearing in the media, and those who want to build good relations with the press should consider establishing contacts and maintaining those links, and understanding the role of journalists is critical in achieving this, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • What Lawyers Look For When Considering A Firm Move

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    With younger lawyers increasingly paying attention to factors beyond salary, such as work-life balance and career progression, it is firms that know how to appeal to other wants that will ultimately pull ahead when competing for talent, says Adam Stocker at Major Lindsey.

  • What Private Investment Can Bring To Barristers' Chambers

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    The recent private equity investment in The Barrister Group, believed to be the first at the Bar of England and Wales, demonstrates how an upgrade in chambers' business processes and technology can be achieved, both essential for the future of the profession, says Harry Hodgkin at The Barrister Group.

  • How Tech Can Make A Career In Law More Accessible

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    As practitioners and the U.K. Solicitors Regulation Authority seek to increase diversity in the legal profession, the adoption of technology, such as remote learning, artificial intelligence and social media communities, is playing a major role in breaking down entry barriers to a career in law, says Caroline Rayson at BPP.

  • Expansion Of Court Filming May Carry Reputational Risks

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    In light of the U.K. government’s recent consultation on expanding filming across the courts system in England and Wales, our right to open justice must be weighed carefully against the reputational risk that litigation poses to all parties involved, says Bella von Bohlen at FTI Consulting.

  • PR Perspectives: Strategies For Lawyers Publicizing Litigation

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    Any business or high-profile individual could end up in court, and with a global audience watching on through social media, lawyers would be wise to use strategic methods to shine a favorable light on their work and cases, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • 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.

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