Pulse UK

  • April 18, 2024

    SQE Debacle Puts Spotlight On SRA's Contract With Kaplan

    The fiasco surrounding the solicitors qualifying exam has cast doubts on the future relationship between Kaplan and the watchdog for the profession, raising questions across the sector about the agency's contract with the testing giant.

  • April 17, 2024

    Dentons Names 12 New Partners In UK And Middle East

    Dentons announced on Wednesday that 12 lawyers in the U.K. and the Middle East are being promoted to its partnership, the international law firm's second-highest figure for the region after 13 a year ago.

  • April 17, 2024

    Freshfields Promotes 23 New Partners In Reduced Round

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced Wednesday that it had promoted 23 lawyers to its partnership, with around a quarter coming from its London office, as it looks to continue taking its global business forward with a future generation of rising stars.

  • April 17, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Promotes 19 Lawyers To Partnership In Dip

    Clyde & Co. LLP announced Wednesday that it has added 19 lawyers to its global partnership in what is its smallest promotions round since 2021.

  • April 24, 2024

    Fieldfisher Goes On German Media, Tech And IP Hiring Spree

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited 11 lawyers across its German offices, including several new partners, to boost its intellectual property offerings, and strengthen its position in the media sector.

  • April 16, 2024

    Law Firms Take Heat Over Pulled Offers After SQE Mishap

    Law firms may bear the brunt of the blame for hastily rescinding job offers for trainees who didn't pass the solicitors' qualification exam after testing giant Kaplan admitted on Monday it mistakenly failed numerous aspiring lawyers.

  • April 16, 2024

    McDermott Hires 2 Partners For Global Tax Practice In Paris

    McDermott Will & Emery is expanding its global tax practice group with two partners in Paris who have a track record of advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and tax controversies before France's tax authority, the firm announced. 

  • April 16, 2024

    Womble Bond Sued Over Advice On £126M Real Estate Project

    Two businessmen and a management company have sued Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in a London court after the law firm's allegedly negligent advice caused a £126 million ($157 million) property redevelopment project to fall through.

  • April 16, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Bolsters Disputes Team With New Partner

    Hill Dickinson LLP has snapped up a partner from Teacher Stern LLP to join its commercial litigation team, bringing a wealth of dispute resolution and crisis management experience to the table.

  • April 16, 2024

    Hogan Lovells' Tech Unit Partners With ESG Compliance Biz

    Hogan Lovells announced Tuesday that its new legal technology venture has entered into a strategic partnership with Daato, a sustainability management company, to help clients comply with their reporting requirements on environmental, social and governance.

  • April 16, 2024

    Legal Experts Uneasy About Post Office Convictions Law

    Legal experts warned a parliamentary committee Tuesday that government plans to introduce legislation to quash the convictions of hundreds of Post Office branch managers could unintentionally set a precedent for other miscarriages of justice. 

  • April 16, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Says Lawyers Ignored Prosecution Risks

    The Post Office's former chief executive said Tuesday that he was "surprised" that in-house lawyers who prosecuted sub-postmasters based on faulty IT data ignored the risk of failing to disclose certain key facts in court.

  • April 16, 2024

    Law Firm Denies Encouraging Consultant's Weak Case

    Costigan King has denied owing a consultant £291,000 ($362,000) for allegedly advising he fight a claim to stop him providing legal services, saying that it never told him he had a strong case.

  • April 16, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Launches Ireland Tax Practice With New Hire

    Taylor Wessing LLP has recruited its first tax partner in Ireland from Simmons & Simmons LLP to launch a new tax group in the country, continuing its expansion after initially setting up shop in Dublin three years ago.

  • April 16, 2024

    Cooley Hires Ex-Norton Rose Antitrust Chief In London

    Cooley LLP has recruited Norton Rose Fulbright's London antitrust and competition chief to its London office as a partner in an effort to boost its ability to advise clients on competition disputes across the U.K. and the European Union.

  • April 15, 2024

    Allen & Overy Gains Another Milbank Atty In London

    Allen & Overy announced Monday it added an attorney from Milbank to its London office, touting her in-demand expertise representing creditors in restructurings and special situations.

  • April 15, 2024

    Freshfields Hires Capital Markets Pro From Cooley

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced Monday that it has hired a specialist in equity capital markets transactions from Cooley LLP in London, boosting its offerings to European companies and investment banks.

  • April 15, 2024

    SRA Accuses Lawyer Of Profiting From Client Loans

    A solicitor profited from his clients' financial difficulties by convincing them to enter into financial arrangements for his benefit, the Solicitors Regulation Authority told a tribunal Monday.

  • April 15, 2024

    Herbert Smith Freehills Promotes 27 New Partners Globally

    Herbert Smith Freehills said Monday that it has promoted 27 new partners worldwide, with key focuses including private capital and energy transition alongside environmental, social and governance.

  • April 15, 2024

    Trainee Solicitor's Bid To Claim SQE Fees From Ex-Firm Fails

    A trainee solicitor cannot recoup fees for her legal qualification examinations from her former employer, with a tribunal finding that she failed to prove that the law firm had agreed to pay the fees.

  • April 15, 2024

    CMS Dips To 54 New Partners Elevated In Global Biz

    CMS said on Monday that it has strengthened the senior ranks of its global business by promoting 54 lawyers to its partnership, with women accounting for more than 40% of its latest intake.

  • April 15, 2024

    Pass Rates For Jan. SQE Rise After Kaplan Finds Error

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Monday that assessment provider Kaplan had revised the January SQE1 exam results because of an error that originally failed 175 candidates who had actually passed the test.

  • April 15, 2024

    Covington Hires Capital Markets, M&A Pro In London

    Covington & Burling LLP has appointed Johan Dagergard, a lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, as special counsel at its London office, which the firm believes will bolster its Nordics practice.

  • April 12, 2024

    Slaughter And May Select 6 Firms For Legal Tech Cohort

    A legal forecasting tool, a scheduling tracker and a pricing analysis service are three of the six new tech startups in Slaughter and May's fourth Collaborate cohort, the London-based firm announced Friday, which offers the selected startups opportunities to test and develop their tools in a legal environment.

  • April 19, 2024

    Morgan Lewis Bolsters Munich Office With Partner Hire

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired the Munich office managing partner of Reed Smith LLP to shepherd its expanding global disputes practice.

Expert Analysis

  • Once More Unto The Breach — Rehearing In Newman?

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    On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York decided to seek appellate review of several aspects of the recent insider-trading decision in U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson. En banc rehearing petitions are rarely granted in any circuit, and are particularly rare in the Second Circuit, which hears the fewest number of rehearings of any circuit in the country, say Eugene Ingoglia and Gregory Morvillo of Morvillo LLP.

  • UK Tax Advisers Are Beyond Legal Advice Privilege

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    A recent judgment from the U.K. Supreme Court in one of the most significant decisions on legal advice privilege for many years. Prudential PLC v. Special Commissioner of Income Tax, which dealt a blow to tax advisers and other nonlegally qualified service providers who provide legal advice to their clients, confirmed that — consistent with the position in the U.S. — legal advice privilege only protects communications to or from a qualified lawyer, say Richard Hornshaw and Daniel Cohen of Bingham McCutchen LLP.

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