Pulse UK

  • February 20, 2024

    Law Firm Says It Can Charge For Work As Estate's Executor

    A solicitor should have been entitled to charge for the work he carried out as the executor of an estate despite the absence of a charging clause in the will, a law firm told an appeals court Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    Firm Faces Claim From Cleaner Fired For Eating Leftovers

    A cleaner is planning to sue a London law firm and its private cleaning contractor after bosses allegedly fired her for eating a tuna sandwich that lawyers had left behind after a meeting, a trade union has said.

  • February 20, 2024

    Aspiring Judge Loses Race Bias Case Over Failed Application

    An Asian-British solicitor has lost his case accusing a High Court judge of downgrading his application for a judicial post because he wasn't white, with a tribunal concluding that his failure had "nothing whatsoever" to do with his race.

  • February 20, 2024

    Freeths Sees Record Revenue Growth In Liverpool

    Freeths LLP said Tuesday that it has seen record growth in revenues at its office in Liverpool, after its income in the English city jumped by over 40% on a year-on-year basis.

  • February 20, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Hires ESG Expert From Clifford Chance

    Addleshaw Goddard LLP has recruited an environmental, social and governance specialist from Clifford Chance LLP as a partner in its London office, bolstering the law firm's ability to advise on sustainability issues.

  • February 20, 2024

    Senior SFO Exec Appointed To Run Judicial Office

    A senior executive at the Serious Fraud Office has been appointed as the next chief executive of the Judicial Office, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary said on Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    Macfarlanes To Retain 86% Of New Lawyers In March

    Macfarlanes LLP announced Tuesday that almost its entire group of trainee solicitors will stay on at the firm when they qualify in the spring, as the law firm looks to progress the careers of its junior talent.

  • February 19, 2024

    Legal Services Board Gives Solicitors' Body Green Ratings

    The Legal Services Board gave the solicitors' regulator green ratings on Tuesday in its latest review of its performance — although it did not assess how the watchdog fared in handling the biggest scandals that have engulfed the profession.

  • February 19, 2024

    Basic Newly Qualified Pay At Norton Rose Rises To £120K

    Norton Rose Fulbright said on Monday that it is raising basic pay for freshly qualified lawyers at its London office to £120,000 ($151,000), joining other law firms that have boosted salaries for those launching their legal careers.

  • February 19, 2024

    Barrister Disbarred For Pocketing £149K In VAT Payments

    A barrister was ordered to be disbarred on Monday after he admitted to receiving value-added tax on his professional fees despite not being registered for it, with a tribunal saying he acted dishonestly and that his behavior amounted to "serious misconduct."

  • February 19, 2024

    Barrister Hit With 18-Month Ban For Mishandling Client Funds

    A barrister has been handed an 18-month ban for mishandling a direct access client's money and lying to legal complaints investigators about his ability to repay the funds, a London tribunal said Monday.

  • February 19, 2024

    Ex-FCA Exec Tapped To Join Legal Ombudsman's Board

    The oversight regulator of the legal industry said on Monday that a former chief operating officer at the Financial Conduct Authority is joining the board of the Legal Ombudsman.

  • February 19, 2024

    Lawyers For LC&F Chief Quit 'Ponzi Scheme' Trial Over Pay

    Lawyers representing a former chief at London Capital & Finance walked out on the first day of a trial at a London court over the £237 million ($298 million) investment scandal, saying that one of the directors of the alleged Ponzi scheme was unable to pay him. 

  • February 19, 2024

    AmTrust Hikes Counterclaim To £14M In Legal-Funding Fight

    Insurer AmTrust has boosted its counterclaim against Novitas to £14.4 million ($18.1 million), alleging it paid out to the legal loans company under after-the-event litigation policies that were unenforceable and did not comply with regulations.

  • February 19, 2024

    Lloyd's Confirms Claire Schrader As General Counsel

    Lloyd's of London said on Monday that it has appointed Claire Schrader as general counsel on a permanent basis after she held the position temporarily when her predecessor stepped down in August.

  • February 16, 2024

    Cyber Breaches At UK Law Firms Rise By 36%

    The number of data breaches from cyberattacks against U.K. law firms rose by more than a third, with hackers likely drawn to legal businesses because of the sensitive data they hold, Chaucer Group reported on Monday.

  • February 16, 2024

    SRA Restricts Practice Of Shoosmiths' CoP Head

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has placed restrictions on the practice of a Shoosmiths LLP partner who is head of the firm's national Court of Protection team, saying that these are necessary to protect the public.

  • February 16, 2024

    Fox Williams Fights To Nix £30M Game Show Negligence Case

    Fox Williams LLP urged a London court Friday to strike out a media company's allegations that the firm botched its game show copyright claim and caused it to lose out on at least £30 million ($37.4 million).

  • February 16, 2024

    Temporary Courts Will Stay Open For Another Year, MoJ Says

    The lights will stay on in the U.K.'s pandemic-era temporary courts for another year to provide extra capacity and help reduce the current backlog of cases, the Ministry of Justice said Friday.

  • February 16, 2024

    Slaughter And May To Keep 95% Of NQ Lawyers In March

    Slaughter and May said Friday that nearly all of its trainees will be staying on when they qualify as solicitors in March, continuing high retention levels at the law firm.

  • February 16, 2024

    Law Firm Loses Over Solicitor's Pension On Maternity Leave

    A London-based commercial law firm discriminated against an associate solicitor because she was on maternity leave and forced her to resign by making baseless criticisms about her performance, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

    6 Questions For Quinn Emanuel's David Lancaster

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's London IP chief David Lancaster talks to Law360 here about the challenges posed by the new Unified Patent Court and the U.K.’s role in European IP litigation after Brexit.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ex-SFO Prosecutor, Disputes Chief Join Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP has hired former senior Serious Fraud Office prosecutor Stuart Alford KC from Latham & Watkins LLP along with the co-chair of Latham's London litigation practice, a person with knowledge of the move said Friday.

  • February 16, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle erupt between JPMorgan and the founder of a Greek payments company following a dispute over the valuation of their jointly owned fintech business, the children of late Russian oligarch Vladimir Scherbakov face a claim by Fieldfisher LLP, the Director of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority tackle a claim by two solicitors, and train operator First MTR South Western Trains file a claim against a security company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 16, 2024

    Stephenson Harwood Hires Regulatory Pro In Corporate Boost

    Stephenson Harwood LLP has appointed regulatory lawyer Christophe Boucherie as a partner in its London office, a move it believes will strengthen its corporate practice.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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