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  • March 13, 2024

    'Revolving Door' Of Duty Solicitors Must Stop, UK Gov't Says

    The U.K. government is weighing up options to address the "revolving door" in criminal legal aid that has seen the number of duty solicitors plummet, a justice minister said Wednesday.

  • March 13, 2024

    SRA Bars 2 'Dishonest' Ex-Irwin Mitchell Employees

    The solicitors' watchdog has barred an ex-paralegal and a former chartered legal executive at Irwin Mitchell LLP after they were found to have been dishonest, adding to the number of staff from the firm who have recently been sanctioned for misconduct.

  • March 13, 2024

    Dim View Of How Firms Handle Bias May Mask Wider Progress

    Just 10% of lawyers think their firm handles episodes of discrimination and harassment well, according to a new Law360 report — but solicitors say that figure may not reflect the legal sector's progress on tackling these issues.

  • March 20, 2024

    King & Spalding Hires Paul Hastings Finance Pro

    King & Spalding LLP has appointed Paul Hastings LLP finance expert Peter Schwartz as partner in its London office in a bid to boost its European corporate practice.

  • March 13, 2024

    Taylor Wessing's Legal App Teams Up With Fundraising Site

    Taylor Wessing LLP said on Wednesday that its app designed to help startup companies manage their legal requirements has worked with an investment platform to offer growing businesses a "competitive" edge during fundraising.

  • March 13, 2024

    All Post Office Convictions To Be Quashed Through New Law

    The government introduced landmark legislation on Wednesday that will exonerate hundreds of people wrongfully convicted as the result of the Post Office scandal.

  • March 12, 2024

    IPhone Users' £853M Battery Suit Gets OK On Funding Revamp

    Apple must face an £853 million ($1 billion) class action claim alleging it concealed problems with iPhone batteries after Britain's antitrust tribunal said Tuesday that a revised litigation funding deal overcomes the hurdle recently thrown up by the country's highest court.

  • March 12, 2024

    UK Conveyance Co. TM Group Acquires Lawtech Software

    TM Group, a U.K.-based real estate due diligence platform used by law firms, announced Tuesday that it has acquired technology provider Lawtech Software Group.

  • March 12, 2024

    Immigration Lawyer Caught In Sting Loses Strike-Off Appeal

    An immigration lawyer lost his appeal on Tuesday to stay on the rolls, after he was caught by an undercover journalist recommending that a client gather false documents for a visa application, with a London court ruling that his appeal was "totally without merit."

  • March 12, 2024

    Welsh Law Firm Fined For Failings In Property Deal Fraud

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has slapped a Welsh law firm with a £19,383 ($24,773) fine for sending £110,000 to an unrelated third party during a fraudulent property sale.

  • March 12, 2024

    Equity Partners Fare Best, But It's A Grim Climb Up The Ranks

    Even as equity partnerships become increasingly difficult to come by, the lawyers who do manage to snag them report being far happier at work even when hours are long, according to a new Law360 report.

  • March 12, 2024

    Charity Continues Annual Campaign To Teach Kids About Law

    An education charity has relaunched an annual campaign to encourage teachers to introduce students to the world of law, and improve awareness of the judicial system in England and Wales.

  • March 12, 2024

    White & Case Posts Strong Global Revenue Despite UK Dip

    White & Case LLP said Tuesday that robust activity in the financial restructuring and insolvency sectors pushed up its global revenue in 2023, although persistent uncertainty in the market led financial performance in London to dip slightly.

  • March 11, 2024

    New Arbitration Firm Has 'Hit Ground Running,' Founders Say

    Three international arbitration specialists who worked at Dechert LLP in France before they left to launch a boutique firm said on Monday that the new business has "hit the ground running" since it opened in January.

  • March 11, 2024

    Woodsford Affiliate Prevails In Fee Feud With SF Firm

    An affiliate of British litigation funder Woodsford has secured a $1.8 million arbital award and $1.2 million in interest from a San Francisco law firm following the 2019 settlement of a lawsuit against Google, a Delaware federal judge confirmed Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Lawyers Say 'Stale' $88M Negligence Suit Is Too Late

    A Cayman Islands law firm and two barristers asked a London court on Monday to toss out a construction magnate's $88 million negligence suit against them and Clyde & Co. LLP, arguing he waited too long to bring his case.

  • March 11, 2024

    Stress, Long Hours Erode Lawyers' Enjoyment Of Their Jobs

    Even as increasing salaries squeeze law firm margins, lawyers are largely stressed by long hours and poor financial health, a new Law360 survey shows, leaving employers struggling to contain widespread discontent across swaths of the profession.

  • March 11, 2024

    New Treasury Review Of AML Rules To Cast Wide Net

    The U.K. Treasury said Monday that a new review on the effectiveness of anti-money laundering regulations will have a broad scope, encompassing more than 100,000 businesses, including law firms.

  • March 18, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Hires Investment Funds Pro From Reed Smith

    Taylor Wessing LLP has hired Shervin Shameli from Reed Smith LLP as partner in its London office to bolster its investment business.

  • March 11, 2024

    Dentons Defeats SRA Over AML Checks On PEP Client

    A London tribunal confirmed on Monday that it has dismissed the Solicitors Regulation Authority's action against the U.K. arm of Dentons over the firm's handling of anti-money laundering checks on a politically exposed former client.

  • March 08, 2024

    SRA Hits Back Against Claims Of Perceived Inaction

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is pushing back against criticism that it isn't active enough in bringing to justice lawyers implicated in misconduct cases — such as the recent Post Office scandal — as the watchdog tries to reassure consumers it is doing its job.

  • March 08, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Appoints New Responsible Business Head

    Osborne Clarke LLP said Friday that it has appointed Kate Millar as its new head of responsible business as the law firm looks to continue making progress in areas including diversity, workplace well-being and sustainability.

  • March 08, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    Law Firms Urged To Retain More Senior Female Solicitors

    The Law Society said on Friday that it wants firms to intensify their efforts to promote women to senior roles and retain them, noting on International Women's Day that the gender gap in the sector has narrowed since 2015.

  • March 08, 2024

    UK Regulator Plans New Support For In-House Solicitors

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday that it is seeking views on new guidance it has developed for in-house lawyers, after a public inquiry into the Post Office Horizon IT scandal put their role under the spotlight.

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