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  • March 22, 2024

    LSB Implements Interim Leadership As CEO Steps Down

    The Legal Services Board said Friday that it had implemented interim leadership arrangements as it searches for a new chief executive.

  • March 22, 2024

    Lawyers Embrace Hybrid Policies 4 Years After COVID

    Four years after COVID-19 triggered an upheaval in a legal industry that values a culture of presenteeism, most law firms are still embracing some of that workplace flexibility from the pandemic era — and lawyers seem happy with the results.

  • March 21, 2024

    Macfarlanes Reconsidering Trainee Offers After Exam Results

    Macfarlanes LLP is considering whether to withdraw training contract offers from trainees who didn't pass the new solicitors qualifying exam on their first attempt as the controversy surrounding dismal pass rates intensifies.

  • March 21, 2024

    Reed Smith Ties Associate Raises To Billable Hours

    Reed Smith LLP is reportedly raising associate salaries in a range similar to those first announced by Milbank LLP last November, with an associate's place on the scale depending on their billable hours.

  • March 21, 2024

    Lawyer Resurrects Case After 'Myriad' Of Emails Not Received

    A former solicitor at a law firm in the southeast of England has won a second shot at overturning his unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, after an appellate judge found the lawyer had not been sent a "myriad" of necessary emails.

  • March 21, 2024

    Banned Barrister Had 'Lack Of Integrity' Appearing In Court

    A suspended barrister showed a "lack of integrity" by appearing in court after being banned from practicing for sending hostile emails and making false statements to a judge, a disciplinary tribunal ruled Thursday.

  • March 21, 2024

    Ex-OneCoin Attorney Says 1 Year In Prison Is Enough

    A Bulgarian woman who held the title of legal and compliance executive at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange asked a Manhattan federal judge to credit her for the year she'd spent in prison in harsh conditions and not sentence her to any more jail time.

  • March 28, 2024

    White & Case Hires 2nd Funds Pro From Ropes & Gray

    White & Case LLP has recruited a private funds lawyer from Ropes & Gray LLP — the second time it has hired a specialist as a partner from the London office of its U.S. rival in recent months.

  • March 21, 2024

    Watchdog Sanctions Judge Who Raised Voice In Court

    A judge has been issued with formal advice for misconduct after an investigation found he had been "discourteous" to a barrister in court, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said Thursday.

  • March 20, 2024

    Health And Safety Top Risk For Directors, Global Survey Says

    Health and safety is the top risk for directors and officers worldwide, according to a survey published Wednesday, in a "surprise" result partly attributed to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and increasing mental health considerations.

  • March 20, 2024

    Mayer Brown Draws Energy Deals Pro From Clifford Chance

    Mayer Brown LLP has hired an energy transition and project finance expert, as the international firm looks to strengthen its energy transactions practice across Europe.

  • March 20, 2024

    SRA Closes Law Firm Run By Former Fashion Designer

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has said it has closed a law firm that was run by a former fashion designer after it found a reason to suspect she had been dishonest.

  • March 20, 2024

    UK Gov't Dept And Lawyer Sued For 'Gender Critical' Network

    A lawyer working for the British government has said she is being sued for making "gender critical" comments, including saying that "only women menstruate."

  • March 20, 2024

    Solicitors Watchdog Launches Second CILEX Consultation

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Wednesday that it has launched a second consultation on the regulation of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives members as the controversial plan continues to face strong opposition from solicitors and other groups.

  • March 20, 2024

    Law Firms Weathered Economic Storm In 2023, Report Finds

    Despite steep increases in operating costs and reduced billable hours, law firms experienced only a slight decline in profits last year, as the sector continues to show resilience in the face of economic adversity, according to a Wednesday report.

  • March 20, 2024

    Eversheds Sutherland Plans To Stay Put In London

    Eversheds Sutherland will keep its office in London for the foreseeable future after ruling out other alternatives in the city, the firm said Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2024

    Office Snapshot: Wilson Sonsini Debuts New London HQ

    The antique-looking American flag and the collection of weathered baseball bats are impossible to ignore in the main conference room of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC's new London offices.

  • March 20, 2024

    Clifford Chance Pulls Offers From Trainees Who Failed Exam

    Clifford Chance LLP has withdrawn offers from U.K. trainees who failed to pass the solicitors' qualifying exam on their first attempt as the new system continues to prove challenging for aspiring lawyers.

  • March 20, 2024

    UK Gov't Launches Plan To Reverse Litigation-Funding Fallout

    The government has published a two-clause bill designed to overturn a ruling by Britain's Supreme Court that threatened the status of many litigation-funding agreements, ending most of the speculation about how the effects of the decision will be nullified.

  • March 20, 2024

    Dentons AML Ruling Deals Blow To SRA's Enforcement Plans

    The failure by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to secure a sanction against Dentons over the firm's handling of anti-money laundering checks on a former client is a blow to the regulator's enforcement ambitions which – if upheld – could prompt caution in future prosecutions, lawyers say.

  • March 20, 2024

    Slaughter And May Cuts Partner Promotions By Half In 2024

    Slaughter and May said on Wednesday that it is adding to its bench of up-and-coming leaders by promoting five lawyers to its partnership — only half the number it elevated in 2023.

  • March 19, 2024

    Herbert Smith Names 4 Lawyers To Head Global ESG Team

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has appointed a senior associate in its office in London to one of four new roles leading its global environmental, social and governance practice as clients increasingly seek advice on areas including human rights and responsible investing.

  • March 19, 2024

    Firm Fights To Ax Property Investors' Joint Claim On Appeal

    Williams & Co. Solicitors launched a fresh bid Tuesday to block 134 investors from jointly bringing negligence claims over failed property developments, arguing a lower court misinterpreted the rules on claimants bringing linked claims in a recent authority case.

  • March 19, 2024

    Financial Adviser 'Siphoned' Fees In Legal Fund Fraud Case

    A former financial adviser allegedly siphoned £5.8 million ($7.4 million) from an investment fund via secret commission payments as part of a legal financing fraud, prosecutors told a London jury at the start of his criminal trial Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    Crowell & Moring Hires Allen & Overy IP Litigator In Brussels

    Crowell & Moring LLP has added a new partner to its Brussels office, strengthening its European intellectual property practice as clients increasingly seek advice to navigate rapidly changing liability regulations.

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