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  • March 15, 2024

    What GCs Want To See From Firms' New AI Practices

    As artificial intelligence practice groups pop up in law firms around the country, what do general counsel want from their external lawyers when it comes to this burgeoning technology?

  • March 22, 2024

    Charles Russell Speechlys Hires Ex-Burges Salmon Funds Pro

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has recruited a former head of private investment funds at Burges Salmon LLP in a bid to build out its profile in the market.

  • March 14, 2024

    Irwin Mitchell Denies Losing Club Boss £1.8M In House Sale

    Irwin Mitchell has denied owing a bankrupt former nightclub boss £1.8 million ($2.3 million) for giving him incomplete advice on the sale of his home, claiming he still would have gone ahead with the transaction anyway.

  • March 14, 2024

    LSE Professor's Court Access Restricted After Meritless Claim

    A London court has barred a former London School of Economics professor from bringing any more claims for three years, ruling that there was a real risk he would keep litigating despite losing his latest case against dozens of barristers.

  • March 14, 2024

    Stephenson Harwood To Keep 79% Of Trainees In March

    Stephenson Harwood LLP has retained nearly 80% of its spring intake of trainee solicitors as it replenishes its bench of junior talent across the business in London.

  • March 14, 2024

    Burford Capital Sees Revenues Leap In 'Extraordinary Year'

    Burford Capital announced Thursday that revenues in its standalone business had almost quadrupled in 2023 to nearly $1 billion as it saw high volumes of cases reach a conclusion in the aftermath of the pandemic.

  • March 14, 2024

    Rosenblatt Faces Wasted Costs Bid In Nigeria Oil Spill Case

    Rosenblatt faces costs proceedings brought by Shell after a London judge ruled Thursday that the firm did not have authority to act on behalf of the majority of claimants in a case over an 2011 oil spill off the coast of Nigeria.

  • March 14, 2024

    Aid Charity Fired Lockdown 'Shisha Cave' Whistleblower

    A humanitarian charity made an employee redundant in retaliation for her blowing the whistle about colleagues smoking and potentially taking illegal drugs in its offices during a COVID-19 lockdown, a U.K. employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 14, 2024

    The 2024 UK Lawyer Satisfaction Survey

    Work-life balance has gotten worse for more than a third of the 279 lawyers surveyed, and less than half are able to manage all the daily tasks required of them more than some of the time. Respondents were more positive about salaries, billable hours, opportunities for advancement and return-to-work policies at their firms.

  • March 21, 2024

    McDermott Hires Cooley M&A Specialist Michal Berkner

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has appointed deals specialist and Cooley LLP lawyer Michal Berkner as a partner in its transactions division, in a move to help it grow its mergers and acquisitions practice.

  • March 21, 2024

    DWF Hires Clyde & Co. Pro David Wynn As New Partner

    DWF LLP has bolstered its global insurance practice by hiring David Wynn as a new partner from Clyde & Co. LLP, where he headed the global legacy solutions practice for the past 10 years.

  • March 13, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Denies Negligence, Calls Ex-Client's Claim 'Loser'

    Clyde & Co. LLP urged a London judge Wednesday to block a construction magnate's $88 million negligence suit against his former lawyers in a lost suit over a failed investment, arguing that the claim for which they acted for him was a "loser at all times."

  • March 13, 2024

    Stewarts Plans To Increase Office Space In London By 40%

    Stewarts Law LLP is expanding the amount of space it occupies in its London office by more than 40% as it looks to build on the progress it has made in meeting its sustainability targets.

  • March 20, 2024

    4-5 Gray's Inn Square Hires Spanish Barrister

    4-5 Gray's Inn Square has recruited a Spanish barrister-arbitrator with experience in sitting as a judge, positioning the chambers to attract Latin American clients as arbitration concerns in the European Union push investors to look for common-law forums.

  • 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.

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