Pulse UK

  • February 21, 2024

    Financial Adviser Sues Law Firm For Ex-Director's Legal Fees

    Financial services business Gallium has claimed a law firm failed to question why it paid £673,000 ($850,000) in legal fees for its ex-director "in his personal capacity" during a dispute with another shareholder.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Lessons From The SRA's 2023 AML Report

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    The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s recent anti-money laundering report conducted supervisory activities that revealed a variety of breaches, and with an increasingly regulated landscape, lawyers can play an important part in preventing criminal activity by taking responsibility for ensuring compliance, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • How The Legal Sector Can Enhance Its Data Resilience

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    In view of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre’s recent report shedding light on the legal sector’s increased vulnerability to cyberattacks, law firms need not only establish robust defenses, but also to redefine their approach to data security by fostering a culture of continuous learning, adaptability and vigilance, says Katie McCullough at Panzura.

  • Building Strong Relationships At All Stages Of A Legal Career

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    Whether a junior attorney seeks to lay the foundation for a path to partnership, or a seasoned practitioner aims to leverage an extensive network, the road to legal industry success often involves cultivating sincere relationships, say Kathleen Hilton and Megan Senese at Stage.

  • How Mentoring Can Increase Black Representation In Law

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    U.K. Black History Month is a good time to look at the importance of Black representation in the legal profession, and how mentorship can make a big difference in empowering Black lawyers, including by offering career coaching and building valuable relationships, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

  • Socioeconomic Data Shows Diversity Needed In Legal Sector

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    U.K. solicitors come from the highest socioeconomic backgrounds compared with the wider workforce, and with the case for a greater focus on diversity and inclusion stronger in law than in any other sector, now is the time to challenge the status quo decisions that affect equality and representation, says Nik Miller at the Bridge Group.

  • PR Perspectives: When Law Firms Offer PR Services

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    The news of libel law firm Schillings setting up its own public relations firm illustrates the equal importance of both lawyers and PR professionals in managing the reputations of businesses and individuals effectively, especially in the evolving media landscape, says Gus Sellitto at Byfield Consultancy.

  • Building A Global Law Firm Fit For The Future

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    As the world faces immense changes across economic, environmental, political and social spheres, leaders in BigLaw are in a position to help address global challenges, while also transforming their business models to respond to historic shifts in the nature of legal work, says Duncan Weston at CMS.

  • PR Perspectives: Must-Have Tips For Lawyers Writing Articles

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    There are many benefits for lawyers in getting their articles, opinions and insights published in the media, and although writing about a topic can be easy, getting it published is tricky, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • How Midsize City Firms Are Luring Talent Away From BigLaw

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    In the wake of the post-pandemic hiring surge many law associates are reevaluating their priorities, and with midsize City firms offering a better work-life balance, greater focus on team fit and opportunities for upward mobility, the traditional legal career path offered at BigLaw firms is no longer passing muster, says Ria Karnik at Major Lindsey.

  • PR Perspectives: The Advantages Of A Legal Background

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    A legal background can bring several advantages to the work of a legal public relations professional, from an understanding of the subject matter itself and the pressures that lawyers face, to a meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of the importance of following breaking news stories, says Kath Walkling at Herbert Smith.

  • Perfecting Outreach Cadence Between Lawyers And Clients

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    Obligations can get in the way of lawyers creating a regular communication cadence with their clients, but it is possible to rebuild and strengthen a relationship by employing empathy and showing a commitment to the client's success and well-being, says Megan Senese at Stage.

  • PR Perspectives: What Makes A Great Legal PR Professional

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    A great legal public relations professional needs first-class writing skills, intellect and an attention to detail, but in addition to these core competencies, there are transferable skills and personal qualities that are vital, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Roundup

    PR Perspectives

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    As the importance of law firm public relations continues to grow and the role of communications teams evolves, in this Expert Analysis series PR professionals discuss lawyer media relations, reputation management and more.

  • PR Perspectives: Effectively Managing Crisis Communications

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    The rise of 24/7 media and far reach of social media has made crisis communication more likely and much harder to manage, highlighting the importance for law firms to be prepared and effectively deal with crises to avoid the risk of reputational damage, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • New Solicitor Workplace Rules Present Practical Challenges

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    As law firms and partners are beginning to understand and apply the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new rules and guidance on unfair treatment toward colleagues, it is becoming clear that there are a number of potential pitfalls to navigate, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

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