Pulse UK

  • February 14, 2024

    Orrick Hit By Exodus To Hogan Lovells, BonelliErede In Italy

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Italian arm this week has seen nearly 40 lawyers — around half its Italian cohort — jump ship to rival firms Hogan Lovells and BonelliErede, in a blow to the U.S. firm's European presence.

  • February 14, 2024

    5 Key Takeaways From The SFO Director's Maiden Speech

    Serious Fraud Office director Nick Ephgrave has signaled his desire to carry out more dawn raids, use more intelligence and pay whistleblowers to carry out swifter investigations. Here, lawyers tell Law360 that it is a return to an old-fashioned approach to enforcement.

  • February 14, 2024

    Housing Legal Aid Providers In Crisis, Law Society Says

    Most law firms and nonprofit organizations that do publicly funded housing work are losing money and on the brink of collapsing, an industry survey revealed Wednesday, just as mortgage possession claims and tenant evictions are rising.

  • February 14, 2024

    SRA Refuses To Lift Suspension Of Former Axiom Manager

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has refused to reinstate one of the Axiom Ince managers it suspended in August over nearly £65 million ($82 million) of client funds that went missing, saying it would not be in the public interest.

  • February 14, 2024

    Rosenblatt Opens Arbitration Practice With New Partner Duo

    Rosenblatt has launched a new international arbitration practice in London to be headed by two recent partner hires from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and LMS Legal amid growing demand for specialized arbitration experts in cross-border disputes.

  • February 14, 2024

    Barrister Convicted Of Fraud In £1.8M Legal Aid Case

    A barrister accused of pocketing legal fees that he did not earn was convicted of fraud at a London court on Wednesday for his role in attempting to con a public legal aid fund out of £1.8 million ($2.3 million). 

  • February 13, 2024

    UK Supreme Court Appeal Fee To Rise 40% Under MoJ Plans

    The Ministry of Justice has said it wants to hike application fees for civil appeals to the Supreme Court by nearly 40% from £1,000 ($1,260) to £1,390 to raise funds for the U.K.'s top court.

  • February 13, 2024

    Clifford Chance Names New Global CFO From Accenture

    Clifford Chance LLP announced on Tuesday that it has hired a new global chief financial officer from professional services giant Accenture, as the law firm aims for a ninth consecutive year of revenue growth and a return to rising profits.

  • February 13, 2024

    Legal Sector Gets GDPR Scheme Amid Rise In Cybercrime

    The Information Commissioner's Office gave the all-clear on Tuesday to a new program for certifying legal services providers that process personal data, amid increasing adoption of new technology and the growing risk of cyberattacks in the sector.

  • February 13, 2024

    Dentons UK Boss Inks New Deal Amid Hunt For Global CEO

    Dentons said Tuesday that it has given the nod to its U.K., Ireland and Middle East chief executive for a second three-year term as the firm continues its search for a new global CEO.

  • February 13, 2024

    Old Bailey Reopens After Shutdown Following Fire

    The Old Bailey has reopened after it was forced to shut for three days following a fire at a nearby electrical substation that left the landmark court building without power and caused hundreds of people to evacuate.

  • February 12, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Targets NY Expansion Amid Strong Financials

    Hogan Lovells said Tuesday it is targeting further expansion in New York and other key U.S. markets, as it recorded another year of growing revenue and profits on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • February 12, 2024

    Barristers Cite Low Pay For Quitting Rape Work Amid Backlog

    A growing shortage of specialist rape counsel is set to exacerbate the crisis in the criminal justice system as more barristers quit the profession because of low pay and poor well-being, an industry survey revealed on Monday.

  • February 12, 2024

    British Law Firms Become Major Players In EU IP Court

    Britain has pulled out of Europe's new patent litigation system, but U.K. law firms have not stood on the sidelines. The country's intellectual property experts have been major players in the court, setting up shop in Dublin and teaming up with patent attorneys.

  • February 12, 2024

    Pinsent Masons' Flexible Services Biz Launches In Dubai

    Pinsent Masons LLP announced on Monday that its alternative legal services business has expanded into the Middle East, as the law firm looks to develop its professional and legal services offering after it recently opened new offices in the region.

  • February 12, 2024

    How's Life As The UK's Top Judge? Grueling, Ian Burnett Says

    Even before leading the U.K.'s judiciary through three pandemic lockdowns, Ian Burnett was no stranger to high-profile legal jobs. He guided the inquest into the death of Princess Diana and acted for the government in post-9/11 litigation before rising to the Court of Appeal bench — and he's not done yet.

  • February 12, 2024

    Proskauer Hires Sidley Austin's Funds Head In London

    Proskauer Rose LLP has brought aboard a new partner with years of experience at the helm of Sidley Austin LLP's investment funds practice, to co-lead its global credit funds and sovereign wealth funds initiatives.

  • February 11, 2024

    9 In 10 Lawyers Concerned About AI Use, Survey Shows

    Lawyers are increasingly keen to use generative artificial intelligence tools, but most still have concerns about the risks and would be more comfortable if the technology was grounded in reliable legal sources, an industry survey released Monday said.

  • February 09, 2024

    Gateley Hires Nigerian Lawyer To Lead Arbitration In Africa

    Gateley Legal's international arbitration team has announced its engagement of a Nigerian qualified disputes lawyer to lead its African practice, saying she will focus on supporting the expansion of the firm's disputes services across multiple jurisdictions.

  • February 09, 2024

    No Reinstatement For Lawyer Struck Off Over Drink Scam

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal refused on Friday to reinstate a lawyer who was struck off after being imprisoned for helping to bribe witnesses in a fake Duracell energy drink fraud trial, concluding that his "significant character reformation" was not enough.

  • February 09, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Can't Say If 'Roman Skeletons' Will Delay Move

    Hogan Lovells said Friday that it was too early to tell if it will have to delay its office move after the discovery earlier in the month of an "incredibly rare" Roman funerary bed on the site of its soon-to-be new premises.

  • February 09, 2024

    Willkie Opens Munich Office, 20 Frankfurt Attys To Join

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced Thursday the expansion of its footprint in Germany with the launch of an office in Munich.

  • February 09, 2024

    Simpson Thacher's Revenues Hit Record High In London

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP said on Friday that its office in London had posted its highest revenues on record as they jumped by more than 20% to top $400 million.

  • February 09, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a Saudi Arabian property investor file legal action against RLS Solicitors, Aspire Pharma and Bayer Intellectual Property tackle a patent dispute, the owners of soccer club West Ham United FC raise a red card against E20 Stadium LLP with a commercial fraud action, and accountants BDO file another commercial claim against the managing directors of KGJ Insurance Services. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 09, 2024

    Simmons & Simmons Adds Debt Capital Markets Pro

    Simmons & Simmons has recruited a retail bonds specialist from Linklaters, in a move which the firm said will strengthen its debt capital markets practice in London.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways For A Legal Practice To Close Technology Gaps

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    With technology a driving force for success, the U.K. legal sector must embrace innovation to maintain its competitive edge, and investing in new processes is no longer optional, says Gareth Preece at Doherty Associates.

  • Opinion

    Thomas Report Is Final Straw — High Court Needs Ethics Code

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    As a recent report on Justice Clarence Thomas' ongoing conflicts of interest makes evident, Supreme Court justices should be subject to an enforceable and binding code of ethics — like all other federal judges — to maintain the credibility of the institution, says Erica Salmon Byrne at Ethisphere.

  • PR Perspectives: Optimizing Social Media As A Lawyer

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    The opportunities for social media to increase a business are unlimited despite its flaws, and to make the most of its potential, training and regular updates should be part of all lawyers’ professional development, say Steve Rudaini and Emma Maule at MD Communications.

  • Highlights Of The UK's New Economic Crime Plan

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    With the direction of the U.K. government’s newly launched second economic crime plan undeniably altered by the recent focus on kleptocrats and their money, the emphasis is now on how the U.K. can deliver a more effective approach to reducing the threat of economic crime, says Kathryn Westmore at the Royal United Services Institute.

  • How Lawyers' Behavior Can Affect Opponents' Mental Health

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    Acts of unreasonable behavior of lawyers working on opposite sides can take their toll, and with mental health and stress never higher in the national consciousness than right now, such conduct should be reported to help the firm understand the treatment its solicitors are receiving and better manage the situation, says Libby Payne at Withers.

  • The Challenges Of Presenting To Clients In The Hybrid World

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    As a sector that is guided heavily by the demands of its client base, the legal industry will have to overcome various obstacles to make stylish, convincing and successful in-the-room, virtual and hybrid presentations in the post-pandemic blend of home and office, says Gavin Brown at Speak with Impact.

  • 5 Challenges General Counsel Are Set To Face

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    With an ever-broadening role, general counsel are being tasked to do more with less, with a need for caution and a requirement to leverage time wisely to anticipate and identify emerging industry challenges, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Beyond ChatGPT: AI Considerations For Law Firms

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    The use of artificial intelligence is likely to become increasingly mainstream in the legal sector, and firms should not remain complacent in the current limitations of ChatGPT, but develop policies to ensure that AI-generated liability and regulatory issues are addressed sooner rather than later, say Corinne Staves and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Reflecting On The Benefits Of Direct Access To Barristers

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    At close to 20 years since public access to barristers came into being, it is a good time to take a look at its impact on the U.K. legal profession and the more collaborative approach between barristers and solicitors we have seen develop since its introduction, say Amani Mohammed and Sean Gould at Westgate Chambers.

  • How Apprenticeships Are Transforming The Legal Sector

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    As more legal employers recognize the benefits of creating apprenticeship opportunities, they are likely to grow in popularity, ensuring that the best and brightest minds are available to meet the challenges of an ever complex and changing legal environment, says Aisha Saeed at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Pitfalls Lawyers Should Avoid When Correcting Their Mistakes

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    When solicitors make mistakes that cause prejudice to their clients, they will need to carefully consider whether they should try to fix their mistake, as trying to put things right may expose them to potential regulatory action, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Translating The Plan For English-Language German Courts

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    The German Ministry of Justice is aiming to do away with the mistakes of the past and overhaul the German civil procedure in order to accommodate English-language disputes, but the success of these proceedings will depend very much on factors that the proposal does not address, say Jan Schaefer and Rüdiger Morbach at King & Spalding.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Russian Bank Ruling Clarifies UK Sanctions Regime

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    The recent U.K. High Court judgment of PJSC National Bank Trust v. Mints, a case brought by two Russian banks, is significant in clarifying that the U.K. sanctions regime does not deprive designated persons of their fundamental common law right to bring a claim in an English court, despite their assets being frozen, says Zoe O’Sullivan KC at Serle Court.

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