Pulse UK

  • February 09, 2024

    Slaughter And May Is Latest Firm To Offer Apprenticeships

    Slaughter and May said on Friday it will take on its first solicitor apprentices in September 2025 as part of a consortium of more than 50 City law firms that have banded together to boost social mobility in the profession.

  • February 09, 2024

    Legal Aid 'Coming Apart At Seams' Amid £728M Funding Cut

    The public spending watchdog said on Friday that legal aid has fallen by £728 million ($918 million) in real terms over the past decade and that the Ministry of Justice does not know whether everyone eligible for legal aid has access to the funding.

  • February 09, 2024

    Wedlake Bell Hires IP Pro From Laytons In London

    Wedlake Bell LLP has recruited a new partner from Laytons LLP to its intellectual property team in London, with the firm hoping that her broad practice will bolster its IP service across the board.

  • February 09, 2024

    Prince Harry Settles Outstanding Mirror Group Hacking Claims

    Prince Harry settled his outstanding phone-hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers on Friday as his lawyer said "he had uncovered and proved the shockingly dishonest way" in which the U.K. publisher acted.

  • February 08, 2024

    Dechert Pushes To Deep-Six Hacking Cover-Up Suit

    Dechert LLP, its former white collar practice leader and others on Thursday urged a New York federal judge to find that alleged concealment of a hacking campaign to discredit a critic of a firm client isn't enough to support a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act case.

  • February 08, 2024

    Old Bailey To Stay Closed Until Power Restored After Fire

    The Old Bailey is likely to remain closed for at least several days as work continues to restore power after a fire at a nearby electrical substation shut off the lights and forced hundreds of people to evacuate.

  • February 08, 2024

    DWF Adds 20 Lawyers To Global Partnership

    DWF has promoted 20 lawyers from its international network to its partnership, while more than 10 partners have been elevated to a more senior grade, as the law firm looks to advance the careers of its future leaders. 

  • February 08, 2024

    Legal 500 Bosses Sent 'Hostile' Texts About Staff, Union Says

    Managers at The Legal 500 sent "abusive" and "hostile" texts about staff amid an ongoing feud over the publisher's alleged axing of two staffers on "bogus charges" in a bid to stop them from unionizing, a trade union claimed Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    Axiom's Law Firm Has No Money For Creditors

    Administrators of one of the law firms acquired by Axiom Ince Ltd. before it collapsed have said that there is not sufficient money in the coffers to pay the main secured lender, let alone other creditors including tax collectors and clients.

  • February 08, 2024

    5 Questions For Hogan Lovells' Regulatory Expert Rachel Kent

    Capital markets are in decline, as London Stock Exchange data shows there are 20% fewer listed companies than five years ago — but the Financial Conduct Authority is about to reform its convoluted rules on investment research. Here, Rachel Kent of Hogan Lovells tells Law360 why those reforms have become more urgent.

  • February 08, 2024

    Freeths Gets 'B Corp' Seal Of Approval For ESG Bona Fides

    Freeths LLP says it has been certified as a B Corporation, making it the latest U.K. law firm to win the accreditation granted to businesses that prove they meet high standards for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

  • February 08, 2024

    Fox Williams Hires Fintech Partner From Deloitte

    Fox Williams LLP has hired specialist tech and fintech partner Chris Hill to its London office from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

  • February 08, 2024

    Arc Pensions Law Hires Litigation Pro From Pinsent Masons

    Specialist firm Arc Pensions Law LLP has hired pensions expert Ben Fairhead as a new partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.

  • February 07, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Hires Disputes Pro From Skadden

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Wednesday that it has hired a dispute resolution specialist as a partner from rival U.S. law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP as it looks to ramp up its litigation and arbitration offering in London.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fieldfisher Hires Arbitration Pro For New Amsterdam Practice

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited a dispute resolution specialist from Pogust Goodhead to spearhead a new international arbitration practice it has launched in Amsterdam, as it continues to build out its disputes offering across Europe.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Begins Italy Group With Raines Feldman Atty

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced Wednesday that it has added a partner from Raines Feldman Littrell LLP to chair its new Italy practice group.

  • February 07, 2024

    Solicitor Can't Challenge 4-Year Prison Term For £2M Fraud

    A solicitor who stole almost £2 million ($2.5 million) of client money after falling for a lottery scam can't challenge his four-year prison term, with a London court ruling Wednesday that the sentence was already lenient.

  • February 07, 2024

    Bird & Bird Adds Life Sciences Pro From Pinsent Masons

    Bird & Bird LLP has brought an immunology and transactions specialist from Pinsent Masons LLP on board to bulk up its intellectual property practice in London.

  • February 07, 2024

    FCA's Insider Trading Case Built On Lies, Defense Says

    The Financial Conduct Authority's insider dealing case against a former Goldman Sachs banker is "as clear as mud" and prosecution witnesses lied on the stand, counsel for the banker said in closing submissions at his London criminal trial Wednesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    Shoosmiths Debuts Solicitor Apprenticeships In Birmingham

    Shoosmiths is launching the first of its solicitor apprenticeships, with four positions opening for school-leavers in the firm's Birmingham office.

  • February 07, 2024

    White & Case Hires Debt Finance Pro From Shearman

    White & Case LLP has bolstered its global debt finance practice by hiring Lauren Winter as a new partner from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • February 07, 2024

    Old Bailey To Remain Closed After Fire Near Court

    The Old Bailey was evacuated on Wednesday after reports of an explosion and smoke billowing around the building after an incident at a nearby electrical substation that will keep the court closed Thursday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Decision On CILEX Switch Needs 'More Work,' SRA Says

    Most of the solicitors groups that weighed in on a plan to have the Solicitors Regulation Authority oversee legal executives opposed the plan, the SRA said Wednesday as the fate of the proposal remains uncertain.

  • February 06, 2024

    DLA Piper, Shakespeare Martineau Join E.ON's Legal Panel

    E.ON has added DLA Piper and Shakespeare Martineau LLP to its newly refreshed legal panel as it grapples with the energy sector's shift toward sustainable energy sources, after the company had previously worked solely with Pinsent Masons LLP over the past decade.

  • February 06, 2024

    Firm Fined For Keeping £597K In Client Funds For 29 Years

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined a firm £5,899 ($7,426) for breaching several accounts and conduct rules by improperly holding onto client funds totaling more than half a million pounds for nearly three decades.

Expert Analysis

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • Has The Liberalization Of Legal Services Achieved Its Aims?

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    Although there is still some way to go, alternative business structures are now an increasingly prominent feature of the legal services landscape, and clients can expect greater choice, improved quality and more manageable costs, as was intended by this shake-up of the profession's regulatory frameworks 15 years ago, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • How Overseas Property Verification Poses Risks To Attorneys

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    The recently launched register of overseas entities, requiring verification of foreign owners hoping to purchase U.K. property, could expose attorneys to criminal prosecution, professional negligence claims and reputational damage if they do not complete these checks to the required standard, which nevertheless remains murky, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • What To Expect From UK's New Economic Crime Bill

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency bill, if passed, will reform aspects of Companies House and strengthen government anti-money laundering efforts, but it is also raising questions about how new information sharing requirements will affect businesses, say attorneys at Signature Litigation.

  • A Trusted Cybersecurity Framework Is Imperative For Lawyers

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    The recent increased risk of cyberattacks has a number of profound implications for law firms, and complying with government guidance by embedding a cyber-savvy culture and adhering to a security framework will enable lawyers to add extra layers of defense and present their clients with higher levels of protection, says Marion Stewart at Red Helix.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • New FCA Listing Rules May Start Regulatory Shift On Diversity

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    Listed companies that fail to meet new Financial Conduct Authority rules for minimum executive board diversity currently risk reputational damage mainly through social scrutiny, but should prepare for potential regulatory enforcement actions, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • What UK Professional Regulation Looks Like In A #MeToo Era

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    Two recent rulings from U.K. courts and tribunals reveal the increasingly shifting line between professional misbehavior and bad actions that would previously have been considered outside the scope of professional regulators, says Andrew Katzen at Hickman & Rose.

  • How Immune Are State Agents From Foreign Courts?

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    The ongoing case of Basfar v. Wong is the latest to raise questions about the boundary between commercial or private activity and the exercise of sovereign authority that shields state agents from foreign judicial scrutiny — and the U.K. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the matter will likely bring clarity on exceptions to the immunity doctrine, say Andrew Stafford QC and Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Opinion

    New NJ Fed. Rule On Litigation Funding Should Be Welcomed

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    The District of New Jersey's new local civil rule on litigation funding disclosure has faced exaggerated criticisms when it is a logical extension of the current practices in many U.S. jurisdictions, leads to greater transparency for the parties and the court without unduly burdening the parties, and is a positive development particularly in product liability cases, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Lessons In Civility From The Alex Oh Sanctions Controversy

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    Alex Oh’s abrupt departure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and admonishment by a D.C. federal judge over conduct in an Exxon human rights case demonstrate three major costs of incivility to lawyers, and highlight the importance of teaching civility in law school, says David Grenardo at St. Mary's University.

  • Rebuttal

    US Legal System Can Benefit From Nonlawyer Ownership

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    Contrary to claims made in a recent Law360 guest article, nonlawyer ownership has incrementally improved the England and Wales legal system — with more innovation and more opportunities for lawyers — and there is no reason why those outcomes cannot also be achieved in the U.S., say Crispin Passmore at Passmore Consulting and Zachariah DeMeola at the University of Denver.

  • Increasing Investment Scams Can Implicate Lawyers, Too

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    With the pandemic serving as a catalyst for increased financial fraud, it's important to recognize that these scams are not only devastating for victims, they also pose a significant threat to law firms and individual solicitors who fail to do their due diligence, say James Darbyshire at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Heather Clark at Burness Paull.

  • UK Lawyers Can Adapt Due Diligence To Screen New Clients

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    As COVID-19-related fraud gains pace, U.K.-based practitioners should help combat money laundering by using alternative methods to verify that new clients are who they say they are, says Christopher Convey, a barrister at 33 Chancery Lane and chair of the Bar Council's Money Laundering Working Group.

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