Pulse UK

  • February 06, 2024

    Pillsbury Cyber Leader Jumps To Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring announced on Tuesday the hiring of a cybersecurity lead at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a partner overseeing the firm's digital law practice in Europe.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Sachs Banker Driven By Greed, FCA Suggests

    A former Goldman Sachs banker topped up his salary by trading on price-sensitive information, perhaps driven by greed or impatience to buy property, a prosecutor for the Financial Conduct Authority told a London court on Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    HFW Hires New CFO From Fieldfisher To Build On Success

    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP said Tuesday that it has hired a new chief financial officer as the law firm looks to maintain the trajectory that culminated in its recording its best financial results ever in 2023.

  • February 05, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Hires Irwin Team For Birmingham Debut

    Hill Dickinson LLP announced on Monday that it has hired a corporate team from Irwin Mitchell LLP for a new office it has opened in Birmingham, its seventh in the U.K., after recently boosting its presence in Leeds and abroad, in Cyprus.

  • February 05, 2024

    Lawyers Reflect On Paul Philip's 10 Years At The SRA

    In his decade at the helm of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, one of the main themes of Paul Philip's tenure has been more rules, more oversight and more compliance costs for solicitors — something that some suggest has been driven more by external political pressure rather than independent regulatory objectives.

  • February 05, 2024

    Freshfields Hires Ex-Deutsche Bank Innovation Officer

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced on Monday the hiring of the former chief innovation officer of Deutsche Bank to serve in the same position at the U.K.-based firm, effective at the beginning of April.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-Skadden White Collar Pro Launches New Firm

    A former white collar partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has turned her nearly three decades of experience to co-founding a new boutique law firm that focuses on business crime and investigations.

  • February 05, 2024

    Solicitor Gets 2 Years For Defrauding Seniors Out Of £84k

    A onetime solicitor has received a two-year prison sentence for stealing thousands of pounds from two elderly adults, with police saying she took advantage of holding the seniors' power of attorney to enrich herself.

  • February 05, 2024

    Former Director Of Public Prosecutions Joins King & Spalding

    The U.K.'s former top criminal lawyer has joined King & Spalding LLP in London to advise the American law firm on complex international investigations as new economic crime legislation designed to clamp down on corporate offending is rolled out this year.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-Clifford Chance Lawyer Acquitted Of Insider Trading

    A former Clifford Chance solicitor has been cleared of insider trading charges after a London judge ruled that he had no case to answer in the Financial Conduct Authority's criminal prosecution, the watchdog said Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    SRA Starts Major Review Of Consumer Protection After Axiom

    The solicitors' regulatory body said Monday that it has launched a broad review of how it approves and monitors law firms and prevents client money from going missing after Axiom Ince collapsed with almost £65 million ($82 million) unaccounted for.

  • February 02, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Dentons sued by a former high-profile partner in Saudi Arabia, Jaguar Land Rover rev its engine in the intellectual property court against automotive company HaynesPro, and the Russian National Reinsurance Company tackle a settlement with BOC Aviation over stranded aircraft. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 02, 2024

    Lawyer Struck Off Roll Over $14M US Tax Fraud Conviction

    A British lawyer who was convicted in the U.S. over a multimillion-dollar tax fraud was barred from practicing in England on Friday after a tribunal concluded that he was shown to have been dishonest.

  • February 02, 2024

    Lawyers For Subpostmasters Blast Post Office Prosecutors

    Lawyers who prosecuted innocent people on false evidence on behalf of the Post Office put the corporation's interest above their professional obligations, counsel for subpostmasters told the inquiry into the scandal Friday.

  • February 02, 2024

    Barristers Are Happier At Work But Criminal Pros Left Behind

    Job satisfaction among barristers overall is on the rise, but minority groups and advocates working in the criminal bar are continuing to report lower levels of well-being, an industry study published Friday found.

  • February 02, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Hires Ex-Lewis Brisbois Team In Chicago

    Law firm Clyde & Co. LLP announced Thursday that it had hired nine Chicago-based insurance law and general liability attorneys from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, including that firm's former managing partner in the city.

  • February 02, 2024

    Playboy Dancer Hired As Solicitor's Assistant Awarded £29K

    A London tribunal has awarded £28,986 (nearly $37,000) to a Playboy casino dancer who was recruited by a consultant solicitor as his assistant and subsequently victimized and underpaid in an "entirely inappropriate" arrangement.

  • February 02, 2024

    Dechert Settles Mogul's UK Hacking Claim For Millions

    Dechert has agreed to pay £3 million ($3.8 million) to resolve claims that ex-partner Neil Gerrard orchestrated the hacking of Farhad Azima and misled the English courts, in a deal that the aviation tycoon estimates could be worth as much as $15 million with costs.

  • February 02, 2024

    Mishcon Acquires Brazilian Group Claims Business Somos

    Mishcon de Reya LLP said on Friday the law firm has acquired a group actions management business based in Brazil, as it looks to build out its capabilities developing and managing some of the most complex cases seen in the U.K. legal market.

  • February 02, 2024

    Questions Linger Over UK Plans To Resurrect Tribunal Fees

    Plans to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in the U.K. may appear to fix issues with the old regime, but employment lawyers warn they could stifle access to justice and fail to ease pressure on the overloaded system.

  • February 02, 2024

    Mishcon Partner Says Bitcoin Property Buy Made Him Uneasy

    A Mishcon de Reya partner testified on Friday that he grew "increasingly uncomfortable" with shifting answers from a Chinese-British woman trying to buy a mansion about where her bitcoin, laundered from a £5 billion ($6.3 billion) fraud, originated.

  • February 02, 2024

    CPS Denies Liability in Ex-Sidley Lawyer Failed Prosecution

    The Crown Prosecution Service has denied being liable for its botched tax fraud prosecution of a former Sidley Austin LLP lawyer, a former senior KPMG official and a banking adviser, who are collectively seeking more than £66 million ($84 million) from the U.K.'s main prosecutor.

  • February 01, 2024

    Goodwin Cuts Associates After Reviews Amid Bleak Market

    Goodwin Procter LLP has parted ways with some associates following its annual performance review process, the firm confirmed to Law360 on Thursday, amid a job market that has not been kind to the most junior lawyers.

  • February 01, 2024

    Irwin Mitchell Not Liable For Helpline Advice To Future Client

    A London appeals court on Thursday affirmed that law firm Irwin Mitchell LLP did not have a duty to advise a potential client that she needed to alert a tour operator following a life-threatening accident abroad, even though she lost the opportunity to potentially recover more than £1 million ($1.27 million).

  • February 01, 2024

    PI Group Fletchers Acquires Serious Injury Law

    Fletchers Group announced Thursday that it has acquired a personal injury law firm based in northwest England, adding to its growing portfolio of businesses.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Risks And Developments For UK Law Firm Culture In 2020

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    In 2020, law firms throughout the U.K. will be increasingly reshaped by rapid changes in societal expectations and advances in technology, say Helen Rowlands and Niya Phiri of Clyde & Co.

  • #MeToo Pressure On UK Businesses Is Set To Rise

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    Recent declarations by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority indicate that sexual harassment in the U.K.'s financial services industry may lead to consequences under the newly expanded Senior Managers and Certification Regime, and other sectors are facing growing scrutiny as well, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Corporate Wrongdoing Risks Go Beyond Exec Departures

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    Recent controversy over misconduct allegations that led to the ousting of a KPMG executive reminds firms that the challenges caused by suspecting or uncovering internal wrongdoing are not so easily solved by the implicated executive's exit, says Sarah Chilton of CM Murray.

  • 2 Perspectives On Navigating The Litigation Funding Process

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    Paul Martenstyn of Vannin Capital and Daniel Spendlove of Signature Litigation share their top tips on how to get a case funded, drawing from their respective experience as a funder and a lawyer.

  • Answers To Key Legal Finance Ethics Questions

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    While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.

  • New Scrutiny For NDAs In Sexual Harassment Matters

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    Recent government scrutiny of nondisclosure agreements related to allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Steve Wynn and Harvey Weinstein raises the question of whether some uses of NDAs could amount to obstruction of justice or a violation of lawyers' ethical obligations, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Opinion

    SRA Should Not Condemn Lawful Tax Avoidance

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    In suggesting that solicitors who facilitate tax avoidance breach its code of conduct, the Solicitors Regulation Authority fails to distinguish between legal tax avoidance and illegal tax evasion, says attorney Martin Kenney.

  • Proposed Arbitration Law May Be A Misstep For India

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    A proposed Indian law, which could have the effect of excluding non-Indians from acting as arbitrators, is threatening to undermine the country's ambition to become an important seat of international arbitration, says Sarosh Zaiwalla of Zaiwalla & Co.

  • British Overseas Territories Can Benefit From Transparency

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    British overseas territories have pushed back against a recent U.K. measure requiring them to create publicly accessible registers of companies' beneficial owners. However, considering global trends toward transparency, perhaps the territories should embrace the new rules as a force of good, says Simon Airey of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Legal Technology Is Likely To Flourish In The UK

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    The U.K. may soon surpass the U.S. in legal technology, thanks to regulatory reform, law firm investment and an entrepreneurial environment, says Bridget Deiters of InCloudCounsel.

  • Law & Reorder: The Emergence Of The UK Legaltech Sector

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    Recent market dynamics are driving the U.K. legal industry to adopt nascent technologies in new service offerings as well as pre-existing solutions. The rise of legaltech should also lead to an increase in acquisitions by law firms striving to maintain relevance, says Jo Charles of Livingstone Partners LLP.

  • Why English Courts Are Prepared To Assist Cyber Victims

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    This year, a number of cases have illustrated how English courts are dealing with legal hurdles for cybercrime victims and making it easier to obtain a freezing order or injunction under such circumstances, says Fiona Cain of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Extradition To The United States: Fight Or Flight?

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    Recent extradition cases have demonstrated that individuals in the United Kingdom facing charges in the United States can either fight extradition proceedings tooth and nail, or voluntarily travel to the U.S. An approach carefully tailored to the facts of each case is required in order to best protect a requested person's interests, says Ben Isaacs of 7 Bedford Row.

  • UK Internal Investigations Are Taking An Ungainly Turn

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    The London High Court's decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation has a lot to say on the vitality of legal professional privilege and the conduct of internal investigations in the U.K., but its flawed logic and lack of pragmatism feel like the latest installment in SFO Director David Green's pushback against U.S.-style investigation procedures, say Matthew Herrington and Tom Best of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Once More Unto The Breach — Rehearing In Newman?

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    On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York decided to seek appellate review of several aspects of the recent insider-trading decision in U.S. v. Newman and Chiasson. En banc rehearing petitions are rarely granted in any circuit, and are particularly rare in the Second Circuit, which hears the fewest number of rehearings of any circuit in the country, say Eugene Ingoglia and Gregory Morvillo of Morvillo LLP.

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