Pulse UK

  • January 23, 2024

    Questions Linger Over Plan To Ease Litigation-Funding Limits

    Government plans to reinstate litigation-funding agreements deemed unworkable by the top U.K. court could return commercial clarity to legal financiers and claimants in large group litigation, lawyers say. But there are unanswered questions about how far politicians will go.

  • January 23, 2024

    Pinsent Masons Pro To Head Clients And Markets Group

    Pinsent Masons LLP has promoted a transactional construction expert to head its U.K. clients and markets group, as the firm eyes growing its multinational sector.

  • January 23, 2024

    Probate Delays Cause Stress, Money Problems, CILEX Says

    The delays in getting authorization from the probate registry for England and Wales to deal with a deceased person's estate are impacting bereaved clients with extra stress and financial problems, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives said Tuesday.

  • January 23, 2024

    Watson Farley Updates Online Aviation Biz Restructuring Tool

    Watson Farley & Williams LLP has expanded its online legal analytics tool that allows users to compare data and scores for debt restructuring and repossession procedures for aircraft, the energy and transport law firm said on Tuesday.

  • January 22, 2024

    Half Of Law Firms Want Lawyers In Office More, Study Says

    Half of law firms surveyed in the U.K. want their lawyers to spend more time working in the office, as more and more legal outfits struggle to manage hybrid working, but this could backfire, a report published on Tuesday said.

  • January 22, 2024

    Kennedys Lands In Fort Lauderdale With 10th US Office

    Global insurance law giant Kennedys announced Monday the opening of its 10th office in the U.S. with the creation of a four-attorney outpost in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • January 22, 2024

    MoFo Adds Sanctions Expert From Deutsche Bank As Partner

    Morrison Foerster LLP has hired an expert in sanctions compliance as a partner to its national security group in London as the firm looks to bolster its practice during a period of geopolitical turmoil.

  • January 22, 2024

    Law Firm Manager Who Allowed Cash Shortage Fined £9K

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined the owner of a law firm in southern England after he allowed improper transfers to take place from its client account and permitted a cash shortage of more than £20,000 ($25,000) that had arisen from April 2019.

  • January 22, 2024

    Many Civil Legal Aid Providers Are Eyeing Exit, Study Says

    Four in 10 civil legal aid providers in England and Wales surveyed anticipate leaving the sector in the next five years if nothing changes, as many of them are losing money or just breaking even, according to a study commissioned by the Ministry of Justice.

  • January 22, 2024

    Legal Board Says It Can Conduct Axiom Review Objectively

    The Legal Services Board has said it is capable of objectively carrying out a review into the Axiom Ince scandal, rejecting calls from a lobby group for the probe to be led by someone from outside the organization.

  • January 19, 2024

    Number Of Solicitors At 'Virtual' Firms Crosses 2,000 Mark

    The number of solicitors working in "virtual" law firms crossed the 2,000 mark for the first time in 2023, as lawyers are opting to work remotely rather than returning to the office, research published on Monday suggests.

  • January 19, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Seeks 5 Years In OneCoin Case, Feds Urge 17

    A former Locke Lord LLP partner convicted in 2019 of helping launder more than $400 million tied to the global OneCoin cryptocurrency scam asked a New York federal judge Friday for a prison sentence of five years, steadfastly maintaining his innocence, while prosecutors asked that he serve at least 17 years.

  • January 19, 2024

    Fujitsu Knew About IT Issues From The Start, Director Says

    Fujitsu knew of bugs in its Horizon system as far back as 1999, but didn't share that with the courts in legal actions against sub-postmasters, the company's U.K. director told the inquiry into the Post Office scandal on Friday.

  • January 19, 2024

    Nearly 100 Lawyers Appointed KC, But Only 1 Solicitor

    Alex Chalk KC, the Lord Chancellor, said on Friday that 95 lawyers have been appointed as King's Counsel, although there was only one solicitor in a list otherwise dominated by barristers.

  • January 19, 2024

    IP Firm Marks & Clerk Loses Bid To Block Bribery Class Action

    An English appellate court has rejected a bid from intellectual property firm Marks & Clerk LLP to block a bribery claim brought on behalf of former clients over alleged secret commission payments for intellectual property renewal services.

  • January 19, 2024

    HSF To Retain Nearly All NQ Lawyers In March

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP said on Friday that almost an entire group of trainees who are set to qualify in the spring will be continuing their legal careers at the law firm.

  • January 19, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen a bankrupt English local council bring a construction claim against property maintenance company Axis, a Cypriot cheese trade protection body appeal a UK IPO decision granting trademark registration for "Grilloumi" and employees of supermarket giant Morrison’s shop around for compensation in a claim over equal pay. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 19, 2024

    Ex-Manager Of Welsh Law Firm Fined Over AML Failings

    The former manager of a law firm in Wales has been fined more than £14,000 ($17,748) after he failed to ensure that procedures were in place to prevent money laundering, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • January 19, 2024

    Judge Sanctioned After 15-Month Wait For Judgment

    A High Court judge has been issued with formal advice for misconduct following an investigation that revealed he had delayed issuing a judgment for 15 months after a hearing, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said on Friday.

  • January 19, 2024

    No Urgent Risk From Lawyers Involved In Scandal, SRA Says

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday that it has no immediate plans to take enforcement action against lawyers implicated in the Post Office scandal because the public is not currently at risk — but the situation is being kept under "constant review."

  • January 19, 2024

    Goodwin Hires Private Funds Pro From Debevoise

    Goodwin Procter LLP has bolstered its London private investment funds practice by hiring John Anderson as a new partner from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • January 19, 2024

    Sexual Misconduct Crackdown In Legal Profession Ramps Up

    Six years after the #MeToo movement prompted a worldwide reckoning over sexual harassment, the legal industry's regulators are taking greater enforcement action. Law360 looks here at how the sector is tackling the problem in the workplace.

  • January 18, 2024

    SRA Fines TTS Legal £23K For AML Rules Breaches

    A law firm in southeast England has been fined more than £23,000 ($29,200), after it was found to have failed to comply with anti-money laundering rules on three conveyancing transactions, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has revealed.

  • January 18, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Partners With Cypriot Law Firm

    Hill Dickinson LLP said Thursday it has joined forces with lawyers formerly part of the Ince & Co. network to expand its presence into Cyprus as it seeks to bolster its marine practice.

  • January 18, 2024

    Allen & Overy Retains 77% Of Trainees Ahead Of Merger

    Allen & Overy LLP said Thursday that more than two thirds of its trainees qualifying in London in the spring will stay on at the firm, as the Magic Circle firm edges closer to completing its merger with New York's Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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