Pulse UK

  • April 22, 2024

    Law Firm Forced Staffer To Quit Amid Quarrel With Partner

    A law firm unfairly pushed a member of staff to quit by stripping her of a vital part of her role soon after she complained about the hostile conduct of one of the partners, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 19, 2024

    Reed Smith Can't Escape £21M Suit Says Shipping Co.

    A United Arab Emirates shipping company suing Reed Smith LLP for £21 million ($26.1 million) has accused the law firm of "surreptitiously" telling Barclays Bank that the shipping company was sanctioned by the U.S. resulting in its funds being frozen.

  • April 19, 2024

    SRA Calls For Law Firms To Step Up Checks On Third Parties

    Half of law firms have changed working practices to avoid getting instructed in meritless lawsuits that gag negative publicity, but they still need more checks and balances in place when they work with third parties on reputation management claims, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday.

  • April 19, 2024

    Post Office Lawyer Denies Aggressive Litigation Tactics

    A top Post Office lawyer denied that his team had a strategy of fighting off at all costs a civil action brought by wrongly prosecuted sub-postmasters in order to stave off criminal appeals, as he testified Friday at the public inquiry into the scandal.

  • April 19, 2024

    Shrinking Partner Rounds Mirror Shifting Associate Priorities

    The economic downturn's impact on law firm profits has hit partner promotions in 2024. But it's not all doom and gloom, as the rise in salaries has lessened the desire among associates to own firm equity.

  • April 19, 2024

    SRA Fines Two More Law Firms Over AML Failures

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined two more law firms for breaching anti-money laundering laws as it continues its clampdown on the profession.

  • April 19, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen U.K. holiday resort chain Butlins target Aviva and a huddle of insurers, Meta and WhatsApp tackle a patents claim by telecommunications company Semitel, an ongoing construction dispute between Essex County Council and Balfour Beatty, and Formycon AG hit a pharmaceutical company for infringing medical products. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 19, 2024

    5 Questions For Taylor Wessing's Roland Mallinson

    Roland Mallinson had dreamed as a child of becoming an architect, but a teacher set him on a different course, steering him toward the path of civil engineering before he eventually became an intellectual property lawyer.

  • April 18, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Can Stay Free During OneCoin Fraud Appeal

    A Manhattan federal judge Thursday granted a former Locke Lord LLP partner's motion for bail pending appeal of his 10-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of laundering around $400 million in proceeds from the global OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, saying he does not pose a flight risk given his medical conditions.

  • April 18, 2024

    Troutman Pepper, Locke Lord Eye Merger To Buff Focus Areas

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP and Locke Lord LLP are in merger talks to create a combined firm with more than 1,600 attorneys and nearly $1.6 billion in revenue, in what appears to be an effort to lock in both firms' leadership in six industry sectors.

  • April 18, 2024

    Law Firm Can't Block Investors From Group Negligence Claim

    Williams & Co. Solicitors cannot block 134 property investors from bringing a joint negligence claim over failed property development projects because U.K. laws say "in plain English" that multiple parties can join a claim, a London appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • April 18, 2024

    A&O Taps Dubai M&A Head To Run META Region Post-Merger

    Allen & Overy LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP said on Thursday that they have appointed a corporate partner based in Dubai as regional managing partner for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, ahead of their planned merger.

  • April 18, 2024

    Womble Bond Told Post Office To Withhold Docs From Court

    Womble Bond Dickinson advised the Post Office to "suppress" key documents from the court "for as long as possible" in a case brought by wrongly prosecuted sub-postmasters, according to correspondence disclosed at the inquiry into the scandal Thursday.

  • April 18, 2024

    BT Group Cuts Legal Panel From 15 Law Firms To 11

    BT Group said Thursday it had cut four law firms from its legal panel and added Clifford Chance LLP to the mix alongside fellow Magic Circle giants Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and the soon-to-be A&O Shearman.

  • April 18, 2024

    Negligence Claims Against Law Firm May Go To Trial

    A London court has ordered 35 investors to clarify their claims against a law firm that they say failed to properly advise them on the risks of sinking an estimated £2.7 million ($3.4 million) into a "worthless" property development.

  • April 18, 2024

    Head Of Chambers Accused Of Bullying By Expelled Barrister

    A barrister told an employment tribunal on Thursday that the head of an English criminal chambers put him through "absolute hell" by bullying him and trying to end his career before expelling him from the chambers.

  • April 18, 2024

    Mathys & Squire Recruits New IP Partner To Munich Office

    Mathys & Squire LLP has hired a new intellectual property partner in its Munich office from Müller Hoffmann & Partner in its latest move toward delivering all-German advice to clients in the nation.

  • April 18, 2024

    Keystone Law Sees Revenues Leap By 15% To £88M

    Keystone Law Group PLC reported on Thursday that its revenues rose by 15% to nearly £88 million ($110 million) in its latest financial results, fueled by "sustained" demand from clients for advice across all practice areas of the business.

  • April 18, 2024

    Slater And Gordon Wins Bid To Rebut Ex-Analyst's Appeal

    Slater and Gordon won permission on Thursday to challenge a former costs analyst's appeal that he was harassed for having mental illnesses after arguing that a lower tribunal's ruling suggests the accused individuals didn't know enough about his condition to have done so. 

  • April 18, 2024

    SQE Debacle Puts Spotlight On SRA's Contract With Kaplan

    The fiasco surrounding the solicitors qualifying exam has cast doubts on the future relationship between Kaplan and the watchdog for the profession, raising questions across the sector about the agency's contract with the testing giant.

  • April 17, 2024

    Dentons Names 12 New Partners In UK And Middle East

    Dentons announced on Wednesday that 12 lawyers in the U.K. and the Middle East are being promoted to its partnership, the international law firm's second-highest figure for the region after 13 a year ago.

  • April 17, 2024

    Freshfields Promotes 23 New Partners In Reduced Round

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced Wednesday that it had promoted 23 lawyers to its partnership, with around a quarter coming from its London office, as it looks to continue taking its global business forward with a future generation of rising stars.

  • April 17, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Promotes 19 Lawyers To Partnership In Dip

    Clyde & Co. LLP announced Wednesday that it has added 19 lawyers to its global partnership in what is its smallest promotions round since 2021.

  • April 17, 2024

    Fieldfisher Goes On German Media, Tech And IP Hiring Spree

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited 11 lawyers across its German offices, including several new partners, to boost its intellectual property offerings, and strengthen its position in the media sector.

  • April 16, 2024

    Law Firms Take Heat Over Pulled Offers After SQE Mishap

    Law firms may bear the brunt of the blame for hastily rescinding job offers for trainees who didn't pass the solicitors' qualification exam after testing giant Kaplan admitted on Monday it mistakenly failed numerous aspiring lawyers.

Expert Analysis

  • Why It's Helpful To Understand The Role Of The SRA

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    With the ongoing Post Office inquiry and review of the role lawyers played in the scandal, the Solicitors Regulation Authority is currently under wider public consideration, and it is worth examining its role as a regulator, says Steve Roberts at Richard Nelson.

  • Tips For Hiring Adaptable Legal Talent In Uncertain Times

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    Amid the current period of economic and regulatory turbulence, businesses will need to consider skills that go beyond technical excellence when hiring in-house legal talent — including versatility, commercial awareness and artificial intelligence proficiency, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • PR Perspectives: The Future For Legal Press Releases

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    Although press releases are used less frequently now, they still have a place in the legal public relations repertoire, alongside the commentary, articles and social media aimed at getting law firms' or barristers' chambers' messages across, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • How Pro Bono Work Can Strengthen A Law Firm

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    Creating a sustainable pro bono program can enhance a law firm's reputation and make it attractive to prospective clients and talent in several ways, says Shams Merchant at Jackson Walker.

  • Why Neurodiversity Support In The Legal Sector Is Important

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    With recent statistics revealing that high numbers of legal professionals are reluctant to disclose their neurodivergence for fear of adverse consequences, organizations and employers should develop awareness and understanding to encourage a committed source of talent with requisite skills to make a positive contribution, says Kevin Athow, general counsel at BSH Home Appliances.

  • Legal Sector Will Benefit From New Data Security Standard

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office-approved new privacy certification scheme for the legal profession will inevitably become the default for law firms, chambers and vendors to prove their U.K. General Data Protection Regulation compliance, says Orlagh Kelly at Briefed.

  • PR Perspectives: Navigating UK And US Legal PR Differences

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    Despite apparently negligible differences between U.S. and U.K. legal systems, public relations requires an understanding of regional nuances and complex legal issues, and U.K.-based PR professionals looking to gain traction in the U.S. must adapt their strategies accordingly to achieve successful cross-jurisdictional campaigns, say Ben Finnis and Elizabeth Rincon at Greentarget.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Risks The Judiciary Needs To Be Aware Of When Using AI

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    Recently published judiciary service guidance aims to temper reliance on AI by court staff in their work, and with ever-increasing and evolving technology, such tools should be used for supplementary assistance rather than as a replacement for already existing judicial research tools, says Philip Sewell at Shepherd & Wedderburn.

  • Prompt Engineering Skills Are Changing The Legal Profession

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    With a focus on higher-value work as repetitive tasks are delegated to artificial intelligence, legal roles are set to become more inspiring, and lawyers need not fear the rising demand for prompt engineers that is altering the technology-enabled legal environment, say Eric Crawley, Shah Karim and Paul O’Hagan at Epiq Legal.

  • 4 Legal Privilege Lessons From Dechert Disclosure Ruling

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, finding that evidence may have been incorrectly withheld, provides welcome clarification of the scope of legal professional privilege, including the application of the iniquity exception, says Tim Knight at Travers Smith.

  • PR Perspectives: Don't Overstate Well-Being Or Enviro Efforts

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    Law firms should look to embrace a strong arsenal of sustainability and well-being initiatives before beginning to publicize their commitment to green and mental health efforts, or they can face the risk of making false claims, says Steve Rudaini at SJR Communications.

  • Record Level Of Partner Hires Shows No Sign Of Slowing

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    With indications that law firm hiring activity is increasing, the competitive market is causing candidates to evaluate potential employers more carefully, and large numbers of partners are migrating away from Silver Circle and West End firms in pursuit of closer parity in work and pay, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • PR Perspectives: Choosing How To Communicate For Impact

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    Successful legal public relations involves developing productive working relationships, and choosing which medium to use when communicating is important, since it will reflect the level of familiarity with the lawyer or journalist as well as the message, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Talent Acquisition Is Shifting As US Firms Permeate London

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    U.S. law firms’ continued growth in London and aggressive talent acquisition strategies are reshaping how lawyers are attracted, nurtured and retained, and success in this evolving environment lies in understanding and adapting to changing priorities and values, says Nathan Peart at Major Lindsey.

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