Pulse UK

  • May 20, 2024

    Collapsed Firm Escapes Fine For Making Unapproved Claims

    The solicitors' watchdog for England and Wales on Monday waived a £65,300 ($83,000) fine for a shuttered law firm that submitted claims without clients' approval, scrapping the penalty to safeguard the outfit's creditors.

  • May 20, 2024

    Small Law Firms Turning To Tech In Bid To Fuel Growth

    A rising number of small U.K. law firms are harboring ambitions to expand their business over the next year, an industry survey published Tuesday has revealed, with more than half turning to legal technology as the way forward.

  • May 20, 2024

    SRA Can't Block £75K Costs Order For Flawed Case

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has failed to stave off a £75,000 ($95,000) order as a London court ruled that a tribunal was right to award a solicitor costs for the watchdog's "fundamentally flawed" misconduct allegation against her.

  • May 20, 2024

    Judge Approves Bankruptcy Order On Ex-Axiom Ince Chief

    A judge approved on Monday a bankruptcy order against the former head of Axiom Ince Ltd. after the now-collapsed law firm failed to pay monthly installments for its acquisition of Ince.

  • May 20, 2024

    DWF Hires Investment Funds Pro From Gateley

    DWF LLP has hired Gateley lawyer Ravi Longia as U.K. head of investment funds in its corporate group, a move the firm believes will bolster its business as it expands its services.

  • May 17, 2024

    Law Firm Beats Temp Receptionist's Discrimination Claims

    A law firm in southern England fended off several disability discrimination and harassment claims from a temporary receptionist, after an employment tribunal ruled she wasn't legally disabled.

  • May 17, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a wave of claims filed against Verity Trustees Ltd., Harley-Davidson hit retailer Next with an intellectual property claim, Turkish e-commerce entrepreneur Demet Mutlu sue her ex-husband and Trendyol co-founder Evren Üçok and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a claim against the former boss of collapsed law firm Axiom. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 17, 2024

    Law Firms Urged To Upgrade Technology For Disabled Staff

    Law firms should ensure that their content management systems and training programs are easily accessible for disabled professionals, according to new guidance published by the Law Society of England and Wales on Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    CMS Moves M&A Partner Graham Conlon To Abu Dhabi

    Graham Conlon, a corporate mergers and acquisitions partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, has moved to Abu Dhabi as the law firm opened its first office in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

  • May 17, 2024

    Linklaters Increases New Lawyers' Pay To £150K

    Linklaters LLP has bumped up its pay for newly qualified lawyers by 20% to £150,000 ($190,000) in a sign that the salary war among elite U.K. law firms is hotting up.

  • May 17, 2024

    Post Office Used Womble Bond To Avoid Looking Like 'Bullies'

    The Post Office retained Womble Bond Dickinson in a civil case brought by victims of the Horizon scandal because a more aggressive law firm might make it look like "bullies," an executive for the organization told an inquiry Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    Gov't Boosts Support For Neurodivergent Offenders

    The U.K. has introduced dedicated neurodiversity officers in all public prisons across England and Wales, with the aim of offering better support for offenders with conditions such as autism and dyslexia and reduce rates of re-offending among them.

  • May 17, 2024

    Trowers To Widen Intake With Solicitor Apprenticeship Scheme

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP has launched a six-year solicitors' apprenticeship program to offer school-leavers or non-graduates an alternative to the traditional university graduate route into law.

  • May 17, 2024

    Linklaters Harnesses AI To Boost Market Share

    Linklaters LLP is banking on generative AI to increase its share of the legal market as the new technology will enable the Magic Circle firm to win more clients and work, people in charge of the strategy at the firm say.

  • May 16, 2024

    Recordati Adds New Head Of IP From Zentiva

    Recordati has hired a U.S. lawyer with a decade of experience working in-house at pharma giants Sandoz and Zentiva to take on a newly created role as group head IP counsel. 

  • May 16, 2024

    Top Linklaters Attys See PE Rebound In Run-Up To Elections

    After a subtle uptick in private equity deal values in the first quarter, the global chair of Linklaters LLP's corporate department in New York, George Casey, and one of its top PE dealmakers in London, Alex Woodward, believe the pace of transactions is picking up and the market is primed for a comeback.

  • May 16, 2024

    Brick Court Works With Investigators To Counter Cyberattack

    Brick Court Chambers said on Thursday that it is investigating a suspected cyberattack, highlighting the persistent threat of digital warfare against the legal sector.

  • May 16, 2024

    Junior Lawyers Threaten LSB Escalation Over Exam Mistakes

    The Junior Lawyers Division has warned the solicitors' watchdog and its assessment provider, Kaplan, about a major error in the Solicitors Qualifying Examination held in January and is threatening to take the matter to the sector's top regulator if it is not addressed promptly.

  • May 16, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Boost Legal Aid In Home Eviction Cases

    The Law Society called on the government on Thursday to boost legal aid to help renters in England and Wales after more than 18,150 eviction orders were issued between January and March.

  • May 16, 2024

    UK Gov't To Simplify Civil Claims For Child Sex Abuse Victims

    The government wants to make it easier and less traumatic for victims of child sexual abuse to bring civil claims by reversing the burden of proof before cases reach court, a move designed to spare survivors from having to repeatedly recount their experiences.

  • May 15, 2024

    Womble Bond Names 'Fearless Leader' As Chair, CEO-Elect

    Womble Bond Dickinson announced Wednesday that global finance partner Merrick Benn has been elected U.S. chair and CEO, for a three-year term effective Jan. 1.

  • May 15, 2024

    Legal Bodies Update Cybersecurity Checks For Law Firms

    The Law Society and the Bar Council said on Wednesday that they have updated a questionnaire that helps shield barristers' chambers against cyberattacks as the legal profession responds to warnings of a rise in threat levels.

  • May 15, 2024

    Ex-Candey Partner Did Not Think Client Funds Were Criminal

    A former Candey partner who is accused of not adequately checking the source of almost £24 million ($30 million) in client funds earmarked for a property purchase told a tribunal on Wednesday that he did not believe the money was the proceeds of crime.

  • May 15, 2024

    SRA Should Ditch Plans To Regulate CILEX, Law Society Says

    The Law Society has urged the watchdog that oversees solicitors to abandon plans to regulate legal executives, arguing on Wednesday that it should maintain its focus on its "core regulatory responsibilities."

  • May 15, 2024

    Fired Judge Loses Appeal Over Deleting Data During Probe

    A former judge who was removed from office for deleting data relevant to a police investigation had his bid to appeal his dismissal rejected by the High Court on Wednesday as a judge ruled that his removal from the bench was "clearly justified."

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • Legal Industry Can Help Steer UK Out Of Social Mobility Crisis

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    The legal industry has a responsibility to help mitigate the U.K. social mobility crisis highlighted by the recent State of the Nation report, and it can start to increase socioeconomic diversity in its ranks by focusing on reducing the educational barriers to entering the profession, says Jo-Anne Pugh at BPP University Law School.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • PR Perspectives: Taking Stock Of 2023, Preparing For 2024

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    As law firms and PR teams review their 2023 external communications output, it is a good moment to consider how to maintain a perfect profile in order to enhance, protect and advance a firm's reputation for the coming year, says Louise Beeson at Bell Yard Communications.

  • PR Perspectives: How To Communicate A Law Firm Merger

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    Recent data shows a significant increase in law firm mergers and acquisitions in the U.K., and to ensure the deal goes without a hitch, both internal and external communications need to be carefully planned so that appropriate messaging aligns with the objectives of the deal, says Belinda Lewis at Birketts.

  • Why Law Firms Should Heed Calls To Put ESG Over Profit

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    According to Deloitte’s recent survey, the majority of Gen Z and millennials remain unimpressed with businesses’ societal impact, and junior lawyers in particular are increasingly expecting the legal profession to shift to a business model that prioritizes sustainability above profitability, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • PR Perspectives: What Not To Do In Legal Public Relations

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    There is a wealth of advice about how to publicize a law firm, but what not to do is just as important, and ignoring a target audience, communicating without a strategy, or misusing social media are potentially risky and reputation-damaging practices, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

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