Pulse UK

  • May 07, 2024

    Kingsley Napley Hires M&A Pro From Deloitte

    Kingsley Napley LLP has hired a partner from Deloitte LLP as it seeks to expand its corporate practice and its focus on mergers and acquisitions despite the slowdown in the U.K. deals market.

  • April 30, 2024

    HSF's Paula Hodges On Arbitration's Future — And Her Own

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP announced earlier this month that Paula Hodges KC will retire from the firm as of Wednesday, with Simon Chapman KC and Andrew Cannon taking her place as co-heads of the global arbitration practice. Law360 recently sat down with Hodges, who spent her entire 37-year career at Herbert Smith Freehills, to talk about what's next, how commercial arbitration has evolved over her career, and her experience as one of the first women in international arbitration.

  • April 30, 2024

    Oil Co. Claims Nigeria In For Windfall From $11B Win Legal Bill

    An oil and gas company urged a London appellate court on Tuesday to change the currency for Nigeria's legal costs from a battle over an $11 billion arbitration award due to bribery and fraud, arguing the West African state would profit from exchange rate fluctuations.

  • April 30, 2024

    Kennedys Names 17 New Partners In 2024 Promotion Cohort

    Kennedys said Tuesday it has named 17 partners in its latest annual promotion round, bringing the law firm's worldwide total to 349, but the 2024 cohort marks the second straight year of declining numbers of partner promotions for the firm.

  • April 30, 2024

    RBG Posts £11M Loss Amid Revenue Slump, 'Headwinds'

    RBG Holdings PLC told the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday that it recorded a loss of more than £11 million ($13.8 million) and revenues tumbled by almost 13% in 2023 as the business took steps to refocus on legal services and transactional work declined.

  • April 30, 2024

    HFW Hires Arbitration And Ship Finance Pros In Paris

    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP has recruited two teams that specialize in shipping finance and international arbitration to its office in Paris as it looks to strengthen its business in the French capital.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ethics Probes Take Mental Toll On Solo, Small Firm Attorneys

    Facing a disciplinary complaint can take a toll on any attorney’s mental health. But for solo practitioners and small firm lawyers, who typically juggle all aspects of their business from handling client matters to administrative tasks like managing trust accounts, it can threaten to upend their lives.

  • April 30, 2024

    A&O Shearman Names UK And US Managing Partners

    Allen & Overy LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP named on Tuesday the partners set to lead the soon-to-be merged A&O Shearman for the U.S. and U.K. markets.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ex-DWF Barrister Disbarred Over False Discrimination Claims

    A tribunal disbarred a formed DWF barrister on Tuesday after concluding that he had dishonestly targeted his boss with false allegations of homophobia and racism, possibly to deflect attention from complaints of misconduct made against him.

  • April 30, 2024

    Vanquis Bank Seeks £4.5M For Law Firm's Complaints Deluge

    Vanquis Bank Ltd. is seeking an estimated £4.5 million ($5.6 million) from a law firm it says has sent it thousands of meritless complaints, accusing it of irresponsible lending in a "reckless and indiscriminate" approach to earn commission if a claim happens to succeed.

  • April 30, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Promotes 18 Lawyers To Partnership

    Taylor Wessing LLP said Tuesday that 18 lawyers from its international network are being bumped up to the partnership in 2024, with most of the promotions coming in England and Germany.

  • April 29, 2024

    DWF Names Property Pro As Managing Partner In Newcastle

    DWF Law LLP said Monday it has appointed a real estate expert as the new managing partner of its Newcastle office as the firm moves to secure more work and more lawyers in northeast England.

  • April 29, 2024

    The Best Therapy For Lawyers, According To Ex-Lawyers

    Attorneys-turned-therapists say no one understands the stresses of being a lawyer like another lawyer. They also say their clients sometimes struggle at first with treatment that prioritizes feelings, mindfulness and even body awareness over the intellectualizing and rationalizing that make them successful at their jobs.

  • April 29, 2024

    DWF Barrister Made False Discrimination Claims, BSB Says

    A former DWF LLP barrister is facing disciplinary action over allegations that he dishonestly and deliberately targeted his boss with false accusations of homophobia and racism.

  • April 29, 2024

    More Post Office Convictions Sent For Appeal

    The Criminal Cases Review Commission said on Monday that it has sent the cases of five more Post Office workers who were convicted during the Horizon IT scandal to the Crown Court for appeal, the latest in a string of proceedings to head for review after the major miscarriage of justice.

  • April 29, 2024

    Clifford Chance Trims 2024 Intake Of New Partners To 29

    Clifford Chance LLP said on Monday that it has elected 29 new partners in its global business, the latest firm to see a dip in promotion numbers for 2024.

  • April 26, 2024

    Senators Urge ABA To Look Into Rape Questions On Bar Apps

    Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote to the American Bar Association on Friday urging it to study how state bar applications require would-be attorneys to disclose sexual violence.

  • April 29, 2024

    Lawyer's Death Puts Spotlight On Industry's All-Hours Culture

    Law firms are churning out mental health policies and well-being initiatives, but an inquest into the death of Vanessa Ford, a transactions partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, has shone an uncomfortable light on the sector's long-hours culture.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Mishcon Head Of Risk Joins Litigation Boutique

    Stokoe Partnership Solicitors has appointed Jarret Brown as its new head of compliance in a role he hopes is "going to be a little less frenetic" at a place with less "infrastructure to shift."

  • April 26, 2024

    Law Firm Office Manager Gets OK For Disability Bias Claim

    A law firm office manager can sue his bosses for disability discrimination after an employment tribunal ruled that his flat feet condition was affecting him daily when they decided to make him redundant.

  • April 26, 2024

    UK Disclosure Review Hints At Tweak, But No Overhaul

    A preview of potential reforms to the disclosure process in U.K. criminal cases hints at incremental changes rather than a major overhaul as both prosecutors and defense lawyers warn that the system risks collapsing under the weight of digital evidence.

  • April 26, 2024

    RPC's New Partner Numbers Dip To 5 In Latest Class

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP said on Friday that five lawyers are being elevated to its partnership, the latest in a wave of law firms to see a dip in promotions from recent years.

  • April 26, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen budget airline Ryanair file a claim against NATS PLC after the air traffic controller's system collapsed, Mastercard and Visa Europe face group claims from Christian Dior and dozens of other beauty retailers, an intellectual property clash between the publisher of The Sun and ITV, and ISC Europe sue a former director for alleged money laundering. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 26, 2024

    Petrol Mogul Says Subsidiary Liable For $7M Baker Botts Fees

    An Egyptian energy tycoon has denied allegations in a London court that he owes Baker Botts LLP almost $7 million in fees for two of his petrochemical companies, arguing that a partner at the law firm said his company would not be liable for the costs of its subsidiaries.

  • April 26, 2024

    2 More Law Firms Fined For AML Compliance Failures

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said on Friday that it has fined two law firms for their failures to comply with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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