Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • April 16, 2024

    McDermott Hires 2 Partners For Global Tax Practice In Paris

    McDermott Will & Emery is expanding its global tax practice group with two partners in Paris who have a track record of advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and tax controversies before France's tax authority, the firm announced. 

  • April 16, 2024

    Womble Bond Sued Over Advice On £126M Real Estate Project

    Two businessmen and a management company have sued Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in a London court after the law firm's allegedly negligent advice caused a £126 million ($157 million) property redevelopment project to fall through.

  • April 16, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Bolsters Disputes Team With New Partner

    Hill Dickinson LLP has snapped up a partner from Teacher Stern LLP to join its commercial litigation team, bringing a wealth of dispute resolution and crisis management experience to the table.

  • April 16, 2024

    Hogan Lovells' Tech Unit Partners With ESG Compliance Biz

    Hogan Lovells announced Tuesday that its new legal technology venture has entered into a strategic partnership with Daato, a sustainability management company, to help clients comply with their reporting requirements on environmental, social and governance.

  • April 16, 2024

    Legal Experts Uneasy About Post Office Convictions Law

    Legal experts warned a parliamentary committee Tuesday that government plans to introduce legislation to quash the convictions of hundreds of Post Office branch managers could unintentionally set a precedent for other miscarriages of justice. 

  • April 16, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Says Lawyers Ignored Prosecution Risks

    The Post Office's former chief executive said Tuesday that he was "surprised" that in-house lawyers who prosecuted sub-postmasters based on faulty IT data ignored the risk of failing to disclose certain key facts in court.

  • April 16, 2024

    Law Firm Denies Encouraging Consultant's Weak Case

    Costigan King has denied owing a consultant £291,000 ($362,000) for allegedly advising he fight a claim to stop him providing legal services, saying that it never told him he had a strong case.

  • April 16, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Launches Ireland Tax Practice With New Hire

    Taylor Wessing LLP has recruited its first tax partner in Ireland from Simmons & Simmons LLP to launch a new tax group in the country, continuing its expansion after initially setting up shop in Dublin three years ago.

  • April 16, 2024

    Cooley Hires Ex-Norton Rose Antitrust Chief In London

    Cooley LLP has recruited Norton Rose Fulbright's London antitrust and competition chief to its London office as a partner in an effort to boost its ability to advise clients on competition disputes across the U.K. and the European Union.

  • April 15, 2024

    Allen & Overy Gains Another Milbank Atty In London

    Allen & Overy announced Monday it added an attorney from Milbank to its London office, touting her in-demand expertise representing creditors in restructurings and special situations.

  • April 15, 2024

    Freshfields Hires Capital Markets Pro From Cooley

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced Monday that it has hired a specialist in equity capital markets transactions from Cooley LLP in London, boosting its offerings to European companies and investment banks.

  • April 15, 2024

    SRA Accuses Lawyer Of Profiting From Client Loans

    A solicitor profited from his clients' financial difficulties by convincing them to enter into financial arrangements for his benefit, the Solicitors Regulation Authority told a tribunal Monday.

  • April 15, 2024

    Herbert Smith Freehills Promotes 27 New Partners Globally

    Herbert Smith Freehills said Monday that it has promoted 27 new partners worldwide, with key focuses including private capital and energy transition alongside environmental, social and governance.

  • April 15, 2024

    Trainee Solicitor's Bid To Claim SQE Fees From Ex-Firm Fails

    A trainee solicitor cannot recoup fees for her legal qualification examinations from her former employer, with a tribunal finding that she failed to prove that the law firm had agreed to pay the fees.

  • April 15, 2024

    CMS Dips To 54 New Partners Elevated In Global Biz

    CMS said on Monday that it has strengthened the senior ranks of its global business by promoting 54 lawyers to its partnership, with women accounting for more than 40% of its latest intake.

  • April 15, 2024

    Pass Rates For Jan. SQE Rise After Kaplan Finds Error

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Monday that assessment provider Kaplan had revised the January SQE1 exam results because of an error that originally failed 175 candidates who had actually passed the test.

  • April 15, 2024

    Covington Hires Capital Markets, M&A Pro In London

    Covington & Burling LLP has appointed Johan Dagergard, a lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, as special counsel at its London office, which the firm believes will bolster its Nordics practice.

  • April 12, 2024

    Slaughter And May Select 6 Firms For Legal Tech Cohort

    A legal forecasting tool, a scheduling tracker and a pricing analysis service are three of the six new tech startups in Slaughter and May's fourth Collaborate cohort, the London-based firm announced Friday, which offers the selected startups opportunities to test and develop their tools in a legal environment.

  • April 12, 2024

    Morgan Lewis Bolsters Munich Office With Partner Hire

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired the Munich office managing partner of Reed Smith LLP to shepherd its expanding global disputes practice.

  • April 12, 2024

    BSB Urged To Hire Senior Exec To Oversee Enforcement

    The Bar Standards Board should improve the way it deals with cases of alleged misconduct by barristers by creating a new senior executive role and giving staff better support, an independent review found Friday.

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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