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  • March 01, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle between confectionary heavyweight Mars Wrigley UK and a frozen food manufacturer, a trademark infringement claim by Abbott Diabetes Care over glucose monitoring meters, Mercedes-Benz Group hit with two commercial fraud disputes, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company tackle a cargo claim by an insurance company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 01, 2024

    A&O, Shearman Name Top Leaders For Merged Firm

    Allen & Overy LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP said on Friday that they had elected the first members of their top management team ahead of their merger in May.

  • March 01, 2024

    Simmons & Simmons Hires Banking Pro From DLA Piper

    Simmons & Simmons LLP has bolstered its Dublin office by hiring Kate Curneen as a new banking partner from DLA Piper where she worked for four years.

  • March 01, 2024

    Defense Ministry Hit With £30M Discrimination Claims

    More than 2,000 members of the armed forces have launched legal claims totaling £30 million ($38 million) against the Ministry of Defence for allegedly discriminating against younger and unmarried personnel over housing costs, the law firm leading the action has said.

  • February 29, 2024

    Wilson Sonsini, Fenwick West Back Atty-Founded Equity Tool

    Global equity platform Slice Global Inc., which uses artificial intelligence to ensure that companies issuing equity to international employees stay in compliance with laws and regulations, secured a $7 million seed funding round on Thursday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Law Firm Sued Over Advice To Driver Injured On The Job

    A delivery driver who says he was injured dodging frozen fish boxes that fell at work has accused JMW Solicitors LLP of filing his compensation claim against the wrong defendant to avoid a conflict of interest with a valuable client.

  • February 29, 2024

    DLA Piper Names New Global Managing Partner

    DLA Piper announced Thursday that partner Richard Chesley will step into the newly created role of global managing partner to oversee the development of cross-border business initiatives and expansion of global relationships.

  • February 29, 2024

    Paul Weiss Hires New European Chief From Reed Smith

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP has recruited an expert in legal business management from Reed Smith LLP, after it has expanded in London with a string of partner hires from rival law firms.

  • February 29, 2024

    Bird & Bird Taps London IP Atty As Co-Head In San Francisco

    Bird & Bird LLP is transferring a longtime patent litigator from its London office to be the new co-head of its representation office in San Francisco, the firm's only outlet in America.

  • February 28, 2024

    Fieldfisher Hires New ESG Chief From BCLP

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited a former general counsel at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP to lead its environmental, social and governance function as the law firm continues building its credentials in sustainability.

  • February 28, 2024

    Solicitor Fights To Revive Case Over Sex, Age Discrimination

    A solicitor launched a bid in an appeal tribunal to revive his sex and age discrimination claims against an English law firm Wednesday, arguing that a judge should not have struck them out over his failure to disclose documents.

  • February 28, 2024

    DLA Piper Hires Trio Of Energy And Infrastructure Partners

    DLA Piper announced Wednesday that it has recruited the former head of energy, natural resources and infrastructure at Paul Hastings and two other partners to boost its corporate and finance offerings in London.

  • February 28, 2024

    Bogus Insurance Claim Lawyer Seeks To Overturn Striking Off

    A solicitor who made a false insurance claim over a road traffic accident urged a court on Wednesday to restore him to the profession, saying that a tribunal did not consider the "exceptional circumstances" of the case.

  • February 28, 2024

    Brain Injury Victim Fights To Recover Barred Legal Fees

    A road accident victim urged the appellate court on Wednesday to rule that legal costs for time his solicitors spent on his rehabilitation are valid and recoverable, saying that the lower court's "blanket ban" on them was because it applied the wrong test.

  • February 28, 2024

    UK Contributes Second-Largest Number Of Reps To UPC

    The U.K. has pulled out of Europe's unified patent jurisdiction, but that hasn't stopped British practitioners from becoming the second-biggest national contingent authorized to represent clients before Unified Patents Court. Experts have told Law360 that they are betting on English becoming its lingua franca.

  • February 27, 2024

    NDAs Being Used To Conceal Illegal Conduct, Law Body Says

    The Legal Services Board said Wednesday that it has found evidence that lawyers are using non-disclosure agreements to cover up their clients' illegal practices as it considers tightening rules to protect workers and consumers.

  • February 27, 2024

    Struck-Off Lawyer Claims Mental Incapacity In Prison Appeal

    A struck-off solicitor on Tuesday challenged her one-year prison sentence for failing to hand over documents to a legal watchdog's investigation, telling an appellate court that proceedings should have been halted after concerns were raised about her mental capacity.

  • February 27, 2024

    Gowling Launches AI Tool To Fight Online Infringement

    Gowling WLG on Tuesday launched an AI-powered service to protect brands against various forms of online infringement, allowing users to request the filing of takedown notices "at the click of a button."

  • February 27, 2024

    Lexsoft Launches OpenAI-Powered Legal Software Tool

    Legal technology company Lexsoft Systems SL has floated a new artificial intelligence tool that uses OpenAI's technology to allow lawyers to automate parts of their workflow.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-Plexus Lawyer Suspended For Forging Signatures

    A disciplinary tribunal has handed a former Plexus Law partner a 28-day suspension for forging another lawyer's electronic signature on documents that were later filed at court.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-Linklaters Pro Penalized Over Conduct In Saudi Fund Trial

    A former Linklaters LLP partner was hit on Tuesday with an indemnity costs order by a judge who dismissed his bid to challenge a $25 million ruling against him for failing to return an investment fund to a Saudi princess.

  • February 26, 2024

    Consultant Sues Law Firm For Pursuing 'Hopeless' Defense

    A consultant has alleged Costigan King owes him £291,000 ($369,000) for legal costs he paid after the law firm served a "hopeless" defense on his behalf that had no real prospect of success.

  • February 26, 2024

    Wilson Sonsini Relocates To Baseball-Themed Office

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati U.K. LLP has switched bases in London and moved to a baseball-themed office, as the firm celebrates its American roots and pitches its transatlantic strengths.

  • February 26, 2024

    Boodle Hatfield Ups Equal Parental Leave To 26 Weeks

    City firm Boodle Hatfield LLP announced Monday it is extending parental leave to 26 weeks for partners and employees in a move the firm says will boost equality for parents regardless of gender.

  • February 26, 2024

    Simmons & Simmons Hires PE Real Estate Pro From MoFo

    Simmons & Simmons LLP has strengthened its corporate practice with the addition of a private equity real estate partner to its London office from Morrison Foerster LLP — and the firm says more private equity hires are on the way.

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