Pulse UK

  • February 16, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Sachs Banker Gets 22 Months For Insider Dealing

    A former Goldman Sachs banker was sentenced at a London court on Friday to 22 months in prison for insider dealing after he was convicted of using price-sensitive information gleaned from his job at the investment bank to trade in company shares.

  • February 15, 2024

    Boeing Hires Competition Pro From Ashurst In Brussels

    Boeing has recruited a former partner from Ashurst LLP to strengthen its capacity to handle European competition and regulatory matters for the aviation giant in Brussels.

  • February 15, 2024

    UK Legal Sector Resists Recession With Record Turnover

    The U.K. legal sector grew by 8% in the final quarter of 2023, the government statistics authority said Thursday, in what lawyers have described as a display of resilience against the country's shrinking economy.

  • February 15, 2024

    Irwin Mitchell Grows In Southern England With Brighton Office

    Irwin Mitchell LLP has boosted its presence in southern England, opening a new office in Brighton on Thursday as it continues to implement plans to expand the business.

  • February 15, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Names First Female Chief In London

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP named Wheatly MacNamara as the managing partner of its office in London on Thursday, the first time a woman has led the firm's business in the English capital since it entered the market in 1978.

  • February 15, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Sachs Banker Guilty Of Insider Dealing

    A former Goldman Sachs banker was convicted of insider dealing by a London jury on Thursday, over allegations he used his price-sensitive information gleaned from his job at the investment bank to trade in company shares.

  • February 15, 2024

    DLA Piper Looks To Help Lawyers Returning To The Workforce

    DLA Piper is aiming to boost diversity in the firm with a new program Thursday to help lawyers who have taken career breaks to return to the profession.

  • February 15, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Adds BoE Deputy GC To Finance Team

    Addleshaw Goddard said on Thursday that it has hired the Bank of England's deputy general counsel as a partner to bolster its financial services regulation team in London.

  • February 14, 2024

    Orrick Hit By Exodus To Hogan Lovells, BonelliErede In Italy

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Italian arm this week has seen nearly 40 lawyers — around half its Italian cohort — jump ship to rival firms Hogan Lovells and BonelliErede, in a blow to the U.S. firm's European presence.

  • February 14, 2024

    5 Key Takeaways From The SFO Director's Maiden Speech

    Serious Fraud Office director Nick Ephgrave has signaled his desire to carry out more dawn raids, use more intelligence and pay whistleblowers to carry out swifter investigations. Here, lawyers tell Law360 that it is a return to an old-fashioned approach to enforcement.

  • February 14, 2024

    Housing Legal Aid Providers In Crisis, Law Society Says

    Most law firms and nonprofit organizations that do publicly funded housing work are losing money and on the brink of collapsing, an industry survey revealed Wednesday, just as mortgage possession claims and tenant evictions are rising.

  • February 14, 2024

    SRA Refuses To Lift Suspension Of Former Axiom Manager

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has refused to reinstate one of the Axiom Ince managers it suspended in August over nearly £65 million ($82 million) of client funds that went missing, saying it would not be in the public interest.

  • February 14, 2024

    Rosenblatt Opens Arbitration Practice With New Partner Duo

    Rosenblatt has launched a new international arbitration practice in London to be headed by two recent partner hires from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and LMS Legal amid growing demand for specialized arbitration experts in cross-border disputes.

  • February 14, 2024

    Barrister Convicted Of Fraud In £1.8M Legal Aid Case

    A barrister accused of pocketing legal fees that he did not earn was convicted of fraud at a London court on Wednesday for his role in attempting to con a public legal aid fund out of £1.8 million ($2.3 million). 

  • February 13, 2024

    UK Supreme Court Appeal Fee To Rise 40% Under MoJ Plans

    The Ministry of Justice has said it wants to hike application fees for civil appeals to the Supreme Court by nearly 40% from £1,000 ($1,260) to £1,390 to raise funds for the U.K.'s top court.

  • February 13, 2024

    Clifford Chance Names New Global CFO From Accenture

    Clifford Chance LLP announced on Tuesday that it has hired a new global chief financial officer from professional services giant Accenture, as the law firm aims for a ninth consecutive year of revenue growth and a return to rising profits.

  • February 13, 2024

    Legal Sector Gets GDPR Scheme Amid Rise In Cybercrime

    The Information Commissioner's Office gave the all-clear on Tuesday to a new program for certifying legal services providers that process personal data, amid increasing adoption of new technology and the growing risk of cyberattacks in the sector.

  • February 13, 2024

    Dentons UK Boss Inks New Deal Amid Hunt For Global CEO

    Dentons said Tuesday that it has given the nod to its U.K., Ireland and Middle East chief executive for a second three-year term as the firm continues its search for a new global CEO.

  • February 13, 2024

    Old Bailey Reopens After Shutdown Following Fire

    The Old Bailey has reopened after it was forced to shut for three days following a fire at a nearby electrical substation that left the landmark court building without power and caused hundreds of people to evacuate.

  • February 12, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Targets NY Expansion Amid Strong Financials

    Hogan Lovells said Tuesday it is targeting further expansion in New York and other key U.S. markets, as it recorded another year of growing revenue and profits on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • February 12, 2024

    Barristers Cite Low Pay For Quitting Rape Work Amid Backlog

    A growing shortage of specialist rape counsel is set to exacerbate the crisis in the criminal justice system as more barristers quit the profession because of low pay and poor well-being, an industry survey revealed on Monday.

  • February 12, 2024

    British Law Firms Become Major Players In EU IP Court

    Britain has pulled out of Europe's new patent litigation system, but U.K. law firms have not stood on the sidelines. The country's intellectual property experts have been major players in the court, setting up shop in Dublin and teaming up with patent attorneys.

  • February 12, 2024

    Pinsent Masons' Flexible Services Biz Launches In Dubai

    Pinsent Masons LLP announced on Monday that its alternative legal services business has expanded into the Middle East, as the law firm looks to develop its professional and legal services offering after it recently opened new offices in the region.

  • February 12, 2024

    How's Life As The UK's Top Judge? Grueling, Ian Burnett Says

    Even before leading the U.K.'s judiciary through three pandemic lockdowns, Ian Burnett was no stranger to high-profile legal jobs. He guided the inquest into the death of Princess Diana and acted for the government in post-9/11 litigation before rising to the Court of Appeal bench — and he's not done yet.

  • February 12, 2024

    Proskauer Hires Sidley Austin's Funds Head In London

    Proskauer Rose LLP has brought aboard a new partner with years of experience at the helm of Sidley Austin LLP's investment funds practice, to co-lead its global credit funds and sovereign wealth funds initiatives.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Lessons From The SRA's 2023 AML Report

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    The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s recent anti-money laundering report conducted supervisory activities that revealed a variety of breaches, and with an increasingly regulated landscape, lawyers can play an important part in preventing criminal activity by taking responsibility for ensuring compliance, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • How The Legal Sector Can Enhance Its Data Resilience

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    In view of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre’s recent report shedding light on the legal sector’s increased vulnerability to cyberattacks, law firms need not only establish robust defenses, but also to redefine their approach to data security by fostering a culture of continuous learning, adaptability and vigilance, says Katie McCullough at Panzura.

  • Building Strong Relationships At All Stages Of A Legal Career

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    Whether a junior attorney seeks to lay the foundation for a path to partnership, or a seasoned practitioner aims to leverage an extensive network, the road to legal industry success often involves cultivating sincere relationships, say Kathleen Hilton and Megan Senese at Stage.

  • How Mentoring Can Increase Black Representation In Law

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    U.K. Black History Month is a good time to look at the importance of Black representation in the legal profession, and how mentorship can make a big difference in empowering Black lawyers, including by offering career coaching and building valuable relationships, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

  • Socioeconomic Data Shows Diversity Needed In Legal Sector

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    U.K. solicitors come from the highest socioeconomic backgrounds compared with the wider workforce, and with the case for a greater focus on diversity and inclusion stronger in law than in any other sector, now is the time to challenge the status quo decisions that affect equality and representation, says Nik Miller at the Bridge Group.

  • PR Perspectives: When Law Firms Offer PR Services

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    The news of libel law firm Schillings setting up its own public relations firm illustrates the equal importance of both lawyers and PR professionals in managing the reputations of businesses and individuals effectively, especially in the evolving media landscape, says Gus Sellitto at Byfield Consultancy.

  • Building A Global Law Firm Fit For The Future

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    As the world faces immense changes across economic, environmental, political and social spheres, leaders in BigLaw are in a position to help address global challenges, while also transforming their business models to respond to historic shifts in the nature of legal work, says Duncan Weston at CMS.

  • PR Perspectives: Must-Have Tips For Lawyers Writing Articles

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    There are many benefits for lawyers in getting their articles, opinions and insights published in the media, and although writing about a topic can be easy, getting it published is tricky, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • How Midsize City Firms Are Luring Talent Away From BigLaw

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    In the wake of the post-pandemic hiring surge many law associates are reevaluating their priorities, and with midsize City firms offering a better work-life balance, greater focus on team fit and opportunities for upward mobility, the traditional legal career path offered at BigLaw firms is no longer passing muster, says Ria Karnik at Major Lindsey.

  • PR Perspectives: The Advantages Of A Legal Background

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    A legal background can bring several advantages to the work of a legal public relations professional, from an understanding of the subject matter itself and the pressures that lawyers face, to a meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of the importance of following breaking news stories, says Kath Walkling at Herbert Smith.

  • Perfecting Outreach Cadence Between Lawyers And Clients

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    Obligations can get in the way of lawyers creating a regular communication cadence with their clients, but it is possible to rebuild and strengthen a relationship by employing empathy and showing a commitment to the client's success and well-being, says Megan Senese at Stage.

  • PR Perspectives: What Makes A Great Legal PR Professional

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    A great legal public relations professional needs first-class writing skills, intellect and an attention to detail, but in addition to these core competencies, there are transferable skills and personal qualities that are vital, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Roundup

    PR Perspectives

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    As the importance of law firm public relations continues to grow and the role of communications teams evolves, in this Expert Analysis series PR professionals discuss lawyer media relations, reputation management and more.

  • PR Perspectives: Effectively Managing Crisis Communications

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    The rise of 24/7 media and far reach of social media has made crisis communication more likely and much harder to manage, highlighting the importance for law firms to be prepared and effectively deal with crises to avoid the risk of reputational damage, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • New Solicitor Workplace Rules Present Practical Challenges

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    As law firms and partners are beginning to understand and apply the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new rules and guidance on unfair treatment toward colleagues, it is becoming clear that there are a number of potential pitfalls to navigate, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

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