Pulse UK

  • February 19, 2024

    Lloyd's Confirms Claire Schrader As General Counsel

    Lloyd's of London said on Monday that it has appointed Claire Schrader as general counsel on a permanent basis after she held the position temporarily when her predecessor stepped down in August.

  • February 16, 2024

    Cyber Breaches At UK Law Firms Rise By 36%

    The number of data breaches from cyberattacks against U.K. law firms rose by more than a third, with hackers likely drawn to legal businesses because of the sensitive data they hold, Chaucer Group reported on Monday.

  • February 16, 2024

    SRA Restricts Practice Of Shoosmiths' CoP Head

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has placed restrictions on the practice of a Shoosmiths LLP partner who is head of the firm's national Court of Protection team, saying that these are necessary to protect the public.

  • February 16, 2024

    Fox Williams Fights To Nix £30M Game Show Negligence Case

    Fox Williams LLP urged a London court Friday to strike out a media company's allegations that the firm botched its game show copyright claim and caused it to lose out on at least £30 million ($37.4 million).

  • February 16, 2024

    Temporary Courts Will Stay Open For Another Year, MoJ Says

    The lights will stay on in the U.K.'s pandemic-era temporary courts for another year to provide extra capacity and help reduce the current backlog of cases, the Ministry of Justice said Friday.

  • February 16, 2024

    Slaughter And May To Keep 95% Of NQ Lawyers In March

    Slaughter and May said Friday that nearly all of its trainees will be staying on when they qualify as solicitors in March, continuing high retention levels at the law firm.

  • February 16, 2024

    Law Firm Loses Over Solicitor's Pension On Maternity Leave

    A London-based commercial law firm discriminated against an associate solicitor because she was on maternity leave and forced her to resign by making baseless criticisms about her performance, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

    6 Questions For Quinn Emanuel's David Lancaster

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's London IP chief David Lancaster talks to Law360 here about the challenges posed by the new Unified Patent Court and the U.K.’s role in European IP litigation after Brexit.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ex-SFO Prosecutor, Disputes Chief Join Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP has hired former senior Serious Fraud Office prosecutor Stuart Alford KC from Latham & Watkins LLP along with the co-chair of Latham's London litigation practice, a person with knowledge of the move said Friday.

  • February 16, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle erupt between JPMorgan and the founder of a Greek payments company following a dispute over the valuation of their jointly owned fintech business, the children of late Russian oligarch Vladimir Scherbakov face a claim by Fieldfisher LLP, the Director of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority tackle a claim by two solicitors, and train operator First MTR South Western Trains file a claim against a security company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 16, 2024

    Stephenson Harwood Hires Regulatory Pro In Corporate Boost

    Stephenson Harwood LLP has appointed regulatory lawyer Christophe Boucherie as a partner in its London office, a move it believes will strengthen its corporate practice.

  • 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). 

Expert Analysis

  • PR Perspectives: Getting Merger Communications Right

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    As the recent Allen & Overy and Shearman Sterling deal announcement demonstrates, controlling the narrative is the priority when merger discussions begin, so law firms need to consider their stakeholder base and the best communication channels for each segment, ready to adapt to the audience group's needs, say Ben Girdlestone and Bethany Durkin at Byfield.

  • Why Law Firms Should Consider Apprenticeships

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    A recent government briefing shows that young people are increasingly signing up for apprenticeships, a trend that law firms should take advantage of to improve socioeconomic diversity and help to recruit a variety of talent, which can boost employee retention in the long run, says Emma O'Connor at Boyes Turner.

  • How AI Could Affect The Way Law Firms Operate

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    Generative artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming the legal industry, and it is becoming increasingly clear that law firms will need to adjust their recruitment strategies, refine their service offerings and hire specialist lawyers versed in AI technologies, says Brent Harris at Major Lindsey.

  • In-Office Policies May Be Solution To UK Skills Shortage

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    Against the backdrop of the U.K. skills shortage, personal engagement with junior lawyers could boost employee commitment, engagement and retention, highlighting that physical presence in the office is valued and vital, says Michael Stokes at Harrison Clark.

  • PR Perspectives: A 20-Year Shift For Law Firm Press Teams

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    In-house law firm public relations has developed into a sophisticated practice as firms become more business-minded, and will continue to grow in importance, with legal PR teams becoming more integrated and working seamlessly across all forms of media, says Daniela Conte at Gibson Dunn.

  • Successfully Implementing AI Rules Requires A Cultural Shift

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    Recent positive use cases of artificial intelligence demonstrate the potential benefits it can bring to the legal profession, and while the development of AI rules is essential, their effectiveness depends on user adoption, behavioral change and human acceptance, say Charlie Morgan and Salman Dhalla at Herbert Smith.

  • PR Perspectives: How Lawyers Build Good Press Relations

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    There are multiple benefits for lawyers appearing in the media, and those who want to build good relations with the press should consider establishing contacts and maintaining those links, and understanding the role of journalists is critical in achieving this, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • What Lawyers Look For When Considering A Firm Move

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    With younger lawyers increasingly paying attention to factors beyond salary, such as work-life balance and career progression, it is firms that know how to appeal to other wants that will ultimately pull ahead when competing for talent, says Adam Stocker at Major Lindsey.

  • What Private Investment Can Bring To Barristers' Chambers

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    The recent private equity investment in The Barrister Group, believed to be the first at the Bar of England and Wales, demonstrates how an upgrade in chambers' business processes and technology can be achieved, both essential for the future of the profession, says Harry Hodgkin at The Barrister Group.

  • How Tech Can Make A Career In Law More Accessible

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    As practitioners and the U.K. Solicitors Regulation Authority seek to increase diversity in the legal profession, the adoption of technology, such as remote learning, artificial intelligence and social media communities, is playing a major role in breaking down entry barriers to a career in law, says Caroline Rayson at BPP.

  • Expansion Of Court Filming May Carry Reputational Risks

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    In light of the U.K. government’s recent consultation on expanding filming across the courts system in England and Wales, our right to open justice must be weighed carefully against the reputational risk that litigation poses to all parties involved, says Bella von Bohlen at FTI Consulting.

  • PR Perspectives: Strategies For Lawyers Publicizing Litigation

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    Any business or high-profile individual could end up in court, and with a global audience watching on through social media, lawyers would be wise to use strategic methods to shine a favorable light on their work and cases, says Steve Rudaini at MD Communications.

  • How Lawyers Can Act As Allies This Pride Month

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    Having played a significant role in advancing LGBTQ+ rights, the legal profession now needs to practice allyship to ensure there is sufficient support for the community by educating itself, its colleagues and the public, says Christianah Babajide at Keating Chambers.

  • How Lawyers Can Best Avoid Money Laundering Issues

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    There are basic questions that solicitors must ask of clients to avoid money laundering risks, but in light of recent fines imposed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority for failure to comply with anti-money laundering regulations, firms must also ensure they document their diligence process, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • Tackling UK Case Backlog Requires Proper Court Funding

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    Until the U.K. government takes powerful measures to address IT issues, poorly maintained courtrooms and wage demands, the crown court backlog will continue to rise to the detriment of all stakeholders in the criminal court system and the public at large, says Rubin Italia at Stokoe Partnership.

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