Pulse UK

  • 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.

  • February 11, 2024

    9 In 10 Lawyers Concerned About AI Use, Survey Shows

    Lawyers are increasingly keen to use generative artificial intelligence tools, but most still have concerns about the risks and would be more comfortable if the technology was grounded in reliable legal sources, an industry survey released Monday said.

  • February 09, 2024

    Gateley Hires Nigerian Lawyer To Lead Arbitration In Africa

    Gateley Legal's international arbitration team has announced its engagement of a Nigerian qualified disputes lawyer to lead its African practice, saying she will focus on supporting the expansion of the firm's disputes services across multiple jurisdictions.

  • February 09, 2024

    No Reinstatement For Lawyer Struck Off Over Drink Scam

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal refused on Friday to reinstate a lawyer who was struck off after being imprisoned for helping to bribe witnesses in a fake Duracell energy drink fraud trial, concluding that his "significant character reformation" was not enough.

  • February 09, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Can't Say If 'Roman Skeletons' Will Delay Move

    Hogan Lovells said Friday that it was too early to tell if it will have to delay its office move after the discovery earlier in the month of an "incredibly rare" Roman funerary bed on the site of its soon-to-be new premises.

  • February 09, 2024

    Willkie Opens Munich Office, 20 Frankfurt Attys To Join

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced Thursday the expansion of its footprint in Germany with the launch of an office in Munich.

  • February 09, 2024

    Simpson Thacher's Revenues Hit Record High In London

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP said on Friday that its office in London had posted its highest revenues on record as they jumped by more than 20% to top $400 million.

  • February 09, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a Saudi Arabian property investor file legal action against RLS Solicitors, Aspire Pharma and Bayer Intellectual Property tackle a patent dispute, the owners of soccer club West Ham United FC raise a red card against E20 Stadium LLP with a commercial fraud action, and accountants BDO file another commercial claim against the managing directors of KGJ Insurance Services. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 09, 2024

    Simmons & Simmons Adds Debt Capital Markets Pro

    Simmons & Simmons has recruited a retail bonds specialist from Linklaters, in a move which the firm said will strengthen its debt capital markets practice in London.

  • February 09, 2024

    Slaughter And May Is Latest Firm To Offer Apprenticeships

    Slaughter and May said on Friday it will take on its first solicitor apprentices in September 2025 as part of a consortium of more than 50 City law firms that have banded together to boost social mobility in the profession.

  • February 09, 2024

    Legal Aid 'Coming Apart At Seams' Amid £728M Funding Cut

    The public spending watchdog said on Friday that legal aid has fallen by £728 million ($918 million) in real terms over the past decade and that the Ministry of Justice does not know whether everyone eligible for legal aid has access to the funding.

  • February 09, 2024

    Wedlake Bell Hires IP Pro From Laytons In London

    Wedlake Bell LLP has recruited a new partner from Laytons LLP to its intellectual property team in London, with the firm hoping that her broad practice will bolster its IP service across the board.

  • February 09, 2024

    Prince Harry Settles Outstanding Mirror Group Hacking Claims

    Prince Harry settled his outstanding phone-hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers on Friday as his lawyer said "he had uncovered and proved the shockingly dishonest way" in which the U.K. publisher acted.

  • February 08, 2024

    Dechert Pushes To Deep-Six Hacking Cover-Up Suit

    Dechert LLP, its former white collar practice leader and others on Thursday urged a New York federal judge to find that alleged concealment of a hacking campaign to discredit a critic of a firm client isn't enough to support a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act case.

  • February 08, 2024

    Old Bailey To Stay Closed Until Power Restored After Fire

    The Old Bailey is likely to remain closed for at least several days as work continues to restore power after a fire at a nearby electrical substation shut off the lights and forced hundreds of people to evacuate.

  • February 08, 2024

    DWF Adds 20 Lawyers To Global Partnership

    DWF has promoted 20 lawyers from its international network to its partnership, while more than 10 partners have been elevated to a more senior grade, as the law firm looks to advance the careers of its future leaders. 

  • February 08, 2024

    Legal 500 Bosses Sent 'Hostile' Texts About Staff, Union Says

    Managers at The Legal 500 sent "abusive" and "hostile" texts about staff amid an ongoing feud over the publisher's alleged axing of two staffers on "bogus charges" in a bid to stop them from unionizing, a trade union claimed Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    Axiom's Law Firm Has No Money For Creditors

    Administrators of one of the law firms acquired by Axiom Ince Ltd. before it collapsed have said that there is not sufficient money in the coffers to pay the main secured lender, let alone other creditors including tax collectors and clients.

  • February 08, 2024

    5 Questions For Hogan Lovells' Regulatory Expert Rachel Kent

    Capital markets are in decline, as London Stock Exchange data shows there are 20% fewer listed companies than five years ago — but the Financial Conduct Authority is about to reform its convoluted rules on investment research. Here, Rachel Kent of Hogan Lovells tells Law360 why those reforms have become more urgent.

  • February 08, 2024

    Freeths Gets 'B Corp' Seal Of Approval For ESG Bona Fides

    Freeths LLP says it has been certified as a B Corporation, making it the latest U.K. law firm to win the accreditation granted to businesses that prove they meet high standards for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

  • February 08, 2024

    Fox Williams Hires Fintech Partner From Deloitte

    Fox Williams LLP has hired specialist tech and fintech partner Chris Hill to its London office from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

  • February 08, 2024

    Arc Pensions Law Hires Litigation Pro From Pinsent Masons

    Specialist firm Arc Pensions Law LLP has hired pensions expert Ben Fairhead as a new partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.

  • February 07, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Hires Disputes Pro From Skadden

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Wednesday that it has hired a dispute resolution specialist as a partner from rival U.S. law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP as it looks to ramp up its litigation and arbitration offering in London.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fieldfisher Hires Arbitration Pro For New Amsterdam Practice

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited a dispute resolution specialist from Pogust Goodhead to spearhead a new international arbitration practice it has launched in Amsterdam, as it continues to build out its disputes offering across Europe.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Begins Italy Group With Raines Feldman Atty

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced Wednesday that it has added a partner from Raines Feldman Littrell LLP to chair its new Italy practice group.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways For A Legal Practice To Close Technology Gaps

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    With technology a driving force for success, the U.K. legal sector must embrace innovation to maintain its competitive edge, and investing in new processes is no longer optional, says Gareth Preece at Doherty Associates.

  • Opinion

    Thomas Report Is Final Straw — High Court Needs Ethics Code

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    As a recent report on Justice Clarence Thomas' ongoing conflicts of interest makes evident, Supreme Court justices should be subject to an enforceable and binding code of ethics — like all other federal judges — to maintain the credibility of the institution, says Erica Salmon Byrne at Ethisphere.

  • PR Perspectives: Optimizing Social Media As A Lawyer

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    The opportunities for social media to increase a business are unlimited despite its flaws, and to make the most of its potential, training and regular updates should be part of all lawyers’ professional development, say Steve Rudaini and Emma Maule at MD Communications.

  • Highlights Of The UK's New Economic Crime Plan

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    With the direction of the U.K. government’s newly launched second economic crime plan undeniably altered by the recent focus on kleptocrats and their money, the emphasis is now on how the U.K. can deliver a more effective approach to reducing the threat of economic crime, says Kathryn Westmore at the Royal United Services Institute.

  • How Lawyers' Behavior Can Affect Opponents' Mental Health

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    Acts of unreasonable behavior of lawyers working on opposite sides can take their toll, and with mental health and stress never higher in the national consciousness than right now, such conduct should be reported to help the firm understand the treatment its solicitors are receiving and better manage the situation, says Libby Payne at Withers.

  • The Challenges Of Presenting To Clients In The Hybrid World

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    As a sector that is guided heavily by the demands of its client base, the legal industry will have to overcome various obstacles to make stylish, convincing and successful in-the-room, virtual and hybrid presentations in the post-pandemic blend of home and office, says Gavin Brown at Speak with Impact.

  • 5 Challenges General Counsel Are Set To Face

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    With an ever-broadening role, general counsel are being tasked to do more with less, with a need for caution and a requirement to leverage time wisely to anticipate and identify emerging industry challenges, says Jerry Temko at Major Lindsey.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Beyond ChatGPT: AI Considerations For Law Firms

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    The use of artificial intelligence is likely to become increasingly mainstream in the legal sector, and firms should not remain complacent in the current limitations of ChatGPT, but develop policies to ensure that AI-generated liability and regulatory issues are addressed sooner rather than later, say Corinne Staves and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Reflecting On The Benefits Of Direct Access To Barristers

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    At close to 20 years since public access to barristers came into being, it is a good time to take a look at its impact on the U.K. legal profession and the more collaborative approach between barristers and solicitors we have seen develop since its introduction, say Amani Mohammed and Sean Gould at Westgate Chambers.

  • How Apprenticeships Are Transforming The Legal Sector

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    As more legal employers recognize the benefits of creating apprenticeship opportunities, they are likely to grow in popularity, ensuring that the best and brightest minds are available to meet the challenges of an ever complex and changing legal environment, says Aisha Saeed at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Pitfalls Lawyers Should Avoid When Correcting Their Mistakes

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    When solicitors make mistakes that cause prejudice to their clients, they will need to carefully consider whether they should try to fix their mistake, as trying to put things right may expose them to potential regulatory action, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • Translating The Plan For English-Language German Courts

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    The German Ministry of Justice is aiming to do away with the mistakes of the past and overhaul the German civil procedure in order to accommodate English-language disputes, but the success of these proceedings will depend very much on factors that the proposal does not address, say Jan Schaefer and Rüdiger Morbach at King & Spalding.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Russian Bank Ruling Clarifies UK Sanctions Regime

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    The recent U.K. High Court judgment of PJSC National Bank Trust v. Mints, a case brought by two Russian banks, is significant in clarifying that the U.K. sanctions regime does not deprive designated persons of their fundamental common law right to bring a claim in an English court, despite their assets being frozen, says Zoe O’Sullivan KC at Serle Court.

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