Pulse UK

  • February 05, 2024

    Former Director Of Public Prosecutions Joins King & Spalding

    The U.K.'s former top criminal lawyer has joined King & Spalding LLP in London to advise the American law firm on complex international investigations as new economic crime legislation designed to clamp down on corporate offending is rolled out this year.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-Clifford Chance Lawyer Acquitted Of Insider Trading

    A former Clifford Chance solicitor has been cleared of insider trading charges after a London judge ruled that he had no case to answer in the Financial Conduct Authority's criminal prosecution, the watchdog said Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    SRA Starts Major Review Of Consumer Protection After Axiom

    The solicitors' regulatory body said Monday that it has launched a broad review of how it approves and monitors law firms and prevents client money from going missing after Axiom Ince collapsed with almost £65 million ($82 million) unaccounted for.

  • February 02, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Dentons sued by a former high-profile partner in Saudi Arabia, Jaguar Land Rover rev its engine in the intellectual property court against automotive company HaynesPro, and the Russian National Reinsurance Company tackle a settlement with BOC Aviation over stranded aircraft. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 02, 2024

    Lawyer Struck Off Roll Over $14M US Tax Fraud Conviction

    A British lawyer who was convicted in the U.S. over a multimillion-dollar tax fraud was barred from practicing in England on Friday after a tribunal concluded that he was shown to have been dishonest.

  • February 02, 2024

    Lawyers For Subpostmasters Blast Post Office Prosecutors

    Lawyers who prosecuted innocent people on false evidence on behalf of the Post Office put the corporation's interest above their professional obligations, counsel for subpostmasters told the inquiry into the scandal Friday.

  • February 02, 2024

    Barristers Are Happier At Work But Criminal Pros Left Behind

    Job satisfaction among barristers overall is on the rise, but minority groups and advocates working in the criminal bar are continuing to report lower levels of well-being, an industry study published Friday found.

  • February 02, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Hires Ex-Lewis Brisbois Team In Chicago

    Law firm Clyde & Co. LLP announced Thursday that it had hired nine Chicago-based insurance law and general liability attorneys from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, including that firm's former managing partner in the city.

  • February 02, 2024

    Playboy Dancer Hired As Solicitor's Assistant Awarded £29K

    A London tribunal has awarded £28,986 (nearly $37,000) to a Playboy casino dancer who was recruited by a consultant solicitor as his assistant and subsequently victimized and underpaid in an "entirely inappropriate" arrangement.

  • February 02, 2024

    Dechert Settles Mogul's UK Hacking Claim For Millions

    Dechert has agreed to pay £3 million ($3.8 million) to resolve claims that ex-partner Neil Gerrard orchestrated the hacking of Farhad Azima and misled the English courts, in a deal that the aviation tycoon estimates could be worth as much as $15 million with costs.

  • February 02, 2024

    Mishcon Acquires Brazilian Group Claims Business Somos

    Mishcon de Reya LLP said on Friday the law firm has acquired a group actions management business based in Brazil, as it looks to build out its capabilities developing and managing some of the most complex cases seen in the U.K. legal market.

  • February 02, 2024

    Questions Linger Over UK Plans To Resurrect Tribunal Fees

    Plans to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in the U.K. may appear to fix issues with the old regime, but employment lawyers warn they could stifle access to justice and fail to ease pressure on the overloaded system.

  • February 02, 2024

    Mishcon Partner Says Bitcoin Property Buy Made Him Uneasy

    A Mishcon de Reya partner testified on Friday that he grew "increasingly uncomfortable" with shifting answers from a Chinese-British woman trying to buy a mansion about where her bitcoin, laundered from a £5 billion ($6.3 billion) fraud, originated.

  • February 02, 2024

    CPS Denies Liability in Ex-Sidley Lawyer Failed Prosecution

    The Crown Prosecution Service has denied being liable for its botched tax fraud prosecution of a former Sidley Austin LLP lawyer, a former senior KPMG official and a banking adviser, who are collectively seeking more than £66 million ($84 million) from the U.K.'s main prosecutor.

  • February 01, 2024

    Goodwin Cuts Associates After Reviews Amid Bleak Market

    Goodwin Procter LLP has parted ways with some associates following its annual performance review process, the firm confirmed to Law360 on Thursday, amid a job market that has not been kind to the most junior lawyers.

  • February 01, 2024

    Irwin Mitchell Not Liable For Helpline Advice To Future Client

    A London appeals court on Thursday affirmed that law firm Irwin Mitchell LLP did not have a duty to advise a potential client that she needed to alert a tour operator following a life-threatening accident abroad, even though she lost the opportunity to potentially recover more than £1 million ($1.27 million).

  • February 01, 2024

    PI Group Fletchers Acquires Serious Injury Law

    Fletchers Group announced Thursday that it has acquired a personal injury law firm based in northwest England, adding to its growing portfolio of businesses.

  • February 01, 2024

    UK's Elite Firms Seek New Ways To Stem Flow To US BigLaw

    The U.K.'s elite law firms are looking at ways of stemming the flow of rainmaker partners to their U.S. rivals in London, including by imposing financial penalties in what could be a novel approach for the sector.

  • February 01, 2024

    Gov't Agrees To Boost Lawyers' Fixed Recoverable Costs

    The U.K. government on Thursday agreed to increase advocates' earnings under a new regime for fixed recoverable costs, which barristers groups say is "a good step in the right direction" after previously threatening to take court action.

  • February 01, 2024

    Lawyer Convicted Of Tax Fraud Can't Halt Disciplinary Case

    An English tribunal refused Thursday to throw out a disciplinary case against a lawyer over his conviction for tax fraud in the U.S., rejecting his argument that it couldn't hear his case because he wasn't a registered solicitor at the time.

  • February 01, 2024

    Linklaters Loses Another Partner To Paul Weiss

    Linklaters LLP has lost another rainmaker partner to a U.S. law firm, with the defection of a mergers and acquisitions heavy hitter to Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • February 01, 2024

    Hill Dickinson Hires Family Law Expert In Practice Boost

    Hill Dickinson LLP said it has appointed a partner in its Manchester office as it looks to expand its family law services in the city.

  • February 01, 2024

    Paul Hastings Hires Latham Pro To Lead German M&A Unit

    Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP said Thursday that it has hired a corporate partner from Latham & Watkins LLP at its Frankfurt office to lead its German mergers and acquisitions services.

  • January 31, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Launches Its Own Generative AI Tool

    Taylor Wessing LLP announced on Tuesday the launch of its own custom-designed generative artificial intelligence tool for use by legal and business services teams at the firm.

  • January 31, 2024

    Gowling Taps Asset Management Head For Non-Canada Biz

    Gowling WLG has appointed the head of its asset management practice to serve as the next chair of its business outside Canada, as the law firm seeks to consolidate its recent expansion. 

Expert Analysis

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • Has The Liberalization Of Legal Services Achieved Its Aims?

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    Although there is still some way to go, alternative business structures are now an increasingly prominent feature of the legal services landscape, and clients can expect greater choice, improved quality and more manageable costs, as was intended by this shake-up of the profession's regulatory frameworks 15 years ago, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • How Overseas Property Verification Poses Risks To Attorneys

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    The recently launched register of overseas entities, requiring verification of foreign owners hoping to purchase U.K. property, could expose attorneys to criminal prosecution, professional negligence claims and reputational damage if they do not complete these checks to the required standard, which nevertheless remains murky, says Harriet Holmes at Thirdfort.

  • What To Expect From UK's New Economic Crime Bill

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency bill, if passed, will reform aspects of Companies House and strengthen government anti-money laundering efforts, but it is also raising questions about how new information sharing requirements will affect businesses, say attorneys at Signature Litigation.

  • A Trusted Cybersecurity Framework Is Imperative For Lawyers

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    The recent increased risk of cyberattacks has a number of profound implications for law firms, and complying with government guidance by embedding a cyber-savvy culture and adhering to a security framework will enable lawyers to add extra layers of defense and present their clients with higher levels of protection, says Marion Stewart at Red Helix.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • New FCA Listing Rules May Start Regulatory Shift On Diversity

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    Listed companies that fail to meet new Financial Conduct Authority rules for minimum executive board diversity currently risk reputational damage mainly through social scrutiny, but should prepare for potential regulatory enforcement actions, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • What UK Professional Regulation Looks Like In A #MeToo Era

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    Two recent rulings from U.K. courts and tribunals reveal the increasingly shifting line between professional misbehavior and bad actions that would previously have been considered outside the scope of professional regulators, says Andrew Katzen at Hickman & Rose.

  • How Immune Are State Agents From Foreign Courts?

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    The ongoing case of Basfar v. Wong is the latest to raise questions about the boundary between commercial or private activity and the exercise of sovereign authority that shields state agents from foreign judicial scrutiny — and the U.K. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the matter will likely bring clarity on exceptions to the immunity doctrine, say Andrew Stafford QC and Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Opinion

    New NJ Fed. Rule On Litigation Funding Should Be Welcomed

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    The District of New Jersey's new local civil rule on litigation funding disclosure has faced exaggerated criticisms when it is a logical extension of the current practices in many U.S. jurisdictions, leads to greater transparency for the parties and the court without unduly burdening the parties, and is a positive development particularly in product liability cases, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Lessons In Civility From The Alex Oh Sanctions Controversy

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    Alex Oh’s abrupt departure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and admonishment by a D.C. federal judge over conduct in an Exxon human rights case demonstrate three major costs of incivility to lawyers, and highlight the importance of teaching civility in law school, says David Grenardo at St. Mary's University.

  • Rebuttal

    US Legal System Can Benefit From Nonlawyer Ownership

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    Contrary to claims made in a recent Law360 guest article, nonlawyer ownership has incrementally improved the England and Wales legal system — with more innovation and more opportunities for lawyers — and there is no reason why those outcomes cannot also be achieved in the U.S., say Crispin Passmore at Passmore Consulting and Zachariah DeMeola at the University of Denver.

  • Increasing Investment Scams Can Implicate Lawyers, Too

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    With the pandemic serving as a catalyst for increased financial fraud, it's important to recognize that these scams are not only devastating for victims, they also pose a significant threat to law firms and individual solicitors who fail to do their due diligence, say James Darbyshire at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Heather Clark at Burness Paull.

  • UK Lawyers Can Adapt Due Diligence To Screen New Clients

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    As COVID-19-related fraud gains pace, U.K.-based practitioners should help combat money laundering by using alternative methods to verify that new clients are who they say they are, says Christopher Convey, a barrister at 33 Chancery Lane and chair of the Bar Council's Money Laundering Working Group.

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